The 2023 Workshops – Space to Emerge

2024 Workshops 

Here's the schedule for our 2024 Space to Emerge

Here's an overview of the workshops we have planned:

The Hidden Language of Trees

with Nicola Smalley

Something happens inside us when we are close to trees, it's as if they speak to our soul in some secret, knowing way. With the help of the Celtic Ogham, an ancient script featuring twenty native tree symbols, this workshop with Nicola Smalley will explore divination and shamanic journeying as two ways to tune our ears to the deep language of trees and connect with their healing power.


Nicola is a Shamanic Practitioner and co-founder of Space to Emerge.

For over two decades, she has supported people and communities in transitioning to a different way of being in the world.

Re-igniting the Fairy Faith

with Jason Smalley

Not so long ago, a knowledge of the supernatural beings that inhabit this planet was widely held, and even now, we sometimes hear of encounters with the Fae. Yet in modern times, these spirit beings are surrounded by a fog of falsehood, often-misunderstood. In this workshop, Jason Smalley will take you on a historical exploration of our relationship with the Fae, examining the notion that they may be our best chance of regaining balance with the natural world, and looking at how we might re-ignite this important connection in these challenging times.


Jason is a connected nature photographer and shamanic worker of our land and is co-founder of Space to Emerge. 

Healing Ancestral Echoes

with Nicola Smalley

Each of us has inherited a whole host of behaviours which are encoded in our DNA, some of which are helpful for us and others which are holding us back from achieving our dreams. In this workshop, we will begin to unravel what these are and, through meditation and shamanic journeying, tap into the science of epigenetics to begin re-coding our genes.


Nicola is a Shamanic Practitioner and co-founder of Space to Emerge. For over two decades, she has supported people and communities in transitioning to a different way of being in the world.

 

Animal Messengers

with Jason Smalley

 
 

This workshop with Jason Smalley will be working with the healing and insights of animal spirit medicine, drawing on the ancient knowledge of our ancestors and how that can be applied in the modern world.  In this session, a sample of imminent The Way of the Buzzard animal spirit card deck will be used, and there will be a guided shamanic journey to your chosen animal.  


Jason is a connected nature photographer and shamanic worker of our land and is co-founder of Space to Emerge.

The Labyrinth Portal

with Nicola Smalley

This meditative walk through the labyrinth with Nicola Smalley will help participants to gently enter and leave our woodland retreat.  An ancient pattern drawn on the ground, the labyrinth has been used across the world for thousands of years and these sessions will enable a setting of  intentions and guidance for stepping into the weekend and back out again.


Nicola is a Shamanic Practitioner and co-founder of Space to Emerge.

For over two decades, she has supported people and communities in transitioning to a different way of being in the world.

Deep Nature Connection

with Jason Smalley

 

One of the core principles of authentic shamanic practice is working towards a deep connection with nature. During this workshop, Jason Smalley will guide you on how to take time out to seek the wisdom and guidance that nature around us so freely offers if only we learn to listen.


Jason is a connected nature photographer and shamanic worker of our land and is co-founder of Space to Emerge. 

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.


Jason is a connected nature photographer and shamanic worker of our land and is co-founder of Space to Emerge. 

Wild Medicine: first aid


with Edwina Hodkinson

Herbalist Edwina Hodkinson will lead this session which will cover basic home first aid for minor burns, wounds, healing fractures, sprains, bruises, insect bites, colds, fevers and coughs, using herbs and kitchen cupboard ingredients.

 

 

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 36 years, being an ex ward sister, aromatherapist, clinical reflexologist and healer.

Wild Medicine: menopause


with Edwina Hodkinson

This interactive workshop will  focus on the challenges of the midlife journey we call the menopausal transition, looking at strategies for support including herbal medicine, foods, supplements and sharing.


 

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 36 years, being an ex ward sister, aromatherapist, clinical reflexologist and healer.

Holistic Dance and Movement

with Anne Kingston

These workshops from somatic movement and dance teacher Anne Kingston will have a Middle Eastern vibe, exploring somatic movement and rhythm with the aim of finding your own inner dancer while offering a wider understanding of your moving body. This exploration of the senses, sharing and connecting will lead to a sense of fun, empowerment, spaciousness and stillness.

 

Anne is a passionate dance teacher with a life-long interest in holistic movement and Middle Eastern dance, which she has taught for over 25 years. She has a MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the living body and is a qualified Body Groove facilitator.

