Claire Oakes and Maria Burke
Hands on a globe --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Claire Oakes and Maria Burke

Claire and Maria are volunteers who have trained to present the “Be the Change” workshop. They have been giving this workshop on a regular basis for the past 7 years to a wide range of groups.Claire is a retired physiotherapist, married with children and grandchildren. Maria is a retired secondary school teacher. Both have been actively engaged with social, environmental and personal issues for decades.They are passionate about this workshop as a powerful way to raise awareness and empower people to be agents of change in their own lives and communities.

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Dr. Sharon Blackie
H18YT3 Dr Sharon Blackie, the writer and psychologist, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Edinburgh, Scotland. 16th August 2016

Dr. Sharon Blackie

Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books (‘If Women Rose Rooted’ and ‘The Enchanted Life’), courses and residential retreats are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today.

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Ann McDonald

Imbolc Ritual and Special Eucharist Ann is an inspirational singer, writer, composer, yoga teacher and healer. Her life’s journey has taken her to a place through which, she has opened the doorways of the heart, through song, chant, poetry, yoga and shamanic practice. Through her workshops and classes, songs and poetry, she brings healing and inspiration weaving the soul back home. Embodying the spell of the sensuous through the heart songs of her own true nature. The songs and chants have been inspired by the expansive and often raw beauty of our landscapes deepening our sense of creativeness as ancient whispers songs and songs.

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Anne Kathleen McLaughlin

Since 2005, Anne Kathleen has been a student of Jean Houston, whose guidance and mentoring have led her to envision a spirituality that is in harmony with our new understandings of the universe while drawing from the mystical heart of ancient spiritual beliefs and practices. Through workshops and plays based on ancient stories as well as on the writings of medieval and modern-day women mystics and the recent discoveries of physicists, Anne Kathleen assists people to discover the pattern of the Sacred woven into the tapestry of their everyday lives. Since 2013, Anne Kathleen has been performing “The Wooing of the Soul”, her ninety-minute one-woman play based on an ancient Celtic Tale,set on Tara Hill in Ireland. Over…

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