Current Projects


Rewilding Education


Rewilding Education is a social enterprise which grapples with complex questions about how to make education better for people and planet. We want to radically change our education and create healthier, fairer and wilder ways of educating children, young people and adults. We know that our conventional education system is damaged, and we also know that the planet is under severe strain as a result of the way that human beings are interacting with the wild world.

Rewilding Education is a Community Interest Company with many strands of activity:

  • Supporting educators and practitioners to rewild practices, including by running wild camps, courses and online workshops
  • Collaborating with schools, colleges, universities and other formal education settings to reflect on and rewild organisations
  • Developing partnerships with individuals and organisations outside of the formal system
  • Undertaking high-quality and rigorous social impact evaluations for organisations
  • Co-creating research collaborations
  • Offering consultancy work

The Lodge


I co-lead The Lodge, a self-directed and consent-based learning community for home-educated young people. Based in Saffron Walden, it is open to young people aged 10-13 but will ultimately cater for those aged 10-16. The Lodge is based on principles of self-direction, consent, ed(ucation) positivity, democratic education, and children’s rights. The Lodge is committed to equity, inclusion, social and environmental justice and strives to be a welcoming and inclusive space for all children, young people, families, and staff.

The Lodge is linked with The Cabin, an exemplary self-directed and consent-based learning community for home educated people aged 5-11.


Check out  the website for The Cabin and The Lodge here 


Rewilding Education Courses

Four courses, wild camps and workshops are being run, all facilitated or co-facilitated by Max Hope.

Playing with wolves and other metaphors (online)

Journeying Within: Rewilding Ourselves

Looking Out: Rewilding Our Practice and Settings

Wild Power, Pride and Prejudice

Check website for full details and dates

Writing Support for changemakers and activists

Soul Fire Writing Retreats run in March/April and September and are led by Max Hope and Sophie Christophy

In addition, there is an active Facebook Group which offers writing support, inspiration and a community of like-minded writers and activists

Mentoring and coaching for writers is on offer by Max Hope

Click here for more about Write On Changemakers retreats.

Call of the Wild

Facilitated by Chris Salisbury and Max Hope

A yearlong foundation in outdoor education leadership

The programme introduces deep ecology, earth education, fieldcraft and bushcraft. It includes night walks, earth walks, naturalist study, canoe-trips, role-play, ceremony, storytelling and an ‘intuition’ walk

Run in partnership with WildWise and Embercombe


One-to-one coaching and mentoring

I am an experienced coach, mentor, and independent academic supervisor. I am available for face-to-face and online relationships.

I am particularly interested in:

– supporting people with writing projects

– working with individuals and teams within innovative education projects

– professional development for facilitators and educators

– independent supervision of research projects and/or doctorates