November 2018
Rites of Passage – Bardsea, Cumbria

A memorable few days of existential exploration in the company of Dead Good Guides (fka Welfare State International) and a dozen diverse and delightful kindred spirits.


We came from different walks of life but what we had in common was our love of life, and a fascination with the stuff of life.
We talked, laughed, cried and sang. We danced, we ate and we drank. We walked by sunlight, moonlight and torchlight.


Of course we told stories, lots of stories. Everything we did was -in some way – about the telling of a story!

[A happy thought: from time to time I was reminded of the development work I did with Adrian Howells on The Garden of Adrian.]

We explored our role (as artists, singers, directors, actors, writers, healers, performers, bakers, candlestick-makers, celebrants,  family & community members, and as elders) in the creation of rituals, ceremonies and rites of passage.







We looked for ways to mark the important moments in the lives of our families, our communities and our world, that felt authentic and meaningful.

I left feeling inspired. This was exactly where I needed to be at this stage in career .

Thank you the wonderful Sue Gill, Gilly Adams, John Fox, Hannah Fox, Dead Good Guides & Welfare State International. 

And thank you Creative Scotland.