Research blog

Research blog

Here, I will be recording my developing research writings. These are part retrospective and part looking to the future. After a life time in outdoor learning, I am eager to pass on some of my insights, and just as interested in developing my ideas and thoughts. I have been greatly influenced by colleagues here in … Continue reading

Taking a moment

Taking a moment

It is easy to rush around, grabbing photographs and missing the wonder of the changing dance of light on the surrounding slopes and watery surfaces. I am standing in a favourite spot. Most of the time I am alone. A curious young motorcyclist comes and asks for ‘photograph’. His brief presence adds to the mood … Continue reading

Ripples and Reflections

Ripples and Reflections

Many years ago I was flicking through a magazine and came upon an article about Andy Worhol’s swimming pool collection. I was mesmerised by the translucent turquoise; the patterns and ripples that transformed reality into an organic and abstract work of art. I have since been drawn to the liquid art of The Jubilee Pool … Continue reading

The Western Ghats: The mountains – getting familiar

The Western Ghats: The mountains – getting familiar

At first, my creativity was quelled. Being in the same place for a number of weeks, with the same old views, from the same old positions can stifle the desire to explore. It can also lead to a more intimate awareness of the nuances of light. For the last fifteen or more years I have stared … Continue reading

On Becoming Outdoors  … and the implications for working with young people:  A Journey of Reflection

On Becoming Outdoors … and the implications for working with young people: A Journey of Reflection

Paper presented at the EOE Conference, Stockholm, June 2013 How do people come to define themselves as outdoor people? How can I support colleagues so that they can become outdoor people? Is it important for the future that we nurture outdoor people?  My starting supposition is that when people identity themselves as ‘outdoor’, they will … Continue reading

Developing Open Spaces: Using a Community Development Approach

Paper presented at the EOE Conference at Derwent Water, Cumbria October, 2012 “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’ ” (Lao Tzu) The role of the outdoor educator is multifaceted. As a freelance consultant and researcher, with experience in play and youth work as well as community development, … Continue reading

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship: 2001

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship: 2001

Outdoor Education for Women: Journeying Gently Through Australia: Making Connections with Nature. In 2001, I travelled to Australia on a Churchill Fellowship. My Fellowship was an inspiration. Colleagues and friends told me that I walked around with a smile on my face for weeks. It confirmed that I am not alone in recognizing that some people … Continue reading