Design Architect and Co-Director
I grew up in the coastal sand plains of Perth and spent my childhood years playing amongst the local swamps and bush land and then down at the beach. I realize now that those early experiences established within me a deep love and connection to nature. I’ve grown to appreciate the way nature teaches us.
I am a registered architect and have enjoyed a career working with local communities and talented artists in the creation of a variety of projects. My passion for nature based play was developed over 20 years ago working with and learning from nature play pioneer and artist Berndt Kaiser. The more I work in this field the more I experience the benefits of it for all those involved.
Project Coordinator & Co-Director
My childhood years growing up in Germany were spent hanging out in tree houses and raiding our veggie garden. Eventually I completed my Diploma of Design and left Germany to experience the beauty of New Zealand, meet my future wife, and then onto Perth WA. Perth is now home for my young family and myself.
Before becoming a partner and one of the Directors of Nature Based Play I ran my own successful landscape business but once I was offered the opportunity to be involved in the creation of natural and artistic play spaces for children there was no turning back. Being a father with young children I am see first hand the joy children have when playing in natural places and how important it is to their overall wellbeing.
Timber artist & Site supervisor
Keith’s passion is the great southern forests of WA. He has a glorious bushland home in the remote Walpole region where he spends many hours walking in the deep forest just enjoying the natural elements. Keith is one of only a few pioneers of nature based play in WA with projects that stretch back over 20 years. Keith is also an artist in his own right and has completed large projects such as the Kwoorabup Park in Denmark. Keith brings his artistic insights, his love and skill for timber work and detailed construction knowledge to our projects.
Rui Scheidt Feix
Landscape Design and Construction
Since a child, I have always loved being in the middle of nature in my hometown, situated in the South of Brazil. I graduated in Oceanography, and in my previous career I worked as a Marine Surveyor and Scuba diving instructor. During this time, I attended some courses in permaculture, gardening and ecological regeneration due to my huge interest about sustainable practices.
I came to Australia in 2014 to study Landscape Design in TAFE-WA, which I finished in 2016, allowing me to help people to beautify their lives through gardens and plants, and helping society to reconnect with the nature. Working for Nature Based Play is a dream since the philosophy of the company matches the sustainable principles that I was looking for in my work. These include the natural flow forms, timber art, community participation, use of local, natural and reused materials as a main source to build holistic playgrounds, that will help nurture nature in children, and are the key for a sustainable future for the next generations.
Rui was awarded WA International Student of the Year 2017
Sustainability Consultant and Office Manager
I have lived in the Fremantle area all my life, growing up enjoying the local natural environment including the beach, bushlands and the Swan River, plus experiencing numerous camping trips with my family in the great southwest. From this I developed a love and appreciation of nature, going on to study Environmental Science at Murdoch University.
I have worked in many areas of the Environmental sector, including environmental planning and sustainable development – with a passion for enhancing social and community outcomes, through environmental protection and management.
With my professional background and two children of my own, I understand the importance of kids experiencing the natural environment, and am excited to be part of a team that brings the ‘bush’ sustainably into local schools and community spaces for kids to enjoy and learn from.
Trainee Timber Artist
I’m a young father of an adventurous 7 yr old boy, and have been a professional artist for the last eight years in the sacred craft of tattooing. Previously I also worked making beautiful natural timber furniture for a Fremantle based company. Combining these skills and craving a more natural work environment, I was lucky enough to find a job opportunity at Nature Based Play.
I truly enjoy working with the beauty and flow of earth formed art, the sculptural elements of working wit timbers and making peaceful and fun oasis’s in an urban environment. Seeing the change we create in the landscape and the children is very rewarding to me.