Ciara Hinksman, Founder
Forest School Ireland began it’s existence in 2009 as Earth Force Education, founded by Ciara Hinksman. Upon completing three months living off-grid immersed in bushcraft, nature awareness and sustainable living practices in Co. Kerry, Ciara wanted to be part of bringing nature connection back into her community and the wider world.
She travelled extensively in order to learn from nature connection mentors, meeting powerful youths and elders throughout the Art of Mentoring International network. Finally, landing back into her own land via story, wildlife, plants and the natural rhythms of our seasons and ourselves.
In 2013 she hosted and participated in the first OCN Level 3 Certificate Forest School Leader training in the Republic of Ireland. Since then, she has been working closely with Circle of Life Rediscovery to deliver this training in Co. Wicklow.
She is the Founding Chair of the Irish Forest School Association and is part of the growing movement of Forest School Leaders in Ireland and around the world. She is a Heritage in Schools expert. She has collaborated with Maynooth University Froebel Dept., Liberties ETB, Marino Institute for Education, Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford, Cottage Autism Network and many other organisations through funded projects.