The 2019 Workshops – Space to Emerge

2019 Workshops so far...

These are the workshops we have running so far.

Please remember this list can change at any time with new workshops added and perhaps with a few changes along the way.

Communicating with the Anima

with Kym Swan

Animal communicator Kym Swan will offer the tools for communicating with not only animals but also tree and rock spirits. She will first go through the how, why and when to get participants communicating with animals, before moving into a woodland setting for connections with rocks and trees.

Kym is the founder of Untangled Whispers working in the realms of animal communication, reiki, integrated energy therapy and celebrancy. The shamanic path has called to Kym and she has been treading the wilds for the last three years whilst currently training to become a soul midwife.

Find  Your Inner Dancer

with Anne Kingston

Back by popular demand, Anne Kingston will use African and Middle Eastern rhythms with free flow dance movement to get bodies moving in fun and creativity. She promises a few surprises in the mix.

Anne is a dance teacher with a life-long interest in holistic dance movement and Middle Eastern dance, which she has taught for over 20 years. Last year she further qualified as a Body Groove facilitator.

Healing The Ancestors

with Jacqui Crooks

We are all, says Jacqui Crooks, carrying ancestral baggage which is no longer useful to us. In this workshop she will help participants to recognise that some of the biggest blocks to happiness stem from the past. Releasing them frees us to be more ourselves and gives us a chance to reflect on our own life, from our own perspective.

Jacqui is a pioneer in energy psychology, an international speaker and trainer, an EFT founding master and one of the authors of EFT and Beyond. After training in EFT, NLP and hypnosis she created her unique way of working which allows deep change quickly and easily without trauma.

The Nature of Fellfoot Wood

with Sam Turner

This guided walk will be led by ecologist Sam Turner, who will guide walkers on an exploration of the intricate ecosystem of this beautiful woodland. She will offer insight into the natural history of the place, the stories, the spiritual connections and a glimpse into the story of the land itself.

Sam has always loved the natural world and learning about wild plants and animals is a big part of her life, both working as an ecologist and in her spare time. She has a particular love of the Lake District which she has known most of her life.

Woman's Journey to Heal Herself

with Carole Prestedge, Kathy Burrage and Anne Jackson

This workshop will take place in the women’s only space of the beautiful red tent.

Led by Carole Prestedge, Kathy Burrage and Anne Jackson this session will be based loosely on the book Circle of Stones by Judith Duerk and will ask the question: "How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you, a place for you to go to be with your mother, with your sisters and the aunts, with your grandmothers and the great and great great grandmothers, a place of women to go, to be, to return to, as women? How might your life be different?"

Honouring Creiddylad - the ancient British goddess of May

with Lorna Smithers

Lorna Smithers will lead this tribute to Creiddylad, who is associated with love and fertility, which includes learning about her story, a guided meditation to meet her and creating poems in her honour, which will be read aloud to mark her return from the Otherworld, bringing life to the land.

Lorna Smithers is a poet, author, awenydd, Brythonic polytheist, and devotee of Gwyn ap Nudd. She has published three books: Enchanting the Shadowlands, The Broken Cauldron, and Gatherer of Souls. She writes and edits for Gods & Radicals and blogs at Signposts in the Mist.

Time on the Ground

with Rita Albanese

This session will get participants closer to the ground, to reconnect with its healing power. Rita Albanese points out that our modern lifestyles have disconnected us from time close to the ground, leading to ill health. She aims to restore a little of this connection that our ancestors would have had daily, whether it was sitting around a campfire, beading in a circle, crouching on a hunt, or sleeping.

Rita is a nurse by background, a shamanic practitioner and life coach. Her inspiration comes from engaging with the natural environment in a variety of ways, embracing nature’s power to heal and bring about change for herself, her clients and for the earth.

Wild Voices

with Amy Boud

Outdoor and creative practitioner Amy Boud will lead once again this foray into singing and making music from our authentic wild selves, tapping into the music and rhythm of the more than human world. This session will be fun and creative, playing with the sounds we can make with our voices and bodies, tuning into the sounds of the world around us, and singing outside in different locations with, and to, the other beings that inhabit the land. Not suitable for children under 14.

