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About

I have many years of experience with horses, in fact I cannot remember life without them but it wasn't until I started training feral foals from Dartmoor in 2005 that I really felt their incredible spirit and started opening up to just what they are capable of bringing out in us humans!

My own ongoing personal development is very important to me to ensure I am always in the best place possible to offer healing but also to bring as much as I can to my sessions to help you and your animals.  I attend workshops and continued training relevant to the services I offer to ensure I always bring my best.

My Inspiration

As is so often the case my door to the world of healing was opened as a result of my own chronic illness. I've had varying health issues since childhood and had a diagnosis of fibromyalgia & ME some years ago.  The fibromyalgia changed everything, I could no longer do all I'd done, not even look after my own pony let alone run the Dartmoor Pony Rescue Centre, and so I found myself depressed and stuck in bed with my fibromyalgia causing pain and exhaustion.  I realised I needed help and started a Mindfulness course and life started to turn around again and I discovered things I never thought possible. 

During the mindfulness course I read the Tao of Equus by Linda Kohanov which inspired me to look into equine therapy.  Having taken part in a couple of equine therapy workshops I felt uncomfortable about what was being asked of the horses and wondered if there was a way I could know if they were ok with their work.  This is when I discovered Elaine Tyley and following a 1 day workshop my life was transformed! 

 

I trained for 2 years in equine healing and along this journey also trained to be a Reiki Master and learned crystal healing.

 

I believe you never stop learning and I love taking on new learning challenges that focus on my own personal development, but in turn also allow me to bring further aspects to my healing for clients.  Just some of the training I have done over the last few years includes:

  • Up to Level 3 Animal Healing & Communication with Madeleine Walker

  • Animal Welfare course

  • Advanced Diploma in Equine Healing by Holly Davis

  • Year long shamanic practice course following the seasons and elements, during this I learned drum healing and power animal retrieval

  • Crystal workshops including with Bee at Crystals & Stardust and Dan Rox's All About The Base, and I  am very much looking forward to the next workshops

  • Chakra Balancing, crystal healing with card reading and numerous other courses with Colin John 

  • Life Coaching Course

  • Workshops with Jo Dutfield

  • Moonology course meaning I am a Certified Moonologer

  • Workshops with Rosie Withey, and I can't wait to participate in the NOW programme this year

  • Mindfulness Courses with ACCEPT Clinic and Breathworks

  • Continued spiritual development with Suzy-Grace Galadriel

  • In addition I love to read, I will list my favourites at the bottom of this page. 

I also believe my own healing (self healing and by others) is very important.  My home practice consists of meditation, self healing with reiki and crystals, spending time in nature, use of essential oils and herbs.  I regularly have my own healing sessions with those I am drawn to for what I need at the time.  As a healer offering services to clients it is so important that I keep myself in the right place, an animal will soon notice if I am not and refuse to open up! 

My Health

You will find there is a theme that runs through my experiences and that is my health.  This has been somewhat erratic my whole life but I have never been more at peace with it than since I discovered Reiki, mindfulness and deepened my connection to nature and animals.

I have lived with auto immune heamolytic anemia since I was 8.  I had my spleen removed when I was about 20 to "cure" this, it didn't work and I was left with ME & Fibromyalgia to contend with.  As part of this I experience chronic pain, migraines, fatigue, brain fog and many other symptoms.  Mindfulness, nature and Reiki have helped me cope with these conditions and to still manage a life I love.  Having these in place was no more important than when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2020, just as the Covid pandemic hit! I turned to my trusted healing practitioners, my crystals, essential oils, meditation and trips out to nature - it all supported me emotionally and physically and incredibly, despite the huge tumour it was gone after 3 chemotherapys.  This was good as I responded so badly to the chemo that I was only able to have 6 of the 18 intended.  I believe a combination of science and my practice got me through to the other side. 

Because of the varying health conditions and trauma I have experienced (not all mentioned above as this would turn into a novel), I undertstand what it is to be on medication, to go through traumatic medical procedures and can very much relate to clients who have these experiences and are living with chronic illness.  We all experience things differently so someone else's experience will not be the same as mine, but I am there with a very understanding ear to hold space and help where I can.  

Though healing hasn't necessarily healed me of my ailments it has certainly helped support me with them, put me onto a life I love, doing what I love and opened doorways I never thought possible! 

Reading List

I do love books!  This is the list of books I recommend at the end of my Reiki manual when I teach Reiki 1!

  • If Women Rose Rooted – Sharon Blackie

  • Brene Brown – I would recommend all her books!

  • Cosmic Flow- Nikki Strange

  • All Moonology books – Yasmin Boland

  • Margrit Coates – A Healing for Horses, Horses Talking, Hand-on Healing for Pets, Communicating with Animals – Margrit is a animal healer and communicator. Her books have provided invaluable insight and guidance.

  • Linda Kohanov - The Tao of Equus is a book that changed my life so I always recommend it, Power of the Herd, Riding Between the Worlds, 5 Roles of a Master Herder

  • Madeline Walker - An Exchange of Love & The Whale Whisperer – Madeline’s books have always made me feel connected, I can relate and understand them and they bring the universe in. I have completed her 3 levels of animal communication course and participated in a couple of her Connecting to the Ancient Gateways days which I can highly recommend!

  • The Intelligent Guide to the Sixth Sense by Heidi Sawye

  • Emotional Healing for Horses and Ponies – Ross and Heather Simpso

  • Animal Speak – A Guide to Totem Animals – Ted Andrews

  • The Nature of Horses – Stephen Budiansk

  • The Truth about Dogs – Stephen Budiansk

  • Animal Spirit Guides – Steven D Farmer

  • Nikita Gill – Poetry Book

  • Earth Wisdom – Glennie Kindred

  • Rise Sister Rise, Light is the New Black and Letters to a Starseed by Rebecca Campbell

  • Code Red – Lisa Lister

  • Maya Angelou – Poetry Books

  • Yearning for the Wind -Tom Cowan

  • The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Van Der Kolk

  • The Meaning of Pain – Nick Potter

  • Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson

  • Mindfulness for Health – Vidyamala Burch

  • Mindfulness – Mark Williams

  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty – Florence Given

  • Dancing with your Dark Horse – Chris Irwin

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