Lucy O’Hagan’s love for nature sprouted in early childhood, as the fields and woods around her house served as both school and sanctuary.
Her passion for teaching began after finishing a degree in Social Anthropology and French, when she had the chance to work in schools in the Caribbean and on Reunion Island, assisting in the integration of environmental learning across the curriculum.
She trained as a Level 3 Forest School practitioner in March 2015 and, as a result, set up the Phoenix Forest School in Dublin’s iconic Phoenix Park in September 2015.
Since then, Lucy has been deepening her relationship with nature and passion for teaching at the Woodcraft school in West Sussex.
Here, she furthered her knowledge of ethnobotany, wildlife tracking and trained as a Bushcraft Instructor. This involved sleeping out in the woods for one week a month, September-June, learning practical bushcraft skills and effective ways to teach these to others.
Lucy is passionate about supporting people to re-establish their connection with themselves, their communities and to nature, of which we are a part. She is particularly interested in rewilding and rekindling the knowledge and skills we once knew so intimately, which connect us to our place in the world.
This year, Lucy has taken part in Lynx Vilden’s Stone Age immersion projects, living wild for 4 months with a community. From the ancient caves of the Dordogne, to the northern lands of the Sami, she has been deepening her understanding and love of Ancestral skills and exploring cultural repair and deep nature connection.
Lucy feels most at home wandering through the woods, following animal trails & nibbling on what food or medicine nature has to offer.
Lucy on paper
NCFE Level 4 Bushcraft Instructor
NCFE Level 4 Practical Ethnobotany
NCFE Level 4 Wildlife Tracking
OCN Level 3 Forest School Practitioner
CyberTracker Level 3 (Track & Sign), Level 1 (Trailing)
REC Level 2 First Aid
Member of the Association of Foragers
Currently in training:
Wildlife Trailing Intensive, Woodcraft School