Our Team


Leona Johnson

As a small girl I remember I felt like there must be something very wrong with the world when I saw people starving on the news on TV. I was gobsmacked. How can some people have so much and others have so little and everyone be ok with this? This was a seminal moment for me, I was shocked and it stayed with me forever. The level of imbalance and disconnection to this inequality in our times is huge. And it’s complex, I know this.

My mission as an adult thanks to this rude awakening has been to look at how I can be part of creating a more connected culture.  Community has become so important to me in answering this, as has nature and finding my place in all of this. Over the years I have gathered and shared and gathered some more and been lucky to work with so many great teachers. I’m at a point where I feel I have developed a truly holistic and multi faceted approach.

I believe Nature is our greatest healer. I have learnt from nature and become truly in love with the world around me. This is what I want to share. If those I work with now have even a jot of the amount of appreciation and love for all that surrounds us I know that I will have done something good in the world.

My training and experience in front line Social Work, Non Violent Communication (NVC), Eco Psychology, Forest School and as an Eight Shields long term nature Mentor have brought me to an exciting place. I’m happy to work one-to-one, in groups, with professionals, young people or adult services. My work with Live Wild has enabled all of this.

Nature connection is the key. In building this relationship within ourselves we will learn all we need to move forward with intent, passion, healing, support and wisdom. A little guidance is all it takes.


Leonie Morris

is a qualified Bushcraft Instructor, Forest School Leader and Wild Food Teacher.  She runs Burn and Brae Wilderness School in Hebden Bridge, as well as  working with Manchester Forest School and The Wood School in Manchester, which provides a nature based learning experience for urban children.   After finishing a degree in Anthropology and Sociology and a Masters in Visual Anthropology, Leonie realised that it was being in nature that made her feel most alive.  She began on the path of immersing herself in greenwood craft, foraging and fire making and ten years later she is keen to share all her learning with others.

Claire-GoddenClaire Godden

has worked with young people for 15 years as a Playworker, environmental educator, and Forest School Leader. Claire works with local schools, youth groups and young people doing Forest School activities and leading woodland
conservation volunteering and green woodwork. She previously worked for Blackburn council as an “Outdoor Play Ranger” putting on Environmental Education activities in a large country park with  at-risk children and their parents, schools and the public.  She has a degree in English.  She was an apprentice coppicer and green builder to Ben Law of “Grand Designs” fame.  She holds chainsaw qualifications.In her spare time she makes rustic furniture. She also volunteers for The Woodland Trust as an Ancient Woodland Heritage researcher, researching and recording the history of local woodland.

DSC_1905Rebecca Curley

is an experienced teacher who has taught in mainstream schools for over twenty years.  Rebecca has a First class B.Ed (hons) specialising in maths and computer studies from the University of North London.  In the past Rebeccas helped run our Forest School Holiday Club and  Rebecca was one of the five founding members of Live Wild.  Although she is no longer part of the organisation, we greatly appreciate all the work and ideas she contributed in our formative early days!


                                                                                           Collecting sticks for a natural shelterLaura McNally

began leading Burn and Brae Wilderness School (Scots Language for Stream and Hill) in September 2015.   Laura did art at college and enjoys creative thinking and generating ideas. When she became a mum, she began to search for nourishing ways to grow and guide our children. She became involved with La Leche League – a breastfeeding and gentle parenting support network. She did the ‘First Three Years’ Course with the Steiner School in York and became inspired by connecting children with nature and gently marking the rhythms of the day. Through training as a Forest School Leader 7 years ago, she heard that there are many different ways around the world that people educate their children. She found Re-evaluation Co-counselling and enjoys the amazing Liberation work and healing that this movement brings.

Laura went to community camps, and starting learning about indigenous peoples wisdom in how society can be, about community, ceremonies and marking special occasions. She volunteered at a girls wilderness camp in Wales. A few years ago, she heard about ‘The Art of Mentoring’, went to an introduction to The 8 Shields in Ireland, loved it and went to do Ring 1 of The Art of Mentoring in Scotland and then Ring 2 the following year. Last year she took part in a Life Stage Honouring course led by Sal Gencarelle – learning the importance of marking life transitions- different periods in our lives and how it leads to our well being and healthy culture. She also makes environmentally responsible Jewellery using designs inspired by nature, storytelling and herbal lore. She’s learning to read the tracks left by our wild creatures and understand the language of birds.




Connecting people with nature