Workshops

Astrology and Life Navigation Classes

In my astrology classes you will learn not only about astrology but also about life, and the current questions you face in life. You’ll be gaining new knowledge and skills in astrology as well as gaining a deeper and richer understanding of life, psychology and what lies beneath the situations you find yourself in now. So there’s some real-life problem-solving in this too.

I have a unique, creative and lively teaching style, conveying information in an imaginative way, and I’m attentive to the varying ways in which we each learn best. There’s enjoyment, pleasure and sparky inspiration in my classes. And delicious homemade organic flapjacks with tea.

MagicHut-0449Workshops take place in my lovely magical straw-bale retreat at my home in Buckfastleigh, unless we have arranged a workshop or series at another venue.

Each class is open to a maximum of seven participants. This allows a rich depth and a personal feeling to it, alongside a containment of focus. And my astrology studio fits up to seven people really nicely.

It is also possible to book a workshop or a series for groups elsewhere, to fit their particular focus or if perhaps they are already a friendship group.

Workshops for Teenagers: click here.


Workshop series

These classes are held roughly every four to six weeks (see details of each course duration further down):

Weaving Earth and Cosmos – a year-round course about the eight key points or fire festivals of the year (solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarters);

Decoding the Birth Chart – about birth charts and your chart in particular;

Navigating Midlife – for people between their late thirties and early fifties.

Stand-alone Workshops

Classes of two hours duration (details further down):

The 12 Signs of the Zodiac – understanding ourselves and others through the twelve lenses of the zodiac signs;

Navigating Midlife – for those in their mid thirties to early 50’s who wish to gain understanding, context and navigational tools for their Midlife journeying;

 Understanding and Navigating the Cycle of Moon Phases – attuning to the lunar cycle and its inherent timing;

The Saturn Return life-phase – about the crunchy issues arising around the ages of 29, 58 and 86 years, and how best to work with them – good for people at those ages.


What happens in these workshops?

workshops-DSCF6709I like to focus on inspiring joy and deepening your curiosity. Each class is held around a central altar that embodies and expresses the class content, being a visual and textural feast which speaks both to the eye and the imagination.

On your arrival, I encourage you to pause and absorb this symbolic imagery as an entry into the current theme of exploration… it sets the scene as well as having its own way of speaking.

You will be welcomed into my beautiful straw bale studio with tea and flapjacks… and a world of creative astrological exploration begins!

I speak on the theme of the session (some say it’s like a lyrical and prosaic enchantment!), then gradually open up the space for questions and discussions to weave into the magical multilogue.

My intent is to enthuse you to gather a toolkit of life-navigation skills, useful in everyday life. This helps you understand yourself and your work and relationships. It’s an evolving and continuing journey of joy and curiosity.

More details about each of these workshops below. First, the workshop series and, lower down, stand-alone workshops.


Workshop series

I am currently holding two ongoing astrological workshop series, with classes once every four to six weeks.

Weaving Earth and Cosmos

I have facilitated this series over four yearly cycles It’s always greatly enjoyed and seen to be of great benefit. I am now taking bookings for the 2021-22 series of Weaving Earth and Cosmos which will begin on Wednesday 8th.December 2021, with a choice of a morning and evening classes. I advise early contact for booking as courses book quickly!

I also have a series of podcasts, beginning with an introduction to the whole Wheel of the Year, followed by eight more which delve into and honour each of the eight festivals. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing these. 

We meet, greet and explore the festivals and phases of the wheel of the year, including the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter fire festivals, sequentially throughout the year.

This enables a deepening understanding and sense of interconnection with cycles of time and our own place within them.

Each festival is part of a natural energetic life-flow, pulsing and humming throughout the year. These festivals may be seen as eight portals or gateways opening into a new seasonal phase, each with its own essence, focus and potential.

It’s a wise and practical move to know more about these eight parts of the whole!

This workshop series will help you to understand how this natural yearly cycle operates in your everyday life. You’ll gain valuable insights into working with the available potential of any given time throughout the year. For instance, knowing when to focus on cultivating plans and ideas, when to act and move forward, when to await your moment, or when to review or reflect… all very helpful and useful stuff!

Alongside gaining a life-enhancing understanding of these seasonal cycles, we will consider and share our own personal life-experiences within the current seasonal phase, always referring to the context and background of the ancient wheel of the year.

