My fascination with plants started in the early 1980s when I fractured my ankle in the wilds of Wales and was treated by a local herbalist. I was so impressed with the results that I trained with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and became a practitioner of herbal medicine. I specialised in treating people on an emotional level and incorporated flower essences into my herbal prescriptions. I also taught a wide range of workshops and evening classes on identifying and using medicinal plants.
In the 2000s, environmental concerns shifted my focus to plant conservation and I took time out from my herbal practice to study botany and train as a plant ecologist. I travelled to Norway to study pioneer plants growing near the melting glaciers, I gained a PhD and worked as a university lecturer.
My path shifted back to the therapeutic effects of plants when my husband died and I needed emotional support. I was deeply impressed by the support I gained from connecting with the natural world.
I was inspired to complete further professional training and I used my background in herbal medicine and botany to develop a new way of connecting with nature through mindfulness practices. I've always combined my scientific studies with seeking answers on a spiritual level and I've practised Nichiren Buddhism since 1989. In following this path. I’ve deepened my connection with the plant world in ways that science can’t always explain.
I offer my knowledge and experience to others in the form of consultations and courses.
PhD in Plant Biogeography
BSc (First Class Honours) in Natural Sciences
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
National Institute of Medical Herbalists (First Prize in Membership Examinations)
Flower Essence Practitioner Diploma
Member of the British Flower and Vibrational Essences Association
Certificate in Teaching Adult and Further Education
Certificate in Counselling Skills for Health Practitioners