The following workshops are workshops that I have done in the past and I am happy to do in the future. If I am travelling outside of Derbyshire, who ever books me to do the workshop, organises the publicity, handles the bookings and finds a suitable venue. My fee per days workshop is £350 a day + travel expenses and a room and food for an overnight stay. I am happy to provide artwork for this, and will send out details of the workshop through my mailing list and on my website.
I am hoping that I will be able to offer some of these workshops in Derbyshire in the near future.
If you are interested in coming to any of these workshops, please email me and I will add you to my mailing list.
If you are interested in organising one, please email me to talk about possibilities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letting In The Wild Edges
This weekend workshop encourages us to let the wild native plants into our lives and our gardens, to develop our intuitive abilities and an all-inclusive holistic perspective.
Includes identification of native plants and trees (herb walks), how to grow and manage them, their edible uses and seasonal recipes. Exploring their medicinal and emotional uses, how to make simple herbal medicines, and creating your own herbal.
Either as a day or half day out on the land, or as part of another workshop. This is very possible in and around Derbyshire, or where ever I happen to be! In its simplest form it doesn't need too much planning.
It includes walking the land and seeing what herbs, either medicinal or edible are available and safe to pick. I give identification and taste clues, and offer different ways to use them. Also includes collecting wild seed, how to grow these plants in your own gardens or allotments, and ways to reintroduce them into the wild edges of your locality (including the joys of guerilla gardening).
Spring or Autumn is best for this.
The walk can then be extended to include sharing seasonal recipes and making herbal preparations; drying herbs for herb teas, making tinctures, honey elixirs, oxymels, and herbal syrups.
A Guided Walk Through The Woods
Identifying our native trees from near and far. Herbal and culinary uses of spring flowers and leaves and autumn fruit, gathering and sharing recipies.
Also includes meditating with trees; tuning into their energy and a variety of ways to open communication with the trees.
Drawing Inspiration From Trees
A workshop to unlock our creative responses to trees.
The day will help us to look at trees with fresh eyes, helping us to touch our poetic sense of wonder, so that we follow our intuition, open up to our feeling nature and extend our perceptions to engage with the trees themselves.
Using all our senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste, we will connect to a variety of native trees, from near and far, admiring the different tree shapes, the rich diversity of colours, bark patterns, leaf shapes, flowers or fruit, depending on the time of year.
As we walk amongst the trees we will open ourselves to connect to the beneficial effect they have on us and look at the herbal and healing properties of our native trees. Using meditation and guided visualisation techniques we will extend our awareness to sense the essential nature of a tree or a tree species and intuitively express this on paper.
Using a variety of creative techniques we will also further explore anything that has inspired us on the walk. No previous drawing skills are necessary, although some drawing skills will be taught and interesting techniques shared.
The day will focus not on the finished results but on the pure enjoyment of our creative expression and being with trees. Please bring a sketch book, pencils, crayons, pastels or paints, outdoor clothing, something to sit on and some lunch. Everything else will be provided.
This workshop can be run as a weekend or one day workshop or as part of a series of workshops, building on creative skills and the awareness of the changing energy of trees through the seasonal cycle.
Sacred Tree Workshop
Exploring 13 native trees of the British Isles
This varied workshop can take the form of a 2-hour talk, or extended to a 1 or 2 day workshop with many activities. These may include any of the following:
- Trees for healing and spiritual development. Finding our sacred and healing connection to ourselves and the Earth through the trees. This includes communicating with the spirits of trees, ancient tree lore, tree meditations, tree ceremonies and guided visualisations.
- The Celtic tree Ogham - an ancient Celtic system of tree wisdom. Includes making and using Ogham sticks.
- The herbal uses of our native trees, including making herb teas and other preparations, gathering tips, drying and storage and dosage. Also how to make tree flower remedies.
- Natures spring tonics - A day in the woods. Identifying, collecting and nibbling leaves from native trees and other woodland plants for spring tonics and herb salads.
- The culinary uses of our native trees. Depending on the time of year, we will gather leaves, flowers or fruit for food and share recipes.
- How to grow trees from seeds or cuttings. Tree planting and after care.
- A guided tree walk, identifying our native trees (from a distance and close to), herb and tree lore, tree communing, collecting flowers/leaves/seeds and wood to use.
- The Celtic Tree Circles - Linking the trees to the seasonal cycles and Celtic festivals.
