“Victoria – well she bloody well blew the doors of this whole thing… before and after the birth her strong but oh so gentle support and intuition has been really so amazing that it’s hard to get into words… there were so many points during labour that I heard her in my head – going through how to breathe and the noises to make and what to expect… even though she wasn’t talking to me at all during that time: but she’d prepped me and cheerleadered me so well in the months leading up to that day that I was READY — and without her I don’t think the birth would have been anything near as beautiful as it was. I will forever be grateful for her and I hope she will always be “Aunty Victoria” and Noah will always know what a huge part she played in his incredible journey here.” Nadia
"Here's what I think Victoria brought to the party... We had so much great info from her on many, many levels.
At no point did she prescribe anything.
Spiritual aspects were offered and introduced gently, not assumed (not that there was anything we didn't like).
She never pretended to just know everything.
She is bullet proof reliable.
I felt that my wife was supported by an amazing Sister." Nick
"Victoria was an amazing help during the birth of our child. She is very intuitive and everyone in her presence is touched by her kindness and love. We can't recommend her enough!!" J&W
“In a nutshell, Victoria helped me talk through and get rid of my worries, fears and concerns... there were many points where I changed my mind about what would be the best option to take for my birth, and whilst she didn't 'tell me' what to do at any point, she gathered and shared all sorts of information for me to enable me to make those choices. I just felt utterly supported throughout. She nurtured and cared for me in a way I've rarely felt; it was just beautiful -- but without ever smothering or mothering me. My husband says she felt like my sister in her energy towards me and I'd agree.” Nadia
"There were books, birth balls, beads, massage -- so many tools that she brought to support us -- but ultimately it was just something undefinable and almost magical that she brought...” Nadia
“Victoria gave us incredible space holding and support right after the birth when our space felt very invaded. There were moments in the days that followed our birth when other people's fears took over me -- and she helped calm me and bring me back to what I knew. Again, without her support I think my fears would have overwhelmed me into taking medical action that I didn't need or want. But never through telling me what to do... she is incredibly calming; it's an amazing gift. Victoria has incredible intuition and is amazing at listening, empathizing, understanding---just generally being amazing. She is also 'present' in a way that's rare too. Having spoken with a few doulas before settling on her, I know not all doulas are like her. She was literally born to do this.” Nadia
“The insightful, compassionate and non-judgmental support that Victoria gave us made a world of difference to how prepared we felt for the birth. We had regular meetings with Victoria during which we got to know each other and discussed in detail how we could achieve our birth wishes. Victoria encouraged us to consider elements of the birth to which we might not have otherwise given thought. I also had a few one-to-one meetings with Victoria, during which we explored my personal feelings about the birth and the baby; I always felt comfortable to talk openly to Victoria.” Faith
“Victoria attended a course in Rebozo shortly before my birth, which was something we were practising. She taught us some new techniques to use and also did some Rebozo with me shortly before the birth to help me to relax. Victoria is a particularly insightful person and I got a sense that she really tailored her support to what we personally needed from her. Victoria recognised that I had some latent anxieties as the birth approached and suggested ways to allay these. Furthermore, working with Victoria encouraged our communication as a couple as her visits were a time for us to share our feelings about the birth and the baby - something we did not always make time for in our busy lives.” Faith
When I was strongly encouraged by medical professionals to accept an induction of labour, Victoria was extremely supportive and helpful. She made sure we had relevant information to hand, including the AIMS publication on induction, so that we could make a fully informed decision. She also shared details of an independent midwife who we could approach for advice and she discussed our situation with another doula. With Victoria supporting us to make our own decision, we felt confident and were able to ultimately achieve the spontaneous labour we wanted.” Faith
