December 31, 2022

2022 - a year of transformation, connection and community

Here is a little something we put together to round up 2022. We are now looking ahead to another cracking year! One hundred thousand thank yous for being a part of this adventure with us.

About the Author


Nicola Smalley is an edge-dweller, shamanic practitioner and writer living in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Natural Beauty in north Lancashire, England.

Following a career in corporate sustainability, she now runs The Way of the Buzzard with her husband Jason. Her passion is anything connected to nature and the mysteries of the Earth.

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  1. I’ve just watched your summary video for 2022. I swear I am so deeply moved I am crying ! You guys are so important to me now I feel you bring to us that special safe place We can go to for joy inner peace, and meaning and celebration of the beauty around us . I really truly thank you both for all you do and for living with such integrity snd authenticity and sharing your wisdom And skills!. I’m happy and grateful you’re out there it’s like turn on your website snd instant “hit”. No drugs required! 🤣. bliss . Bless you . You dont need lottery tickets you’ve won it already . We’ll done. blessings. Anita x🧚‍♂️🙏🐇🕸🌄

    1. Blimey! What a note to see here Anita! Thank you so much for saying!! My Monday admin morning has just got one thousand times better! Amazing 🙂 Chuffed to bits 🙂 🙂

  2. This was so lovely to read and your video was magnificent! I will hopefully be joining you on Saturday.
    Kindest wishes
    Maureen 🌼🎶

  3. Dear Nicola and Jason
    I loved watching your video roundup of 2022. You are both so inspiring in your lives and work. Thank you for sharing it.
    Congratulations on your 10th anniversary!
    For lots of reasons I have stumbled and halted and restarted over the past decade, but I am hopeful that now is the time to rediscover my own life and purpose, and I am looking forward to learning and re- connecting with The Way of the Buzzard.
    Can I ask, Is the Born Free programme still available that I joined some years back, please? ( I'm not very technical and I'm not sure how to access it now, and I only managed part of the first module then.)
    And can you tell me what the soundtrack is on your video, please? it is very moving.
    Thank you.
    All good wishes
    Peggy (Reddington)

    1. Hello Peggy,

      Thank you for your kind words about our approach and congrats on our anniversary! It is lovely to see your comment here.

      First up, yes. Born Free is yours forever. We will email you the link.

      The music score in the video is by Adam Sabans and is called Vikings. We licensed it through Soundstripe, an online service which enables musicians to make their music available and to earn money from each use. 🙂

  4. Thank you for your loverly film, happy new year to you both and happy wandering from your new home. Loverly film very heartwarming so sad to lose your dad,I’m still adjusting to losing my mum, it gets easier. We were Jehovah’s witnesses when we were young too, some how rumbustious children who wanted to be outside don’t really have a place within their movement. I liked the illustrations of the animals in the book but I was glad dad left them. I think he was trying to find some peace with 5 kids aged 7 to new born it would have been difficult. If you were born before September 1956 you can get cold weather payments ( I’m October 1956 wonder if it was intentional!) other payment are from the fuel company £66 nov.dec Jan and feb if you haven’t recieved them yet it certainly helps. Thanks again for a loverly year, have fun lots of love pat.

  5. Thank you so much for that wonderful film and all the inspirations I get from you. It touches me very deep and I can feel what you feel..
    I wish you the very best for 2023 and joy, love and success for your work and your new home.
    I am a german and I am living in the south of Bavaria (also surounded by beautiful nature, mountains and lakes) and my needs to be a part of it is also strong.
    With love

  6. Infinite Gratitude for sharing that beautiful film with us. A lovely start to what I hope will be a calmer, kinder and year of renewal for the Earth and all living beings.
    May Peace Prevail on Earth 🙏🕊️🌎💖✨🌻

  7. Dear Nicola and Jason!
    May you enjoy life to the fullest in your new home, in the New Year 2023! And beyond!
    If I should want to reply, I should gather all the amazing replies from the others who wrote you and make a synthesis out of them. I live in Romania but I have been working in UK for a few years. I fell in love with the beauties of your country, the greenery and all the wild life out there! My country is also beautiful but in a different way.
    I hope more people will connect to nature and respect mother Gaia.
    I appreciate all your work, the little movie was amazing! Looking forward to following you this year, too!
    Blessings and the very best wishes for this new year!
    Love, Diana Uliczay

  8. Happy New Year Nicola & Jason, wow what a fantastic film showing all of last year, what an amazing couple you both are giving so much, you both have so many special gifts and it is a joy to see all that you do, I feel blessed being part of your tribe over the years and it was so lovely to reconnect with you both at Nicola's book launch and I am so looking forward to joining your groups more this year at Space to Emerge and Beneath the Emerald Boughs and much more. Wishing you both that 2023 will be magical and filled with love, light, fun, laughter, and many blessings xx

    1. Oh, thank you Lyndsey for your note here. We are so touched by your words! We are very much looking forward to sharing more adventures with you in 2023!

