My Story, Purpose, Mission, Values, Theory of Change and a whole lot of Gratitude
Ceud Mìle Fàilte (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes)
I was born under a coppery African sky in the big city of Jozi (Johannesburg) in the nation of Mzansi (South Africa). My ancestors are Celts from Scotland and the north of England. My adopted home, where I have lived and worked as a teacher for many years inbetween my wandering, is Aoteoroa/New Zealand.
I am a conservationist, an environmental scientist, an ecologist, a geographer, a teacher, an observer, a reader, a storyteller, a decorator, an organiser, a quiet activist, and mostly a Creative.
I am passionate about my birthplace Africa – its red earth in my DNA, and yet also a happy wanderer with many stamps in passports.
A life of magical experiences and breathtaking moments especially in Nature, where my Soul sings. Standing on the edge of Lake Wakatipu or catching my breath at the top of Mt Tongariro. Breathing in the silence in the red dunes of the Kgalagadi. Drinking in the view from the top of the Drakensberg escarpment looking over Mpumalanga. Watching the wildlife of the Okavango Delta ebb and flow with the seasonal flood drawn into its rhythm. The itchy heat of a summer day in the north of Kruger Park. The numb on my nose from standing in the snow at Glencoe or sailing with the wind in my face on Loch Ness. Letting the sand ooze between my toes at Waimea Bay, north shore of Oahu, or standing on the edge of the world at Kilauea Crater, Hawaii and many more….
What an immense privilege! On this Journey I’ve realised that with this immense privilege comes an even greater Responsibility.
I chose Pure Spaces for the meaning of my first name combined with my deeply held sense of significance in Spaces, whether external or internal.
Pure Spaces Education is a dream come true. A Dream to share what I’ve learned about our Mother Earth, about our deep Connection to her and each other. I believe if we truly take in this Connection and feel the benefit of it to our individual Wellbeing, we will live intentionally for the good of All.
I hope you are Inspired by something you find here. Inspired to take action for the Environment, even in some seemingly small way and Change the World.
To connect a personal sense of place in the world with living sustainably both socially and environmentally.
To share a wellbeing toolbox that helps establish a grounded sense of place in the world.
Theory of Change
Pure Spaces Education is based on a theory of change. My theory of change diagram is shown here. For a more comprehensive version please download the pdf.
Be kind in ALL ways – to self, others and Nature (Ubuntu – I am because we are)
Be wholehearted – compassionate, grateful, purposeful, resilient
Be a dreamer – hopeful, creative and open to life’s beauty in all its messiness
Be equanimous – balanced mind, body and soul, emotionally agile
Be courageous – vulnerable, leaning into discomfort, embracing the lessons of failure
Be values-driven – reflective, open to learn and grow, grounded identity
Be a wild-hearted revolutionary – authentic, extraordinary
(adapted from the Quiet Revolution’s core values, Susan Cain)
If I have seen further,
it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.
Much of what you will learn here is an adaptation and synthesis of the work of many wise humans. I try to cite sources as I go. However, if you are interested in my bibliography please download the pdf.
To all the People and Places from whom I have learned so much, I am deeply grateful for Time and Story shared. Most especially I acknowledge my precious Family near and far – I am because We are.