Taming our ancestors

When friends wax lyrical about their family trees, I have always kept quiet, very quiet. My ancestors, sadly, were not a nice bunch of people. So I felt slightly anxious …

Holotropic breathwork – making the psyche whole

I’m lying on a padded mattress, surrounded by cushions and I’m breathing fast. The music is loud, deep, rhythmic, insistent. My body starts to curl and I have the strangest …

Stargazing – finding perspective

I’m truly blessed to live on Exmoor. It’s been designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe and, come nightfall, the universe puts on a spectacular display. There really …

Beltane – the wild and wonderful festival of May

The lessons of May are about freedom, about energy and about determination. It’s a dynamic time – not just of growth but of destruction too. As Shan, pagan priestess and …

Sometimes a Wild God

Sometimes you’re just browsing through Twitter, through the timeline of a friend.  Just browsing, killing time, not really looking for anything much at all. Just watching the moments as the …

Who were you as a child?

Who were you as a child?  Who were you before you learned to behave in ways that your family, your teachers, your peers, society deemed ‘correct’?  What were your passions …

The Hedgerow Handbook by Adele Nozedar

Adele Nozedar is a bit of a legend.  I first met her in London, way back when I was working on the Evening Standard, pretending to be a music journalist while she …

Dream healing – a Greek pilgrimage

Several years back I went to The Spirit of Life Centre, based on the Peloponnese in mainland Greece.  They do a ton of yoga retreats and walking holidays, and ‘just …

The Natural Year: the energy of spring

There were primroses along the banks as I walked up into the woods this morning. The wild garlic was shooting up and a haze of green was shimmering over the …

Eco-literature for teens? Can books help save the planet?

I wrote my teen novel, Walker, several years ago.  It’s the story of a boy who dies and who comes back to life as a shaman, a walker between worlds. It’s aimed …

On Blackden – Alan Garner, myth & magic

  There are places that touch the soul so deeply it hurts. It’s like standing at the front of a ferry breathing into the wind, loving the exhilaration yet gasping …