Our facilitators

All our facilitators have undertaken the Think like a Tree facilitator programme. You’ll see that we have a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and interests and operate in many different locations.

Sarah Spencer is the founder of Think like a Tree and author of the book Think like a Tree: The natural principles guide to life. Her background includes work as a legal representative for refugees, but after being made redundant she returned to her first love – nature and the environment. She lives on a beautiful smallholding in the National Forest in Derbyshire, UK with her family and discovered permaculture design as a means to design her own land, leading to the co-founding and development of a community woodland social enterprise. She developed Think like a Tree to overcome her own health struggles as she lives with a rare chronic illness. Her journey has now lead her to share her insights to help others via Think like a Tree courses and workshops, supporting adults and children. Sarah now trains facilitators to deliver programmes around the UK.

Milly Carmichael is a trained facilitator and perpetual student of permaculture. She has also undergone training in solution-focused practice and compassionate communication and seeks to deepen and extend her skills and practice in both. She has a background in nursing and youth work, with most of her clinical experience focused on sexual health, substance use and associated mental health and wellbeing. Milly has also studied horticulture and is a gardener. She draws on the myriad ways that soil, growing, weather and land management offer us analogy, metaphor and direct comparison to inform our personal and organisational growth and development.

Milly seeks to contribute to a broader understanding and practice of systems thinking, nature connection, power-sharing, collaboration, cooperation, resilience and sustainability in our education, business, health and social care, criminal justice, retail, food and entertainment systems and industries.

Felicity Towns (PGDTLLS, PhD Geography, MA Tourism & Leisure, BSc hon Ecology) spent 10 years working in social housing developing community projects. For the last 10+ years Felicity has worked for the Environmental Education Project based at Rosliston Forestry Centre, developing and managing a range of educational projects, becoming a Forest School level 3 leader and a certified Forest Bathing guide. She is inspired by nature and learning about natural principles to guide her life. She enjoys family time (with her husband and 2 daughters), trail running, looking after her 2 pet rabbits and making nature inspired knitting and crochet creations.

Clare Hopkins (BA Honours Fine Art, PGCE in Further Higher and Adult Education Education) has over 16 years experience in education working as an art teacher and currently as an environmental education facilitator at Rosliston Forestry Centre. She is also a volunteer cub leader at her local group and has a husband, three children and a pet cat and enjoys nature and all things creative, particularly sewing and painting. Long standing health issues were progressing and the “Think like a Tree” course came as an opportunity at the right time and helped her to review work and family life and what was really important, to find strategies for coping with challenges that lay ahead. Following principles that nature uses to rest, be creative and be productive in the best possible way have been inspiring…

All facilitators operate as independent practitioners, with permission of Think like a Tree.