I love plants! Most especially those that grow naturally wild and strong.
My Garden Room is set over the pond in my semi-wild garden, full of many medicinal plants and abundant wildlife. It’s designed to be a place of calm and tranquillity, to bring you uplifting and restorative energy.
Whilst bringing up my family of four children, I undertook the four year degree in Herbal Medicine with the College of Phytotherapy and qualified in 2005 and have been practising as a Medical Herbalist since then. I am a member of the National Institute of Herbal Medicine (MNIMH).
I have also worked for Neal’s Yard Remedies since 2003, initially making the herbal tinctures for Neal’s Yard at the beautiful site of Springhead, Fontmell Magna. I now work on the NYR advice line helping people with herbal enquiries and I also teach their Introduction to Herbal Remedies courses, click here: https://www.nealsyardremedies.com/about-us-pages/work-with-us/meet-the-tutors.html
My special interest is in the old traditions of our land, our Celtic heritage and spiritual beliefs. My studies of both British Native Shamanism with Elen Sentier, and Plant Spirit Medicine with Eliot Cowan, Alison Guyott and Pam Montgomery, have taken my work with plants and with our land to a deeper level. I am now weaving this knowledge into my work offering Re-Wilding with the Labyrinth courses and Plant Spirit Medicine from early 2019.
I have had a strong connection with Shaftesbury Abbey (http://shaftesburyabbey.org.uk/), helping to develop the Anglo Saxon herb garden in the ruins of the Abbey. Peter Holloway, the Garden Director, and I have expanded the herb garden into a collection of about 100 herbs. It is a very special place and well worth a visit and each year I lead walks and talks in the gardens.