I guide individuals and groups through life transitions with nature. With over fifteen years experience leading programmes, that connect people back to their true nature, I have been moved and honoured to witness countless stories. What I call The Big Listen; listening and tending to what has a hold on your heart and the stories that live underneath whatever work you do in the world.
My approach which can be understood in terms of Ecotherapy, Nature Connection, Creative Mentoring and Rites of Passage embraces a reciprocal process that sees personal development and therapy as part of nature as a whole.
The Art of ReWilding weaves together the main threads of my life; creativity, dharma (truth), mythic journeys, the intelligence of the body and nature.
I am a member of the Wilderness Guides Council, an accredited Mindfulness teacher and an ordained Buddhist nun. I have a PGCE, a Masters in Fine Art and am currently training with Stephen Gilligan in generative therapies.
Alienated from nature, no longer experiencing it as a living presence, we sorely need to rediscover the sense that to be human is to be part of nature.
Intimacy with nature is not only therapeutic on a personal level, but also critical for where we find ourselves in our current planetary crisis. Once we understand that we’re connected to the environment, we see that the survival of our species depends on the survival of the planet.
It might be difficult for us to get back to a view of the world that came so naturally to our ancestors. To find our empowered response in these times, in a way that is both vital and life-affirming, we need to re-teach ourselves to see the universe as alive and to re-experience ourselves as part of nature.
My approach embraces a reciprocal way of being that sees personal development, creative approaches and therapy as a part of nature, as a whole.
This is what ‘to live sustainably’ feels or tastes like.
Founder and Director of The Art of ReWilding
Wilderness facilitation include having designed and delivered programmes for and with; Way of Nature UK, Draussenzeit, School of the Wild, Wild Nature and Evolution Arts Centre.
6 years Wilderness Guide training primarily with Animas Valley Institute guides Annie Bloom and Peter Scanlan, and School of Lost Borders.
Certification in Outdoor Education Leadership, the year long at Schumacher College.
1 year immersion training at West Country School of Myth
1 year immersion with River of Soul exploring soul and shadow through the mythic context and group psychosynthesis
Running a private practice as a Creative and ReWilding Mentor/ Coach
Training in Generative Therapies with Stephen Gilligan
Focusing Skills Foundation training with Mindfulness with Compassion.
Certified TRE provider - Tension & Trauma Release Exercises
Accredited Mindfulness teacher having delivered bespoke courses in MBSR including within HM Prison Service for 4 years.
5+ years of Somatic practice in diverse modalities including Somatic Experiencing, TRE, Focusing, Family Constellations, Chi-Gung and Improvisation Dance
25+ years Professional Fine Art Photographer including having exhibited internationally
8 year full time Fine Art/ Photography training including a Masters in Photography and professional teacher training in the form of a PGCE in post compulsory education
15+ years teaching and facilitating workshops in Mindfulness and The Arts, specialising in Creative Photography, Media Studies and The Artist's Way; developing presence and freeing creative expression
20+ years’ meditation practice and an ordained Buddhist nun.
Non Violent Communication Certification specialising in the workplace
Influences and Training
I want to remember and thank my main wilderness guide, Annie Bloom and the bison dream, without which I would never have found her.
For guiding me through the treacherous waters of spiritual bypassing (in both directions) I am indebted to my buddhist teachers Vessantara, Atula, Paramananda and Suchitta.
For showing me how to navigate myth, shadowlands and ritual with a wide, sincere heart and steady ground I am most grateful to Atula and Annie.
“ They’ll eat you up for breakfast unless you can show up as yourself ” - the first of many shared wise words from Daniel Ford whom I first shadowed on my teacher training.
I don’t forget the creative impulse that has lived with me from early in my life - without this I’d have been lost to nihilistic states of mind, for sure.
And to the life of this forest, including with my beloved, where I currently live, who teach me the ways of earth and relationship every day - thank you.