More about Nicola

The realisation came to me when I was spending a lot of time outdoors. I have always loved the British countryside, immersing myself in Kent, the garden of England, when I was a child, exploring the rugged landscape of the north of England in my twenties, learning bush craft and wild camping in the Scottish Highlands in my early thirties. It was taking the leap to commit to not flying anymore that led me closer to our land, and the understanding that the solutions to our problems are on our doorstep.

It was during one of these self-created expeditions, trekking out into the hills for a few days that it dawned on me. Our ancestors were so close to the land, experiencing her changing mood with the cycle of the seasons. What did they experience that we don’t, being so detached immersed in the complexity of modern day life? What did they know that we no longer know?

My curiosity strengthened as I was lying in a stone circle, one of many that I had found myself in over the past twenty years. What is so special about this place that made them want to build this structure here, drag stones many miles from a particular location to mark this exact spot? These questions only propelled me faster along my path of self-discovery, and the uncovering of the ancient ways that have helped me make sense of the present, working to help create a different future for mankind.

The Way of the Buzzard is a different way, a way which makes sense to myself and Jason. Each of us needs to find our own way, taking what resonates with us on our journey and discarding the rest. Jason and I both bring our uniqueness and blended together it creates our path through life.

It is our wish to share this with other like-minded souls as aspects may resonate with them, as they have with us. We live in a truly remarkable land, in truly remarkable times, and the ancient wisdom held within our earth is ready and waiting to be tapped into, to guide us on our way.

I have spent most of my adult life working in the field of environmental protection. I’m a Chartered Environmentalist and having worked as a sustainability professional in a number of large organisations. I now run my own sustainability consultancy called Soul Sustainability and low carbon training business Be Carbon Literate. I have also volunteered for many years with my local transition town group. These are my professional credentials, however deep within the essence of me is an emerging part, my true part, which is connected in with the cycles of the earth, the moon and the universal energies.

As a shamanic practitioner I work between worlds, worlds which we cannot see in the third dimension but are as real, as alive with spirit and there for us to tap into to help us navigate the complexity of the third dimensional world, the earthly realms of the fairies, elves, nature spirits as well as the universal realms of the archangels. I bring back the energies most needed at this time to help us heal – heal ourselves, heal our communities and heal the Earth so that we can create a new and different way of being.

It is this aspect of myself that I bring through in The Way of the Buzzard, for those who are drawn to share alongside me. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, far from it, but I have been gifted a toolkit to help unravel them.

My training

I was born into an Evangelical Christian family and that was my faith as a child. I left that path as a teenager and spent 20 years seeking something which I was more aligned with. After much loneliness, trials and tribulations in the spiritual world, just when I was ready I stumbled upon shamanism. I began a three year training programme with Jayne Johnson at a beautiful organic farm in the Forest of Bowland valley that is Roburndale and completed my shamanic practitioner training in the Autumn of 2014.

During this three year period I underwent a complete life transformation, and at the same time worked and learnt with other well known spiritual teachers. I completed the Sound of Alchemy programme with Stewart Pearce where I learnt how to work with the angelic realms. I was taught about Creating Ceremonies by Glennie Kindred and Annie Keeling. I learned facilitation skills for life on Earth with Chris Johnson, based on the Joanna Macy inspired Work that Reconnects and completed a Permaculture Design Certificate with Angus Soutar at the Northern School of Permaculture. I also became a Reiki Master with Susanne Hollest at Indian Feather.

These learning experiences sit along side my professional corporate training in sustainability where I took the route to becoming a Chartered Environmentalist. Now I am beginning to find ways to merge the two worlds into one, the spiritual and the corporate, which is so desperately needed. I have been inspired by many authors including Daniel Quinn, Paulo Coelho, Charles Eisenstein, Thomas Berry, Jared Diamond, Graham Hancock, Tim Macartney and Alastair McIntosh, as well as those people I have trained with who I have already listed. I have also drawn so much from all my friendships and teachings from the charity GreenSpirit and Gorton Monastery in Manchester.