Mindful Stitching & Creative Mending

with Kirsty Bogle

This craft workshop will offer a contemplative space to gently stitch and learn how to mend holes in favourite socks, jumpers, blankets or other textiles that need some care and attention. By extending the lives of our clothes we are nurturing ourselves and the planet.  If you don't have a garment to mend, there will be materials provided to stitch and learn the skills and techniques.


Kirsty is an artist and honeybee guardian living in the Angus Glens.
She has studied weaving in Japan and textiles in Scotland. More recently she has been focussed on making artwork that celebrates her relationship with the land and the other than human life that she shares it with.

The Sense of Honey Bee

with Kirsty Bogle

Starting with some honeybee storytelling, Kirsty Bogle will talk about the wonder of honeybees and their wild lives. Individual responses will then be created using ink and brush, pencils and paint, before bringing them altogether to make a collaborative artwork. The individual pieces can be taken home when you leave.


Kirsty is an artist and honeybee guardian living in the Angus Glens.
She has studied weaving in Japan and textiles in Scotland. More recently she has been focussed on making artwork that celebrates her relationship with the land and the other than human life that she shares it with.

Rune Pendants

with Jo Jukes

Expert crafter Jo Jukes will lead this workshop where you will create a personal rune pendant or key ring, using wood and natural dyes from plants and berries.


 Jo has over 20 years of experience of teaching crafts from enamelling, silver-smithing, printing, felting to design. The natural world is the inspiration for all her work.


Wild Edges

with Jayne Johnson

In this workshop Jayne Johnson will be exploring the meeting place of land and sea, physical and abstract, domesticated and wild, risk and safety, and what happens at the meeting edge. Through shamanism, wild therapy and body psychotherapy, participants will be guided to find their own unique and personal relationships with edges and aliveness.


Jayne describes herself as a quirky edge walker, and grandma whose holistic approach to life aims to include the excluded. She works as a supervisor, mentor, workshop and training facilitator in Embodied Relational Therapy, Wild Therapy, shamanic & movement practices.

Roots and Rhythms

with Jayne Johnson

This will be a journey through movement,  connecting with the theme of ‘Magic & Mystery’ and exploring how our bodies move us through the mysteries of the universe and the everyday magic of being alive.


Jayne describes herself as a quirky edge walker, and grandma whose holistic approach to life aims to include the excluded. She works as a supervisor, mentor, workshop and training facilitator in Embodied Relational Therapy, Wild Therapy, shamanic & movement practices.

Embodied Transformation

with Paula Charnley 

 Paula Charnley will lead this workshop which will guide you through 'focusing',  tuning in to your felt sense of a situation or a physical symptom, encouraging inner listening so that we might pause and simply stay with all the parts that are there, without re-living a trauma or recounting your story. It is then that profound changes can happen.

 

Paula is a Person-Centred Psychotherapist and Teacher of Focusing. She has created a unique and embodied way of working which incorporate many years as a Shiatsu Therapist and Yogi.

Tapping into Abundance

with Jacqui Crooks

In this practical workshop, Jacqui Crooks will use Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to help you  let go of the old limits we all carry around - whether it's safe to have money or love, or not. Most of that information is based on the traumas of our ancestors or from our experiences in past lives. This session will tap to clear the traumas and to let go of all the old, outdated, limiting beliefs that have kept us in lack.

 

Jacqui is one of the pioneers in energy psychology, an international speaker and trainer, and an EFT founding master. She is author of  Tapping into Ancestral Healing and co-author EFT and Beyond. Her unique way of working  allows deep change quickly and easily without trauma.

Creative Connections

with Lyndsey Smith

Lyndsey will run two workshops focused on self development through play, using a variety of materials including miniatures, clay, oil, and soft pastels. Both with the creative connection model at their core, the first session will explore the self through miniatures, and the second will focus on Gods and Goddesses within.


Lyndsey is an accredited integrated counsellor and clinical supervisor with 18 years experience, also trained in Expressive Arts Therapy and Reiki. 

Death Cafe 

with David Ledger

Funeral guide and celebrant David Ledger will lead this café style workshop, allowing participants to talk openly about experiences and share stories of their loved ones, as well as pondering issues such as whether if a 'good death' can exist, and how we grieve.


David retired from a life working in local government in 2015, retraining as a celebrant with a focus on providing special ceremonies for families losing loved ones. He believes strongly in the importance of opportunities to talk about death.

