Statement By The Founder Amanda Claire Vesty
Welcome tree lovers!
I encourage everyone to share how they relate to the Living World around them through a celebration of the environment through culture - story, image, history and by using our own personal connection to what is sacred and meaningful to us as individuals.
We have a living thriving native culture here in Britain and elsewhere in the world. Our native culture of ancient stories, myths and folklore tie us to the land where we live. What I see is that people are willing, and wanting very much, to express their love of the land through that. I also see world wide that what is happening is that the Land is communicating with us, reaching out to us. This is because we are all a part of this landscape, this living earth, it is our home.
The Ancient and Sacred Trees Sacred Tree Singing Bird Mission for Woodland, WildLife and Well Being, is about this connection, and aiming to focus on the well being of both humans and the land through re-wilding our native soul & saving trees & land for the benefit of all beings. Science has proved what we have always known instinctively, that connection with nature improves our well being. The earth needs us humans to connect with it if we and other species are to survive.
It takes time, care and attention to hold this community. It is a labour of love. This CommuniTree is growing by thousands every year and gives me hope for our future, I hope it gives you hope too.
Blessings from Amanda
Wishing you many blessings from
Amanda Claire, Keeper of the Tree
Temple and Founder of Ancient And Sacred Trees
About Amanda Claire Vesty.
My Work: Over 30 years experience as a qualified teacher and artist BA Hons, PGCE, counselling diploma. An eco-therapist, meditation teacher and reiki master. I also work with plant spirit medicine and sound. I’m a writer for 3 blogs and my work is also syndicated to Campfire Convention. I’m an historian, story teller, and tree temple keeper. I’m currently studying a part time Archaeology MA in Death and Memory.
I am also a founder and director of Last Wishes - Live Your Legacy. A social business educating, insipring and empowering everyone about end-of-life. www.lastwishes.world.
My Passion: I am passionate about ecology and social justice. The happiness and wellbeing of people and planet has informed my career for over thirty years.
My Vision: I founded Ancient & Sacred Trees in 2014 celebrating peoples personal and sacred connections with trees. Now a social enterprise it is an eco-activist, mental health and wellbeing group aiming to rewild humans, and campaign for cultural change to save the earth while planting trees.
Teacher: Working in mainstream, special and further education, I’ve been lucky enough to work with many different communities including mental health groups, neural diverse, elderly, refugees, disaffected youth, and young offenders in prison. At Manchester City College I worked with post 16 students weaving in storytelling and nature connection with the arts. In my last & most recent role within a school I worked with 11 to 19 was in special education as Head of Art, SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), and PELTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills). My focus was on providing can-do, confidence building and therapeutic activities in art and cross curricular activities such as gardening and multicultural events. I now currently work as an occasional tutor for the Workers Education Association an adult education charity. A social justice organisation bringing education out into the community. Alongside this I run nature, art and wellbeing activities.
Creative: Worked in my twenties with drama therapist Ye Min as 2 Bright Sparks writing, performing and running workshops in mythical story telling. From printmaking to creating 15 foot ‘gigants’ (giant puppets) commissioned by Manchester for the Manchester Millennium parade. Exhibited in and ran workshops in galleries & museums across the North West of England. I was a founder member of Hot Bed Press, a not-for-profit open access print and papermaking community arts studio, still going strong 25 years later. I set up and ran Jack-In-The-Green arts studio and ethical gift shop for a number of years before taking it online.
Therapist: Therapeutic art activities for mental health and wellbeing, mindfulness, relaxation and meditation were an integral part of my work as head of Art and SEAL. I set up the art department developing materials and courses for with children and young people with severe emotional, social and behavourial difficulties, psychiatric and/or psychological needs, many of whom were in the care system. Worked with mental health communities in the arts. I also run courses and activities, these include stress busting and relaxation activities with the WEA as well as my own. My first plant spirit medicine essence was originally developed for my own personal use to help manage my disability, later expanded and developed to encourage deeper connection with trees and plants. I run forest bathing and nature connection activities out in the woods and meadows. I write eco-psychology and nature connection articles.
Interfaith: Running an interfaith ministry i.e. MinisTree to connect people to nature through spirituality. Holding events, rituals and ceremonies honouring nature, our ancestors and our sacred connection to creation. Writing articles for the AST MinisTree. Ordained minister in the Universal Life Church. Assistant to the late Anna Ziman for her renowned –‘Open To The Goddess’ Workshops and retreats. Founded AST promoting our sacred connections with Trees.
Life: I did an all-night vigil on Cader Idris mountain summit in Wales. Legend says you if you spend the night up there you either end up dead, mad or a poet. I have nearly died twice, once when I was attacked and once in hospital after the birth of my baby. The first death experience in my early twenties led me on a personal journey towards enlightenment and direct revelation, shamanism and native indigenous connection. Having grown up in the countryside it was nature that pulled me out of the darkness. As a modern culture we are not encouraged to be open about death and this has had serious consequences for both our health and the wellbeing of our planet. This is why, as well as undertaking my MA, I am also part of the ‘Last Wishes – Live Your Legacy’ team. We aim to Educate, Inspire and Empower everyone around End-Of-Life. It is not dying we need fear but the manner of our passing. A good death should bring new life.