Learn to be an extraordinary nature connection guide

An introduction to nature connection ideas and skills that you can use to guide extraordinary and memorable nature experiences for your people.


10 am-10 pm Thursday 21 to 6.10 am to 6.16 pm Friday 22. Paekakariki, Kapiti, Wellington


Are you looking to really engage your clients and provide more value to them? Do you want to more clearly differentiate yourself in the market place? Are you keen to develop your skill set in a new and exciting area?  The course is suitable for people who work in a range of settings who are curious to see if nature connection is the “x” factor they are looking for:


  • Tour guides
  • Eco tourism operators
  • Outdoor instructors
  • Therapists
  • Youth leaders and teachers
  • Social service providers
  • Facilitators
  • Science Communicators
  • Conservation professionals
  • Nature-preneurs
  • Facilitators
  • Coaches and mentors


You will already have a good understanding of your people and their needs as well as basic health and safety.

The course is suitable for people of most abilities – if you can walk slowly for an hour with a small daypack you can do it (or if you have special needs please contact the organiser as we can almost certainly design-in a way for you to participate).

The course is limited to a maximum of 12 people so you will need to book in quick.


  • The course is very experiential and you will be outside for most of the time, learning by doing
  • The course is designed to build on your strengths and for you to share skills and knowledge with people from a range of backgrounds
  • We will explore some powerful ideas and principles for nature connection that can be applied to almost any situation
  • You will get a chance to develop key personal qualities and nature connection routines for yourself
  • You will learn about more than 20 nature connection activities
  • You will learn how to structure a nature connection experience; sequencing activities for maximum effect
  • A taster of expressive and arts activities
  • You will cover top tips on the practicalities such as choosing the venue, equipment, and Health and Safety considerations particular to nature connection
  • You will get a chance to adapt what we cover to your particular circumstances, give it a try and receive feedback
  • Follow up access to a peer community of support and a free 1 hour coaching session to fine tune your future plans
  • Advanced courses or one on one coaching will be available if you want to further your practice.

Download more detailed information

Download full course information: nature connection guiding course info

Download the booking form now: Booking and Disclaimer Form – nature connection guide

Contact Liana directly: liana.stupples@gmail.com

Liana’s Parlour of Natural Beauty success

Sometimes you have a crazy idea that you just have to put into action. Liana’s Parlour of Natural Beauty was just that.  Driven by the idea “why does so much nature connection, science communication and conservation have to be so sciency and intellectual? – Why couldn’t it be more sensory, pampering and joyful?” I came up with the Parlour.  And then, along with 17 wonderful volunteers, I put it into action as an 8 day experiential installation that looked like a retro beauty parlour taken over by the bush and connected people to nature and wellbeing.  It was all run as part of the Common Ground Groundwater-themed Hutt Public Art Festival February 25- March 4 2017.

In a week we pampered almost 500 people and connected with thousands more; people from all walks of life not just those already interested in environmental issues or the arts.

The feedback was fabulous:

“Liana’s parlour was a real delight it was deeply connective to the outdoor environment. Beautiful!”
“It was incredible! Calming, beautiful what a treat!”
For the full story click here
I’ve discovered what a powerful and flexible format the Parlour of Natural Beauty is, so I would love to work with new people to make it relevant for your science communication, conservation education, place-making and public well-being challenges.  Just get in touch.

WilderKids offers school holiday wildness for Wellington

I’m pretty inspired by the Sustainability Trust in Wellington who are planning a great new school holiday programme. They have hired me as an advisor and together we are planning some cool wild adventures for kids aged 6-12. It will be based at community garden Innermost Gardens and feature plenty of outside time and adventures in the town belt – all a stone’s throw from the CBD.


To find out more or book:


Hire the Teepee or wild water hot tub

Imagine a Sami style Teepee or a Wild water portable Hot Tub at your next event. Great for workshops, retreats, camps,  or even board meetings ;-). It comes with an experienced operator and maybe even some ideas about facilitating your event.  The Hot tub is best for 4-5 at time while the Teepee can sit 12+ or sleep 8+.  Just comment below or contact Re-wild Yourself for more info about hiring info@liana.kiwi.nz.

wild women in wild water hot tub on Re-wild Yourself retreat for nature connection
wild women in wild water hot tub on Re-wild Yourself retreat for nature connection

Flowerfull for Mental Health

Nature connection is a powerful force for mental wellbeing. This was recognised this year by the mental health foundation who made it the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week.  As Re-wild Yourself I joined in the photo competition and was surprised to win a spot prize for a shot my daughter and I made playing on the lawn together – with my flowerfull hair.  Thanks MHAW.