In so doing, we are consciously ‘re-membering’ this ancient wisdom… and bringing it into the core and context of our modern everyday experience. This is an act of honouring and forging true co-operation between Earth and Cosmos.

workshops_065958_740Each workshop is held around a beautiful central altar which visually expresses one of these eight transitional or festival points, with their very own unique nature within the yearly cycle.

Held every six weeks, during school/college term-times, there are eight Weaving Earth and Cosmos workshop sessions throughout the year. There is an option to attend on a Wednesday morning (10-12noon) or evening (7.30-9.30pm) Each session costs £15.

The next Weaving Earth and Cosmos series begins on Wednesday 8th. December 2021. Please contact me to ask questions or book your place.

Decoding the Birth Chart

The next Decoding the Birth chart series begins in Spring 2022, with options of a morning or evening evening course. If you are interested in attending the new 2022 Decoding the Birthchart series, please email me. For distance learners, there are a series of MP3 recordings available – contact me.)

I am currently holding two ongoing series of Decoding the Birth chartone which began in Spring this year, and another which is now in a continuing Masterclass phase due to wonderfully keen participants who began studying with me in January 2018!

In the new Decoding the Birth Chart course you will begin to get a grip on the mechanics of a birth chart and how to use it, with plenty of guided practice. This series is open and accessible to anyone who knows little or nothing about astrology. It’s a good starting-place if astrology interests you.

Decoding the Birth Chart is a series born out of my passion for astrology as an amazingly useful toolkit for life, which I have been digging and delving into, studying and using over the last three decades.

It is a comprehensive pulling-together of all the threads necessary to begin getting to grips with the exciting and fascinating adventure of using the birth chart as a life-tool and skill – it will stay with you for the rest of your life. This yields incredibly useful information and guidance in understanding yourself and those around you – friends, partners, parents, children and workmates.

Workshops are held approximately every month during school termtime, over a period of 14 months. You may attend on a Wednesday evening, or a Thursday morning. Cost per session is £15.

My approach is to create enjoyable sessions, emphasising exploring, doing things and trying it out as you learn… and, don’t forget, having FUN!

We will look at a the mechanics of the birth chart, familiarising ourselves with astrological terminology as a baseline for our explorations… and most importantly, to begin to understand what your chart actually means and how it may be useful!

During the course we will explore the elements, zodiac signs, astrological houses, planets and their interrelationships (aspects), patterns and primary orientations within a birth chart.

We’ll also look at planetary transits and biographical phases of life, and major life-focus areas – both gifts and challenges.

We will see how our attitude and engagement makes a big difference, and how to pull it all together, use and apply it all.

It is essential that you have your own birth chart (in the Huber style – check with me about this). If you don’t have one, you can order one when you book your place. I hand-draw charts on parchment, in a thick plastic wallet, at the cost of £15 – a beautiful soul-map to keep for life (it’s a bit like a passport for your soul).

Visit the Power Points in Time websiteFor this course I will be recommending Power Points in Time by Palden Jenkins as a treasure trove to use alongside and afterwards. It will help you make the most of it all, serving as a literary helpmate to continue your explorations.

I first came by the 1987 edition of Palden’s book (called Living in Time) when I was beginning my astrological studies. It deeply inspired me as a wisdom-rich gem, and became a precious bible thereafter! Palden is an experienced astrologer living in Cornwall, with an engagingly deep and sparky, inspiring and user-friendly style. You can buy it online.

Please e-mail me if you are interested in attending a new De-coding the Birth Chart course beginning in Spring 2022.

Navigating Mid-life

Forthcoming Introduction to the Midlife sessions will be held on Wednesday 29th.September with a choice of a morning class at 10-12 noon, or an evening class at 7.30-9.30pm. These introductory workshops will lead into an ongoing series of nine monthly classes. Please contact me if you would like to book a place, or if you are interested in creating a Navigating Midlife Introductory workshop, or series in your own area.
wkshps-midlifeThe Introductory session is a stand alone class which begins a series of nine monthly classes focusing upon the kind of questions we meet and need to address during this crucial life phase between the ages of 36 and 51 years.

Each class gives useful understanding, orientation and life-navigational tools.

This is for people nearing or in the transformational phase of mid-life or Middlessence. Mid-life is increasingly recognised as an important turning-point period.

