Tilley describes herself as a recovering academic. Having followed a conventional academic career in environmental social sciences (researcher in sustainability entrepreneurship) she stepped away from university life in 2009 and found herself at Schumacher College. In the last few years she has developed a practice in eco-facilitation, process work and nature-based practices, such as, the Way of Council. This has led her into the role of short course facilitator at the College.
“The College has been a welcoming, nourishing and stimulating learning and living environment ever since I arrived. The worlds of myth and story, contemplative practices, education for sustainability, nature-work, the outdoors and eco-facilitation have reignited my joy of life and my creative imagination. I feel I have been reconnected back to myself and the magic of the cosmos. I can swim again in the mystery."