Marina Robb is founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC, a leading outdoor learning organisation. She is Trustee of SPARK, a network for young people's organisations in East Sussex. Marina has been the recipient of funding from Natural England, Mind and The National Lottery, amongst other grant makers for her outdoor work with teenagers, families and young people with mental health issues. Marina provides residential camps in Sussex woodlands, Forest School and nature-based training for adults, outdoor learning days and youth training programmes.
A qualified teacher (PGCE), Marina has studied Environmental Education (MA), Environmental Management (BSc) and Social Research (MSc) since 1990. She is a leading Forest School trainer and practitioner (UK and International) and shares her knowledge and experience through training teachers and individuals who want to work outside the classroom.
Marina has spent her lifetime supporting young people and adults to find new and old ways of connecting people with nature and reap the benefits of facilitated outdoor experiences. She is certified in Gestalt group facilitation, trained in wilderness skills, youth participation, managing challenging behaviour, non-directive play therapy and teenage psychology.
Marina’s approach brings together best practice from environmental education, Forest School, eco-psychology, indigenous wisdom and many years of working with young people of all ages and backgrounds, to create unique experiences. As a parent and workshop facilitator, she encourages young people to find their real voice, experience a sense of belonging and discover healthy pathways to adulthood.
Her resume includes: Primary School Teacher (PGCE); Director Life Skills Education - work in Primary and Secondary schools delivering self-esteem, anti-bullying and assertiveness programmes; World Wildlife Fund funded environmental education project. Sonora. Mexico; Transition Town Lewes Schools Education Coordinator – specialist in Eco-schools & has co-designed Eco-Pack for Sustainable Schools; Qualified Helen O’Grady Drama Teacher; Qualified Rediscovery International Youth Traineeship Programme and Wilderness Training - including bushcraft, woodland skills & wilderness first aid, Rediscovery Foundation, Canada; Conflict Resolution Training – LEAP ‘Playing with Fire’; 10 years Gestalt & Body therapy/ Parent Counseling/Children’s Hour training/under supervision; Trainings include: Boys Own (young men & self-esteem); Young Men and Anger; Young women and self-esteem; alternatives to violence; Life Coaching; Training for Trainers; Non-directive play therapy course; Certified Youth Participation Worker; Wildfood & Ancient plant use course - University of Sussex; Teenage Psychology: Young people not in education or employment; Certified Group Facilitation Training – Gestalt Centre, London.