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Our mission at WILD EMBERS is to hold a creative and safe outdoor space where people can connect to nature, themselves and each other so they can boldly journey into life. 

WILD EMBERS aims to give everyone the opportunity to connect to nature, in turn reconnecting to their authentic self, to their community and equipping them with the inner strength they need to create the life they dream of.

The need and benefits for nature connection and human connection is endlessly being studied and proven yet our modern culture is at complete odds to this wisdom and as citizens we're increasingly becoming isolated, unhealthy, void of outdoor stimuli and seemingly powerless to make positive change for ourselves.

WILD EMBERS aim is to bridge this gap between nature and people and people and community.



Meet The Team

Richard-Portrait-Wild Embers-Totnes-Lucy

Richard Scofiled


Forest School Leader, Level 3 Qualified

Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Level 3 Qualified

Paediatric & Outdoor First Aid Trained

Bio Coming Soon!


Dawn Shade


Mother & Illustrator

Doula Trained

Former Steiner Kindergarten Assistant

BA (hons) Visual Communication

Horticulture Level One 

Dawn has been a part of the Wild Embers vision from its birth, along side her husband Richard who is the founder.  She is a director of this CIC and supports in various ways.

 She brings her natural abilities with children and has a Waldorf inspired approach to Forest School/Home Education group. She is the creative director and manages the website and design. She is particularly involved in the community side of the CIC and often admin too!

She is a natural mama passionate about gardening, foraging, painting & design and stress free education for early years through seasonal learning and play.  

To check out Dawns nature inspired art please visit


Alex Gostwick

Forest School Leader, Level 3 Qualified

Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Level 3 Qualified

Paediatric & Outdoor First Aid Trained

BA Psychology & Sociology 1st Class

Alex is a qualified Forest School Leader with in depth experience working with children, young people and adults with support needs. For the last 7 years Alex worked in a range of charities and voluntary organisations with young people at risk of homelessness, children with special education needs, young men caught up in the criminal justice system and in addiction support services. He has a background in psychology and works as a consultant supporting third sector organisations grow and develop their offering, focussing on policy and bid writing, due diligence and strategic growth. 


Alex has a keen interest in bushcraft, green wood work and learning with nature. He teaches a range of courses in whittling and woodcraft and is passionate about raising the next generation as nature stewards.


Mel Triggs

Forest School Coordinator/ Instructor

Wild Embers

Paediatric & Outdoor First Aid Trained

Community Care & Nursery Nursing

After studying

community care & Nursery nursing, still eager to learn i attended Art school achieving a diploma in general art and design, a little unsure what to do next, I started to work with the land, gardening, growing, studying tropical plants. 

My appetite for horticulture started to grow where eventually I became the manager for the RHS, running RHSE at their first North of England site at RHS Harlow Carr.

New to Devon, after having our daughter and I then set my sights on outdoor education, volunteering at her first school, then running their Eco councils, school Council’s craft clubs and helping with their gardening club.

A move of school and my need to work with children grew stronger, I was able to be the assistant for a mainstream forest school, then after a few years became the lead, staying there for 6 years and gaining a wealth of knowledge.

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