WHO ARE WE?
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!
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 expert 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 College, 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:
Focusing teacher and Somatic Experiencing practitioner
*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
From secluded woodland areas of outstanding natural beauty, to wild riverside meadows, our retreats are held in secret, private locations around the UK. We create temporary villages with fire pits, sheltered spaces, compost toilets and wild camping spots to provide an authentic, yet comfortable, experience in nature.
Our special sites provide a rare escape from high-tech living - with no 4G, electricity or running water. Our light comes from the fire and a smattering of solar lights, and our water for cooking and washing is fetched from nearby streams.
annabel, "deep time dive" participant, july 2017
"I feel grateful from the bottom of my heart to have had the chance to experience your Deep Time Dive. Thank you for your incredible imaginations! This retreat has been filled with magic. I fully appreciate what you created for us - the many things it reconnected me to and the unexpected shift in consciousness that came from exploring time in this way."
ANDREW, "DEEP TIME DIVE" PARTICIPANT, OCTOBER 2017
"Thank you both for an amazing weekend! You have created a wonderful, nourishing, revitalising experience, which anyone will leave feeling more in tune with themselves and our natural world. I can’t think of a single way in which it could be any better."
annabelle, "deep time dive" participant, july 2017
"I loved this weekend! There was integrity and heart in the way it was held. It was the opportunity to dive deeper into nature, to learn from its wisdom, to find a sense of connection, and to awaken delight and gratitude. I feel a sense of gratitude to everyone who played a part in offering this experience to us - for the generosity received in the warm welcome and nourishing food, and the care given to us and to creating the experience. I loved the creativity of the exercises and the walk with Stephan Harding was totally inspiring. My needs for connection, belonging, love, sustenance and trust have been fulfilled. Many many thanks for your wonderful work."
jo, "deep time dive" participant, july 2017
"Thank you for the heart you brought to creating this weekend. Thank you for the sense of wonder you reignited in me. Thank you for helping me to find my way back to myself after a rocky and confusing few months. It feels like your Deep Time Dive experience has made me whole again. Thank you for waking me up to our incredible living planet. Thank you for bringing me home."
eugene, "imagine" participant, june 2017
"Friends, I arrived not fully knowing what to expect, and being warmly welcomed after the journey I felt your care. The beautifully built spaces and the carefully thought-through practical elements all spoke of a deep light, warmth and love. The creation of nourishing meals, tender spaces and pure truth in conversations must have taken enormous energy. To share so openly and vulnerably must have taken enormous courage. Thank you for inviting and leading us to that place of energy, that place of courage. I have opened up and listened like never before, and I am taking this flame with me for all humankind."
linda, "imagine" participant, june 2017
"Thank you for supplying the space for all of us. Thank you for facilitating an important part of my journey. Thank you for reminding me that my heart can be open and can stay open, whilst showing me the parts that need to heal right now. I trust that I know the way and I trust that I am supported. Thank you for providing a loving, healing space of abundance."