Like you probably, I have always felt a connection to nature. Growing up in London, our house backed on to a park. I just had to conquer my fear of heights and climb over the garden wall which I did, all summer long.
Now I run my workshops in the heart of London as well as in rural locations because I know that you don’t have to escape the city to feel deeply connected to nature. When we pay attention, even a few square inches of grassy earth can feel like a vast landscape we lose ourselves in.
For the last five years I have been exploring my connection with nature more consciously, alone and in the company of others. As a Buddhist practitioner since 2000, awareness of self and other and the permeable boundary between them forms the foundation of my workshops. What I offer has been inspired and informed by some great teachers and organisations.
I have taken short intensives with wilderness guide and founder of the Animas Institute, Bill Plotkin and Guhyapati, founder of Ecodharma Centre in the Spanish Pyrenees. I have also completed a year-long training course in ‘ecotherapy’ in France with Caroline Brazier, founder of the Tariki Trust. Most recently I qualified as a Level 3 Forest School Leader with Patrick Harrison at Greenbow and work freelance giving children hands-on woodland learning experiences which help foster self-confidence, resilience and care for the natural world.
Vital to my development have been books I have read along the way – and continue to read – I mention some of them here. My workshops draw on all these trainings and self-study but mostly they draw on my experience of spending time on my own in nature. Nothing beats that.
I offer workshops as a way of sharing what has become a precious means for me to relate to the world. When I attend to what is around me with an open mind and my senses awake, I can access a depth of connection which brings meaning to my life. This is an experience that is available to us all. As I become more connected, my concern and care for our planet deepens. My hope is that my workshops contribute in some small way to widening the circle of care for our home.