The Wild Women Summer Solstice Retreat is being run by a team of seven experienced, knowledgeable and loving facilitators who know how to create safe magical spaces. Here is a bit more about them and the roles they play.
Natalie Green – The Woman who Moves the Mountain
Natalie is a grand scale organiser with the drive and energy of an ocean wave, she is practical and grounded, a cook and a maker. She is the proud mother of incredible daughters and grandmother to a mini goddess. She is passionate about the power within each of us to achieve self actualisation – to manifest the very best life we can.
She is also a teacher and facilitator and has followed the path of natural Druidry since 1998. She has created and run several women’s development programmes, taking over a thousand women through the Springboard Women’s Development Programme as a trainer and leader, as well as coaching and mentoring many women on a one to one level, helping them to define and achieve what they want from their lives.
In 2012 she manifested her own long-term dream of moving her base to the beautiful West Dorset coast where she works freelance as an adult teacher as well as lots of other things!
Wild Women Retreats is her vision and she has gathered around her an inspirational and talented group of women, who are the Wild Women Retreats team…
Boann Lambert – The Goddess Whisperer
Boann is a highly experienced magical practitioner, priestess and creator of powerful and transformative ritual. She has held space for women’s ritual and retreat spaces for over ten years and is widely considered to be one of the best in her field.
Outside of magical space she has specialised in youth work and organic market gardening. A skilled workshop leader and facilitator, Boann is sensitive, practical and grounded. She is also an artist, a mother and a grandmother.
For the Wild Women Retreats Boann will be working in a facilitator capacity.
Liv Torc – The Creative Dynamo
Liv Torc is a razor blade skating performance poet and comedian, who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human condition, armed with a box of matches and a sense of lyrical wonder. An experienced and popular performer and workshop leader, Liv is an Honorary Bard of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids; the South West winner of the last National Radio 4 Poetry Slam and the second ever Bard of Exeter. She is co-host of popular pop-up touring cabaret The Hip Yak Poetry Shack and runs a successful spoken word stage at WOMAD Festival.
Liv is also a recognised expert on poetry and isolation and poetry therapy, working with isolated young people and adults with physical disabilities or mental health challenges. This work has taken her to Westminster and beyond. Her first published poetry book ‘Show Me Life’ is being released on 1 June 2015, just two months before her second child is due.
Liv is also the Marketing Manager and graphic designer for Somerset’s leading community arts charity and is responsible for the marketing (and much of the creative content) of this Wild Women Retreat.
Afric Crossan-Wale – The Force to be Reckoned with
Afric is a dynamic and vibrant force in the world.
She is a founding director of Forest School Birmingham, an award winning environmental education business that helps thousands of inner city children and families connect with a greater sense of well being using the hook of the natural world.
Afric is also creator of Outdoor Learning UK, a teacher training organisation and Kingstanding Food Community, an award winning food project based in one of the most deprived areas in the country. Nominated for the Prime Minister’s ‘Big Society Award’, Afric is passionate about the well-being of people, communities and the environment.
Mother to an awesome son and an amazing step-daughter, she is the dancing heart of the party, a full blooded Irish bard and always up for the craic. Having practiced Druidry for 14 years, she is strongly connected to her spiritual roots. Afric is able to manifest incredible and successful events and magical experiences. At the Wild Women Retreat she will be managing the site and kitchen and working as a facilitator.
Shelley Moon – The Bringer of Light and Shade
Shelley is the brains and the hands behind a lot of the magical space design you will see at Wild Women Retreats. She is also our earth mother, our healer and a domestic goddess par excellence. She is a veteran of women’s magical working and loves to make beautiful things, with a genuine flare for inspirational decor and the theatre of the aesthetic. She is the woman that brings extra sauce to the sandwich and covers soggy canvas with a universe of stars.
Shelley is also passionate about women’s physical and mental health and works as a maternity nurse and therapist, with a strong interest in end of life care, but most of all she is a warm hearted mother.
Sarah Oakwood – The Mother of the Mind
Sarah is a graduate mental health nurse with over 20 years experience within the NHS as both a clinician and trainer. She is a strong advocate for continued personal development and growth throughout our journey as women. From our early attachments through the span of adulthood to the slow unwinding of threads in later life. She feels that the bonds we make and maintain with our sisters not only enhances but are intrinsic to this experience.
Sarah lives in the Southwest with her husband, five children and mother. Her life, much like her crochet, is a constant work in progress. Unlike her crochet, she is always striving to be the best version of herself.
Rozalie Hilton – The Tatterhood Maiden
Rozalie is a natural-born wildling, in constant wonder at the mysteries of existence and earth. Comfortable with her untamed self, she is an creative, performer and facilitator who loves to play, and revels in stimulation and sensation.
Roz is a freelance practitioner of interactive workshops and transformational experiences, with a focus on enabling others in self-expression and affirming validity. She draws from her background in participatory arts (including storytelling, poetry, puppetry and theatre), as well as intuitive forms of embodied therapy, including Process-Work and Biodanza.
Roz lives mostly on the road, or in her caravan, and loves to look at patterns and textures and tiny things.
To the Wild Women Retreats, she brings a watchful diligence, and willingness to serve; as well as a deep honouring of spirit, and lots of experience in ceremony and ritual.
Melanie Cardwell – Healer of Herbs, Hearth and Heart
Mel is a Master Herbalist, mother, teacher and Transformative Wholistic Health & Well Being Coach, who has spent 25 years working in the Healing Arts. She teaches nationally and internationally, runs an online clinic and herbal pharmacy and is a much sought after speaker and workshop facilitator.
An expert in her field, a practicing druid and a passionate healer of people, Mel is a deeply practical, warm and respected woman, with the power to make the mystical matter and to transform lives for the better.
We feel extremely lucky to welcome her to the Wild Women team, as she will be bringing her skills as a herbalist to the Retreats, along with her experience working with Energy Medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique, Massage, Reiki Healing and Iridology.
Mel also runs a business selling natural hand made eco-friendly products for mind and body. Find out more about her and the beautiful things she makes here: www.melaniecardwell.com and www.naturespharmacy.org.uk