Throughout my life, I have experienced a deep recognition that all of nature was alive and animate, and for a great many years I worked in solitary personal relationship with the spirits of nature. I was always searching for a deeper understanding of spirituality and of place, and so my path has taken me from folk magic, to ceremonial and occult magic, and to ‘new age’ energy work before finding a home in Celtic spirituality and Druidry in the 1990s. Perhaps more than this, I am deeply connected to the land, to these islands of Britain and Ireland, listening to the whispers and songs of hill and mountain, tree, rock, stone, river and valley. So, over time I became more and more involved in shamanism, studying and practicing it over a number of years, and incorporating in to my personal spiritual practice. I have a few certificates and various bits of paper from courses of study, though I don’t personally give them much significance. It is practical experience, constant practice and working with our personal spirit guides and helpers that give us the best and most relevant lessons. During my time in commerce and business as a senior manager for various companies I was trained to a high level in coaching, counselling, transactional analysis, and neuro-linguistics. Sometimes, even now, that training comes in useful!
I offer special thanks all those who have shared their wisdom and teachings with me over the year, and especially to the following, who have taught me so much that I use in my practice today:
- Sarah Howcroft, who passed into spirit early in 2017, who I was deeply blessed to have been given one to one training with and who gave me in-depth Shamanic Practitioners training
- Susan Greenwood, with her course on Magical (Shamanic) Consciousness at the University of Sussex for showing me that scholarship and intuitive practice need not be mutually exclusive
- Tira Brandon Evans for her teachings on Faery (Celtic) Shamanism and for giving me insights on the ancient myths of Ireland and fostering a deeper connection to my own spirit guides
- Jonathan Horwitz for his deep wisdom and understanding of shamanic practice
- Emma Restall Orr (Bobcat), former Joint Head of the British Druid Order and founder of The Druid Network, who I spent a number of years in face to face teachings with, and who remains hugely influential in my continuing spiritual practice and a deeply respected mentor
- The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, whose courses initally inspired the spiritual path I am now on
- Patrick MacManawey for his wonderful and perceptive teachings on Practical Geomancy and Earth Energies
- ‘green fuse’ for their superb funeral celebrancy training
I like to think I’m ageing less than gracefully, with perhaps a veneer of conventional respectability. But scratch the surface and you’ll discover a lover of myth and story, especially the ancient Irish and Welsh tales, seeking the secrets and wisdom held in the riddles and mysteries encoded within; a student of astrology, a professional tarot reader and owner of a vast number of tarot decks; a reader of ogham staves, two crystal balls, an astrological ephemeris, Mongolian sheep’s knuckles; and the owner of a rather druidic looking cloak and a splendid yew staff.
I continue to deepen my personal practice through constantly seeking new understandings, and challenges. Our learning never stops. To all those who have shared, and continue to share, their knowledge and wisdom with me, whether as student or as teacher, I am deeply and humbly grateful.
If more exact definitions and desciptions are required, I’d probably say that I’m a shamanic practitioner and initiated Priestess of the British Druid tradition, a teacher of shamanic practice and the native spiritual traditions of these islands, a shamanic healer, and a passionate celebrant, ritualist, and ceremonialist. I am a member of the British Druid Order, and The Druid Network, a Practitioner Member of the Sacred Circle of Great Mystery Society, and Priestess and activist for Honouring the Ancient Dead. I remain active in many aspects of the shamanic, Pagan and the wider spiritual community. From 2005 until 2016 I was organiser and Lead Priest for the Gorsedd of Cor Gawr at Stonehenge, and am a former Resources Coordinator and Sacred Sites Coordinator for The Druid Network between 2002 and 2015.
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