The journey to connect with nature and the wild self, inevitably encounters frustration, disappointment and grief for our treatment of the earth, as well as experiencing its beauty. But if you accept what is, if you listen and watch – the wild reveals itself and our animal self responds through our imagination. Singing at the Bone Tree was the winner of the 2013 Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize and is published by Indigo Dreams
Breaking the Spell arose from Rachael’s own recovery from low self-esteem, as well as her client work. She draws on a variety of approaches: cognitive behavioural methods, addiction recovery work, spiritual and creative techniques.
Pilgrimage, they say, involves effort, determination and a heart-mind open to serendipity. In the creative process we need to empty, to find a beginner’s mind and allow unfocussed awareness to wash over everything, until something significant surfaces. It is much the same with pilgrimage. Everything and everyone you encounter takes on meaning. Going somewhere for the first time enhances that process.