Mothers As Natural Leaders Course 2025

Looking to explore your mothering and leadership journey?

Join Looby Macnamara and Emma Gorbutt, two of the co-authors of the Mothers As Natural Leaders  book, as they guide women through a nourishing reflective process, exploring what leadership means to us as mothers; leadership of ourselves, our families, in our community and in the wider world.



2025 dates tbc


£165 - £225


Looby Macnamara
Emma GorbuttE

Course Description

The course allows you the time and space to explore the tools more deeply and to further your understanding of your own leadership journey. We will look at how to maintain the balance of our responsibilities whilst being available as change makers on a small and large scale. We will also explore how nature connection and self care can nurture us in our roles as mothers and leaders.

We will be using the Mother Nature Journey and Leadership card decks. The card deck and guidebook are available to buy here or you can buy them direct at the course if you wish. To find out more about the Mother Nature project click here

mother nature cards

What you will learn

We will harvest our gifts gained through motherhood, reframe our challenges and explore our leadership and life paths together. The Mothers as Natural Leaders course is an opportunity to gather, learn and share, in circle, in nature with other women and mothers. We will share our stories and be in a supportive and nurturing environment using artwork, songs, nature connection practices and guided visualisations for a deep embodied experience.

We will be weaving in the principles of the 2 Mother Nature card decks and as well as teachings from our NEW book Mothers As Natural Leader (2023) available for free download here

Appreciation from Past participants

happy participants

“I learnt how many skills as a mother I put to use in my day to day and gained more insight that gave me value and confidence to be a leader not just for myself but my family and out in the world”

“There is something so special about slowing down and connecting with other mothers in a beautiful natural environment - it was a fabulous and memorable opportunity.”

“It was a deep and rewarding experience. I feel I traveled a long way. The relationships formed were deep and very special, and both being part of and running circles was wonderful. Applewood and its nature was a beautiful and perfect setting, and Looby and Emma were wonderful facilitators.”

A moment to reconnect with self, nature, others and reflect about the current aspects of my journey as leader and acknowledged all the spaces I am already a leader and take ownership of it, what a relaxed and informal day yet a little deeply nourishing

Dear Mother Nature, I’ve had the most brilliant, funny, effective, relaxing, sparkling, empowering, appropriate, heartfelt, inspired, inspiring, powerful, loving, supportive, calming and reassuring training of my whole life. Just thanks forever.

Practical Information

Food & Accommodation

Please bring food to share for lunches, we will provide dinner on Saturday evening and breakfasts for those that are staying.

If you wish to stay overnight on Friday and/or Saturday you are welcome to camp in the beautiful orchard. We have extra tents and bedding available for people to borrow if needed. We have a limited amount of beds in our indoor shared dormitory in our converted barn. Please be in contact if you would like to stay indoors instead of camping.

Facilitators & Venue

emma gorbutt

Emma is part of the Mother Nature Project and in 2023 she helped to co-author Mothers As Natural Leaders. She has had a varied career working for organisations supporting and creating community projects working for positive social and environmental change in the UK, including the Permaculture Association, a Women’s Centre and delivering Children and Young People's activities for borough councils. Since 2011 she has been living and working at Earthworm Housing Co-op, Herefordshire UK helping to develop their housing and land to be more environmentally sustainable where she also began her exciting mothering journey. In 2018 she joined Looby Macnamara working for Applewood Permaculture Centre helping to deliver, courses. In her spare time Emma is on a learning journey of Cultural Emergence and is nourished by gardening, cooking vegan food and nature connection practices. 

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