What's this all about?
I'm Luke and I am a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, trained and certified by the ANFT. I am also a Natural Mindfulness Guide, accredited by the IMMA. I'm also a man of trans* experience.
I craft spaces for folks to connect with their whole selves and the more-than-human world.
What does this mean?
For most of my life I have worked & volunteered in environmental, Indigenous or LGBTQ+ charities and have found a calling at the nexus of these. My work explores and interprets the relationships between the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ communities, the resilience of all humans, and the gifts of the more-than-human world.
So what do I do?
I design and guide bespoke outdoor & online sessions for nonprofits, community groups and organisations serving LGBTQ+ young people and adults. This includes environmental organizations with LGBTQ+ clients & members. I also love to guide sessions for staff & volunteers. My MSc in Risk Analysis informs my commitment to providing services backed by theory & research.
What's my approach?
Every session is informed by my values and by evidence which shows that the personal wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people is influenced by three factors: belonging, perspective & agency.
Developing connections with nature to deepen these factors is at the heart of Queer on Earth.
some nice testimonials...
"Luke delivered a session for my LGBTQ+ youth group over zoom during the pandemic. So many of the young people had been feeling stressed, isolated, and disconnected from nature. Whilst Portsmouth is a seaside city, the day-to-day life of these young people involves very little opportunity for nature and greenery. Luke's choice of poetry, writings and images was absolutely beautiful. Despite being sat at their screens, young people were transported to someplace more wild, more serene. All of them said they'd love to do this again."
Jake Kelly, he/him, Lead Advisor, 4U
"The forest bathing walk was just what I needed! Luke's gentle invitations and guidance to really notice the world around us helped me feel deeply grounded in both the present moment, and the long history of the woods we were in. I went home feeling refreshed and exhilarated, and much more in tune with my real self."
Raven Nielsen, they/them, Corvus Coaching
what's up next...
June 9th - August 11th, 2022
Cabin Counselor & Nature Connection Program Lead (CA)
Brave Trails is an LGBTQ+ youth leadership camp. All summer I'll be looking after my cabin & facilitating a nature connection program.