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Dr Karen Stead-Dexter -
The Wisdom of Plants as We Move into Winter

The folklore and animistic qualities of three plant medicines will be discussed during this talk - Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe.  The wisdom of these plants has such a strong weaving through time and become a major influence in our folklore.  Each plant will be taken separately and brought to life through its energetic teachings.  As we enter the dark phase of the Celtic Wheel come and find out how these plants can help us heal and learn more about ourselves.

Karen spent her early years growing up in south-west Scotland, and her love of nature and birds of prey grew from this magical place. She spent 3 years (in her teenage years) working as a voluntary ranger guiding people on walks through local ancient woods. That sense of being at one with nature, and the magic it has to offer, has never left her.
Academically she has an Environmental Science degree, Masters and PhD in Environmental Geochemistry and Ecotoxicology – a deep understanding of the damage mankind has done to our precious planet. As an academic she regularly taught ecology,
conservation studies, soil science, and environmental law at 3 Universities.

For the past 30 years Karen has also been pursuing her spiritual connection with Mother Earth and has explored and trained with many teachers the ancient ways of understanding our relationship with the Earth – bringing in shamanic traditions of North America, South America and Celtic Shamanism. Teaching and guiding people to work with Plant Spirit Wisdom, Bird Spirit Wisdom and Deep Earth Connection.  She has also been a falconer for the last 20 years; with 8 birds of prey in her family.

Based in Somerset, she regularly holds clinics for people co-working with her Birds of Prey, and the forest, for a deep animistic healing experience. She is the Director of a new CIC ‘Centre for Animal & Nature Assisted Therapy’ offering Animal & Nature Assisted Therapy to those groups that are in need of mental health and wellbeing services.

Her passion has always been to connect people back to the non-human, back to who they really are and get people to listen to the wisdom of the world around them.

PostDoc - Ecotoxicology
PhD Environmental Geochemistry
MSc Radiation & Environmental Protection
BSc (Hons) 1st Class Environmental Science
Reiki & Seichem Master/Teacher
Advanced Practitioner in Flower & Vibrational Essences
Shinrin-Yoku Practitioner
International Forest Therapy Guide Diploma
Director - Centre for Animal & Nature Assisted Therapy CIC

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