EarthDreaming is run by its founder Sky Buitenhuis, in co-laboration with a host of skilled and passionate guest teachers that she feels very honoured to work alongside.

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About Sky, Founder & Teacher

Sky Maria Buitenhuis has extensive experience supporting people to deepen their connection to nature, including our own inner nature as part of the larger natural landscape. She has worked as a facilitator for a variety of different programs as well as developing her own workshops and trainings. She is the co-founder of GIFT (Global Institute of Forest Therapy) and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Aswell as directing the organizations training programs, she has trained and mentored more than 100 people to follow their passions of becoming forest therapy guides. 

As a nature connection guide, Sky also draws on her trainings as a Work-That-Re-Connects (as founded by Joanna Macy) and an 8-Shields (a pan-cultural model for deep nature connection and cultural repair) facilitator, as well as many other influences and  her own on-going personal journey of remembering her natural state of being.
As a facilitator, Sky's passion is to offer people the experience of 'coming home', that is remembering that as a human we are embedded in this complex and infinitely diverse web of life on our beautiful planet Earth. She is deeply moved and nourished by supporting and witnessing others having this embodied, innately human, experience of returning home to wholeness. She has a particular passion for supporting her own and other women's journeys of returning to their bodies through fertility awareness and is currently completing her training to be a natural family planning/fertility awareness teacher.

Sky loves to get elemental! What makes her feel most vital is communing with the Earth in various ways, such as wild-crafting with her hands, tracking animals, and sitting quietly and listening out on the land. Recently she felt particularly enlived through getting her Level 2 Track & Sign cybertracker evaluation with the San people in Namibia. She also loves to sing.


guest teachers

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Lynx Vilden has traveled, explored, and researched the nature and traditional cultures of arctic, mountain, and desert regions from Hudson Bay to the Kalahari Desert. She emerged from her first sweat lodge ceremony in 1989 with the realization of the calling back to the Earth, learning, sharing, and teaching the old ways. She has been practicing and teaching primitive living skills with passion both in the US and in Europe since 1991. Instructor at Boulder Outdoor Survival School in Utah for several years she has taught workshops at primitive skills gatherings, including Rabbitstick and Winter Count. 

She's contributed regularly to the American publication Bulletin of Primitive Technology. She's lived in a Sami village in Scandinavia and has lived and studied in the desert Southwest of Arizona and New Mexico, the Rocky Mountains of Montana, and the North Cascades of Washington.

In 2001 she started the Four Seasons Prehistoric Projects program dedicated to sharing the ancient skills of primitive living. Her goal is to form a group prepared to live for a full year in a Stone Age living experiment. She runs international classes through 'Living Wild' www.lynxvilden.com

Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction, a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies, and a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative. Her unique approach to working with myth, fairy tales and folklore highlights the insights these traditions can offer us into authentic and meaningful ways of being which are founded on a deep sense of belonging to place, a rootedness in the land we inhabit. In early 2017 she founded The Hedge School: both an online space and a physical location in Connemara, for teachings in myth, wild mind and enchantment.

Her nonfiction book If Women Rose Rooted offers up a new Heroine’s Journey for this challenging age of social and ecological crisis, and was described by bestselling novelist Manda Scott as ‘mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense … an anthem for all we could be … an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times.’ If Women Rose Rooted was a 2016 Nautilus Book Award winner. Her latest nonfiction book, The Enchanted Life, was published in February 2018. She is now completing a collection of original fairy tales about shapeshifting women, Foxfire, Wolfskin, which will be published in autumn 2019. A further collection of stories about bird-women for young adults, Old Crane Woman’s Guide to Becoming a Bird, will be published in late 2020.

She is now completing a collection of original fairy tales about shapeshifting women, Foxfire, Wolfskin, which will be published in autumn 2019. A further collection of stories about bird-women for young adults, Old Crane Woman’s Guide to Becoming a Bird, will be published in late 2020. For more information about Sharon visit www.sharonblackie.net 

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Lucy O’Hagan's love for nature sprouted in early childhood, as the fields and woods around her house served as both school and sanctuary. Her passion for teaching began after completing her degree in Social Anthropology and French, when she had the chance to work in schools in the Caribbean and Reunion Island, assisting in the integration of environmental learning across the curriculum.

She trained as a Level 3 Forest School practitioner in March 2015 and, as a result, set up the Phoenix Forest School in September 2015.

