Extracts from my books have been widely quoted in other works including ‘The Body Shop Book of Wellbeing’, ‘Reinvented Lives’ and ‘Chicken Soup for the Traveller’s Soul’.

Books I have written include:

I Fly Out With Bright Feathers: the Quest of a Novice Healer‘ – 1987

Acquainted with the Night: a Year on the Frontiers of Death‘ – 1989

Prostitution: What’s Love Got to Do with It?‘ – 1991

Healing Hands’ – 1992

Older than Time: a Grandmother’s Search for Wisdom‘ – 1993

Ladder to the Moon: Women in Search of Spirituality‘ – 1999

And for children:

Tal Niv’s Kibbutz‘ – 1987 – with photographs by Nancy Durrell McKenna

About me

I am the eldest child of a Polish Jewish father and an Irish/English mother, born in Australia. My unconventional globetrotting childhood gave me a love of travel and an appreciation of diverse cultures. I was educated in America and Brazil. At seventeen I married documentary filmmaker Richard Taylor. Together we have brought up six children, two of whom we adopted while living in Nigeria and one in Kenya. While the children were young I took an honours degree in Music and Education and ran my own music school.

I am an Independent Celebrant trained by Green Fuse to conduct beautiful funerals with a personal touch.

I also conduct wonderful bespoke weddings, civil ceremonies, adoptions, house blessings and baby namings.

In fact I can help you create the perfect ceremony for all your life-changing events.

I have always had a special interest in rites and ceremonies, themes concerning women’s issues, spirituality, indigenous health practices and complementary medicine. I have traveled widely in the developing world and been a popular speaker and workshop leader. I have guested on several television programmes. I have taught courses in creative writing and healing in England and in many parts of the world. I have been a regular director and facilitator at Skyros, the holistic centre in Greece, Tobago and Thailand, at Cortijo Romero in Spain, Huzur Vadisi in Turkey, The Forum at Claremont in California and Ulpotha in Sri Lanka.

I am also a practicing therapeutic touch healer and counsellor, a member of the Society of Authors, The National Federation of Spiritual Healers, the Doctor/Healer Network, the British Holistic Medical Association and The Guild of Celebrants.

I have thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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