Sarah

Sarah Robertshaw (APIOL) is founder and director of Step-Out.  Sarah is an Accredited Practioner with the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL), has worked for the Forestry Commission for over 10 years leading the Forest School Community Team and the Wyre Forest Training Centre. She is a Forest School trainer, an IOL foundational bushcraft competency certificated practitioner, is a qualified teacher (holding the Certificate of Education), counsellor (Advanced Diploma) and reality therapist.

Sarah has led workshops at several National conferences including Forest School conferences and the IOL National Conference.

Her real passion is working with people, especially the hard to reach.  She has developed programmes for many different groups of people including adult groups, the very young with Mum and/or Dad, pupil referral units for those with challenging behaviours, mental health issues, home educated young people, family centres, those involved in domestic violence and mainstream educated students of all ages

Through Step-Out, Sarah continues her work of developing and helping people, using the outdoors as a medium for challenge and change in people’s lives.

The Team

Marya

Counsellor & Forest School Trainee Leader

My children have called me ´MuvDawg´ for years!

Following my lifelong love of the outdoors, I joined Step-Out and have never looked back.  I am passionate about what i do at Step-Out and work in a person centred way. I am keen to pass on my forest school knowledge to others through the nature awareness activities we offer.

Laura

Forest School / Tree Babies Leader

I used to be a secondary school philosophy teacher before escaping the great indoors.

Being outdoors gives me peace, excitement, energy – everything! I love feeling connected to our environment and helping others to do the same.

Joy

Administrator

My role at Step-Out is behind the scenes, I am the voice behind Step-Out and I expect I have sent an email your way if you have booked with us before. I stay indoors so you don’t have to!

Chris

Bushcraft Practitioner & Forest School Trainee Leader

Chris aka ´Hobbzie´, lives in Canterbury with his wife and three kids. Prior to moving back to England, Chris and his family lived in China where they ran an international democratic school. Chris loves the outdoors and this is where he feels most alive and relaxed.

Beth

Forest School Leader

I love being outside and feel really relaxed in nature although I am restless indoors. I feel completely at ease in the woods and am fascinated by wildflowers – are they edible, do they have healing qualities or are they poisonous – I believe everything has a reason for being here.

Vanessa

Forest School Trainee Leader

I too prefer being outdoors and get my energy from being amongst nature. I most enjoy learning bushcraft skills and passing this knowledge on to others. I am also a fan of natural crafts and am rather handy with a whittling knife!

Lisa

Herb Gardener

I love working in the woods as I’m a real outdoors person with a deep love of the natural world, particularly trees!

It brings me great joy connecting with the children and seeing them enjoy the woodland too.

My other interests are walking, crafts, my dogs, music and learning the guitar.

Laura

Forest School Leader

I’m a qualified primary school teacher as well as a Level 3 Forest School leader. I love travelling in my 1972 VW campervan and going for countryside walks with my Romanian rescue dog and 1 year old daughter. I am a huge advocate for spending time outdoors and reconnecting people with nature; it’s great for mental health, physical wellness and so important for children’s development!

Brian, Karen & Ricky

Bushkraft Team

We´re very lucky to have the support of the Bushkraft Team.

They bring years of expertise and enthusiasm to our forest school programmes and holiday activities.