Living consciously is the root of my activism in the world, and engaging with life is my art. I am a writer, workshop teacher and change guide, and aspire to live these roles with integrity and humility. I’m deeply committed to initiating women into our own ways of knowing and being. I believe, wholeheartedly, in the significance of the Feminine.
From my early years growing up on a council estate I’ve been concerned with matters of power, privilege and social justice. This took me into social work as a career, via low paid jobs, motherhood, community work and a return to education in my thirties. Each threshold, eventually, led to another and I now have a number of academic as well as professional qualifications. I’ve also had the privilege of working with many people whose courage and resilience will always inspire me. I left social work in 2004 though remain committed to social and environmental change and I’m actively involved with a number of projects that reflect this:
I also run a programme for women with multiple life challenges, please read more here, Be The Best You Are.
My inner life has always been paramount to me and connection to ‘something greater’ has always been my refuge. This has found varied expression over different periods in my life, though my personal sense of the sacred has remained my ultimate touchstone. I’m not aligned to any particular faith or tradition and my approach to spirituality is holistic and inclusive. In 2006 I undertook a Vision Quest with Pippa Bondy, www.ancienthealingways.co.uk, and this powerful ceremony opened up The Way of Council to me, which I’m profoundly grateful for. My Council work is inspired by Pip and I’ve now worked with her many times. In 2011, I became an educator with the Spiritual Companions Trust, after training some years beforehand with William Bloom. All my courses carry entry credits to accredited courses within the organisation Spiritual Companions, if this is of interest to you.
Life writing has been my constant companion throughout the journey, the cat’s eyes illuminating my inner path. And there have been times when I’ve put my pen down too, for fear of what I’d discover if I didn’t. The separation never lasted long. I’m also sustained and energised by wild nature, soul poetry, intimate friendship, deep democracy, shared love and the wisdom and joy of children.
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”