WHO ARE WE?
CHANGE IN NATURE IS THE CREATION OF two professionals who LEFT LONDON IN SEARCH OF THE WILD
chloe revill, co-founder
Chloe was a London-based diplomat and public policy strategist, working closely with Government Ministers and senior negotiators from a wide range of developed and developing countries. She represented the UK at the United Nations and forged a pioneering diplomatic coalition among 30 countries to secure a robust global treaty on climate change. She went into this work with huge energy and drive, but found that years of strip-lit conference centres and reams of techy reports began depleting her reserves. Worse, she found that tackling this existential threat to humanity increasingly felt like an intellectual abstraction as she and her peers lost contact with the natural world.
So in 2014 she upped sticks and went to live for 3 months with a Namibian tribe - an experience that culminated in her running a week-long camp with 12 young bushmen in Bwabwata National Park. She was blown away by the profound capacity for empathy and connection among humans - however different - when sitting around a fire, and was inspired to help her own people connect more deeply in the wild. She has now returned, retrained and co-founded Change in Nature, and helps professionals to build deep mutual understanding, and rekindle their energy and drive. She is back in the world of climate change diplomacy, consulting for leading think tanks like E3G, the European Climate Foundation and Mission2020 - but feels better resourced and more resilient from the time she spends fireside!
andy raingold, co-founder
For over seven years, Andy was the Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, working in the corridors of power with CEOs, Government Ministers and thought leaders to drive action for a more sustainable world. However, he found that systemic change rooted in rational argument alone was inherently transient and unstable. He felt it had to be combined with personal change to be more resilient and effective. So he took some extended time out to work on his own development in the French mountains, cultivating deep reflective and meditative practices and learning from distinguished teachers.
Andy has since returned to the UK where he is a coach, speaker, strategist and facilitator. He hosts nature connection, leadership, sustainability and mindfulness retreats and workshops, with the intention of inspiring transformative, long-lasting change. He has trained extensively in these areas with Cambridge University, Schumacher (Call of the Wild) , The Living Leader and Sussex Wildlife Trust. He works with businesses, charities, colleges, professionals, private clients and children. He also offers his skills internationally, and in 2017 ran a 2 month programme with indigenous communities in Namibia and a 2 week retreat for a "nomadic classroom" in the wilds of Sweden. He is a part-time gardener, business consultant and environmental campaigner, runs a mindfulness charity, and blogs on the Guardian.
For a fuller version of Chloe's journey and the story behind Change in Nature, listen to this interview from the Wild Voices podcast:
THIS YEAR WE'LL BE WORKING WITH...
Focusing & Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
PAST COLLABORATORS & CLIENTS INCLUDE...
WE ALSO GIVE THANKS TO OUR TEACHERS & MENTORS...
INCLUDING CHRIS SALISBURY (BOTH OF US ARE GRADUATES OF HIS INCREDIBLE CALL OF THE WILD TRAINING PROGRAMME AND HAVE VOLUNTEERED ON MANY OF HIS MAGICAL WILDWISE CAMPS) // ROBIN BOWMAN // PAT FLEMING // BURGS
AND ALL OUR RETREAT VOLUNTEERS & COOKS...
KELLY BARBER (SERIAL VOLUNTEER & RETREAT PHOTOGRAPHER) // JO HOFMAN // PETE CLUTTON-BROCK // JESSICA MORRIS // LIZ PARKER // LOUISE HOSKINS // BEATRIZ OLIVAL // MARY SHULDHAM // TARA BAOTH // KEZIAH CRITCHLOW-SALISBURY // BEA RAMSAY // TAMSIN CORNISH // ROBBIE // GEN FROSCH // RACHEL MAY // HARRISON WOOD // IDA FABRIZIO // ELLIE SUNDERLAND