- Ancient tree lore, including myths, legends, stories and folklore of trees.
- Practical wood working with small pieces of native wood. This may include making talismans, pendants, healing wands, touchwoods or Ogham Sticks. Elementary wood working skills are taught. Also how to collect and store wood, the properties and uses (past and present) of wood from our native trees. Please bring your own penknife, everything else, including the wood is provided.
- Intuitive drawing and creative artwork as a way to develop our closeness to the spirits of trees. No drawing skills are necessary
There is a growing need within our society to share universal spirituality, and to mark and honour the life changing moments in our lives in a fresh and unique way. In this workshop I encourage you to empower yourselves to create ceremony from your own hearts without hierarchy or too much preplanning and to make heartfelt connection through your own intuitive responses.
The workshop also encourages you to create personal ceremony that touches your deepest understanding of your own unique and unfolding sense of the sacred, within yourselves, with the land and as conscious participants in world change. The workshop includes any of the following aspects and can be developed for one to one sessions or group work:
- Creating and holding sacred space, developing Unity Consciousness.
- Opening and closing sacred space - the 5 Elements and 5 Directions.
- Grounding, containment and protection.
- Working with intention, focus and vision; meditation; visualization; shamanic journeys; pathworking; developing conscious choice and awareness; the power of now; acting on spontaneous whims of the imagination, our creativity and our intuition.
- The energetic and transformative qualities and uses of the 5 Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.
- Personal ceremony, daily rituals and daily meditations.
- Ceremonies for the cycle of the Earth's Year and the 8 Celtic festivals. The evolving Celtic traditions of our native land.
- Moon cycle ceremonies; ceremonies for world healing and Peace, sweat lodge ceremonies.
- Honouring life's special moments and rites of passage: births, blessingways, handfasting, joinings, separations, funerals, menopause, creating change, cutting the ties that bind.
- Using sound, toning, song, dance and percussion for transformation and healing.
- Making sacred circles, medicine wheels, shrines, living tree circles, labyrinths, mandalas.
A series of Transformational creative workshops
Inspirational workshops based around the Five Elements - Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit, creating transformation in our lives and in the world.
Creating an environment of mutual respect and encouraging participation, sharing and the joy of creative expression.
Drawing on sacred art and craft work, ceremony, meditation, nature, healing, drumming, song, and inner journeying
Using the power of the 5 Elements: Earth Air, Fire, Water and Spirit, our relationship to the Earth's natural alchemy and her cycles, to help us to manifest change in our lives and in the world.
These workshops can run as either an ongoing series, single days or a weekend
Making a Well Dressing can be run as a workshop, with participants invited to bring flowers and help create the Well Dressing over a period of 3 days.
The well dressing technique that I work with is based on a Derbyshire tradition of decorating a large board, covered in clay, into which petals, flowers, greenery and other natural materials are pressed, to create a picture. Because the board is soaked in water for a week before hand and the clay is wet, the flowers remain fresh for up to a week or more, depending on the weather conditions.
I can arrange for the Well Dressing board to be made by my partner Brian Boothby. You will need to discuss size, shape and costs with him. The board is then yours and will stay with you to be used for other years. Hopefully having learnt the technique from me, you will be able to go on and do your own Well Dressings in the future!
Traditionally, the lines of the design are picked out in Alder cones and then sections are filled in with the petals etc. What materials arrive with me and what materials you are able to bring from your gardens, or from flower shops, will determine what goes where and the final look of the piece….. this is always the most exciting, fluid and ultimately creative aspect of the whole thing, as we can't predict what flowers we will have to work with and how much of each we will have!
I am happy to do the design to be used. This is drawn out actual size on paper and pricked though into the clay to transfer the design
WHAT FLOWERS TO BRING: The flowers or leaves that last a long time in the garden or when you pick them and put them in water, will last a long time when their stems are pressed into wet clay, so these are the ones to bring. If you are buying flowers, the best are Carnations (Red, white, pink, yellow), Chrysanthemums (especially good are the small button ones if you can find them), and Hydrangeas (blue in particular if there is sky in the picture!). Please buy the freshest flowers possible as they have to last a long time! It is better to have more of the same flower and colour than lots of different flowers.
The creation of the Well Dressing will end with the board being placed by the well or spring and I will facilitate a participatory 'Blessing of the Waters' ceremony.
This is a very beautiful and connecting conclusion to the whole experience.