Our Team

huckleberries provides a safe ‘place to be me’ where children learn to love who they are and be themselves. Our team of session leaders and well-being practitioners unites experience of working and volunteering with children and young people. Through practicing or teaching yoga, mindfulness, meditative journaling, outdoor learning, bushcraft, doodling and art, as well as being parents or teachers, our aim is to ensure that children are equipped with cognitive and emotional awareness to be able to adapt to life’s challenges. We help to enhance their connectedness with their surroundings, to listen to the natural feedback loops (from nature, the animals and each other), which in turn develops their grounding, intuition and responsiveness, without overstimilating their senses.
Our Board of Directors hold the safeguarding of children and young people at the heart of what we do. All our team and contact are DBS checked and every session has at least one qualified first aider in paediatric and outdoor education first aid. All practitioners hold qualifications in their specialist area.

Bev Beverley Cook, Director & Programme Lead

Bev has spent most of her career in the sustainable construction sector working with clients, architects and engineers to enhance physical and emotional well-being through the built environment. Her passion for small scale farming was realised when she borrowed some pigs from a friend and bought a few chickens with her neighbour in 2009. Coupled with her love of the outdoors, and desire to improve outcomes for all children as many years as a school governor, it was a natural step for Bev to set up Huckleberries Nurture Farm in her back garden in 2018 as a pilot scheme.
“The therapeutic benefits of spending time with animals and being immersed in nature are well documented - reducing blood pressure, releasing endorphins, enhancing feelings of calm and well-being. I wanted to provide an opportunity for those children going through tricky times to feel the benefits of our animals, to nurture and be nurtured, to connect and to have a place to just be themselves. The animals are non-judgemental and trusting, they encourage empathy and compassion, and their balancing influence is immediate, almost as soon as the children arrive you see them physically and emotionally unwind - its magical.”

Emine Rickson, Director

Emine joined our board as a founding director in March 2019.

Ant Antony Cook, Director

Ant is an IT Consultant at Triad Group Plc by day, Scout Leader at 7th Farnham by night, and Huckleberries agricultural engineer (fence posts mostly!) by weekend (he also looks after the books). Ant grew up at a residential outdoor pursuits centre in north Wales. ‘Bryntysilio’, owned by the Walsall Schools Holiday Camp Trust was converted and run by his mother and father from 1969 specifically for the benefit of disadvantaged children and continues to provide adventure activity courses today. It was this introduction to the outdoors that sparked Ants interest at an early age into rock climbing, canoeing, mountaineering and sailing, hobbies he continues to enjoy with his family and as an active Scout leader in Elstead.

Mairead Mairead Amos, Practitioner

After spending many years teaching English Language and Literature to children and teenagers in Hong Kong, South Korea and London, Mairead moved to Surrey with her family and re-trained as a Yoga Teacher. She trained in London for two years at the prestigious triyoga as well as completing further training to teach yoga to children and teens. “Yoga is a magical way to connect and explore what it means to be fully yourself and as a teacher I aim to facilitate that process by helping children to develop an inner confidence to ignite their inherent creativity. Yoga can help children learn and discover their own uniqueness by offering a safe place to explore what it means to try new things without the stress of being judged or compared to others”. Mindful meditation underpins her teaching, providing an opportunity to fall still and discover what it means to be quiet, to reflect and to look inside. For more information about Maireads classes and retreats see http://www.maireadamos.com

Collette Collette Cousins, Practitioner

Collette is an experienced mindfulness coach who has been meditating for many years. She is an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness teacher and Creative Arts Therapist currently supporting school staff and students age 7-18+ “In our over busy 247 lives I aim to bring awareness to the benefits of slow living and self-compassion, enabling us all to find the breathing space which will help us to lead more contented and fulfilled lives”. She regularly runs workshops, courses and retreats in the Surrey Hills. For more information about Collettes classes and retreats see http://www.collettecousins.com

Sarah Sarah Jane Vickery, Artist

Sarah is an author, illustrator and creativity coach. She moved from Canada back to her roots in the UK, switched careers and altered her lifestyle to improve her physical health and mental wellbeing. “I believe that good things happen when curious minds put pen to paper. Curiosity and creativity are the keys that have helped me to grow, change and build a happier life”. On moving back to the UK Sarah recaptured her childhood love for drawing, developed a greater appreciation for the role of animals and human nature and put these ideas into a creative practice. She develops creative tools for practicing self-care and building a growth mindset and coaches through one-to-one sessions and workshops on the ‘power of putting pen to paper’. For more information about Sarah’s workshops see http://www.sarahjanevickery.com

Tamzin Greggs, Nature Specialist

Tamzin is a forest school leader and nature specialist.