“Victoria offered me drinks through a straw which I really needed but wouldn’t have asked for, stroked my hair and back, offered me homeopathic remedies applicable to what was happening during the labour, gave me verbal encouragement, gave me physical support and suggested ways that Josh could support me. Knowing that Victoria and Josh were in the room made me feel safe when I felt scared. Whilst the experience was extremely daunting at times, Josh and I are able to look back on the birth of our baby as an exciting adventure and Victoria had a significant role in helping us to achieve this” Faith
“Victoria was an absolutely fantastic doula for us and we are so glad that we chose to work with her. We both feel that Victoria was completely non-judgmental, in no way attempting to influence our decisions, but supporting us in whatever we wanted to do whilst ensuring that we were well informed. Victoria is a caring, compassionate person who had great insight and understanding in respect of our feelings about the birth. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the sessions we had with Victoria and that these were a protected time to anticipate the birth and the arrival of the baby. We particularly appreciated Victoria’s additional support when we needed to consider a potential induction of labour and how she ensured we had factual information and up to date research to inform our decision. We both felt we could completely trust Victoria and were able to talk openly with her.” Faith and Joshua
“I appreciated that Victoria was there to support both of us as a couple and not just Faith. Victoria gave us great support before the birth and we always looked forward to seeing her. I am very grateful for her support during the birth - she was open-minded when things changed from our plans and supported our decisions. I found Victoria’s manner very reassuring during the birth.” Joshua
“An entire blog post just about how Victoria helped/coached/encouraged/supported us could easily be justified!! We cannot thank her enough.” Nick
“We are all on our own complex and wonderful journey in life and often in need of a guiding/helping hand from our fellow travellers both past and present. The Shamanic sessions I have had with Victoria proved to me beyond doubt that this ancient tradition of healing is very powerful and her instinctive and intuitive awareness of your individual situation guides you through the session with such love and warmth that you just know you are indeed in a safe and restorative place. Shamanic healing can confront some very deep and emotional issues in its processes and it was a great comfort to have Victoria’s love, compassion and understanding to guide me through what is proving to be a wonderful and life-changing experience. Talk to her about a healing session right now, I can completely assure you it will be amazing!” Richard
“I have worked with Victoria on a number of different occasions, for an overnight retreat, a two night retreat, and a shamanic session. All sessions with Victoria have been tailored around my specific needs and requirements. Victoria, has many unique gifts. She is truly present, grounded, gracious and really listens to what your challenges are and is a real catalyst to uncovering the golden nuggets in any given situation. I have had many profound shifts in my awareness and consciousness whilst working with Victoria. I feel very blessed and extremely grateful to have worked with this amazing and truly remarkable woman. I have no hesitation in recommending Victoria and I am already looking forward to more shamanic adventures with her in 2017”. Tracy
“Shamanic sessions with Victoria have helped me to explore both my past and present. Her gentleness and intuition took me to a place where I could let go in a safe place and connect to experiences and people who had been close to me. It supported my journey to live with more strength, honesty and connection to myself and other people. She has a gift and she shares it with love.” Maggie
"Working with Victoria has transformed how I see myself. Engaging with shamanic practice may on the surface feel like a gentle, therapeutic experience, but goes much, much deeper. Victoria has helped me shift what is no longer useful in my life, in exchange for gifts I had always longed for, but never thought possible." Amy
"Well I have found my voice!!! I feel completely different thanks to you and the help and support you have given me. It's truly incredible. Feeling very blessed and uber happy! Thank you." Tracy
