Me and Why I do this work?

I remember in that first session with shamanism in 2004 I opened my eyes and for a moment in the candle light and seeing the practitioner drumming it all felt very familiar to me and I thought this is my way, I liked shamanism and shamanism seemed to like me.

The resulting changes that occurred after that inspired me to train in these ways and I have worked with individuals since 2006 and groups since 2008 and in my own life shamanism is very much a growing and practical support for me.

Over time this work has deepened and strengthened my connection and love for the earth which has been with me since I can remember bringing great joy and wellbeing. It also has brought me to a deeper and more authentic  nature of myself while empowering me to express this in the everyday world.

I began trying to make sense of life at a very young age as it baffled me nature in particular trees and birds were a source of great comfort in what was a traumatic environment. As a result I was living with deep traumas and pain which were desperately looking for expression and soothing.

Now as a result of a healing process since 1999 I have come to find understanding from my life’s experiences. Having resolved many of these and found peace with once deeply distressing events they have become a great strength and resource in my life and for the work I offer.

When I am challenged in my own life today I can turn to shamanic methods which offers a different and spirit led perspective on what is going on. As well as practical ways to heal grow and resolve the issues; I offer my shamanic work in the hope others may experience this too as well as supporting you on your own life’s journey.

I have been involved professionally within a health and social care setting for over 30 years; this included working as a counselor, group facilitator and trainer alongside the NHS, a number of charities and in education settings. I also worked with our young people as a restorative justice worker. While I no longer work as a counsellor I uphold the professions ethics in my shamanic work.

Today alongside my shamanic practice I work part-time in a Camphill community grown out of the principles of Anthroposophy developed by Rudolph Steiner.  I am currently exploring being a companion to Bees which I am learning so much from about community and purpose as well as literally “bee-ing” in life.

I share our home with my wife, cat Lilly and a tortoise Buggle, here we all live just outside Perth city and I just love this amazing land of Scotland. Coming to live here has been another home coming, a move that logically made no sense but intuitively needed to be done, I am glad we all listened to this intuitive and spirit led call.

I have a daily practice that includes prayer and meditation, shamanic work, walking with nature, exercise and yoga and I practice Ahimsa (the way of non-harm) as well as my creative practices with writing and music. I play the guitar, recorder and am learning keyboards. I also have been published writing articles on shamanism in Indie shaman magazine

I trust in this ancient practice of shamanism to bring both benefits to individuals as well as for our wider community and society and wish to share these ways with those the work calls and speaks too.