Course Leader - Quietude
Annie is a Hospice Chaplain and OneSpirit Interfaith Minister, with a background in Steiner Waldorf Education. She is also a Mindfulness Teacher, Celebrant, Storyteller, Spiritual Counsellor, Soul Midwife and Authentic Presence Practitioner.
'My interest in spiritual support in end of life care evolved out of my work as a OneSpirit Interfaith Minister and spiritual counsellor. I was ordained in 2004, and became deeply immersed in creating and conducting tailor made spiritual ceremonies, including weddings, baby blessings and funerals, for those wanting a non religious, but a holistic or interfaith experience. I have worked with people in spiritual counselling, with a wide range of presenting issues, including fear of death, loss, grief, and search for meaning. These particular questions, the people I met through doing funerals, and my own spiritual research, as well as the experience of my mother dying, led me to wish to support patients and their families and carers at the end of life. I have been a voluntary chaplain in both a hospital and a nursing home, before being invited to work as a Hospice Chaplain, which is the job I currently enjoy. I am a qualified Soul Midwife, trained by Felicity Warner (author of The Soul Midwives Handbook), and am a certified Contemplative End of Life Authentic Presence Practitioner.
I have a background of 25 years in Steiner Waldorf Education, teaching children and training and advising adults. In the 1980’s, I was a member of the Findhorn Foundation and a co-founder of the Moray Steiner School, now the Drumduan School. In the 1990’s I was an adult educator at Emerson College, and involved in Holistic education, in the UK and the United States.'