Get to Know our Staff

We are very proud of all our staff and would like to give you this opportunity to get to know us all a little better

Alex Douglas-Kane

“Founder of Schola Foris and Wacky Woods”

Alex Douglas-Kane of Schola Foris

 

 

 

 

Your name? Alex…… Alexandra, if you’re my mother and I might be in trouble.
Your nickname and any reason for it? I have no idea what peeps call me behind my back! At school it was “Shrimp”… I was pink and plump
What are your hobbies? Ah, those would be the things you do before you start a business on your own. Well, I walk the dog, I read a lot and I sleep really well
What’s the last thing you did that excited you? Every morning excites me with its possibilities. Every evening excites me with reflecting how much better the day was than I imagined when I woke up.
What’s the last book you read? The Snow Child… a wondrous tale that could easily have been true, if you believe in fairy stories. A great evocation of pioneer Alaskan life and the draw of the unknown…with lots of snow and birch trees.
What do you believe you bring to our outdoor sessions? Skills, fun etc.. Well, most adults know I have absolutely no sense of humour…. but I know that children think differently. I bring age and wisdom and the fact I can still do handstands as well as start a fire. I founded us, so we are heading to  what I imagined us to be, and our children, young people are going to be who they imagine they could be.PS..I’ve never actually started a fire whilst doing a handstand.. but I’m continually aspirational.
What’s your favourite nail varnish colour? Ha! I vary between Styperson Mud and Styperson Clay… a subtle difference that only Farrow and Ball could understand

James Wood

“I’ve a BA in Fine art and specialise in sustainable art, specifically with the use of primitive technologies and wild materials. This encompasses everything from weaving with brambles to painting with root juices and making paper with mushrooms”

James Wood (right)

 

 

 

 

Your name? James Wood – this has always been my name and I’ve not changed it because I love the outdoors.
Your nickname and any reason for it? Woody
What are your hobbies? My hobbies and work seem to overlap endlessly but I’m currently taking a keen interest in traditional wood carving.
What’s the last thing you did that excited you? I recently bought some wood carving chisels and wasn’t happy with the bevelled angle so decided to angle grind a new angle on to them – that was quite stupid because I should have just sent them back, but was also good fun.
What’s the last book you read? The Impossible Dead – Ian Rankin before Rebus, I’ve never read Rebus but it must be good as it’s mentioned on all the covers of his other books.
What do you believe you bring to our outdoor sessions? Skills, fun etc.. I believe I bring a strong arts and crafts element to Schola Foris as well as an enthusiasm to continually learn, better ourselves and give everything a try. You can find me fighting with water filter systems, collecting wild flowers to press or even digging up roots to make wild medicines and dyes.
Who do you find most inspiring? John Ruskin – what a guy…. “When love and skill work together, expect a master piece.”

 

Joevanka Gregory

Joevanka Gregory is an Artist and Crafter based in the heart of the Pennines, in North West England.  Trained as a Permaculture Practitioner and Forest School Educator, she is also an established Willow Weaver, Creative Practitioner and leads Wild Food Forages across the North West

Joe

 

 

 

 

Your name?  Joevanka Gregory
Your nickname and any reason for it? Joe Joe – name Adam calls me, quite like it!
What are your hobbies? Willow weaving, reading, swimming, going to sauna, walking, daydreaming, eating, sleeping, spending time with my friends.
What’s the last thing you did that excited you? Met Ben Law and spent time at his house and Prickly Nut Wood.
What’s the last book you read? The Hunter Gatherer Way by F. Campbell
What do you believe you bring to our outdoor sessions? Skills, fun etc.. Love of children and young people, patience, empathy, Woodlandy skills
Is there anything you would change about the Schola Foris site and why? I’d make it closer to home, and a little less muddy!!!

Sally Yates

Sally was previous a play worker with Manchester young lives, she’s now mixing two immense passions, one for the outdoors and the other for play work in her journey through forest school leadership.

Question Answer
Your name? Sally Yates
Your nickname and any reason for it? Dizzy  – coz I can be a bit dizzy and vague

More recently Babs, because we now have an allotment, so Barbara Good from The Good Life. Could catch on….

What are your hobbies?

 

Having acquired an allotment plot last year, I spend most of my spare time, when not working, on there. I’m determined to grow as much fruit and veg and become more self-sufficient.

Happily, my hobbies are pretty much what I do for a job now. After over 20 years working in admin, stuck indoors, glaring at a monitor, I am mainly working outdoors, loving the fresh air and learning lots of new skills.

What’s the last thing you did that excited you?

 

Getting our chickens back into their coop with minimal fuss. The minimal fuss bit is important as there is usually A LOT of fuss, lots of flapping of wings, & lots of hen name calling. I have discovered that meal worms and stale bread work a treat as a bribe – poultry bakshessh.
What’s the last book you read?

 

2 on the go at the moment – The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin & From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple. Both take me back to places I have been luckily enough to visit, both leave me full of wonderment and peaceful joy.
What do you believe you bring to our outdoor sessions? Skills, fun etc. I’m good at relating to the children & young people I work with & enjoy building relationships that bring out the best in them and myself. I enjoy having the responsibility of being a positive role model.

Patience, kindness & supportive encouragement are good skills to have for this role.

Make your own question and answer! Can we actually hear ourselves think??? I find myself saying this to the children at work.