  9. Happy New Year to you both. Wishing you an inspiring and fulfilling year ahead, settling in to your new home and exploring new horizons.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion of the natural and spiritual world with us all. ❤️

  10. Wonderful film and look forward to more exciting things to come. You are both so inspirational and helped me feel the meaning of nature and the seasons which I now know have always been deep inside the soul. Thank you to both of you for everything. May Natures Blessing be on the Land and All Living Things. It is a magnificent road we travel.

  11. I loved watching this. I feel so comfortable and at ease whenever I watch your films or join you for a Zoom retreat. I joined the last two Full Day Retreats and the last two free circles. I've enjoyed them so much that I made the decision today to join your Mystery School. I am so excited about it and I want to think you for what you do; it's very special.

    Happy New Year to you both 🤗🌿💕💫

    1. Ta da! This is amazing to hear you have decided to come and join us in the Mystery School Julie. Welcome! We are so delighted too that you have enjoyed the online retreats and the free Zoom events. We are so touched by your words here, thank you 🙂

  12. This video has brought me tears of happiness. I have been a member of TWOTB for a whole year and what a year it has been! I was full of apprehension at first wondering if this was right for me or not. I slowly went through each online lesson, learnt why I had these animals around me my whole life (Buzzard & Hare), learnt about the trees and their voices, learning to journey to these other places where magic happens, magic that I can use in day to day life. I found some courage deep within and joined you all at Space To Emerge, I came from there feeling that maybe at last I have possibly found a community where I can be me. Purchasing my Summer Solstice born drum from you is a real life saver….on many levels!
    Beneath The Emerald Boughs has been life changing for me, actually everything that I have learnt, felt & found within this beautiful community has been wonderful and it has all been part of my healing. Thank you to my therapist for introducing Nicola & Jason to me, you have both (and my therapist) made this last year a huge step in the right direction to healing me.
    I am so looking forward to all the new adventures we will take together in 2023.
    P.S. Did someone say Animal Spirit Cards!?😍😍

    1. I have goosebumps reading your note here Jacinta, and am a little teary! This is just so good to hear your experience summarised like this. Of course, I remember being with you along your journey, meeting you for the first time at Space to Emerge and then getting to connect with you much more at the Emerald Boughs. It is a real privilege to be sharing this journey together with you. And yes, Animal Spirit Cards. An eleven year dream finally coming to fruition this spring! 🙂

  13. It's been a great year hasn't & I can't wait to get 2023 underway, I loved the video but what was the music that accompanied it? What a great choice, wishing you both a very happy New year may it be filled with happiness, healthiness & prosperity. Peace & love.

    1. HI Robert, thank you for your kind comment, I’m pleased you enjoyed the film. The music score is by Adam Sabans and is called Vikings. We licensed it through Soundstripe, an online service which enables musicians to make their music available and to earn money from each use. Best wishes for 2023, Jason

  14. Great to see what you have been up too xxx and you have moved to a new home hope she is wrapping her love around you both .great short film many thanks and blessings cto you both xx

  15. What a glorious, exciting film and all your lovely sentiments expressed! Can feel the energy and forward momentum. Thank you for all you’ve given us, your tribe, your clan, in 2022. Your generosity never fails to touch my heart. You are both an inspiration to us all. Much love and many, many nature blessings for 2023! Excited to be entering the new year with you.

  16. Enjoying the book which I'm reading slowly. Also noticed a dolphin carved on the rock beneath the rune that the raven left for Jason. I connect deeply with the film of 2022 and hope I will have a van and a suitable travelling companion in 2023. That is my intention as I presently don't even have a car and rely on benefit but shifts are happening I must keep the faith.
    Thank u 💚 blessings of nature to you for a successful 2023 x Marie

    1. I am loving that you are enjoying my book Marie 🙂 and that you have taken something from our film too. My little red van only cost me £900, and so having a campervan is more do-able than perhaps some people think (me included). I wish you all the very best with achieving your van dream 🙂

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