Andrew is a dynamic and experienced facilitator. Drawing on his personal experience in the wilds of the classroom, the bush and the human psyche he creatively cultivates wild connections with fur, root and claw. He is dedicated to the ecological awakening of humanity and does so through his own business Wild Quests, through developing the Perth Waldorf School Camp curriculum, working with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours and founding The Work that Reconnects Western Australia. He loves to surf and explore the ancient granite boulders of his home in Margaret River and is always up for a playful game! He is heeding the call to fully embrace the challenges of today with insight and heart, calling you to do so too.
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
I appreciate that the WTR provides a solid and dependable framework to support people in their ecological awakening. I also appreciate that the work lends itself to adaptation depending on the environment and people that it serves. Its universality means it is accessible to all walks of life and has time and time again proven to positively create change.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
I see this work serving the people of Western Australia by connecting people into their hearts. I see it supporting people to face the ecological and psycho-spiritual challenges of today by providing a means of expression and connection. I see the work awakening people to the gift of their doings. The gift and power they have to act on behalf of all life. To be compassionate. I see this work supporting the rising and empowerment of our indigenous brothers and sisters. I see this work providing an anchor for people to navigate the heavy seas of change and the resilience to stand together. I see this work serving a revolution in our perception and belonging.
Audiences I work with
Activists, youth, community-based organisations, governmental organisations and councils
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Ecological Encounters (2013, 7 days)
Location: Donnelly River
Facilitated by: John Croft, Helene Fisher, Emma Brindal and Paul Pule
- Council of All Beings (2014, 4 days)
Facilitated by: John Croft and Helene Fisher
Other relevant training
- Art of Mentoring (2016, 7 days)
Facilitated by: Jon Young
- Coming Home to an Animate World (2018, 4 days)
Location: Perup, WA
Facilitated by: Bill Plotkin and Genene Marie Haugen
- Music, Nature and Storytelling (2019, 4 days)
Location: Hawks Nest , NSW
Facilitated by: Jon Young
Other relevant skills & experiences
"Andrew is good at bringing people together'
I am a natural community builder, musician and lover of the natural world. Surfing, mountain biking and climbing are my pastimes and getting people together to play games! I am charasmatic, multi-talented and living my purpose(thanks to the wise counsel and guidance of mentors and nature)
Re-evaluative Counselling practice in mens groups and workshops - 2 yrs: 2013 - 2015
I co-led the formation of a local community group called Embark which developed my understandings of Dragon Dreaming project design
Life coaching with Heath Myers for 1 year and mentorship with Paul Pule since 2013.
Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Coach - I coached 4 participants over 4 months to fulfil on projects important to them
Over the last two years I have mentored 2 year 12 Perth Waldorf School Students in the fulfilment of their year 12 Projects. Last year was "What are the psychological and social struggles men face from our cultural definition of masculinity?" and currently "How the Anthropocene is causing the mass extinction of land animals and what we can do about it"
Non-violent Communication training 3 days Training and 4 years with my partner who is well versed in the work! 2014 - ongoing
Completed a Vision Quest facilitated by Beyond the Threshold WA 2016 that supported me hugely in discovering who I am in the world.
I have been out on Country for 3 day with local Noongar elder and caught a glimpse of the depth of the indigenous connection to country. Their creation story continues to echo in my deepening understanding of place
Life has shown me the importance of doing what is within your heart. As I said that 3 cockatoos flew over and continue to squak in the background. :) Taking time to listen to that small voice within and courageously act for and in accordance with your deep knowing and what makes you come alive!
In 2016 our local Wetlands were under threat of a highway being built. I was grateful to be part of a massive community response to protect the Wetlands. This included NVDA training, community facilitation, singing and direct action. It is currently undergoing revegetation.
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Deep Ecology and Music Bush Camp (2016, 4 days)
Facilitated by: Steve Manoa Andrews and Helene Fisher
- Deep Ecology Hiking and Kayaking Camp (2018, 6 days)
Facilitated by: Diane Clemenceau , Paddy Hocking and Richard Swan
- Deep Ecology Kayaking Camp (2019, 6 days)
Location: Blackwood River
Facilitated by: Diane Clemenceau and Paddy Hocking
- Catalysing Agents of Change (2019, 1 days)
Location: Margaret River
Facilitated by: Richard Swan
- The Work that Reconnects Immersion (2019, 1 days)
Facilitated by: Helene Fisher and Kathryn Choules
Video of me facilitating
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
I have experience in facilitating Nature Connection works in WA and NSW as part Art of Mentoring Australia. Using my Master of Teaching and Nature connection experiences I work as a Youth Co-ordinator with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours as well as guiding adults on the Cape to Cape Track. I actively engage with the Perth Waldorf School as a Camp leader and support the ongoing development of their High School Camp Program. I have also worked with community organisations such as the WA Forest Alliance by providing Wild Quests - check out www.wildquests.com.au for more info.
Let's come together and create a better world.