I am a writer, storyteller, 'narrative ecopsychologist', and editor of EarthLines Magazine, living in wild and beautiful County Donegal, in Ireland. 'Re-enchanting the Earth' is an idea, a vision, a body of work, an offering of courses and other opportunities for exploring our wild selves ... above all it is a site for conversations about the stories that help create transformation, and about authentic ways of living and being that help us find a sense of place and belonging in a re-enchanted world.
The focus of all my work is on exploring the culture of land and place. I believe that a sense of connectedness to land and place is threaded through with storylines and mythlines, with songs and art and poetry and other cultural imaginings, and involves creating a bridge between the inner world – especially our creative imagination – and our embodied and sensory experience of the physical world. I believe passionately that our cultural and physical connection to the land and to place (whether we are permanently or temporarily rooted in that place) and to its communities is essential for our own individual health and growth, as well as for the future of the planet.
On the 'Writing' page is a selection of my writings, including extracts from my first novel The Long Delirious Burning Blue. I'm currently engrossed in a full-length work of narrative nonfiction about myth, place and belonging, which will be published in spring 2016.
I'm also an experienced workshop/retreat facilitator and tutor courses on the storying of place, belonging and nature writing: see the courses page for what's on now and what's coming up.
My blog can be found at 'The Bone Garden'; join me there as I root and rustle among the trees in our new home by the waterfall and the river in County Donegal, Ireland. You'll also find writings on wild myths and fairy tales from these Celtic lands.
Please also visit my Singing Over the Bones website for information about a new project I’m now offering: a unique year-long course for women who want to delve deeply into wild myths and archetypes from the Celtic traditions, and connect with the cycles and seasons of the year.