Who is HumaNature Connect?

Erica Gurner – Facilitator, Educator, Consultant, Adventure and Nature lover

I am a passionate and creative learning facilitator with extensive experience in therapeutic nature- based work, experiential education,  personal and community development and health promotion,  spanning a period of 16 years. 

I believe that life is about flourishing, exploring and creating and hence my career path has been anything but linear.   I have explored the basis of human disease in my career as a genetics researcher;  hiked, rode, climbed, skied and paddled my way around Australia and overseas as an outdoor educator; navigated the territory of human wellbeing as a community mental health worker; created whole community approaches to health and wellbeing as a health promotion worker and facilitated joy, awe, connection and wellbeing for many adults and young people through my work as a therapeutic nature/adventure worker.

The common thread has been supporting other people to also explore their potential and to recognise the important place that the rest of nature has in our life.

 I believe everyone one can and needs to make a meaningful contribution to the world so that we can thrive not just survive. Through HumaNature Connect I continue to do my bit to create a world we all want to live in. 


Other professional are frequently involved in the design and delivery of programs.



  • Centre for Sustainability Leadership – Fellowship Program 2014
  • Grad. Diploma Experiential Learning and Development(Wilderness Therapy &Youth)
  • Diploma Outdoor Recreation
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons. Genetics)

 Accredited Training

  • Leaders Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • Canoe Instructor Flat Water
  • Mountain Bike Instructor
  • Community Surf Life Saving Bronze
  • Mental Health First Aid


To view a sample of previously delivered workshops and testimonials click here

Gurner, E., Garden – Thompson, N., Carey. M. (2013)  ‘Exploring connections to nature and sustainability through a process of experiential arts based inquiry’. Eingana. 36 (1) 18 -21. Read this article here.

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Victorian Women’s Trust