MHAW also featured an office lockout lunch hour to encourage workplaces to make sure their staff had some outside time in the day.  As I don’t really have an office to lock my self out of I had some fun taking my plastic executives outside at lunchtime!


Seriously though, nature is key to my mental health. Don’t underestimate how crucial it could be for yours.




Extraordinary Facilitation – New Resolution

Extraordinary Facilitation - New Resolution

Extraordinary facilitation is...

A Two day Bootcamp for emerging facilitators and leaders.

You will master techniques outside the ordinary: from Outdoor Adventure, Community Building, Creative Innovation, Ecopsychology and more

This intense and dynamic training course is a fantastic way to develop extraordinary skills in effective facilitation and leadership so that you can be more engaging and bring about deeper change for the people you work with.

Here's what previous participants said:

" Amazing "

" Great modelling of facilitation – experience it before you try it"

"Very practical experiential learning – heaps of fun – gets you thinking outside the box"

"Come with an open mind – I’ve discovered for example, that I can be more creative than I thought and I can facilitate this for others too"

"Really great for a wide range of previous experiences from novice to experienced.  I learned so much and would definitely come back for a part II"

Who is it for?

The course is for people who have already started facilitating or leading groups of people and who are hungry to branch out and try more effective techniques and ideas from outside the box. This course will expose you to dozens of new tactics and give you are chance to hone your skills in a fun and supportive setting.

Learning Outcomes

During this course, participants will:

Deepen their understanding of the ideas behind facilitation and participatory leadership
Develop a bigger tool kit of practical techniques and skills and the strategies to collate them to make facilitation more effective
Experience dozens of common and uncommon facilitation techniques including:
Working in non-office settings to achieve more impact
Honing skills in supporting innovation and creativity
Developing greater self-mastery in tricky or challenging situations
Dealing with controversial issues and divergent perspectives
Developing a wider repertoire non-verbal communication skills
Try out new techniques for themselves and receive feedback
Reflect on your own personal strengths and receive coaching to boost your unique and effective style
Develop your own follow up action plan

Who runs it?

Your guide is Liana Stupples a facilitator with over 20 years international experience. Liana has drawn from her diverse work co-ordinating everything from international human rights campaigns, community engagement for controversial resource management issues, national social innovation projects, youth going on outdoor adventures to community singing and distilled the most powerful and extraordinary facilitation techniques for you.

She has worked for all sectors including business, government and not for profit and understands the challenges of good leadership and facilitation in each. She has trained an equally wide range of people from international diplomats, to woman in prison.

Liana somehow helps you feel relaxed and open to new experiences; she will stick beside you as you challenge yourself. She can find the playful side of most things and she commits to bringing an engaging energy as well as sensitive facilitation skills to every event she runs. Despite the fun she is serious about building the capacity of people and organisations to tackle the real and the tough stuff. That is why she has been curious all her life about how to better facilitate and lead and wants you to practically benefit from this insight.

“Liana has a knack for seeing the bigger picture. She asks the right questions, the meaningful questions, and the hard questions, and facilitates the journey for us to find the best answers. Her expertise helps groups to produce strategic direction and positive impact and consistently leaves everyone feeling accomplished and inspired.”

    EHA Chairperson

What you get for your money

Two days training in a fantastic venue including time outside

Fully catered lunch and refreshments

Full handbook of techniques and tips

Free follow up coaching session and peer support forum


Your investment

Waged/for profit or government organisations $500

students/unwaged/not for profits $300

early bird discount $50 off, if you book by 31 December


The Venue

We will be in the glorious seaside village of Paekakariki.

It is only 45 minutes from the centre of Wellington - or there are a wide range of accomodation options. for example:

stay in wellington and get the train
stay locally in the village hotel Finns
Stay locally in the campground
Stay locally in Air Bnb places with very nice people

Great ! How do I book?

Send and email to liana.stupples@gmail.com - or comment below with your email address. A 50% deposit will secure your place.