“We had a magical stay at Woodspring Farm. Victoria was very welcoming and made us feel at home immediately. The shepherd's hut was warm, cosy and comfortable and had everything that we needed. It looked lovely at night lit with fairy lights and lanterns. The animals are fantastic - chickens, ducks, goats, pigs, sheep and dogs - all friendly and fun to be around. The breakfast was fantastic - very indulgent and generous, with plenty left over for snacks later in the day. We cooked outside over the campfire every night, which was amazing in February. The kitchen and bathroom in the annexe were more than adequate for our needs. We had some amazing walks around the coast and down to Sand Bay. We also walked to a local pub along quiet country lanes. We had breakfast on a deserted beach only 10 minutes from the farm. Mostly we read, listened to the radio and relaxed - a real break away from everyday life, which was just what we needed”. Donna
“A perfect blend of interaction with the farm and its wonderful animals, easy access to wonderful walks to the estuary and along the amazing coast line and absolute tranquillity. Victoria is warm, welcoming and delivers a breakfast more than fit for ravenous kids and mother's alike. We fed, talked to and hung out with the goats and pigs, walked miles along the coast, jumped on the open-topped bus and played mini-golf in Weston-super-Mare and then came back to sausages over the fire and watching the stars come out. A chance to spend time without electronics, enjoying each other's company, the fresh air and truly unwinding. Stay at Crook's View - it's perfect.” Nicole
“Our fourth time staying at Crooks View now so we knew just what to expect - Friendly goats, inquisitive pigs and some very nervous sheep! Not forgetting a brilliant breakfast bought up to the hut each morning. We had a lovely time catching up with the goats, exploring the local area and venturing further afield into the beautiful city of bath. Not being blessed by the weather it made staying in the hut extra cosy with its wood burning stove (which we successfully made pies in!) Victoria is an excellent host and the friendliest I have come across on my stays with canopy and stars ( not that the others were unfriendly i just feel she goes the extra mile!)” Ryan
“Fantastic stay. We loved how remote the hut felt whilst still being close enough to Bath and Bristol. The hosts were lovely, the views stunning, the breakfast delicious and the fire toasty. We want our own shepherd's hut now!” Dawn
“What an amazing and relaxing few days. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and found Victoria so warm and helpful.” Karyn
“Wonderful stay in a fantastic place. Everything you needed was there and the hut was the most comfortable tiny home for 4 nights. The breakfast hampers provided by Victoria were superb, with plenty of food to keep you going all day. The views around the hut were amazing and you could just sit there all day watching the changing vista. The hut is situated in an extremely handy location, with lots of walks on your doorstep and easy access to cafes, pubs and restaurants if you don't want to cook on the open fire” Catherine
“A very relaxing, get away for a few days, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Out in the countryside but close to the beach. Amazing weather, fantastic, interesting, hospitable hosts. Lovely shepherds hut very well equipped. Adorable animals. Fantastic views.” Lorraine
“What's not to love about this place? It's a beautiful location, very cosy shepherds hut (there were four of us and we're pretty tall but we managed to fit in no problem!), friendly animals (the munchkins loved feeding the Kuni kuni pigs and goats!), wonderful hosts and delicious breakfasts all made for a very relaxing and fun filled stay....just wish we could of stayed longer!! We will definitely book to stay again as it was our idea of heaven!! Thank you Victoria and Andy.” Bronya
“We loved the cosy shepherd's hut perched at the top of the hill, surrounded by Victoria's goats, sheep, chickens and pigs. The goats especially were so funny and clever and great at 'joining in' campfire making!! We enjoyed the local walks and just being in such a wonderful place. Although we were only there for three nights, it felt like longer and was such a refreshing break. The breakfast baskets were full of delicious things and kept us going all day! Victoria and Andy couldn't have been kinder or more helpful or more welcoming.” Julia
“We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Crook's View, and came home completely relaxed. Victoria was helpful and attentive before and during our stay, while giving us privacy and space. The goats and pigs were friendly and great fun, and the hut itself was perfect. The chocolates and cider on arrival were a lovely treat, the organic breakfast hamper was huge, and we enjoyed the walks from the hut. The weather was abysmal throughout our stay, but the wood-burner kept the hut cosy. Bliss” Victoria
“A wonderful escape from reality. Victoria is a lovely host and the animals are very friendly too! We loved our time at Crook's View. Wonderful breakfast, searching for fossils and sea glass on the pebble beach over the hill, cooking over the fire pit. Many happy memories made.” Stacey