My life is focused on spiritual work for the environment, which has led me to believe our relationship to the Sacred is grounded in our bodies. Body work can bring a mystical awareness of the unity of all things, and inspire a deep love for our Earth.
I started my career in environmental campaigning in the early 1980's while I was studying for a Philosophy and Literature degree, and it continues to date.
A fascination with spirituality and ecology led me to Paganism, which I discovered while working for Friends of the Earth. As a result I founded the Dragon Environmental Network (1990) which draws together Paganism and practical environmentalism.
I was initiated in 1991 into Progressive Wicca and practiced Eco-Paganism for over 13 years. I now have an eclectic practice rooted in Earth-based Pagan traditions that remains in creative flux.
During the 1990's I was active in the UK anti-roads movement and interfaith work, working mainly with Christians, notably the Creation Spirituality movement founded by Matthew Fox.
My PhD. thesis on The Wisdom of the Body: Embodied Knowing in Eco-Paganism was completed in July 2008. The Embodiment Resources website has more information on my academic work.
I have trained with several nature connection mentors including Jon Young as part of the Nature Culture Network. I have a private practice as a Counselling Psychotherapist in Exeter and specialize in outdoor therapy.
I have lectured at several colleges including the University of Winchester, Essex University, University of Cardiff and York St. John University.
My workshops draw on all of the above - and a wealth of wisdom from many other sources.
When I'm not working I like to get away from it all...
Article: 'Paganism and Neopaganisms', in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol.1 The Spirit of Sustainability, (2009), Berkshire Publishing Group.
Chapter: 'Sacred Ecology', in Paganism, (ed. Davy, B., 2008), part of the Critical Concepts in Religious Studies Series, Routledge. (Reprint of 1996 article detailed below).
Article: 'Ritual and Neopaganism' (2006), (with Macha M. Nightmare), in Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements, volume 3 of the series Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America, Greenwood Press, Westport,CT, USA.
Articles: 'Dragon Environmental Network' and 'Ecomagic', in the Encyclopaedia of Religion and Nature, (Taylor, B., 2005), Continuum.
Article: 'Dragon Environmental Network', in The Encyclopaedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism, (2002), Citadel Press.
Book chapter: 'Sacred Ecology', in Paganism Today (Ed. Harvey and Hardman) (1996) pub. Harper Collins.