I have other labels : Scot, Yoga Teacher, Healer, Therapist, Druid, Anam Cara...
I am also autistic ( I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome at the late age of 45)... And all define me in some way. At the heart of my practice is a deep and authentic spirituality rooted in the Celtic traditions and inspired by the truth and meaning in all spiritual practices.
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 in the realms of dragons and unicorns, my experience of my path is somewhat different. My Druidry is very Earth based and whilst I honour legend and acknowledge its usefulness in archetype and symbolism, I aim to keep my feet firmly planted on the Earth. I consider myself Celtic Christo-Druid (meaning a Druid who follows the way of Christ) and a Panentheist* and I have a progressive interfaith approach to my work.
*Panentheism is the view that the Divine (God) is both fully immanent within all of Creation– and – fully transcendent from Creation.
I aim to act with the utmost integrity and for the purposes of clarity, trust and integrity - I am happy to share my "credentials" with you
I have some twenty five (gulp) 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 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. Until early 2015 I was based in Glasgow, where I ran In the Moment a centre for Movement and Wellbeing. I now live most of the time in Brighton on the South Coast of England and move between there and Italy where I help out at a Shanticentre, a yoga retreat centre in the Adriatic region of Abruzzo. I travel to work in the UK, elsewhere in Europe and beyond. 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 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.