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The Founders & Facilitators


Ben Stopford

Co-Founder + Facilitator

Ben is a facilitator, gardener & gatherer whose mission is pollinating deeper connections to both the inner & outer landscapes.​

His group facilitation stems from contemporary Rites of Passage (vision quest) &The Work that Reconnects, having trained under Rupert Marques & Molly Young Brown.

Ben is the founder of Conscious Roots & co-creator of Deepen Your Roots, a year-long transformational journey into connection and belonging. He lives at Cae Mabon where he co-facilitates retreats & teaches foraging & permaculture.

Tom Otter

Co-Founder + Facilitator

​Tom has been working in the outdoors since 2010 but playing in the outdoors since he was a young boy.  Inspired by the mountains in the Lake District he began mountaineering and climbing in his teens.

Tom is the founder of Nomad where he brings together the best parts of formal outdoor education and slaps a liberal coating of alternative and holistic charm on top.


During your retreat he will be guiding you through every aspect of the journey, physically as we meander through the mountains, and mentally as we journey within. Tom's passion and commitment is what makes his facilitation so powerful.

Lawrence Joye

Co-Founder + Facilitator

Lawrence is a facilitator, a curator of transformative experiences and a father. He finds deep fulfilment in his work supporting groups and individuals to deeply meet themselves and others and to cultivate more trust, joy and reverence for life. Being a father and committed partner continues to be his deepest developmental work.


Lawrence also co-leads Menspedition, a men's community which hosts week long Men's retreats in Wales and Portugal. The men's work he leads and facilitates is powered by ceremony, ritual and rites of passage, which bring depth and meaning and leave long-lasting impressions on those who experience it.


Lawrence currently lives with his family at Cae Mabon Eco Retreat Centre in North Wales, where he hosts and facilitates a variety of retreats and projects.

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