I grew up on a farm…
When I was a kid, I used to spend time in the bush, playing out dramas on the rocks… creating dens and places to just be…
I felt like I belonged to the land I inhabited..
Where did all that go???
Friends became the most important thing as a teenager, then learning with my mind, knowing stuff, all started to take over from being in the bush… I lost connection to my instinctive and natural self..
When I lived in the UK I took up camping at Greenham Common, I was really there to protest, but loved the connection back to nature… My friends there helped connect me back to the cycles, the moon, the land.
Back to being..
Returning in Australia, the bush seemed harsh after many years of gentle English countryside…
My first week long Yatra, with Ronny Hickel a Walking Retreat in silence in 2007 returned me back home to the bush.
Revitalised Renewed Reconnected,
I carved out more and more time to be in the forest.
Noosa became home to me at the end of 2014, mostly so I could be close to the Noosa National Park.. It’s a treasure, and place of power I cherish regularly…
I’ve discovered that Japanese have been studying the health effects of being in the forest (Shinrin-yoku). Forest bathing, or just being in the forest is good for us…
My earliest memory is of lying on my belly on a warm concrete paver underneath our plum tree in the garden. It was summer and the sweet fermenty smell of rotting plums filled the air. Mum had planted a carpet of multicoloured snapdragon flowers under the tree and I was deep in conversation with them (you can gently pinch the back of the flower to make it ‘talk’). Bees hummed around the flowers. Bugs of all kinds crawled in and out of the collapsing plums. That afternoon stretched out forever.
My love of all Nature led me into activism at an early age, but like so many, the ‘fight against’ burned me out. I put down my activist hat and tried to live a ‘normal life’. I just can’t do it!!! Nature is my solace, my heart and the fibre of my being. How can we not love that which we are?
About 7 years ago I found TreeSisters or She found me. For me TreeSisters is activism of the heart. It’s not about fighting against. TreeSisters is about actively creating the world we want to live in. My dream is that we rerobe our glorious planet in green. Very soon.
I am the Australia/New Zealand coordinator for TreeSisters and I love to spread our message in this unique region. I’m really excited about the Yatra, particularly because Noosa National Park is one of my favourite places on Earth. Previously I’ve only been there with my kids (so always a little distracted). My whole body yearns for the kind of connected walking we are planning… and I so look forward to doing it with you.
next dates Saturday 13 April 2019