Sending Down our roots and remembering the Soul
Mark is an Artist, Illustrator and Writer and has studied with many great teachers in the healing arts of Herbal Medicine, Plant spirit Healing and Geomancy. Mark studied in Ireland on an Apprenticeship course with Herbalist Nikki Darrel. ”We would often work outside learning directly with the plants, using our senses as well as our intellect. Becoming aware of our ability for non verbal communication and the intelligence of the natural world that we are a part of is a path to healing not only ourselves and others but also to our greater relationship within the inter connected web of nature.
To put it simply the key part to my work is listening.. Listening is a state of presence, of whole body awareness, simultaneous awareness to both the inner and outer. Listening deeply with our awareness opens an expanded, receptive, connected experience, one that our Hunter Gatherer ancestors were accustomed to as they performed the most natural of acts.
”It was also in Ireland that I first came across the Labyrinth whilst Woofing at Carraig Dulra permaculture farm. The labyrinth can help us to forge a deeper connection with ourselves, helping to facilitate a sense of body awareness and bringing us in to altered states that are conducive to communicating with the plant kingdom. An awareness of the lower abdomen, heart and peripheral vision has been used by trackers and many hunter -gatherer cultures to tune in to the spirit of the land, animal and plant kingdoms”.
Mark has hand written and illustrated a book on the subject called, ”Re-wilding with the labyrinth”.
Mark currently lives and works at 42 acres retreat centre in Somerset UK, where he is part of an ongoing project developing wild food practices for teaching, production and the kitchen as well as helping towards regenerative farming practices, helping to mob graze a herd of semi wild Shetland cows.