this being human
Okanagans teach that the body is Earth itself. Our flesh, blood, and bones are Earth-body; in all cycles in which Earth moves, so does our body. We are everything that surrounds us, including the vast forces we only glimpse’. Jeanette Armstrong.
We can see that we live in times of great change, challenge and opportunity. As human beings we are being called from every direction to wake up to life and the lives of all beings that we share this beautiful and sacred planet with; trees, water, people, animals, plants, sky, soil, insects, birds, mountains... Joanna Macy, environmental activist, author and deep ecologist calls these times The Great Turning. Simply being alive now brings us face to face with the Turning, and with this comes a disturbance of questions, some of which ask; What is it that really matters to you, what bothers you deeply, what gives you life and sustains you, and how are you going to live more in alignment with this?
How would it be to realise that the perplexity, sorrow, anxiety, uncertainty and grief we can feel is a doorway to greater intimacy, a movement of love, lamenting us to awaken, and come Home? The disturbance we can feel isn’t a mistake, it is a facet of compassion that weaves us into the world, grounds us in kinship, and when followed, becomes an opening to the Unity of existence and our deep belonging.
The changes needed for a world, a life, in balance and harmony start with meeting ourselves with curiosity, kindness humility and a willingness to step into the unknown. You are your own medicine, and many have forgotten this. My work is to remind you and accompany you as you explore the landscapes of your life and come deeply home to your beating heart and the Original Mother we all share, Earth.
🌿 Ecotherapy calls us home through the web of life within which our human relationships exist; in kinship with sky, soil, trees, animals, water and plants. Ecotherapy or Ecospychology weaves together psychological, ecological, political, social and spiritual understandings with Earth-based wisdom.
🌿 Craniosacral Therapy is a restorative practice grounded in deep listening that calls us home through the wisdom and stories of our body.
🌿 Spiritual Accompaniment an ancient conversation between fellow travellers calls us home to the One that is closer to you than your breath.
In my early 20s feeling utterly dislocated and deeply unhappy, suffering manifested as an eating disorder. On waking one morning in the depths of despair, I realised my mind was a living hell, and I’d had enough of living this way, even though I had no idea what to do next. And so began this extraordinary and ongoing odyssey, here for us all.
The Hills and Rocks of the Peak District have shaped and supported me, as has the wild and rugged beauty of Dartmoor, generously challenging, unravelling and soothing me whilst training for an MA in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy (UKCP registered) at the Karuna Institute. I've journeyed through art school and followed this with an MA in Critical Theory focusing on Embodiment in Performance.
My deep love of Earth-based spirituality took me into Shamanic study and training, initially in the Celtic tradition and later with Northern Drum. I have been a foster carer, librarian, trainer and mentor, and for many years worked with people living with life-threatening illness and their families, including being part of the Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre team in Oxford. Many years of meditation practice, silent retreat and Vision Quests weave a soulful curiosity, with inutuition and grounding into my work.
Stepping into my 50s has been a rite of passage, something akin to becoming apprentice to 'the old woman in the woods'. I have a particular interest in accompanying women through a soulful menopause. Year-round wild swimming, walking, movement practice, myth, creating ceremony and exploring ways of living respectfully in balance and harmony with all my relations, keep calling me Home.
I offer deep gratitude to all my teachers and guides in your diversity of forms