Kate Drake is a eco psychology practitioner qualifying from the Natural Academy in 2020. Kate has spent her professional career supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing within the field of health and social care. She has worked for a number of different organisations within the charitable sector including British Red Cross, CRI, Addaction and currently works for South Downs National Park Authority. She has worked with a diverse range of people providing support to those experiencing mental health issues, substance misuse, people within the criminal justice system, elderly, adults and young people. She is interested in bridging the gap between the clinical model and the natural model of wellness and hence her move towards, and enthusiasm for, working with people within the realm of nature connection.
Siân Jones is an integrative arts psychotherapist and eco psychology practitioner. Siân has been working therapeutically with adults and young people for the last twenty years, she has also designed and facilitated training workshops and therapeutic groups both locally and internationally. She has just finished a two year contract with the South Downs National Park as their Families Outreach Officer. Siân has been fascinated with myth and story for as long as she can remember, and it was studying with mythologists Martin Shaw and Sharon Blackie that reawakened her connection with the natural world and deepened her exploration of the importance of relationship to place. It was that reawakening that led her to study with the Natural Academy in 2018. Siân currently offers therapy and supervision either outside in woodland, in a yurt or on zoom.
In 2021 Kate and Siân facilitated four "NatureWell" wellbeing courses for NHS staff at hospitals in Sussex and Kent as part of a Centre for Sustainable Healthcare initiative, in partnership with The Natural Academy.
"I found the boundaried space for the course really helpful. I noticed how my creativity had been impacted by stress and how important it is to be outside and feel the wind on my face."