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About Nigel

Founder, School of the Wild

  • Nigel Berman is the Founder of School of the Wild where he curates and leads team building and leadership development programmes that pull leaders and teams out of the office to reconnect with the wild, and each other. 
  • Nigel is passionate about bringing people into nature, to reconnect as humans and as a result, to help people work together better.
  • Apart from well-known health and happiness benefits, research shows nature dramatically boosts creative thinking, is the great equaliser, and plays a big part in quickly building real relationships. It's also lots of fun.
If you could invite 1 person to a dinner party – who would it be and why?
Paul Kingsnorth - a great environmental writer and thinker, and I’ve been trying to meet him for a few years!
What motivates you? Makes you happy?
Spending time in the woods, around a fire, with friends, doing something meaningful
What advice would you give your 10-year-old self?
Ignore the haters, listen to your inner voice, you’ve got bigger things to do.
and Don’t keep everything to yourself - find someone you can really talk to, or
Talk to your parents and beg them to put you into therapy!
If you could make 1 global change – what would it be?
Ban all fossil fuels
What are your Top 3 achievements?
Founded a film festival
Nigel’s Eco Store
School of the Wild
What does sustainability mean for you?
The dictionary says ‘avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance’ but to me these days sustainability and green growth seem to have become shorthand for finding a way to carry on as we are now, without addressing the underlying issues: of excessive consumption, a broken relationship with the planet, and the need to change (or shift!) our consciousness
What was the most important event/influence that changed your perspective?
A 2-week meditation retreat in Thailand in my twenties. A profoundly deep and moving experience that changed my life and my perception for ever