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Fostering wholeness through natural kinship

Sage. Juniper. Piñon. A full breath. The ancientness of stone. The misty forests. Early morning tide pools. The pull of a mountain stream. The quiet wolf. The owl at dusk. Peeling birchbark.

 

How does exploring our natural kinship to the more-than-human world foster our wholeness and our ability to lead?

 

I have spent most of my life supporting activists and leaders in social and environmental justice movements and for the last five years I have worked with young queer people in camps and youth groups. I also have a Master's degree in Risk Analysis and am an ANFT-certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. 

How do these things fit together?

 

Years of hands-on grassroots work, curiosity, and learning have shown that in order to build whole leaders we need to explore, study and act on our kinship with the more-than-human world.

Working & volunteering in environmental justice, Indigenous and LGBTQ+ charities has profoundly influenced this practice of developing leadership. Other influences include Gary Snyder's bridges between East and West, Amy Ray's kindness and activism, and Robin Wall Kimmerer's precision and poetry.

Every session is informed by evidence which shows that we are our best selves when we have harmony between validation, awe & agency.

Developing connections to deepen these factors is at the heart of Tender Pine. 

 

See you outside.

My work includes

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Bespoke nature connection groups for adults & youth

Guided Forest & Nature Therapy

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Guided Natural Mindfulness

Guided LGBTQ+ group sessions

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Luke 

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BELONGING 
through Validation.


When we can see ourselves reflected in the world around us we find a sense of belonging.

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PERSPECTIVE   through Awe.

When we witness the largeness & smallness of the world we are able to see how we fit in the place of things. 

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ACTION
through Agency.

When we feel we have personal agency to make change we are confident in taking action to make the world better.

Cracked Rocks
“Luke delivered a session for my LGBTQ+ youth group over zoom during the pandemic. So many of the young people had been feeling stressed, isolated, and disconnected from nature. Whilst Portsmouth is a seaside city, the day-to-day life of these young people involves very little opportunity for nature and greenery. Luke's choice of poetry, writings and images was absolutely beautiful. Despite being sat at their screens, young people were transported to someplace more wild, more serene. All of them said they'd love to do this again.”
- Jake, he/him

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