Ciara Hinksman, Founder
Founded by Ciara Hinksman Forest School Ireland began its existence in 2009 as Earth Force Education. She completed three months living off-grid immersed in bushcraft, nature awareness and sustainable living practices in Co. Kerry. She then travelled extensively to the UK and USA in order to learn from and meet nature connection mentors and powerful youths and elders throughout the International 8 Shields network. Ciara wanted to be part of bringing connection to nature, to self and others through cultural design models back into her community and her own land via story, wildlife, plants and the natural rhythms of our seasons and ourselves.
Since 2013, she has been working as part of the Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC team to deliver OCN Level 3 Certificate Forest School Leader 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.
Ciara became a Heritage in Schools expert in 2010, she offers experiential workshops and programmes for Forest School, nature connection, biodiversity and sustainability.