Amy will also lead this family workshop, where participants will prepare a celebration together that includes a feast of foraged materials, painting faces, making costumes, and finding natural musical instruments, before gathering around the fire to make wild music together.

Sacred Warrior Dance

with Luke Donnelly

This dance is a powerful journey to supercharge your energy field, combining breath, visualisation, strong movement and fully embodied roaring. It will help you to reclaim your roots and solar power, clear your sacral energy and open your heart and voice for greater self expression and sovereignty in your life. Luke is part of TribeGaia, Manchester’s thriving conscious community that runs regular events and gatherings. He is committed to opening up greater self expression, power and love.

Weeds and Wild Medicine

with Edwina Hodkinson

Herbalist Edwina Hodkinson will lead this herb walk, identifying, learning about and exploring local medicinal plants and how to use them for healing.

Plants will be harvested to make a herbal medicine.

Edwina Hodkinson is a medical herbalist and full member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She has been a health care practitioner for the last 34 years being an ex ward sister, aromatherapist, clinical reflexologist and healer.

Your Awakening through the Labyrinth 

with Nicola Smalley

When we walk the labyrinth amongst the bluebells, the mysterious winding path becomes a metaphor for our spiritual journey. In this workshop, we will work with the Labyrinth to bring insights for the next step on our awakening journey.

Morning Gong Baths

with Liz and Chris Whittal-Hill and Avril Banks

There will be the opportunity to start each day by drifting through the early morning energies to a beautiful sound bath. This is a powerful meditative experience and sessions can include gongs, drums and singing bowls. This is a perfect opportunity to get some personal space and set your intentions for the day.

They will be offered by Liz and Chris Whittall-Hill, who run the Harmony Hub Holistic Community Centre in Chorley and offer Gongs Baths as well as individual therapies, and  Avril Banks.

Children's Workshops

with Danny English

Joining us once again this year with a popular selection of workshops for children will be Danny English, unleashing the imagination in a whole series of activities around creating from nature, in nature, including crafting dreamcatchers, crowns, necklaces and magical wands.

Danny is the director and founder of CommuniTree, a NFP social enterprise in Greater Manchester who reconnect people of all ages with nature. He is a passionate advocate of outdoor learning and experiential education.

Creative Connections

with Heather Rimmer

Experiential therapist Heather Rimmer will be offering three creative sessions where youngsters will be invited to connect to their inner beings via the creative use of paint, glue, feathers, glitter, masks and more unusually, potatoes. These workshops are suitable for ages 3 onwards and can be attended as a series or as one offs.

Heather is a person-centred experiential therapist who works predominately with children and young people. She is  currently completing a PhD at Edge Hill University, Lancashire where she facilitates on the undergraduate Counselling & Psychotherapy BA(hons) degree.

Dreamcatchers and Prayer feathers

with Morrigan Rheged

Morrigan Rheged will offer two workshops, enabling participants to make their own dream catchers and prayer feathers with natural and up-cycled materials.

Morrigan has followed the old way for 35 years of which crafting is an important part. She makes her own tools, honouring her ancestor’s work with the materials she uses.

Earth Songs

with Nicola Smalley or Amy Boud

This will be a morning welcome at the Earth Mother altar led by Nicola Smalley or Amy Boud. Participants will sing in the new day with chants and are invited to offer their favourites. Drums and rattles are encouraged.

Introduction to Shamanic Journeying

with Nicola Smalley

Nicola Smalley will lead this session which is ideal for those who are new to shamanism, or who want to go over the basics of again. The workshop will touch on the history of shamanism and what it is, before going on a journey to explore the other worlds.

Adults only.

The Healing Power of Trees

with Nicola Smalley

The wisdom and healing properties of trees will be the focus of this session, led by Nicola Smalley who will draw on a variety of techniques including shamanic journeying and divination using the Celtic Tree Ogham.

Says Nicola: “We notice the immediate shift in our energy when we are in the presence of trees. It is as if they speak to our soul in some secret, knowing way.”

The Ancestral Diet

with Nicola Smalley 

The dawn of agriculture 10,000 years ago turned our natural way of eating on its head, as our ancestors switched from a diet of meat, nuts, berries and leafy plants. In this workshop Nicola Smalley will explain how going back to this Paleolithic diet has transformed her health, and her life, and why this is. The session will include a shamanic journey to meet a guide to help participants see the next step towards better health.

