Rachel Phillips - Main Profile
I am the Education and Wellbeing Manager for The Apricot Centre at Huxhams Cross Farm. As a trained a nature connection practitioner and outdoor mentor, I run traditional rural skills and nature based workshops for young people and adults. My passion is heritage crafts so workshops focus on plant ID and uses, natural dying, weaving, printing, natural products, rural skills and outdoor activities.
I also coordinate the adult learning at the Apricot Centre and the Apricot Centre Well being Service, which works with the most vulnerable young people and families who are experience mental health and well being difficulties, working within a natural environment to help support their recovery and therapy.
I'm a trained Social Forester, Secondary School Teacher in textiles and product design. I'm also a children's counsellor for women and girls through the women and girls network. I'm currently studying Ethnobotany which allows me to delve further into the field of using plants traditionally and culturally as well as undertaking an Ecotherapy Qualification in 2021.
I studied design at Sir John Cass School of Art and found myself as a secondary school teacher. I love the process of educating and passing on knowledge and am currently building a series of workshops and outdoor activities to enable people to connect with nature and Permaculture.
I completed my certificate in Permaculture in 2015 and am at the start of the Diploma journey and am currently undertaking my trainee teaching year. . I am now also delighted to have become a Permaculture Association Trustee in 2020
I have worked for the last 10 years for a conservation charity The Fairyland Trust, in Norfolk which uses art based workshops to connect children and families with our native habitat.
Having completed a Teach Earth course with Earth Watch I am keen to continue to develop my environmental education work combining this with Permacutural ethics and principles. I have stared a new business venture called Permanuture engaging young people with Permaculture and nature.