It’s the time when most of us are meeting deeper aspects of ourselves which are seeking integration and expression. How we traverse the mid-life passage greatly affects the way we live our lives from then on.

These years are full of waves of change, signified by planetary transits and biographical power-points. You are likely to experience times of turbulence, together with awakenings to previously dormant, hidden or even apparently new aspects of yourself… definitely a good time to seek out some supportive guidance!

Each session is devoted to understanding the timing and nature of one of the specific mid-life transformational shift-points. You’ll discover the particular life area that you’re being stimulated to focus on and develop at any given time. You will gain jewels of insight and guidance for yourself and others.

My unique facilitation style draws upon astrological and psychological wisdom and insights, together with my experience of watching the process at work. My approach provides a strong, caring container within which you’ll feel well supported on your ongoing maturational journey.

The workshops are tailored around the people attending, and each participant receives gems unique to them.

This all unfolds around a beautiful central altar to the mid-life phase being explored… a feast for the eye and the imagination, capturing the essence and ambience of the theme.

During mid-life, we each experience a marked increase in our potential to integrate ‘who I am meant to be’… the unfolding magnificence of your unique nature!  Jungian psychology deems us able to embark upon this journey at this point in life, due to the development of a strong enough selfhood-container. May we use this life phase well, and grow toward becoming worthy wise elders later on!

Please e-mail me if you are interested in the forthcoming Navigating Mid-life series beginning on September 29th. 2021                            

Held once a month during school/college term-times, there are nine Navigating Midlife classes in the series. Each session costs £15.

The 12 signs of the Zodiac Wheel –
understanding ourselves and others

This year long course is created for anyone who is curious about the characteristics and meaning of each of the twelve zodiac signs! It is an inspiring and stimulating journey through the yearly round of the twelve signs of the zodiac wheel.

zodiac-32425You will take away jewels of useful wisdom regarding the nature, essence, strengths, challenges, likes and dislikes of each zodiac sign.

These insights can be applied to yourself as well as facilitating a deeper understanding of others. They will support creative and workable relating, being with friends and loved ones, together with any other members of the human race.

This workshop evokes understanding, acceptance, ‘Aha’ moments, creative support and compassion.

This year long course begins with an Exploration into the Four Elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water) followed by an Introductory journey around all the twelve Zodiac signs….and then moves on into monthly in depth explorations devoted to discover the characteristics of each individual sign nature (see below).

Please e-mail me if you are interested in attending the 12 Signs of the Zodiac Wheel course beginning February 2022


Stand-alone Classes

These intermittent stand-alone classes focus on specific and useful astrological, life-navigation or life-phase themes.

An Introduction to the
12 Signs of the Zodiac Wheel –
understanding ourselves and others

wkshps-zodiacFor anyone who is curious about the characteristics and meaning of each of the twelve zodiac signs!

This is an inspiring and stimulating journey through the yearly round of the twelve signs of the zodiac.

You will take away jewels of useful wisdom regarding the nature, essence, strengths, challenges, likes and dislikes of each zodiac sign.

These insights can be applied to yourself as well as facilitating a deeper understanding of others. They will support creative and workable relating, being with friends and loved ones, together with any other members of the human race.

This workshop helps with understanding and accepting your life as it is, giving you lightbulb moments and lots of support.

The next stand-alone Introduction to the 12 signs of the Zodiac workshop will be held in February 2022.

I also offer a whole year’s journey through the 12 Signs of the Zodiac Wheel, beginning with an Exploration into the Four Elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water) and an Introductory workshop on the 12 Zodiac signs- see above. The series is a follow-up option to this stand-alone workshop, for people whose curiosity is fired up and who seek in-depth understanding of each individual Zodiac sign. I will begin a new series of the12 Signs of the Zodiac in February 2022.

Know your Family! – understanding the dynamics at play

A creative and informative workshop on understanding your family members and their dynamics, through discovering the unique medley of Elements and Zodiac signs which make up and define your clan.

This workshop is a specifically applied version of “Understanding the  12 signs of the Zodiac” workshop (see details above).

The focus is specifically upon the family group dynamics and interplay between your family members, together with wise insights on creative working with ‘what we’ve got’! Really useful stuff in the thick of family life!

