|I created Woodspring – Find Your Wild as a way to connect to our inner wild, so that we can live, birth, love, create and dream from a more instinctive, passionate place. Then we can consider how to be part of creating a world in balance with Mother Earth and all its inhabitants. More and more we see how racism, misogyny, ecocide, fear and separation drive the systems we have in place. But can we expect these systems to change if we still hold these aspects somewhere within ourselves? Andrew Harvey (author of 'The Hope') describes this place where the inner and outer work meet as Sacred Activism.
To take true responsibility and to play our part on this planet means also having the courage to look at how each one of us perpetuates conflict within ourselves. We must ask: "where is the racist in me?" "the misogynist in me?" "the environmental destroyer in me?" Once we start to recognise that we cannot bring external peace without a coinciding journey towards inner peace, we become sacred activists and begin to dream a new world into being. Then we no longer 'fight' for peace, 'battle' against cancer, or 'destroy' the patriarchy, we act from a place of inner balance, creating action from a more aligned place with much more power to create beneficial change in the world.
|The experience of being in nature is powerful enough and the shepherd hut is a beautiful spot to simply stop a while, change the scene and have some well-earned rest whilst watching the goats laze in the sun. Creating this little bolt-hole was a labour of love and the result is a hideaway resourced with creature comforts, primal fire making and tasty breakfasts. It’s easier to find your wild when you are in a hut.
Then came the shamanic practice, which took me on a journey of self-discovery, through an age old process of facing fears and finding the gold and gifts on the other side. This metaphorical gold took many forms, one wonderful piece being the tools to help others to take their own journey through their confusion, doubt and fear to discover their own unique gifts and purpose. The training took me around the UK and to Peru, where I worked with some of the Inca Shaman and Shamanka who are sharing their teachings.
This healing work increased my capacity to hold a safe space for people and to journey with them through whatever experience they are having. It was around this time that a friend asked me to support her and her husband during the birth of their first child.
|This was to become the final piece in my work at Woodspring, my lifelong love of the sacred process of conception, pregnancy, birth and mothering – becoming a doula. I completed nine months of doula training with the wonderful Olivia Seck at Birthing Wisdom in 2015 followed by a course of doula mentoring for a year. I continue to deepen my practice with training courses, collaboration with colleagues and my personal study. This doula loves learning!
Natural birth has at its heart a wild essence, there is a point when you know you cannot go backwards and must go through it to bring your child into the world. This is a much easier journey if you have prepared beforehand and someone ‘has your back’, so you can surrender more fully to it. If you allow your wild, intuitive self to guide you it will be easier for your body to do what it knows how to do. My role as a doula is to help you find that birth power and to protect you from some of the more challenging circumstances that can unfortunately be part of our current birth culture such as clock watching, too early intervention and not enough time listening to and honouring the birthing woman.
The backdrop to this work is Woodspring Farm. A smallholding, nestled amongst fields and a five minute walk from the coast. Nature holds us tenderly here - its wild authenticity reminding us of our own wild nature.
My TrainingOver the many years that I have been exploring this path of healing and transformation I have undergone initiatory and learning experiences that have played a large part in deepening my intuition and skills. Every person I work with also brings opportunities for greater learning and development and I continue to seek out courses and experiences that will support me to support my clients more deeply each time. My training has been wide and varied, and encompasses many years of inner work with teachers and mystics from across the world.
- Ongoing Shamanic Training with Spirit of the Inca since 2013
- Doula Training with Birthing Wisdom (9 months)
- Mentorship in birth work for a year
- Forest School Leader training
- Core Belief Training
- Rebozo Scarf Massage Training
- Primal Reflexes Training
- Munay Ki Energy Healing Master Classes
- Exploring the Shadow Self Master Classes
- Divine Love 9 month intensive training
- Shiatsu Training in India and the UK
- Degree in Art, Psychology and French
- Continued CPD and practice with colleagues
- Teacher training in ESOL and EFL
- Self study in shamanic work, pregnancy and birth, nature awareness and active system change for the planet including anti-racist work
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