Bio

Me on the Tor

Me on Glastonbury Tor-credit to Emma Stoner

A winding path…

I work with mythology, astrology, shamanism, and the cycles of nature to develop personal and collective awareness of our place in the cosmos and the soul’s unfolding through the life journey.

My shamanic training formally began in 2005 when I realised that I needed guidance, training and support to work with certain awarenesses and experiences I was having and promptly set-about finding my first teacher- Jonathan Horowitz co-founder of The Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies. I have been training and deepening into the shamanic path ever since.

In 2009 I received a formal qaulification in person-centred counselling, and also trained in relational presence and breathwork with Andy and Ella Portman in their Barfeoot Practitioner Training at Avalon Permaculture.

In 2010-2011, I spent a year living and working in a community which is part of the New Findhorn Association, and in 2011-2012 I spent a year living in Ecuador. In October 2012 I was back living in the UK in the small Midlothian town of Roslin where I spent much time in the magical chapel and glen.

In 2012 I completed a previous training with the Edinburgh School of Shamanism under the tuition of Claudia Goncalves and Mark Halliday. I graduated as a certified Shamanic Practitioner making it possible for me to work in established clinics with full insurance. Since 2016 I have held a practice at Concorde House Clinic in Canterbury.

I began to explore astrology in 2009, and in 2014/2015 I formally trained with John Wadsworth of Kairos Astrology– author of Your Zodiac Soul, where along with a group of fellow students I explored the astrological chart through astro- drama. I am currently working with astrologer Kelley Hunter author of Living Lilith: Four Dimensions of the Cosmic Feminine, in mentoring sessions to understand more about my family-astro-constellations- particularly through the lens of the Lilith archetype.

2013- 2014 saw me immersed in a 1-year training in the ways of the sacred sexual priestess with Katinka Soetens- The Priestess of Rhiannon Training. This has played an important part in the unfolding of my own feminine consciousness to reveal and release some of the blocks and wounds I had been carrying- and also understanding some of these dynamics in the collective. This work also deepened my awareness of the power and magic of the feminine.

In 2015 I was drawn to academic study and began a master’s degree in Myth, Cosmology & the Sacred with Dr. Angela Voss and Geoffrey Cornelius- author of Moment of Astrology: Origins in Divination– from Canterbury Christ Church university. I studied the work of Barbara Tedlock, Carl Jung, James Hillman, and many thinkers in the field of feminine consciousness, psycho-spiritual studies, shaminism, and ancient initiatory practices and their inherent myths. This opening into the mythic realms continues to be a strong influence in both my astrology and shamanic practice.

The Red Death: Menstruation as a Symbol of Renewal is the title of my dissertation for which I gained a distinction from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2017.

Since 2017 I have been holding women’s monthly Moon Lodge Circles– these sessions are now held on-line. We meet on or near the new moon and again around the full moon to share, journey, and work with lunar cycles.

In 2017- 2018 I trained as a Rites for Girls facilitator with Kim McCabe and Helena Lovendal- a programme created to mentor girls safely through puberty and menstrual rite of passage- though I have not yet taken up this mantle.

In 2019, along with a fellow astrologer and Myth graduate Simao Cortes, I set up the Canterbury Sun & Moon Lodge working with astro-drama and astro- constellations.

In 2020 during a guided meditation with astrolger Melanie Reinhart, and a profound encounter with Venus I am acively working with the mysteries of the Venus cycle, and engaged in writing from my personal experiences.

I currently live in Devon.