I was born and brought up in England and came to South Africa after travelling down through Africa, meeting a South African farmer, marrying him and settling in KZN. We are now living in George in the Western Cape.
I believe very strongly that true health is being able to respond optimally in any situation, physically, mentally and spiritually. Looking back over the life I have done my best to assist in this process.
I trained and worked as a registered nurse and midwife in London, England in the late 1970’s and early 80’s and obtained a BA Hons. degree in Social Science and Administration at Goldsmiths College, London University. I worked as a State Registered nurse at The London Hospital, Whitechapel, London and then after completing midwifery training, I worked in The Special Care Baby Unit at Greenwich Hospital, London.
After coming to South Africa, I worked briefly at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and then in the Special Care Baby Unit in Westville. On finding myself pregnant with my third child, the decision was made to stay home based on the farm, raising the family, spinning wool and growing organic vegetables. During this period I also completed part time education training at the local Waldorf school and went on to teach music there part time as well as at another school, St James in Durban and The School of Practical Philosophy.
Once the children had become more independent, I started to investigate other healing modalities that helped with the underlying causes of physical and mental stress. I trained and worked as a therapeutic aromatherapist, reiki master, completed a counselling course at the local hospice and discovered and trained in the healing modality of BodyTalk. I remain to this day an active BodyTalk Practitioner, sound practitioner as well as therapeutic aromatherapist.
In 2010 we moved to George where my husband took up an associate professorship in crop science and sustainable agriculture and in 2017 I completed a Research Masters in Education in two areas that I am greatly interested in, mindfulness and the therapeutic effects of sound. I did this through Port Elizabeth Nelson Mandela University and was awarded Cum Laude. That same year I was given the opportunity of training in pastoral narrative therapy through Coram Deo which has been extremely enlightening and expanding. The understanding of how it feels to be really heard will never leave me and I look forward to many opportunities to share this experience with others.
Along with my husband, we run a branch of The School of Practical Philosophy and tutor groups in practical philosophy (love of wisdom).
I run several community singing groups and the occasional sound workshop.
Qi Gong and Tai Qi
Organic gardening, nutrition, and sustainable homestead farming.
Spinning, mosaic-work and design.
Remedial education using music and movement.
Travelling through Europe, United States and Africa
Climbing Kilimanjaro right to the top
Jumping out of an airplane twice!
Being a mother and all that that entails.
Learning to react less, listen more and allow life!