It brings me joy to clarify my role with the Creative Vision project and bring it to you through this website.
Below is my profile where I share the story of my own evolution and path. We are all stories looking to be read, met and brought to life.
We are at such an amazing point in evolution. There is so much potential and reconnection that is possible now and so many diverse approaches to achieving this. I celebrate the path of many ways. I am grateful for the amazing spirit of creative vision that moves through everything!
I was born and bought up in Leeds, England. My A level choices were Art, English, Physics, French and General Studies. I was interested in studying communication and creative energy. I decided the best way to understand creative energy was to be it and this is what took me to Art college firstly in Leeds, then Cardiff, Wales where I studied for a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and later to Birmingham, England and then Dundee, Scotland where I studied to MA level.
I continue to hold the premise that the best way to understand creative energy is to be it and that is why my work with others is dedicated to being present, listening deeply and believing passionately in each unique journey of discovery.
I continue to marvel at and be surprised about my own!
In between my BA and MA study periods, I became a writer and then went to train to teach and work with young children. I taught in inner city Birmingham. I was primarily interested in observing the children and learning how to encourage and educate (draw out) their unique expression and gifts. I was deeply inspired by the diversity of faiths and cultures represented in my classrooms and this took me on a bit of a spiritual pilgrimage to other countries including Africa and India.
I left the education system so that I could return to art and moved up to Scotland after the death of my maternal grandmother. The experience of my grandmother's death showed me very clearly that the vision we are invested in holding for this everyday reality does not stop here. My studies of the creative matrix behind this reality and how each of us work with it are inspired by the great opening that happens for me when someone dies and also from what I have learnt from helping children to stay connected.
I went on to have my own children and this was possibly my biggest experience of feeling creative energy at work. I was working on an MFA project merging nature and human systems and voices when I became pregnant with Arin, my son. I spent a lot of my children's early years out in nature. I moved up to Findhorn in 2004 with my son and daughter Tsen and we became part of the Steiner kindergarten culture there. It was here that I took part in lots of trainings and courses in spirituality and ecology.
I moved back to Fife, Scotland after a big opening with the land there and worked in a Montessori School as an Artist, following my children. I left there to develop and instal the Nature as Teacher spiral curriculum for the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery with my pioneer friend Cathy Bache. This brought my work with children to a perfect closure as I merged the way of nature and presence with the National curriculum to take nature education into the main stream.
During these five years I had been taking courses in Shamanism working firstly for two years with Franco Santoro with the sun and moon cycle and atrological work (2004 - 6), then Heather Ash Amara and Raven Smith (lineage of Don Miguel Ruiz) (2007) Stephen Mulhearn of Lendrick Lodge (2007 - 8), Peggy Dylan (fire walking instruction) (2008) and many other spiritual teachers. I also trained in and worked intensely in a study group with the practice of non-violent communication and attended seminars with Marshall Rosenberg, Dominic Barten, Claralyn Nunnamaker and Karl Staeyart.
I set up the little red drum School of Creative Shamanism in 2009 as a gallery and as a school.
I took a 2 year Shamanic teacher training course in New Mexico with Sandra Ingerman (2012 - 13). I assisted Sandra at her Teacher training in Scotland along with Chetna Lawless and Stephen Mulhearn in 2016.
2009 - 11, I attended a two year training in constellation therapy with Clare Crombie and took further courses with Dan Booth Cohen and Emily Blefield. Between 2014 and 16, I studied various programmes of constellation work with Nikki Mackay. The constellation therapy method features strongly in the Earth Ensemble model I have developed.
In September 2011 I was accepted by Abertay University to take a Post Graduate Certificate in counselling skills. I returned in 2015 to take the two year diploma course and then complete the MSc element which was an auto ethnographical play in 3 Acts mapping the effectiveness of mindfulness on mood with nature and darkness.
I have been leading courses and three year trainings in Creative Shamanism for the past nine years. My way of understanding this work has always been that it is an innate way of being and that by attuning with creative flow and the natural cycles of nature a deeper and more true part of us can find its way to the centre. I have been holding graduation programmes where practitioners find their own name and way of practicing with this work.
In 2018 it became clear that I needed to change the name of my practice to meet the needs of the contemporary culture to which I belong. Many of the students who step out as Practitioners are artists, writers, curriculum and programme managers, voices for marginalised people and ambassadors of innovative holistic projects. The title Visionary is more easily accessible as a an understandable expression of the connective and inspiring practice that I teach. I step forward now as a shamanic teacher, earth ensemble practitioner and counsellor with the three lenses of Creative Vision work. I look forward to leading programmes that will help many more people and places to realise their full visionary and creative potential. I am excited about continuing to hold a powerful and even more far-reaching space of development and inclusion for all those who have moved through the trainings and their brilliant work.
The path of the Visionary is blessed. It can also be incredibly testing psychologically and emotionally. It involves the breaking down of lots of ideas of form and attachment and it can be a path that includes much trauma and spaces of disillusionment and depression.
From visiting these places as part of my own path, my own journey has brought with it a deep desire to help others and a rich pool of resources and understanding of the terrain that in my couselling, constellation wheel and visionary teaching work I can bring to others.
My direction for the next two years is firstly to bring very high standard visionary and constellation wheel courses to many more practitoners. Secondly it is to build, through autoethnographical projects programmes to help people who encounter suicidal places within themselves, particularly through bi polar presentation. Thirdly it is to lead and oversee the development of story and mythical work moving into areas where it can enrich and reconnect people, times, places and the soul of vision through all of its many expressions.
I am a holistic practitioner of creative flow. My work is about bringing back models to restore inclusiveness and connection. Quantum and deeply honouring in design, the model of Creative Vision is here for all of us.