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About Me

Interests
Meditation, nonviolent communications, Focusing, Buddhism, local food, farming, forestry, land reform, communities, grassroots responses to peak oil and climate change, permaculture.

Free time
Music, ceilidhs, craic, books, poetry, fires, hills, getting out and about in the Highlands and islands and beyond.

A potted career history 1990 - 2009
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language; reporter, Berwickshire News; reporter Press and Journal; reporter, Newsflash news agency; reporter at The Scotsman, press officer at the Forestry Commission; press officer at the Scotland Office; press officer at the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

2009 - 2014

Freelance journalist and communications consultant with clients including Transition Black Isle, the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Highland Birchwoods, Community Energy Scotland, the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, Leopard Magazine and Scotland Outdoors.

Present

Currently taking time out, learning to manage my bipolar disorder.

Qualifications
Edinburgh University - 
MA Hons Linguistics (2:1)



Royal Society of Arts- Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

National Council for the Training of Journalists - 
Proficiency in Newspaper Journalism


Government Information Service - training in government communications, strategic communications, management, presentation skills, facilitation.

Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye - Gaelic Language summer schools and An Cursa Inntrigidh 1.

Additional training

Training for Transition, Train the Trainers, Transition Network, Totnes, 2009.

Group Training Certificate, Stonebow Training Solutions, August 2011.

Week-long course in Nonviolent Communications, September 2011. 

Joanna Macy Work That Reconnects week, Findhorn, June 2013.

Permaculture Design Certificate, completed 2013.

Community Leadership Programme, 2014.

Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course, 2015.

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy course, January - March 2016.

Focusing retreat, Dhanakosa, February 2016.

Focusing Retreat, Taraloka, October 2016.

Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Introductory Teacher Training, November 2017.

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