Rachel Corby

I believe that the rift between humankind and wider nature needs to be healed. Not only for the wellbeing of each individual one of us, but Gaia as a whole. My work reflects this as I draw on my own wealth of experience and training to give people the tools they need for self healing and the wider healing of our relationship with the rest of Gaia.

For three years I studied Geography at university, learning of the interconnection of the Earth's systems and marvelling at the world's most stunning landscapes and how they were formed. I then travelled widely, spending many years training in ways to repair both our degraded physical environment, and later, our human bodies, and spirits. I have found that rekindling the spiritual connection with plants, with wider nature, has the most profound effect on us bereft, lonely humans and is a powerful instigator of change.

I have been leading shamanic plant journey groups and running workshops encouraging the development of relationships with plant spirits since 2006. As the years have passed I have added retreats and now even apprenticeships to my offerings. I have also evolved what I teach as I have come to understand that rewilding - getting back in touch with our raw, wild, nature is key to any healing whether on a personal, or planetary, level.

I am the author of three books; The Medicine Garden, 20 Amazing Plants and their Practical Uses and most recently Rewild Yourself: Becoming Nature. I am a contributor in both Pip Waller's The Domestic Alchemist and Deep Green Living edited by Marian McCain. For four years I wrote a weekly column about my wild allotment for Stroud Life and have also had my writing published in various magazines including Permaculture Magazine, Home Farmer, Caduceus, Barefoot Diaries and Frontier in The Netherlands.

Over the last few years I have been interviewed on BBC radio as Gloucestershire's Medicine Woman appearing each season to talk of the medicine the hedgerows are currently offering. 

My teachers have included Patrick Whitefield, tribal medicine men in the Americas & Africa, Eliot Cowan, Nathanial Hughes and metis from both Cherokee & Mohawk decent. I have also completed a full Sacred Plant Medicine apprenticeship with Stephen Harrod Buhner.