Live Wild is a small collective of outdoor leaders who are passionate about bringing joy, nature connection and many types of wild wisdom to what they do.
is a qualified Bushcraft Instructor, Forest School Leader and Wild Food Teacher. She runs Burn and Brae Wilderness School in Hebden Bridge, after many years 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. Over ten years later she is keen to share all her learning with others.
I am inspired, excited and fascinated by all of nature. Every time I go out I am filled with gratitude for the smallest detail. I am in awe at the interconnectedness of all that there is and this has lead me on my life long journey, to find the most effective ways of bringing connection and awareness back to my life, the lives of my children and to that of my communities, local and global.
Ever since I was a child I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to do something to bring equality to the world in which even at a young age I noticed such inequality. The disconnection sickness of our times has been destroying our world and our life systems of human and non human others right before our eyes. The dualistic view that we are separate from nature has allowed us to deplete the earth, whilst destroying whole ecosystems, water supplies, air quality and communities. As it stands the future beings that are going to be living on this beautiful Earth, if they survive, will inherit a whole plethora of problems that will take lifetimes to recover. I feel the sadness of this everyday and really dont want this to be my legacy.
After my experience as a child protection social worker working within what I feel is a very broken system for 10 years I needed something different. I reached out for more progressive and sustainable ways of building communities and learnt as much as I could about what lasting effective radical, societal and spiritual change actually means. My journey has taken me on amazing adventure of inner discovery and acquisition of skills and knowledge bringing me to today. I have taken part in, amongst other things, trainings in Permaculture, Non Violent Communication (NVC) , Forest school training, Ecospychology, Life Initiation and Rights of Passage training, Mentor Training and Grief work and Soul Singing. All of these things inform my approach to life, my work and my future direction.
I am passionate about using nature connection tools and processes to heal and evolve our society and I am filled with gratitude for my life and for the fact that I am able to bring these connections into other people’s lives.
has worked with young people since 2000 as a Playworker, environmental educator, and Forest School Leader. She was an apprentice woodsperson to Ben Law of “Grand Designs” fame. She holds chainsaw qualifications. In her spare time she makes rustic furniture.
She also volunteered for The Woodland Trust as an Ancient Woodland Heritage researcher, researching and recording the history of local woodland. When she is not in the woods she is mumming a busy 2 year old. She has a degree in English. She has wwoofed in many stunning places visiting lots of forest schools on her travels.
We sadly lost Laura in 2018. She is sorely missed. She was a founding member of LiveWild and a great influence and she is still in our hearts so we feel she is still very much part of the team, influencing and inspiring us forever.
Laura began leading Burn and Brae Wilderness School (Scots Language for Stream and Hill) in September 2015. Laura did an MA in art and illustration and enjoyed 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 enjoyed 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. 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 made environmentally responsible Jewellery using designs inspired by nature, storytelling and herbal lore. She learned to read the tracks left by our wild creatures and understand the language of birds.