I have thirty years' experience as a performing artist, group work facilitator and teacher. I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 with an MA in theatre and music and spent a number of years as a community arts facilitator before moving into teaching and training and taking postgraduate studies in psychology with the Open University. Now, I am a part time healthcare chaplain as well as a Yoga teacher, healer and holistic body work and movement therapist. I specialise in yoga for people living with cancer, and I'm course director of Healing Space. I am also a certified Embodiment Facilitator and Coach. Until early 2015 I was based in Glasgow, where I ran my own yoga studio. I now live in East Sussex on the South Coast of England, where I have been studying for a Masters degree in creative writing. I write, paint, make music, take photographs and enjoy experiencing artistic expression in all its forms. As well as blogging on here, I publish another blog dedicated to the poetry of my Grandfather, William Oliphant . I love poetry!
I am just about to move into the second year of training in Interfaith Ministry with One Spirit and will be ordained by them (all being well) in July 2020. I have had extensive training over several years in traditional Druidry, Celebrancy, Modern Druid/craft, Celtic Spirituality, Celtic Christian Ministry, Celtic Shamanism and Celtic Reiki (Ogham Healing) and have received the three levels of Druid initiation: Bard, Ovate and Druid. I am a member of the Druid Network and the Natural Death Society.
At the heart of my practice is a deep panentheist* spirituality rooted in the Celtic tradition of Christianity and Christian mysticism and by the practices of Yoga and meditation. But I am inspired by the truth and meaning in all spiritual practices. I am fascinated by ritual and sacrament and how it manifests in daily life. A truth seeker who shies away from dogma, I attempt to live my life guided by the Spirit. I recognise this, like God, is a loaded word for most people. You may choose to call it something else (Existence, the Universe, Nature, the Divine - I use them all) but I no longer apologise for it. God really doesn't care what you call her!
My relationship to, and fascination with this great mystery has been lifelong, and I find truth, depth and meaning in the teachings of many faith paths and spiritualities. Some might see this as cherry-picking. I see it as being open to the truth wherever it is found. There is one truth, and there are many paths up the mountain. The mountain is just waiting for us to climb. I am also a pragmatist. I love nature, and science. I don't think that spirituality and science are mutually exclusive. Whilst some may think that my beliefs and practices are about believing fairy stories, my experience of my path is somewhat different. My practice is deeply Earth based and whilst I honour myth and legend and acknowledge their usefulness in archetype and symbolism, I aim to keep my feet firmly planted on the Earth. In all my work I aim to act with the utmost integrity.
*Panentheism is the view that the Divine (God) is both fully immanent within all of Creation– and – fully transcendent from Creation.