As a storyteller (celebrant and author) who shares other people’s stories, here’s a little window into my story:
I’m an Australian born to German-immigrant parents, who has lived in rural Cumbria for decades and still isn’t used to the cold weather. I was raised on 700 acres in Australia, and grew up on the back of a horse, alongside five brothers and two sisters. There was never any shortage of adventure in my childhood. The soundtrack to my life is the The Chicks’ song Wide Open Spaces.
My childhood bookshelves were stacked with books and to this day my home is held up with books. At any hint of half-decent weather, I’m happiest when out in Nature, whether walking through the woods, barefoot on the beach, or strolling across fields.
I love plant-based cooking, though I tend to cook as if our daughters were still living at home.
From the earliest age, I understood words to be sacred, indeed powerful, tools. It is a blessing that I’ve been able to use this gift as both an author and a celebrant. My life’s work is infused with a deep and profound love of the sacred: nature, words, ritual, home and family.
A bit of a late bloomer, I earned my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cumbria in 2020. This was achieved without an undergraduate degree.
A few of my favourite things
Sunshine, watching the sunrise, massages, long hot showers, Sun-ripened mangoes, thunderstorms, travelling, reading, jasmine oil, singing in my car, spending time with my loved ones, solitude, flowers: especially freesias, sunflowers, starflowers, jasmine and lilac; the rhythm of words, cloud watching, laughing till my belly hurts, cats and kittens, plant-based cooking, my hands in the soil and the sunshine on my shoulders, walking in nature, birdsong, rom-coms.