In the years before moving to Berlin, I worked as a Support Worker in the homeless sector in London, working mostly in drug and alcohol services for continuing users and in a shelter for vulnerable young women. Working in these places, and with the individuals I encountered there, was part of what drove me to seek out other ways of working with certain aspects of ourselves that we all carry from time to time. Aspects that, if left unmet, can lead some people to find themselves alone and in life-threatening circumstances.
Another part was simply my own healing journey – cranio has had a profound impact on my life and on my continued process of learning and embracing embodiment.
In my late teens I went through a breakdown that I now associate with a spiritual emergency. The systems that were there to catch me didn’t provide any guidance – or much compassion – and I lost all sense of ground.
It took nearly a decade for the feeling of fragmentation to leave my body. It took me further years of dissociation before I was able to turn back towards it and what provoked it and what it was pointing towards. In this ‘turning back towards’ work, I am deeply indebted to teachers and guides along the way who showed me compassion and patience whilst I was busy struggling and pushing, and who held the space for things to self-liberate — without consciously knowing it, this was the biodynamic approach I was about to step into.
The first time I received a craniosacral session, it was immediately clear that this was a path I wanted to follow, and I knew before I left that session that I would sign up for a training. It felt like someone had turned the lights behind my eyes on. I also immediately decided that I would learn to bake bread (cranio has a really interesting way of bringing things up!). I felt re-connected to a sense of possibility and creativity that had been unavailable to me for a long time. A month later, I began my training. I also baked 2 loaves of Very Bad Bread (a speciality in certain parts of England).
I have been teaching yoga, movement and meditation for several years, in London and Berlin, both in group classes and privately and I continue to be fortunate enough to facilitate Michael Stone‘s Foundations in Teaching Mindfulness Meditation course for Yogacampus in London.
I live in Berlin and still have no tattoos.
I have quite a British sense of humour.
I’m a deep believer in the importance of doing our own personal work of healing as a social responsibility and as a gesture of deep care, not just for ourselves and those close to us, but for all those we share the planet with – and those yet to come.
Qualifications, Trainings & Workshops:
G.R.A.C.E. Training in Cultivating Compassion-Based Interactions – Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center – 2021
Movement for Trauma, certification program with Jane Clapp – 2021
Fully Being program with Tsoknyi Rinpoche – 2 year program, current
Foundations of Well Being with Rick Hanson 1 year program – 2021
Fighting Monkey Practice & Trauma Stress Recovery, with Jane Clapp – 2020
The Wild Edge of Sorrow: The Sacred Work of Grief with Francis Weller – 2019
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 2 year Practitioner Training, registered with the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings (IABT) – Craniosacral Educational Trust – 2018-2020
Experiential Anatomy 1 year diploma – CTET – 2018
Mindfulness for Trauma with Michael Stone – 2017
Mindfulness Facilitation Mentorship Program with Michael Stone – 2016
200h Yoga Teacher Training – 2014
Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory Post Grad. Diploma, Middlesex University – 2009
Modern European Philosophy and English Literature B.A., Middlesex University – 2001
This website is hosted using a green web-provider – that means a provider that runs on sustainable energy. If you have a website not hosted on a green web-provider, I urge you to check it out – its an easy switch to make.
If you have any questions, or you’d like to reach out, please don’t hesitate to send me a message – I look forward to hearing from you.