Medicine Work and Retreat Space

Medicine work – as defined here – is as old as homo sapiens and still available to us today for understanding many intra- and inter-personal issues. We are also facing the increasing transpersonal issue of eco-grief. This might be defined as distressing feelings which spring from, or relate to, the current ecological and climate crises. Learning how to live with experienced or anticipated ecological losses is something I am finding a way through for myself, and also via working with individuals and small groups approaching me about this issue.

The natural world is not something outside our front doors… we too are nature, and many of us cannot not feel the grief for what is happening to our landscapes, our ecosystems, and many of our species. There is no doubt that wide ranging political, financial, social and community actions are required, but we can all take steps in one direction: with ourselves. This is where my own efforts are focused: on what you need for yourself, to enable you to do the wider work required. Or simply to understand yourself better, and to ‘get on’ with whatever it is you choose to get on with.

I facilitate Medicine work for those individuals and groups who approach me for it, although I don’t offer simplistic ‘dream dictionary’ type interpretations. For example, seeing this particular animal ‘means’ this… this plant appearing in your garden ‘means’ this… this bird ‘stands for’ this… etc etc. There’s nothing wrong with having a google around, or reading a book on so-called power animals, for example, but true in-depth Medicine work is deeply personal, and the impulse for it – and any potential meanings of it or conclusions from it – must begin from within the energetic world of the quester.

Do get in touch if you want to know more, but here’s some basic information:

Individuals

You can book time with me to work with your particular Medicine. We’ll speak on the phone initially and then there are a number of ways to continue if you wish. Work outdoors is always the best choice, always powerful, especially here where I have finally settled in this fluid land between the lower reaches of the Aire Valley and the Humberhead Peatlands. The wide vistas of both the Yorkshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds are within easy reach. The three great National Parks of Yorkshire are all within an hour or so driving distance and there are many RSPB and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserves close by.

However, there are ways to work within four walls, journeying inward, if you prefer to do that. (And when we are allowed to work indoors, under current Covid-19 restrictions)

I’m also creating a small wildlife garden space, not overlooked, and with a shelter for weather-protected working.

Again, do make contact if you would like to know more.

Groups

I am available to facilitate small self-selected group retreats or personal development workshops with a Medicine or ecotherapeutic focus: contact me for a telephone appointment if you are interested.

Costs and Accommodation

As stated elsewhere on this website, I no longer charge for my time. I ask for travel expenses if I come to you, or your group, and dana is always acceptable, and supports my communication costs and voluntary work.