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[Stuart Wood - Trainer & Educator]Meet The Beasts is a highly flexible, fast response & growing business founded by Dr Stuart Wood who, as a youngster, spent a lot of time staring at beautiful creatures through glass when he would have loved to touch them.

Having kept a wide range of reptiles (snakes & lizards) & minibeasts (spiders, scorpions, snails, insects & millipedes) for many years as pets, Stuart brings now his beasts to schools, businesses, community & hospitals, enabling people of all ages to overcome deep-seated & long-held fears & grow in confidence through touching, feeling & handling these fascinating creatures. Meet The Beasts is all about up-close; in-person; without the glass. Seeing & looking become a tactile experience!

Stuart is passionate about the positive benefits of encountering these beautiful creatures in the flesh.  He has enabled many people to overcome serious fears so that they can be confident to step-out & try something new: at work; at home; in life.

He is also passionate about the power & effectiveness of reptile handling & minibeast encounters to help you feel good about yourself.




Meet The Beasts focuses on animal interaction (touching, stroking, holding, viewing snakes, lizards & minibeasts (tarantulas, millipedes, scorpions, cockroaches & giant snails) close-up without glass. We prefer to 'do' rather than 'talk', although we have the science background & communication skills to deliver memorable facts on a wide range of subjects including minibeasts, wriggle & crawl, animal care, adaptation & camouflage, rainforests, habitat & more.

Our greatest impact is seen in those with least confidence, learning difficulties & those on the margins with behavioural problems. Interaction with our reptiles & minibeasts facilitates social awareness & enhances communication & language skills, in pupils & students of all ages.

Meet The Beasts is also a great enrichment experience, equipping your students with enhanced knowledge, social skills & confidence.

Learn more about our work in Schools & Colleges ...


[Meet The Beasts]"Thank you! It was brilliant. The kids were really buzzing afterwards and I think you even managed to impress our most "grumpy" staff member! Thank you also for recognising that our kids are actually quite lovely."

Science Teacher: Abington High School, Leicester




Meet The Beasts is a proven facilitator of increased confidence & personal empowerment through facing fears & overcoming them. We work with businesses of all sizes from one person to Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to Corporates & PLCs.

We slot neatly in almost any meeting (sales & marketing; teams; general; executive; training) providing a great springboard: ice-breakers; an add-on to team building exercises; support for training; a safe, non-threatening exercise for workshops on empowerment, overcoming fears & building confidence. Our flexibility & business background means that we can provide input that dovetails with your needs.

Learn more about our work with Businesses ...


[Meet the Beasts - Testimony from Business]"If you had told me this morning that I would be touching a snake today, let alone holding one, I would never have believed you. Thank you."

BB; Director; Business Consultancy, Nottingham




Meet The Beasts is an extension to the existing Pets As Therapy concept.

Research shows that encounters with reptiles & minibeasts stimulate communication & social interaction in patients/service-users unresponsive or less responsive to furry animals. This is especially true in male patients with depression.

We work with mental health professionals & practitioners in the NHS & private sector to provide animal assisted therapy in a safe, non-threatening environment. We believe in flexibility & always seek to provide what you want, allowing for changes depending on response. We work with individuals & small groups (up to 25 max).

We are also very happy to bring our animals into hospitals, hospices & residential homes for patients to encounter one-to-one.

Learn more about our work in Animal Assisted Therapy ...


[Meet the Beasts]"The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all. Feedback from service users included, "It was great!", "I really enjoyed it" and "When can we do it again?" ... The hospital will be inviting Stuart back in the New Year"

Cygnet Hospital, Stevenage, Herts




Meet The Beasts is highly flexible. We can support & fit-in to a wide-range of events, including fund-raising days (schools, businesses, community), conferences (training, ice-breakers, as a special feature, fun encounters, reptile handling), open days & family days (businesses, museums, stately homes), libraries (educational days, educational & encounter events, themed experience days & events), dinners (after dinner event), children's birthday parties (aged 5-years & upwards), adult's birthday parties, wedding receptions & more.

Our animals are also available for filming & for use in photo shoots & on-stage.

Learn more about our work at conferences ...

Learn more about our work at parties & special events ...


[Meet The Beasts]"We were recapping events this morning ... & someone raised how the Meet the Beasts room had been so beneficial to some of the Mencap young ambassadors who came to you, in facing their fears & building their confidence. This was something we hadn't banked on but was fabulous.""

JP: Land Securities Group PLC, London




Listening to Stuart, it is easy understand his reputation as a natural, passionate communicator & educator. He is gifted at making complicated things easy to understand by people of all ages & abilities.

You enjoy what you're learning, understand what you're learning & learn what you're learning! In short, you take something away with you that will make a difference to how you think & what you do.

Stuart's broad experience in business, education & music, combined with his passion for all things creepy crawly make for a memorable event.

Stuart adapts his style & content to each specific audience, delivering information in an accessible & memorable way. He is passionate about educating. Every workshop & training event is designed around your needs & delivered in a way can be received, understood & applied. And fun is high on the list!

Meet The Beasts is for all ages & all abilities, in education, business & community!  It's about overcoming fears, building confidence & having a go at (& achieving) something you never dreamed possible.



Here are a few real-life examples of How Meet The Beasts has helped adults & children face their fears, overcome them & grow in confidence.



[Matthew Wood - Meet The Beasts]Matthew, Stuart's son, is a valuable assistant with the running of some events.

Matthew has grown up sharing his bedroom with many of the beasts we take out on visits & he brings his own experience to Meet The Beasts.

He is passionate about the animals & excellent at keeping them under control!

Matthew knows the power of reptile handling to overcome fears & build confidence, having witnessed many powerful transformations first-hand during our sessions.



[Matthew Wood - Meet The Beasts]Rebecca, Stuart's daughter (on the right) has recently started working with Meet The Beasts.

A qualified Nursery Nurse, Becky is very relaxed & approachable.  She is known for her patience & excellent people skills.

Becky has grown-up sharing her bedroom with reptiles & minibeasts. After being bitten by a snake as a young child, Becky knows what it is to overcome her fears: she may not like them all, but she is very confident with them, helping others to become confident too.


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[Meet The Beasts is Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Approved]Stuart, Matthew & Rebecca have Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)/ Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosures. 



[Meet The Beasts is a member of The Police Community Clubs of Great 
Britain Citizenship Business Club]Meet The Beasts is pleased to be a member of The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain Citizenship Business Club



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Dr Stuart Wood
c/o Meet The Beasts
31 Burder Street
LE11 1JH

Telephone + 44 1509 553362
Fax: + 44 1509 553362
Mobile: + 44 7814 628123
e-mail: stuart@meetthebeasts.com



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