It was Del’s dream to bring a collection of like-minded people together in Derbyshire, thus allowing them to share that knowledge and talent with you via Oak Spirit.
Del has worked shamanically for many years within the Derbyshire Amber Valley, inspired by and working closely with Nature. His background is in Conservation and Ecology which enable him to bring working with Nature alive. He believes that when you understand how all life is connected and depends on each other, then you can begin to understand how important you are to “All that is”.
Along with Ian Shaw, the two formed Mother Earth Journeys. Working together for over 10 years they run courses to aid personal power and self-awareness. Helped and inspired by the natural world, they describe it as ‘soul nourishment served with seasonal tree lore’. They specialise in Deep Earth connections and teach people that if we spent enough time with Mother life she can help solve problems and guide us through the rigors of everyday. Del and Ian facilitate guided walks in the Amber Valley to help you commune more closely with Nature.
Del also runs Fairview Medicine Wheel teachings, shamanic workshops and along with his partner Pat they run drumming circles and drum-making workshops.
Pat has studied and worked for many years with local shamanic practitioners along with members of the Scandinavian Centre for Shamanic Studies, other teachers and specialists to gain an all-round knowledge and skill within this field. Her work includes Healing, working with the Spirit of the Drum, Plant Spirit Shamanism and Seidr work.
Pat is a member of a local shamanic group in Derbyshire and works closely with other local practitioners helping to make Shamanism accessible to all. She runs local courses in Introduction to Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, enabling others to access this practice for empowerment and healing. Pat also runs Drumming Circles and Groups and works closely with her partner Del, the initiator of Fairview Medicine Wheel teachings and Mother Earth Journeys. She is a member of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners and part of the International Shamanic Community. Pat also makes drums, rattles and designs shamanic tools at Dunnwood Drums. She offers Shamanic Healing at the Bears Den. Pat has an interest in Scandinavian, Mongolian and Siberian shamanic practices.
Originally trained in Druidry, Ian has been running Mother Earth Journeys in partnership with Del Woods for eight years. His main inspirations come though Buddhism and Indian culture, photography and ‘good-natured people and nature itself’. Ian works with the wisdom of the natural world, helping people empower themselves, express their unique creative voice and build a sustainable role in community. He passionately believes that by slowing down to the pace of Nature we notice the abundant healing and life lessons that are all around us.
Sarah (nee Harris) has followed a Goddess path for many years and is a Priestess of Avalon in Glastonbury. She is inspired by the magic to be found in personal growth and transformation. Sarah has also trained as a Moon Mother with Miranda Gray and is passionate about women’s groups, celebrating rites of passage, Red Tents and sacred ceremony. With a professional background in Holistic Therapy, community and social care, Sarah is also one of the organisers of Oak Spirit Gatherings.
DK has lived in Derbyshire for many years and loves working with the land in this pretty, green, hilly bit of middle England. A busy Shamanic psychotherapist with a foot firmly in both worlds, he specialises in diversity and personal growth. He facilitates and teaches widely in shamanism, sexuality, gender, and relationships (including at five UK Universities). His spiritual journey has been long and eclectic; earth based pagan and HP of a circle for several years, professional Tarot reader 20yrs, Buddhist meditation retreats, and for over a decade now core Shamanic practitioner. Currently running workshops as Elemental Shamanism, wherein attendees learn to incorporate the elements into their daily lives to achieve greater balance. Parent, grandparent, horse and motorbike rider. As a queer, polyamorous, transman, he’s the diversity in the group!
Jean Douglas has been following a shamanic path for the last 25 years. Although she has trained with teachers in other parts of this country as well as New Zealand, Australia and Canada, her practice is rooted in the land of her ancestors in the Derbyshire Dales. With her partner, Sam, she has hosted a monthly group for the last 20 years which is based on the surroundings of their home and almost always includes journeying. Additionally, Jean offers shamanic healing and currently courses on healing, death and dying and an introduction to shamanism and the shamanic journey.
Hi my name is Liz I am an occupational therapist and a Reiki master. Here to help you to move your life in the direction that gives you your bliss. I have been working as a healer and carer all my life. I have experience in life coaching as well as using the occupational therapy, Reiki and shamanic tool kit to enable people to heal and change their lives. I have been privileged to do Reiki with animals. I have a interest in herbs and plant medicine, mother nature has way of ensuring all we need is presented to us in plenty of time. So what can I do for you? Well through using the tools I have acquired over the years I would like to help you to address the difficulties that you have in your life. This could be through using my occupational therapy skills and or the healing tools that I have been awakened to. Bit about me: life has provided me with plenty of learning opportunities some more fun than others. I am a mum of two grown up boys and still have furry babies. I love taking photos and crafting things and have a calling that tell me I am here to help in what ever way I can.
When Del first asked who would like to be involved in Oak Spirit I was excited to be involved with the group and loved the idea of the community growing. Unfortunately, being a mother to an 8 year old means I have had to offer much of my support by working behind the scenes. I have been involved with Spirit since I was young, following no specific path but connecting with Nature and celebrating the Sabbats with a couple of friends. It was something I tended to keep ‘separate’ from my ‘real life’, and over time lost the connection, knowing it was there, thinking I could re-connect when I needed it, without realising why life lost focus, but the birth of my daughter gave me the kick I needed. I started connecting with a Reiki share again, attended some shamanic courses and found a group to celebrate Sabbats with amongst other things. While my daughter means I can’t always attend groups and courses, for me most important right now and the lesson I needed, is the daily work we do bringing Spirit and practice into all our life and not keeping it separate. Bringing my daughter to Sabbat Celebrations is special, but daily giving thanks for our food, connecting with Nature, daily Gratitude practice together, and listening and learning to a child’s simple wisdom has entwined Spirit through my life so there is no separation.