Alan has been leading groups for organisations and individuals for many years on resilience, creative change and related themes. He is an expert on natural systems as a model for this, having founded and directed two land-based education centres: a 130-acre organic farm and a conservation woodland (Hazel Hill). His book ‘The Natural Advantage: renewing yourself’ provides organic growth approaches for people and their work.
Alan started his career with 20 years in marketing and general management in mainstream business. Since then, he has combined his own pioneering projects with facilitating and consulting for business, social enterprise and public sector bodies on a wide range of themes. He has an MA in English from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Marcos has a passion for wellbeing and resilience in his personal and professional life, shaped by many years as a manager, coach, trainer and in recent years in the field of organisational development. Marcos’ work in organisational change is based on a deep valuing and understanding of people, and how we transition through change; he has led successful change and wellbeing strategies for organisations.
Having worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the last 20 years, Marcos has diverse experience, which includes person-centred counselling and training as a facilitator of systemic approaches for organisations and individuals.
Jane has over 25 years experience in working with a mindfulness based approach to wellbeing with groups and individuals, and has also incorporated deep ecology, ecopsychology and the wisdom of natural systems into her work in many different settings.
Her work with groups has including teaching eco-psychology to counselling students, facilitating 'The Work that Reconnects' deep ecology groups & Transition Town 'heart and soul' groups as well as running ongoing small group supervision groups to support people in their working life. For the last 3 years she has been a member of Bridport Co-housing helping to create a sustainable housing development in Dorset.
Daniel is an international coach and project and workshop-facilitator. His focus is on invigorating and accompanying individuals and groups to grow into their full potential. A core element of his approach is the deepening of people´s perception of themselves and their environment.
Daniel brings together degrees in Environmental Management and Holistic Science with project management and leadership approaches, practices of social and environmental activism and non-formal education (including Art of Hosting, Dragon Dreaming Project Design, Theory U and Open Space Facilitation). He worked with NGO´s in Austria and co-created an award-winning university course in sustainable Business Planning at the University of Life Sciences, Vienna. In 2016 he co-created “Wildful –nature facilitation” with Joana Formosinho.
Penny has worked for over twenty five years in a child-care social work context. First as a front line practitioner and manager and then as a training and development manager, with front line staff. She continues to be involved in this sector providing individual and group supervision, practice education for student social workers and professional and personal development sessions.
The lessons she learnt at the coalface lead her to study the psychosocial dynamics of groups and organisations. She has used this knowledge and experience in multiple settings: corporate learning events, team development and ‘here and now’ process groups. In addition to this, Penny practices The Way of Council and is an experienced guide of this form. Council is about authentic communication, wholehearted living, building capacity and connection with nature. Penny is also a trained facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work that Re-Connects.
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James has for the last decade worked as an independent facilitator of many different groups on a wide range of issues. His core skills are around engaging people effectively so that they can have the conversations they need to have; building consensus and bringing clarity into complex situations. James’ passion is in the context of climate change, using “Carbon Conversations” to help address both the psychological and practical aspects of tackling climate change.
After a first degree in English at Oxford University, James qualified and worked as a solicitor taking a Masters at UCL in international environmental law, he worked at WWF for 15 years on campaigning, policy and advocacy.