Next workshops –  The next Know your Family workshop will be held in February 2022. Please email me if you are interested in this workshop…or let me know if you would like to host this in your own area, and we can discuss.

Navigating Mid-life

wkshps-midlifeIn this stand alone class you will gain an understanding of the profoundly important Midlife phase, taking away supportive and usable insights. This class opens into a series of nine monthly sessions, for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and navigational skills for this crucial life phase between the ages of 36 and 51 years.

This class is for people nearing or in the transformational phase of mid-life or Middlessence. Mid-life is increasingly recognised as an important turning-point period.

It’s the time when most of us need to make good progress with what we came here to do. How we traverse the mid-life passage greatly affects the way we live our lives from then on.

These years are full of waves of change, signified by planetary transits and biographical power-points. You are likely to experience times of turbulence, together with awakenings to previously dormant, hidden or even apparently new aspects of yourself… definitely a good time to seek out some supportive guidance!

We will look at the timing and nature of each of the specific mid-life transformational shift-points….this creates a map of the psychological territory which we will each meet during this phase. This enables us to engage with awareness and insight. Useful stuff!

My unique facilitation style draws upon astrological and psychological wisdom and insights, together with my experience of watching the process at work.

This all unfolds around a beautiful central altar of the mid-life phases… a feast for the eye and the imagination, capturing the essence and ambience of the theme.

During mid-life, we each experience a marked increase in our potential to integrate ‘who I am meant to be’… the unfolding magnificence of your unique nature!  Jungian psychology deems us able to embark upon this journey at this point in life, due to the development of a strong enough selfhood-container. May we use this life phase well, and grow toward becoming worthy wise elders later on!

Please e-mail me if you’re interested in the forthcoming Navigating Mid-life Introductory class. The next Introductory class will be held on Wednesday 29th.September 2021 with a choice of morning (10-12noon) or evening (7.30-9.30pm). Cost: £15. For anyone wishing to continue and deepen their Midlife navigational skills, you can sign up for the Navigating Midlife course of eight further monthly classes during school/college term times. Cost is £15 per session.

Understanding and Navigating
the Cycle of Moon Phases

wkshps-moonphasesA fascinating and useful workshop, enabling a greater understanding and increased engagement with each of the lunar phases.

We all navigate our lives against the shifting and evolving backdrop of the twenty-nine day lunar cycle… whether we know it or not!

Through gaining an understanding of the particular potential within each phase, we can maximise the wisdom of appropriate timing – that is, when to plan, act, push, reflect, re-assess, wait and adapt.

In this workshop we look at the unique qualities and inherent gifts within each moon phase; how we may connect with the appropriate focus or intent of each phase; and how we may best attune to this in our daily lives.

This understanding enables us to work creatively and in cooperation with these phases in our everyday lives… for ourselves, in our life-focus and direction, in our relationships, our work, and in our home and family life. This practical wisdom offers a highly effective navigational tool for use in both business and personal life.

The next Understanding Moon Phases workshops will be on Tuesday 5th.October at 7.30-9.30pm and Thursday 7th.October at 10-12noon. Please email me if you are interested in either of these workshops.

The Saturn Return Life-phase

wkshps-saturnA workshop for anyone who is around the ages of 28-29, 58-59 and 86ish years. How to work with and get the best out of this decisive life-phase.

During the Saturn Return, our inner compass gravitates powerfully towards our personal core, our lodestone.

We often get uncomfortable stirrings of ‘what we are NOT’, as a precursor to clarifying ‘what we truly ARE’. It’s a time of profound choice.

We find we are called towards previously untapped riches within ourselves. Our personal values are at an accelerated point of development and clarification on the way to hatching our very own version of personal authority and self-actualisation.

This workshop offers you support within this important maturational phase, by giving an understanding of what this phase is really about, together with the themes and needs at hand. There’s plenty of creative and doable wisdom in this workshop, together with navigational guidance to take away with you and apply to your life.

It supports your journey towards deepening the integration of your self. It encourages you to walk forward from this point onwards, with your feet more firmly on the ground, creatively following your very own direction – what you came here to do.

The next Saturn Return workshop will be held in Autumn 2021, please let me know if you are interested.


Workshops for Aware Teenagers

Teenagers’ Astrology and All-about-Life Exploration workshops – stand-alone and ongoing. For more details, see the Teenagers’ page.


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