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Marina Robb on Sensory Experiences and Nature Pedagogy

In this interview we discuss Marina's new book The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy with a focus on chapter 5 – How nature stimulates sensory development and integration.

We discuss how nature pedagogy can stimulate and support all of the senses.

Marina explains the benefits of Nature for sensory integration and mental health, as well as children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
· November 5, 2021

Marina Robb (Bsc; PGCE; MA; Msc) is Founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery Community Interest Company and The Outdoor Teacher Ltd, both leading organisations that aim to transform education and health through nature.

She is co-author of ‘Learning with Nature’, considered a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners and ‘The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy’.

Marina has been the recipient of funding from Natural England, Mind and The National Lottery, amongst other grant makers for her outdoor work with disadvantaged teenagers, families and young people.

The flagship project ‘ The Woodland Project’ won the ITV People’s Project in 2017, supporting families and teenagers with disabilities and mental health issues. Marina is a senior practitioner for residential camps in Sussex woodlands, Forest School & training, nature-based training for adults, nature & health interventions, outdoor learning days and youth training programmes.

Marina has more than 30 years experience in outdoor learning and nature connection. She provides a deep understanding of effective nature education at all levels and for a range of diverse backgrounds.

Marina is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and since 1989 has studied Environmental Education (MA), Environmental Management (BSc) and Social Research (MSc). She is a leading Forest School endorsed trainer and practitioner (UK and International). Her aim is to share her knowledge and experience with teachers and others wishing to work outside the classroom.

She has pioneered nature programmes within the health sector, and has received funding from Natural England, Mind and The National Lottery, amongst other grant makers for her outdoor work with teenagers, families and young people with mental health issues, disabilities, dementia and early psychosis.

Marina’s book, ‘Learning with Nature’, forwarded by Chris Packham, is considered a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners. Her second book, ‘The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy’ contains everything you need to know from theory to practice.

Marina co-chairs a Community Benefit Society which manages a community woodland (CBS), used to provide access to nature for marginalised groups. She believes that everyone should have the right to access nature.

Links:

www.circleofliferediscovery.com

www.theoutdoorteacher.com

Find all of Marina’s fabulous online training – including using a bow saw, cooking on a fire and natural crafts – by clicking here: Marina’s online training

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  • In this interview we discuss Marina's new book The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy with a focus on chapter 5 – How nature stimulates sensory development and integration.

    We discuss how nature pedagogy can stimulate and support all of the senses.

    Marina explains the benefits of Nature for sensory integration and mental health, as well as children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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