Nicola Smalley is a shamanic practitioner and chartered environmentalist supporting people and communities in making the transition to the ‘new Earth’. With her husband Jason, she runs shamanic drumming circles, sabbat celebrations, spiritual development retreats and online courses.

The Magic of Words

with Jason Smalley

This poetry-in-the-morning session is time to ignite your inner bard. Led by Jason Smalley, the workshop will begin with a reading of some inspirational poems, before participants are sent on a creative journey to see what emerges from within.

Trance Drumming

with Jason Smalley

Jason Smalley will lead this tribal time – an hour of pure drumming in the sacred Yew Tree Grove, allowing participants to drift into a trance state with the repetitive beat of the drum.

Reclaiming the Masculine

with Jason Smalley

As our worldview changes and the patriarchy becomes the scapegoat for all the wrongs and abuses meted out on humanity, how can an awakening man reclaim a strong hold on his personal power?

Join Jason Smalley to explore this and other dynamite topics in a men-only workshop.

Divination with the Runes

with Jason Smalley

This session will be led by Jason Smalley who, using a Northern connection technique, will journey through the world tree of the Norse culture and consult the rune staves to see the ephemeral shadow of what the future may hold.

The Viking way of connecting with the ancestral rhythms that spin the thread of what may be from the web of infinite possibilities will be honoured.

A Chakra Journey of Self Expression

with Silke Harvey

This workshop with Silke Harvey will take participants on a journey through their chakras and will include spoken word, drumming, oracle cards and crystals, experimenting with native instruments and finally self expression of their journey through painting. This will be offered at the beginning and the end of Space to Emerge, giving an opportunity to arrive and a time to leave.

Silke is a reiki master and chakra dancing and creative mindful meditation therapist, as well as a professional musician. She believes that music and energy work is a perfect combination to create wellbeing.

Laughter Yoga

with Lisa Adamson

Laughter yoga consists of a serious of breathing exercises and childlike play exercises which encourage you to laugh! Laughter has many beneficial effects for health and wellbeing, and although the practice starts with forced laughter, this soon degenerates into genuine belly-laughs which will benefit you throughout the day. 

Wild Wisdom: Journeying through the World Channel

with Alexa Sargeant

In this workshop you will learn how to see yourself as our ancestors did, in the mirror of the world around them. You will learn how to attune yourself to the ‘middle world channel’, to pay attention to its synchronicities and intuit its meanings. We will journey into the landscape of the woods, exploring it as a source of information, guidance and support.  Alexa is an embodied wild wisdom facilitator, advanced flower essence practitioner and counsellor at The Well of Belonging. Her passion is connecting others to their own wisdom through nature-based exploration, creativity, ceremony and vibrational essences.

Sacred Anointing & Intentional Blending

with Bliss Russell

In this workshop clinical aromatherapist and priestess Bliss Russell will help you to impart your magical and spiritual template onto essential oil blends for healing, blessing and honouring your sacred objects, beloved or others as well as yourself in ritual.A £5 donation towards the cost of materials is requested for this session.

Bliss has been in practice as a holistic therapist since 2001. She has worked with clients at festivals and camps, managed health food shops and her own clinic, in addition to clinical work in hospitals and palliative care. She views her work as both a vocation and a personal journey.

Pink Tent: Star Maidens

with Bliss Russel & Freya

In this Pink Tent workshop, a space will be offered in the Red Tent for girls and young women to share and learn about the cycles of the moon and seasons, how these align with our own bodies; and to honour one another with self acceptance, confidence and owning our own uniqueness and beauty as Star Maidens of the Earth.

This session will be facilitated by Bliss Russell and her daughter Freya.

Fireside Stories with Marshmallows

There will also be two fireside story sessions  aimed at children, but all welcome. At one of these stories we will have marshmallow toasting too!


with Sharon Calvert

Awaken your body, mind and soul in this energizing yoga class aimed at getting your creative juices flowing for a perfect start to your day. 

After healing severe chronic back pain by committing to a daily yoga practice and mindfulness, Sharon is dedicated to helping others heal and restore balance in their body, mind and spirit. She offers yoga classes, workshops, ayurvedic cooking classes, massage and healing.