I am a qualified personal performance coach and teacher who has worked for twenty years in education and the charitable sector. I am currently studying Regenerative Eco-Psychology and Nature Based Practice at the Natural Academy and I am a founder member of the North West Regional Network of Nature Based Practitioners.
After growing up feral in the Derbyshire Dales, much of my adult life was spent in the inner city. In my forties I felt increasingly disenchanted with urban life and longed to spend time in nature and wild places, and to live more authentically.
This lead me to leave my job, home and give up most of my possessions to walk the length of the Outer Hebrides and hike up through the highlands of Scotland; wild camping and navigating my way through mountain passes. My journey took me to a remote off grid peninsula, accessible only by foot or boat, where I lived in a self-built wooden dome, painting, growing my own food, volunteering for a marine protection group.
I was then drawn to South West Ireland where I volunteered restoring a Victorian arboretum and harvested seaweed whilst enjoying the incredible scenery of the Beara and Mizen peninsula.
Now I live in a small cottage in West Yorkshire, overlooking the vast hills and wooded valleys, close to other creative and community minded folk. Here I strive to live a simple and creative life close to nature working alongside others with similar values.