About Muddy Feet Forrest School
MUDDY FEET® Inspires, educates, and engages through a connection with nature.
Nature is our story! It’s everyone’s story!
We design and deliver training, events, and projects that create positive relationships with ourselves, each other, and our environment.
MUDDY FEET® believes that connecting with nature helps us have healthier, happier lives, and relationships. Nature connection helps us to appreciate, understand and protect nature.
Muddy Feet knows that nature connection can help promote resilience, good mental and physical well-being, emotional intelligence, team working, social skills, and pro-nature behaviour.
At Muddy Feet, we value nature connection and it runs through everything we do, in fact, it’s based on a growing body of research that we use in our programme development, design, and delivery.
MUDDY FEET® brings innovation to schools, communities, and organisations. Muddy Feet enables the opportunity for a wild time in today’s society that is filled with technology, social media, and screen time.
Muddy Feet is working towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.
MUDDY FEET® is based in Cherwell on the North Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire borders but we work in a number of different locations across the country, both urban and rural and offer online training.
MUDDY FEET® IS THE VISION OF ITS FOUNDING DIRECTOR, ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS.
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Alex established MUDDY FEET® in 2013. A graduate in Environmental and Resource Science, Alex spent a year working with communities in the Philippines on a VSO placement. During this year she worked with rural communities to implement environmental projects, training local people in sustainable techniques to help preserve their local food and natural resources. Alex worked with communities to establish marine protected areas, mangrove reforestation, and establish livelihood projects.
Alex worked in the UK charitable sector for 11 years, in a range of roles, but always working with communities and with a strong emphasis on training and learning. Alex is a qualified and experienced trainer and assessor. Alex has experience in delivering a range of training programmes, including curriculum-based outdoor learning, forest school, neurodiversity, behaviour, nature-based play, Spaces by Design, project management, group work, participatory landscape design, community development, events, consultation techniques, and team building.
Alex is qualified in First Aid At Work, Outdoor First Aid, Level 3 Forest School, Food Safety, A1 Assessor, Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership. Alex has successfully completed the Forest School trainer L4 qualification and her Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.
Alex is currently studying Psychology for an MSc in Behaviour Change with an environment and conservation specialism.
In her training role, Alex designed a participatory learning and action approach to community project management training and designed a range of tools to deliver this training to adults and young people. Alex was the lead author on a modular toolkit to support this training and the toolkit won a SEEDA best practice award.
Alex designed and developed community development minimum standards for Groundwork based on the National Occupational Standards for Community Development Work. Alex coordinated a national programme for Groundwork on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Alex managed a local franchise of the Princes Trust Team programme, a 12-week volunteering and personal development programme for NEET young people from all backgrounds. Alex is experienced in working with young people and those with additional needs.
She has worked with Housing Associations, Charities, Councils, Resident Associations, Youth Groups, Community Development Organisations, and Schools, and is also trained in Participatory Appraisal, Appreciative Inquiry, Facilitation Skills, equal opportunities, dealing with conflict and aggression, Social Enterprise Qualification development, and Community Advocacy.
Alex is a trained outdoor consultant and delivers outdoor therapeutic interventions for EQE outdoors, she has completed a Certificate in Therapeutic Skills for Outdoor Leaders delivered by The Therapeutic Forest. Alex is a trained restorative justice practitioner and Alex is a member of the Forest School Association
Alex is now bringing all this experience of participatory approaches with communities and applying it to nature connection, outdoor learning, outdoor play, and Forest School. Bringing new exciting opportunities to professionals, communities, and their green spaces.
MUDDY FEET ® ASSOCIATES
Muddy Feet works with talented and experienced associate facilitators and trainers.
Vicki Stewart is the Director of BRIGHTWOOD TRAINING®, she is an award-winning former RAF Training Officer and Level 4 Forest School Trainer with an MA in Development Training. Vicki has 20 years of experience with outdoor learning; and is experienced running outdoor learning with behavioural needs and neurodiversity with nursery, primary, mainstream, alternative education, community groups, and adult groups. She is an approved Therapeutic Forest School Practitioner, a Stress and Resilience Level 4 and Mental Health First Aid Practitioner, and a Restorative Justice Practitioner.
Jo Aspley is a trained Forest School Leader, who is passionate about connecting young people to nature. Jo is a trained make-up artist with a specialism in the gory!
Lydia began volunteering at a Forest School in Primary Schools in Oxford, during the pandemic she decided the time was right to train as a Forest School Leader! This led to her quitting the day job to do Forest School full time and she hasn’t looked back.
Sally-Ann enjoys building communities where children and families can connect with nature, each other, and themselves. Sally-Ann delivers Forest School at a local Montessori school as well as working on independent projects.
Jo Turner is an experienced special needs teacher and regularly takes her students out into the woods. Jo is fascinated by fungi and has developed a good knowledge of different types of fungi.
Anne works at a local school in early years and delivers outdoor learning. Anne always has a smile on her face even in the heaviest rain!
Marie coordinates and runs activities at a local secondary school farm. In her spare time, she runs a wild group in her village. Marie can be found creating with tools and has an infectious laugh.
Rachel works at a local primary school and regularly runs the Forest School and outdoor learning provision. When she is not out in the woods she can be found on the canal boat that she lives on.
Luisa is a Learning Assistant and Thrive practitioner at a local primary school. She is L3 Certificate in Leading Forest School qualified and is passionate about keeping children active and helping them to take care of their mental health.
Adele is an experienced Teaching Assistant who has worked with children from nursery age all the way through to secondary school and currently works at a local primary school. I love being outdoors and getting the children out exploring nature, crafting, and singing.
Pricilla is currently completing her L3 Forest School Leadership qualification.
Heather is a dirt worshipping, plant-loving, flower sniffing creative spirit, who is never happier than when she is making things in the woods. Passionate about being outdoors, all things arty and sharing skills, being a Forest School leader is Heather’s perfect job, and she loves it!
Want to work with Muddy Feet? Get in touch, we have freelance and volunteering positions available subject to safeguarding and DBS requirements.
MUDDY FEET® Partner Organisations
Muddy Feet works with partner organisations to deliver our innovative training and outdoor activities.