Meet the Team

Our staff are highly experienced teachers and educators who are passionate about all things PLAY: nature play, risky play, adventurous play and especially a child's right to play.

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Nicki Farrell

Founder & Director

  • Bachelor of Education - English & HPE
    (Middle and Secondary School)
  • Diploma in Outdoor Recreation
  • Cert 4 in Environmental Tourism
  • Cert 4 in Training and Assessing
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • First Aid in an Education Setting, CPR, Anaphylaxis, Asthma
  • Current Blue Card

Nicki is available as a guest speaker and to run workshops and consultations Australia wide.

Raised on a farm in remote South Australia, Nicki's favourite childhood memories are of family camping trips, climbing trees, hiding amongst wool bales and rock-hopping over rock pools.

Accidentally stumbling across the respectful/attachment parenting philosophy shortly after having her first child, enabled Nicki to begin to trust her child's innate curiosity and insatiable appetite to learn through play, which in turn led the family down the rabbit hole of alternative education options.

Nicki's passions and expertise lie in outdoor recreation, educating educators, creating community connections, ecological literacy, environmental protection and stewardship, and ensuring diversity and alternatives in our education systems to better prepare our children for an uncertain future.

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Vicci Oliver

Founder & Director

  • Bachelor of Science
  • (Marine Biology and Ecotourism)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education
    (Middle and Secondary School)
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • Intro to Forest School
  • First Aid in an Education Setting, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma
  • Current Blue Card

Vicci is available as a guest speaker and to run workshops and consultations Australia wide.

The ocean has always been home for Vicci. Living in South East Queensland has been the perfect backdrop for a life of adventure chasing dolphins and whales on a mission to spread a love for the natural world.

After spending a few years teaching in traditional schools, Vicci's world was soon opened to alternative models of learning, particularly the Forest School philosophy, after the birth of her first daughter. The philosophy embodied many of Vicci's own lifestyle values and seemed to be the perfect blend of world-schooling and wild-schooling.

Vicci's passions and expertise lie in marine education, respectful communication, child empowerment and educational freedom of choice.

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Lee Sadler

Redlands Area Manager

  • Advanced Diploma of Children's Services
  • Cert 4 Training and Assessment
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training

Lee is available to run workshops and consultations for schools and centres Australia wide. She is available to run Bush Kindy programs at services throughout Brisbane.

Lee is an experienced Early Childhood Educator whose passion for connecting children to nature led her on her journey to study Forest School. She believes for children to become the stewards of our land they need a strong connection to it in order to protect it. Lee believes this will happen when children are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in an unstructured outdoor environment for an extended, uninterrupted period of time.
Lee's passions and expertise lie in nature space and risk assessment consultations in early childhood centres and educating educators about the Forest School philosophy.
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Clint Bauer

Bush Skills Expert & Play Worker

  • Qualified + experienced Personal Trainer
  • MovNat Trainer
  • Current Blue Card holder
  • Magician
  • Big kid

Clint is available for programs on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane by negotiation.

Clint specialises in natural movement games, survival skills, shelter building, tree climbing, fire activities, balancing, ropes, knots and magic tricks.

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Sarah Bayliss

Bayside Playgroup Coordinator

  • Registered Nurse
  • Breastfeeding Counsellor
  • Trained PIPPS Parent Mentor
  • Current CPR, First Aid, Mental Health First Aid
  • Current Blue Card

Sarah is a full-time Mum to three home-schooled daughters. Outside of her love of parenting and nature, Sarah is passionate about traveling, and has been lucky enough to explore 32 countries. She’s a portrait artist, motorbike rider, enthusiastic but terrible gardener and is always excited to learn new skills.

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Amanda England

Brisbane City Area Manager

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • First Aid in an Education Setting (incl. CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma)
  • Current Blue Card

Amanda is available as a guest speaker and to run workshops and consultations Australia wide. She is available to run Bush Kindy programs at services throughout Brisbane.

From a young age Amanda fondly remembers working away in her Granddad's shed building go-karts to race down hills, elaborate tree houses with pulley systems and a childhood full of sunshine in the great outdoors (aka her neighbourhood) with her siblings. Amanda is an experienced Educator in both Primary and Early Childhood but knew early on in her career that her passion lie in alternative education, with an aim in engaging the wider community. With a love of the outdoors and all creatures, big and small, she was attracted to Forest School as a way to bring back childhood as she knew it, and reconnect children with the great outdoors.

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