About N4H

It’s all about connection

Nature 4 Health aims to help people connect with nature, each other and themselves. Experience the mindful benefits of green and blue space and the fascinating species we share the planet with.

Our qualified and experienced guides deliver sessions on fire skills, foraging, camp fire cooking (eating and drinking), nature ID, team building games, crafts (e.g. paracord weaving, cordage, spoon carving etc.), navigation and journeying skills. We pride ourselves in group management and making things work whatever the weather.

Nature deficit. A disorder?

Over time we at N4H have become greatly aware of the value of being outdoors. Our childhood and careers have allowed us to benefit from this connection and a great deal of research over many years has noted a multitude of positive outcomes. It seems incredible that anybody should need to extol the virtues of being in nature but as our society has urbanised many people have become unfamiliar with the benefits.

Nature for Health - highland waterfall

Nature for Health - coastal view

‘Nature deficit disorder’, as described by Richard Louv, is a tangible explanation for some of the difficulties that human society experiences alongside the myriad of barriers to happiness and wellbeing that exist and are used to categorise various human circumstances and conditions. Having the ability to find a sense of purpose and build confidence in order to take action to make change is key to what Nature 4 Health offers.

Being outdoors in nature is intrinsically beneficial but doing it with others and learning new ways, skills and understandings makes this offering organic and vital. We all have mental and physical health and the benefits of social interaction are many. Our sessions help people to define what staying well or being happy means for them and how to work towards that. Come and join us and experience this for yourself!

“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.”
Paulo Coelho

Ruaraidh Milne, co-founder of N4H, has worked in the outdoors for over 20 years. With an educational background of zoology and a Masters in wildlife and conservation biology, he knows his way around the woods…and many other habitats. He journeyed around the globe learning his trade of outdoorsman, wildlife biologist, ranger and bushcraft teacher and has kept up to date with CPD through Forest Schools (L3) courses, Branching Out leader and many other trainings. His ability as an aerialist (teacher) as well as various other circus skills, provide us with lots of entertaining and shelter making options (no tree too high for a tarp!). Most importantly he can make people feel welcomed, warm, well fed and safe.  Whatever the weather and situation, Ruaraidh delivers!

Stephen Wiseman, the other founding father, has worked in the outdoors for 37 years although loved birdwatching and nature from a young age. He worked as a ranger and countryside manager for the National Trust for Scotland for nearly 20 years. Stephen then delivered heritage interpretation projects after completing his Masters degree followed by Scottish Waterways Trust for nearly a decade, where he latterly met Ruaraidh as a colleague. A bit of a natural history boffin, he loves nothing more than engaging with nature and facilitating connection for others. Forest schools (3), Trail Cycle, Summer Mountain and Branching Out leader. Currently completing a mindfulness teacher course as well as a host of hobbies…  Whatever the species and needs, Stephen identifies!