 

Connecting with Sound

with Liz and Chris Whittall-Hill

This workshop, led by Liz and Chris Whittall-Hill will be an opportunity for a hands-on experience of an array of gongs, bowls, chimes and other healing instruments. It follows on from their ever-popular early morning gong bath sessions.   

 

Liz and Chris run theHarmony Hub Holistic Community Centre in Chorley and offer gongs baths as well as individual therapies.

The Stones Beneath our Feet

with Avril Banks

This workshop connecting with the power of stones will explore what draws us to particular stones, wondrous jewels that we catch sight of on a path and stop to pick up. Avril Banks will look at what lies beneath this selection and how we can use the geology and landscape around us to enrich our everyday lives.

 

Avril works with the elements using the healing power of sound vibrations. She is also a shamanic practitioner with a special interest in messages from the land and the elements.

Healing with Runes

with Linda Sever

This workshop with Linda Sever will bring healing practices discovered in ancient Northern European manuscripts into the present day to show you how to use Runes for  healing through chanting and drawing specific runes over parts of the body.


Linda is a documentary film-maker and senior lecturer in the School of Art and Media at the University of Central Lancashire, and author/editor of “Lancashire’s Sacred Landscape” (History Press). She has been a practising Norse pagan (Heathen), a practitioner of Seidr, Northern European shamanism and spirit communicator for nearly 20 years.

The Safe Place: a journey with clay

with Lydie Feltgen

Feeling safe is a foundational requirement for all healing, and in this playful and often grounding workshop led by Lydie Feltgen, you will explore what that really means for you through the magical medium of clay. You will follow your impulses to create a model of a safe place, gently held and guided to help you take this forward into life situations.


Lydie is a body worker, trauma informed clay field practitioner and poet with 18 years experience with international groups, natural materials and nature connection.

The Nature of Fellfoot Wood

with Sam Turner

This guided walk will be led by ecologist Sam Turner, who will take 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

Qigong

with Lindsay Trevarthan


This ancient Chinese healing system is a gentle form of meditative exercise that works with the breath, stretching and easing the body, stilling the ‘monkey mind’ and soothing the spirit. These sessions will be aimed at strengthening our qi and guiding us towards a better balance in our lives.


Lindsay has been practicing qigong for more than 20 years and working as a teacher and healer since 2009 in and around the southern edge of the Peak District.

Quantum Flow

with Mike Shields


These sessions involve a combination of energy medicine, breathwork, movement, meditation and sound to help purify your energy, clearing out toxins, blockages and self-limiting beliefs.


Mike is an awakening and embodiment teacher who has spent over a decade as an intuitive energy healer. With a wide range of effective tools, transmissions and activations, he aims to provide a safe space to truly shine and to be authentically divine.

Laughter Yoga

with Claire Scott

A gentle laughter yoga work out, laughing, on purpose for no other reason than to connect and feel good.


Claire has been a laughter yoga leader for over 10 years, running a Community Interest Company  called feelgood communities aimed at bridging communities through laughter and creativity.

Earth Songs

with Liz and Chris Whittal-Hill & Nicola Smalley

This will be a morning welcome at the Earth Mother altar. Participants will sing in the new day with chants and are invited to offer their favourites. Drums and rattles are encouraged.  We will also have an Earth Songs session on the Friday afternoon to begin our weekend together.

The Magic of Words

with Jason Smalley, Andy Jukes or

Tina Burchill

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


Andy works primarily with the human body and voice, using poetry, song, stories, and movement to explore ways to live a more connected life. Tina has a passion for myth and story and how words can shape us. She is a former journalist and currently a homeopath and rites of passage guide.

Morning Gong Baths

with Liz and Chris Whittal-Hill

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.

The Children's Village

with We Be Kids and partners

This year We Be Kids will be working with a collective of skilled professional educators setting up a special ‘Children’s Village’ at Space to Emerge. Together they will run a series of workshops for youngsters that spans the entire festival. Children will get their imagination unleashed in a whole series of activities, including nature arts and crafts, wild play, storytelling, textile creations, yoga, foraging, cooking and much more. The children’s village will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the festival in the knowledge that your children are engaged, happy and finding their own ways of connecting with nature.

We Be Kids is a registered CIC Founded by Danny English and Annie Trevena. We Be Kids’ main aim is to help people improve their well-being by connecting with nature through the creative process.

Fireside Stories


There will be  fireside story sessions aimed at both children and adults, as well as facilitated campfire creativity sessions in the evenings.


The Children's Village will also host dedicated evening events for youngsters with hot chocolate and marshmallow toasting, and a bedtime lantern procession.





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