In Our Element Organisation was formed in December 2015 by Martyn Griffiths and Luci Ashbourne.
We are a small team of dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate professionals who understand that high levels of anxiety brought on by difficult or confusing early experiences can be one of the highest hurdles to overcome. This can then begin a devastating spiral that can affect a young person’s life potential on many levels.
We have a wide variety of skills, experience and qualifications relating to therapeutic approaches to working with challenging behaviour; counselling and mentoring; music making and technology; environmental education and outdoor learning.
Formally trained with a university education in Environmental Science (BSc Hons) and Conservation and Project Management (PGDip). He has a background in woodland, bushcraft and primitive skills – taking part various practical courses including a yearlong Earth Living programme.
Martyn has over 8 year’s experience working in the charitable sector running and managing re-engagement programmes in an outdoor setting for individuals and groups alike. He has worked in all aspects of senior management in two small start-up not for profit social enterprises working within the Alternative Provision sector. He has extensive overseas and expedition experience taking part and leading youth expeditions to Sweden and Bulgaria.
Luci Ashbourne, Co-founder
Luci began training as a counsellor in 2005 and has worked for over ten years on understanding of the therapeutic value of music, and creative arts. This has culminated in becoming a music tutor, which she uses to inspire and encourage young people to develop both musically and emotionally.
In 2011 Luci began working at The Mulberry Bush School in Standlake, esteemed for its therapeutic approach to behaviour, as a residential provision for emotionally traumatised children.
During her time at the school Luci completed an FdA with the University of West England in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young Adults, with her final research project, “Good Enough Care”, being published online. She also ran the children’s concert at the end of each term which was cherished by the children and staff alike.