My story and my love for plants
Ancient Tradition inspired by Plants
Plants led me East to Chinese Medicine and Daoism, an ancient tradition so rich with natural wisdom that my soul has drunk long and deep from its waters ever since. They led me West to Irish hillsides, woods and meadows, to heed the call of Celtic herblore and forest medicine. They inspire me, counsel me, keep my feet on the ground, soothe me, witness me and centre me when I have lost my way. They infuse my very being with awe, gratitude and that special kind of nourishment that being in and with the plant realm gives. They have taught me about kindness, generosity, benevolence, courage, resilience and interconnectedness. They encourage me to quieten, listen, soften and savour. And so, with them, I am in humble service to the healer’s journey.
The Power of Education
Sherwood Venue - 60 acres of tranquility in West Cork
My home. My haven. My love song. I welcome you to share in Her bountiful majesty.
As a mere human-being living amid the cathedral of nature at Sherwood, I dwell in humble awe of the intricate community of wild beings that I live amongst. When I sit still enough, quiet enough, long enough, dimensions of interconnection begin to reveal: the various neighbourhoods of birds, the realms of insects, the red squirrels inching closer to the garden with each passing year, the arrival of new plants on the winds. As Sherwood re-wilds, so I re-wild with Her.
Sherwood offers a fabulous venue for groups wishing to unplug, de-frag and be soothed by the nourishing embrace of abundant nature.
Sherwood Healing Hub
With the Irish healthcare system under unprecedented pressure to meet the needs of the populace, it is more urgent than ever that we learn how to support and enhance optimal health without relying on an over-burdened and under-resourced public health service.
These services shine best when left to focus on what they do best, attending to life-saving emergency care and treating advanced or recalcitrant diseases.
The onus therefore rests with each of us to understand the principles and practices for cultivating optimal health and learn ways to effectively treat everyday ailments, illnesses and injuries to better care for ourselves and our families.
By treating imbalances and illnesses early with botanical medicines and natural therapies, we can often avoid the necessity of pharmaceutical interventions or medical procedures later.
Sherwood Healing Hub is an initiative to develop a viable, affordable and effective healthcare option offering botanical medicine and natural therapies for the West Cork region whilst providing clinical supervision for students and encouraging exchange of knowledge and skills between health professionals.
As well as offering consultations at my private clinic, The Sherwood Healing Hub initiative aims to provide low-cost multi-bed Chinese Medicine and complementary therapy clinics that will operate on a monthly basis once the pandemic restrictions have fully lifted.
Please contact us with your expression of interest to be added to our student or patient mailing list.
Transformational Approach to
In my quest to promote radical wellness, I take clients through a 90-day WildFit Challenge to completely overhaul and transform their fundamental health and vitality. I build on this with a range of Deep Dive trainings at Sherwood that explore our human potential in the transformational growth space.
Through my blog and upcoming podcast, I probe into what it means to foster radical wellness, as individuals and as families, socially in communities, in business and organisations and in our environments by examining research, investigating ground-breaking ideas, sharing grassroots wisdom, promoting extreme self-responsibility, growing social-justice conscience and advocating the radical health movement. In an era whereby mainstream healthcare is under unprecedented pressure with inadequate funding to meet the nation’s medical needs, it makes sense to empower people to assume self-responsibility for their health and wellbeing and to provide a robust and viable natural-medicine primary healthcare option.
Meanwhile, in my down time, I am developing extensive medicinal gardens, creating a living apothecary of potent medicine and personal-care products for my natural medicine herbal dispensary at Sherwood.