I am an Alexander Technique teacher, Wilderness quest/rites of passage guide and Council carrier/ trainer. I have studied, worked and taught in this field since 1988 when I shifted my life focus to the growth and healing of myself and others in relationship to the natural world.
A big part of my story is that in early life I developed a twisted spine. This and extreme anxiety lead me to later explore the Alexander Technique. I had discovered a method that could connect me to the wholeness of my body and reached into the depths of my soul.
I found life to be a journey of dark and light, trials and tribulations and that by facing my shadows and fears, beauty and understanding arose. From as far back as I can remember my refuge and love was nature.
My Alexander work developed and blossomed to support those who suffer from pain and trauma both physical and emotional. I then took this work into hospices and to those dying at home.
I learnt to see and experience people, and myself, beyond our problems and illness. Life’s heroic passage of sorrows and loves continued to teach me a connection to something larger than myself. Along this road I came to train and then introduce ‘The Way of Council’, an individual and group practice of deep listening and speaking from the heart. My teacher was Gigi Coyle in the tradition of the Ojai Foundation. I love the way Council gives/finds/initiates peoples’ own voices. The Way of Council is a profound spiritual practice for me, a way of life. I’m moved and honored by the simplicity and the depth, to meet and be met in the present moment. I then created a unique program based on a synthesis of Council and Alexander Technique.
The Alexander work opens us to a heightened sense of awareness within the body. This, together with the deep listening of Council, reawakens a memory, a stillness within and an innate empathy for our relationship with ourselves, the Earth and all nature and ultimately the deep universal connectedness to all life.
My Vision Quest training began when I participated in a quest with Roshi Joan Halifax (Upaya), New Mexico. This age-old ceremony of rites of passage showed me that something was missing from my life and culture. It raised questions about what it means to truly grow up and take responsibility for my life and past relationships, with nature being my teacher and guide. I was completely blown away as I connected again to power, a source within the land and myself that I could never have dreamt possible. After many more vision quests I trained with Joan and later with Steven Foster & Meredith Little, at The School of Lost Borders. California USA.
Now, the work I offer is a simple, authentic expression of my commitment to healing birthed out of my own life experience. Following my own innermost questions, and longings for the deepest truth, I have stepped through the limitations imposed by categories and systems to continuously sit on the edge of my own becoming. I am committed to those who find themselves on an edge seeking to connect to their own deepest pathways of feeling, questioning and knowing.
People who come to my courses include therapists, caregivers, teachers, and those working through pain and trauma and or anyone seeking a greater connection with the mystery of life. My aspiration is to continue, stretch and broaden communication, ignite and manifest meaningful intimate connection and a sense of peoples’ own worth and beauty.
This is my passion for deepening and expanding consciousness, for knowing love, for going beyond and continuing the circle/spiral of my life, this journey. May this serve and support the world we live in today.
Along the way I am mother, a grandmother, a lover of wild adventure, a lover of art and poetry, William Blake & John Keats in particular, nature and animals. I’ve also worked as a cleaner, a waitress and lived on the streets as a young person. I trained as a Dream therapist in 2002. And hold a wilderness first aid qualification. I was drawn to the mystical and visionary ways of being from the age of thirteen. And have practiced meditation for more than thirty years and much more.
Today I live in the wilderness of North Wales where I offer retreat courses and Vision Quests. I also teach throughout in the UK, Europe and the USA.
“If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise” – William Blake