‘Wild Cherry Nature Connection’ derives its name from the native Cherry Ballart tree, which grows throughout Australia.
Dependent on it’s community of plants for survival, the tree produces a delicious edible red cherry.
It is both resiliant and abundant, reflecting the qualities that inspire our programs.
We love our country, our kith.
Sandy beaches, tall forests, rock, salt water, river and open skies have formed us, and as we connect to these elements everyday, together with our Wild Cherry tribes, we weave and strengthen the webs that sustain us all.
Founder & Facilitator
My work in Nature Connection is the result of a lifelong desire to renew feelings of disconnection with natural environments. I believe it is through direct relationship with the earth that true well-being is reached, for people and all life on earth. In 2002 I moved from Qld to Central Victoria to complete a Bachelor degree in Outdoor Environmental Education, where I spent 3 years bushwalking, canoeing, kayaking, rock-climbing, x-country ski-ing and camping and learning to facilitate empowering, transformative programs. In 2014 I spent a year on Groote Eylandt, forming relationships with the Anindiliyakwan people as I homeschooled our two children. In 2016 I co-founded Wild Cherry Nature Connection and began our first program: Homeschool in the Wild. In 2018 I completed training with Tom Brown Jnr of The Tracker School in Advanced Tracking & Awareness, Temples of the Soul and Nature Philosophy 1. In 2019 I became a certified practitioner of Equine Facilitated Learning with Groundwork Therapy in the model of Adventures in Awareness(TM).
Founder & Facilitator
I developed an appreciation for the local heath lands and the powerful surf that pounds the Victorian Surf Coast where I grew up. When I wasn’t chasing waves, I was exploring waterfalls and the giant Mountain Ash forests in the Otways. I completed a BA in Nature Tourism/Outdoor Education at La Trobe University in Victoria, refining my skills in trip leading and environmental interpretation, then moved back to Anglesea to work for EcoLogic, guiding Rockpool Rambles and numerous Environmental Education programs for schools and the public. In 2007 I worked as a Wilderness Guide throughout Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. In 2014 on Groote Eylandt , Arnhem Land (NT) I spent 10 months working alongside the Andilyakwan people creating and facilitating the Learning on Country program, and also working as Manager of the Andilyakwan Land & Sea Rangers. For 8 years I worked as Home Group Teacher, designed the Gardening Program, and acted as Mindfulness Leader with the students of Marshmead, Methodist Ladies College: a unique sustainable living residential program nestled in the wilderness areas of Mallacoota and Nadgee region. I hold a Leaders Wilderness First Aid Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Flat Water Canoeing & Kayaking Certificate and Permaculture Design Certificate.
In 2019 We began working with Culture College and the Yolngu people of Far East Arnhem Land. Troy took on the ongoing role of Operations Manager, and in the dry season we spend much of our time learning and immersing our family with the culture of this land. Culture College run programs for secondary students and other groups, to gain an understanding and appreciation of Australia’s Indigenous history and culture.
“Throughout history we yolngu have been sharing knowledge. It is our dream to share our knowledge with the mainstream; to connect our Yolngu world with more of the non-Yolngu world” -Marcus Mungul Lacey – Nynyikay Homeland
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