Over the past three years, Lucy has been deepening her relationship with nature and passion for teaching at the Woodcraft school in West Sussex. Here, she furthered her knowledge of ethnobotany, wildlife tracking and trained as a Level 4 Bushcraft Instructor. This involved sleeping out in the woods for one week a month, September-June, learning practical bushcraft skills and effective ways to teach these to others. This summer, she will be taking part in a 3 month immersive project in Sweden, with ancestral skills teacher, Lynx Vilden, learning stone age skillls with the intention of completing a one month Stone Age project at the end.

Lucy is passionate about reconnecting children and adults with nature. She is particularly interested in rewilding and rekindling the knowledge and skills we once knew so intimately, which connect us to our place in the world. This passion led her to set up her latest venture, Wild Awake, which seeks to rekindle environmental and community resilience through the (re)learning of ancestral and traditional skills, in nature. She feels most at home wandering through the woods, following animal trails & nibbling on what food or medicine nature has to offer. 

This summer, she will be taking part in a 3 month immersive project in Sweden, with ancestral skills teacher, Lynx Vilden, learning stone age skillls with the intention of completing a one month Stone Age project at the end.

Lucy is passionate about reconnecting children and adults with nature. She is particularly interested in rewilding and rekindling the knowledge and skills we once knew so intimately, which connect us to our place in the world. This passion led her to set up her latest venture, Wild Awake, which seeks to rekindle environmental and community resilience through the (re)learning of ancestral and traditional skills, in nature. She feels most at home wandering through the woods, following animal trails & nibbling on what food or medicine nature has to offer. 

Tara De Róiste is an Irish herbalist originally from the south east of Ireland. She now lives with her family at their smallholding in the hills of East Co. Clare, where they tend their many plants and animals and hold regular workshops and retreats in plant medicine. She runs a herbal practice called Imbas Herbs and Healing and is also co-founder of a nature based tour company called Wild Routes Ireland

Her journey with medicine and plants began from a very young age. Growing up in a culture steeped in magic and folklore, she was always enchanted by the stories of the wee folk and nature spirits and has found refuge in the wild places. From a young age, she became aware of the separation that exists between many people and the natural world and believes this is the source of many physical and emotional illnesses. She is passionate about facilitating connection between people and the natural world to aid their healing.

She undertook her formal training in herbalism at Coláiste Luibheanna in Co. Cork and now runs a sliding scale clinic from her home in Co. Clare. She has a lifetime interest in Celtic spirituality and folklore and believes fervently in sharing this deep well of knowledge with the wider world. She has spent many years journeying through the land of Ireland, connecting with the sacred sites, ancient stones and trees and the magical wild places and feels a deep calling to bring others to experience these unique places.Tara undertook her formal training in herbalism at Coláiste Luibheanna in Co. Cork and now runs a sliding scale clinic from her home in Co. Clare. She has a lifetime interest in Celtic spirituality and folklore and believes fervently in sharing this deep well of knowledge with the wider world. She has spent many years journeying through the land of Ireland, connecting with the sacred sites, ancient stones and trees and the magical wild places and feels a deep calling to bring others to experience these unique places.

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Rosemary Kavanagh: ‘Tending the bridge of ancestral connection through our Ancient Arts'. Rosemary, based in West Limerick and West Cork, is a herbalist, poet, craftsperson and one who 'belongs to the willows'. For the past 10 years Rosemary has been a'courting earth-based skills and heritage arts as a way to re- indigenizing our souls to place through land stewardship, earth connection and working with the wisdom of the Earth to create Beauty. She believes that creating beautiful useful art with our hands is a vital aspect of mental health-- helping to initiate spaciousness for the whispers of the deep self to be heard and for the soul to stretch out exploring new bounds, drinking honey. Rosemary primarily has dedicated her adult life to exploring  the Ancient Art of willow basketry, although she has studied traditional leather tanning, shoe making, fiber arts (felting), natural dying, and sewing. She has traveled extensively over the Isle of Ireland to study with willow basket makers in every corner. She now weave for love, commissions and markets--teaching in the cooler, slower months.

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Dora Clouttick is an ecologist and lifelong student of natural history, finding great delight in her relationship with the natural world.  

Awed and fully alive as a new mother, she is a trained restorative yoga teacher specialising in birth and women’s health. Her attention is on the transformative process of birthing and her consequent intention is to bring together the complimentary practices of yoga and nature connection to support new parents and future generations. She has also been training in a medicine lineage for the past 4 years and has embodied knowledge and experience in supporting ceremony and re-connective practices that work towards health and happiness for all.

Dora and her team run a woodland spa, immersive retreats and other experiential events in her native woodland in the South of England. www.wyldexperiences.com