Founder Amanda Claire Vesty
Welcome tree lovers!
I encourage everyone to share how they relate to the Living World around them celebrating our wild world 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 both here in Britain and across the world. The lands' native culture of ancient stories, myths and folklore tie us to the place where we live. What I see is that people are willing, and wanting very much, to express their love of our wild world through that. The Land and its' other-than-human beings are 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. It aims to focus on the well being of both humans and the land through re-wilding our native soul, saving trees and 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 our fellow 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
PS: If you feel like you have something to offer our CommuniTree please do get in touch. :-)
Wishing you many blessings
About Amanda - "Some Insight Into How and Why I got In To this!"
My Work: A 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 writer for 2 blogs and contribute to a third. I’m a story teller, nature guide, healer and artist. 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, educating, inspiring and empowering everyone about end-of-life. I currently work under the name Jack-In-The-Green.
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 the Ancient & Sacred Trees CommuniTree in 2014 celebrating peoples' personal and sacred connections with trees. It is an eco-activist, mental health and wellbeing group aiming to re-wild humans, and campaign for cultural change to save the earth while planting trees.
In a nutshell it is about Love!
Teacher: Having worked in mainstream, special and further education for many years, 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. I run nature, art and wellbeing activities and retreats.
Creative: Storyteller and artist. Member of the Society of Story For Storytelling. From tiny prints to16 foot ‘gigants’ (giant puppets) and nature installations all inspired by our wild world. I co-founded a community arts studio, still going strong 25 years later. Workshops included art, dramatherapy, nature connection and more.
Therapist: Therapeutic art activities for mental health and wellbeing, mindfulness, relaxation and meditation are an integral part of my work. This originated with my work as head of Art and SEAL at a special school. 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 workshops.
My first plant spirit medicine essence remedies were 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 ecotherapy nature connection articles. I am a Reiki master, sound healer, eco-therapist whose work is grounded an Animist approach using Shamanism .
Interfaith: This interfaith MinisTree. I hold events, rituals and ceremonies honouring nature, our ancestors and our sacred connection to creation. I was an assistant to the late Anna Ziman and her renowned ‘Open To The Goddess’ Workshops and retreats. I run a variety of retreats celebrating trees, the wild world and our place within it, our home.
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 grief, death and our place within the world, 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. It is not dying we need fear but the manner of our passing. A good death should bring new life.
I have a hidden disability and late diagnosed neuro diversity.
I live with my little dog Bella and three chickens.