The 2023 Workshops – Space to Emerge

2023 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.

Healing Ancestral Echos

with Nicola Smalley

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

Nicola is a Shamanic Practitioner and co-founder of Space to Emerge. She has been supporting people and communities in making the transition to a different way of being in the world for over 20 years.

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 Voices

with Amy Boud

Outdoor and creative practitioner Amy Boud will lead 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. 

Amy runs Playful Nature, offering a range of experiences for all ages to connect with their playful, creative selves, the earth, and each other

Wild Medicine

with Edwina Hodkinson

Herbalist Edwina Hodkinson will lead a 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 35 years, being an ex ward sister, aromatherapist, clinical reflexologist and healer.

Healing Moves and Find Your Inner Dancer

with Anne Kingston

Back by popular demand, Anne Kingston will teach two workshops, the first using breathwork and slow moves to connect to the feeling body and the second fun and fast, using African and Middle Eastern rhythms to find your inner diva with free flow dance movement. Both sessions will include a period of active rest at the end of the session so bring a yoga mat and warm clothes. If the weather is fine, sessions will be outside. 


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. She is also qualified as a Body Groove facilitator and has an MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing. 

The Nature of Fellfoot Wood

with Sam Turner

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

Tribal Gathering 

with Amy Boud

Outdoor and creative practitioner Amy Boud will lead  this workshop, where participants will explore the woods seeking inspiration for creating their own tribe, collecting materials for wild accessories or forestry fancy dress before coming together for a mini tribal gathering.


Amy runs Playful Nature, offering a range of experiences for all ages to connect with their playful, creative selves, the earth, and each other

Women's 'In'quiry Circle

with Carole Prestige, Kathy Burrage and Morgan Beenham

This workshop will take place in the women’s only space of the beautiful Red Tent on Saturday and Sunday mornings with the invitation to drop in to ourselves and see what wants to emerge. The sessions will be based loosely on the following quote from Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries by Ruth Barrett: “By prioritising female only space, whether in ritual or daily life, many women are able to find their centre and explore their own truths.” 


Carole is a crone in training, who adores the nurturing space of the red tent and looks forward to stirring the cauldron of wisdom together. Kathy, long time wife, mother, grandmother and now a widow is eager to sit with you once again in the red tent and share our journeys. Morgan is a holistic healer and nurse, who has joined the Red Tent women here at Space to Emerge to hold this supporting and gentle space

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

with Jacqui Crooks

This session with Jacqui Crooks will focus on identifying and clearing the stories that we tell ourselves that are no longer useful in our lives. Some of these are ancestral, some come from previous lives and others have formed in childhood to get us through difficult times.  Releasing them frees us to be more our shining selves.


Jacqui is a pioneer in energy psychology, an international speaker and trainer, an EFT founding master and author. She has created a unique way of working which allows deep change quickly and easily without trauma.

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.

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.

Shamanism as a Path to Empowerment

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.

Nicola is a Shamanic Practitioner and co-founder of Space to Emerge. She has been supporting people and communities in making the transition to a different way of being in the world for over 20 years.

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 we will 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. 

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 Magic of Words

with Andy Jukes/Tina Burchill

This poetry-in-the-morning session is time to ignite your inner bard. Led by either 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.

Peaceful Warrior Yoga

with Angela Millet

Angela Millett will lead this morning practice session in mindful hatha yoga, starting the day by finding stability, flexibility and balance with the breath and body in yoga postures that invite us to ground, find our roots and awaken awareness of our potential to be peaceful warriors. Open to all levels.  Please bring your own yoga mat, any props you normally use and a blanket to keep you cosy during our final relaxation.


Angela has more than 10 years' personal yoga practice and gained a teaching qualification in 2018. She is also a Reiki master and a reflexologist.


Mindful Photography

with Jason Smalley


Jason Smalley will guide you through the art of photography as a way to connect deeply with nature and yourself.  During this workhsop he will be demystifying the art of photography, and using a mobile phone he will illustrate a few pro tips that will enable you to capture the truth and beauty of the world around you. 

Jason has been a photographer since he was a boy and has enjoyed a career as a photographer spanning more than three decades.

Beltane Birch Rattles

with Jo Jukes

This crafting session with Jo Jukes will be using responsibly sourced birch sticks, recycled fabric, plastic tops and wool packaging to create maypole rattles which could double up as drum beaters.


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.

Forest Bathing

with Kate Robinson

Based on a Japanese idea, shinrin-yoku involves immersing ourselves in the whole woodland atmosphere, walking slowly, using sensory and meditative practices, to bring us into the present moment, which can bring a sense of peace, connection to nature, ourselves and others.


Katie is co-founder of Harmony In Nature, based in Surrey. An experienced guide, she is also a trainer for The Forest Bathing Institute, which is bringing research to the UK, and working with mental health charities and the Government, to bring forest bathing to a wider audience.

Children's Workshops: Creating Adventure

with Danny English and Anne-Marie Trevena

Joining us once again this year with a popular selection of workshops for children will be Danny English and Anne-Marie Trevena, 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. Anne-Marie  is an artist with a long standing history of working with children from a myriad of backgrounds.

Children's Workshops: Expressive Connections

with Heather Rimmer and Peter Latham

Heather Rimmer and Peter Latham will be offering two sessions for youngsters. The first will centre around story telling where youngsters will get to create, share and explore your own unique and spontaneously created stories, exploring using drawings, doodles, shapes and colour. The second will be a musical woodland games workshop. Both are suitable for all suitable for all ages, but small children must be accompanied by an adult.

Heather is a person centred experiential expressive arts therapist, wilderness therapist and psychedelic integration therapist, and Peter is a musician, expressive arts and youth worker. Together, Heather and Peter facilitate experiential workshops and individual therapy.

Fireside Stories

There will also be  fireside story sessions aimed at children and adults, all welcome. 

On Saturday evening we will have hot chocolate and marshmallow toasting for the children.

On Sunday evening, after story time for the children, there will be a bedtime lantern processes.