About the tutors
Jack Durtnall: Jack is an accomplished musician, nature connection facilitator and forest school leader who came to nature connection work through an innate love for nature, folk song, the life-work of Jon Young, 8 Shields and Nature Culture Network UK. Jack has been leading workshops in music, mentoring in nature and facilitating on camps and courses, including Art Of Mentoring camps in the UK, since 2017. Jack’s background is in music, studying at Oxford he received a First in his degree in 2010. As well as his role leading workshops and facilitating on plantings with the Children’s Forest, Jack co-leads the Children’s Forest Tree Choir with Anna Richardson at Spring Rise, Emerson College, and is part of the team bringing through the Song Forest project; a collection of Children’s Forest tree songs seeded by Anna Richardson, River Jones and friends.
Victoria Mew: Having been introduced to bushcraft and deep nature connection through Trackways at aged 12, Victoria has followed this passion ever since. She had rich nature connection experiences during her teen years that gave her embodied knowledge of the value of these practices. Since 2012 Victoria has ran Cultivating Curiosity, a small, local company providing such experiences for children with aims of deepening relationship to self, nature and community over time. It’s a joy that some children who started a decade ago have continued their journey with us, becoming young mentors themselves. In 2010 Victoria played a key role in organising the first Art of Mentoring week long event that is a fuller expression of the 8-shields model. Since 2017 she has presented on Art of Mentoring events alongside Jon Young and is well versed in the content and context of this model.
“I’m currently finding joy in this field of work in the place where, through the practices and nature connection themes we engage with, people come alive in themselves and feel a deep sense of belonging. Belonging in the natural world, within the people community and ultimately come to feel at home in themselves with awareness of the gifts they are here to offer the world.”