Wed 2nd
Karen Stead-Dexter The Wisdom of the Birds & the Therapy Relationship

Many humans are so disconnected from the nature that exits within them, as well as the nature that surrounds them. Relearning how to connect and co-work with nature allows for deep healing to take place and a sense of belonging to occur. Animals allow us to connect once more, and especially Birds of Prey, they help to bring about that child-like awe and wonder in anyone that comes into contact with them. Their energetic presence allows such a deep healing relationship to be felt within the human, allowing that connection of human to non-human to be remembered and honoured.

This talk will look at the deep animistic connection that is offered by co-working in therapy with Birds of Prey, and the opportunities that exist to improve mental health and wellbeing. Examples of how Karen works, and the birds she works with will be explained and shown at the talk.

Karen spent her early years growing up in south-west Scotland, and her love of nature and
birds of prey grew from this magical place. She spent 3 years (in her teenage years)
working as a voluntary ranger guiding people on walks through local ancient woods. That
sense of being at one with nature, and the magic it has to offer, has never left her.

Academically she has an Environmental Science degree, Masters and PhD in
Environmental Geochemistry and Ecotoxicology – a deep understanding of the damage
mankind has done to our precious planet. As an academic she regularly taught ecology,
conservation studies, soil science, and environmental law at three Universities.

For the past 30 years Karen has also been pursuing her spiritual connection with Mother
Earth and has explored and trained with many teachers the ancient ways of understanding
our relationship with the Earth – bringing in shamanic traditions of North America, South
America and Celtic Shamanism. Teaching and guiding people to work with Plant Spirit
Wisdom, Bird Spirit Wisdom and Deep Earth Connection.

She has also been a falconer for the last 20 years; with 8 birds of prey in her family.
Based in Somerset, she regularly holds clinics for people co-working with her Birds of
Prey, and the forest, for a deep animistic healing experience. She is the Director of a new
CIC ‘Centre for Animal & Nature Assisted Therapy’ offering Animal & Nature Assisted
Therapy to those groups that are in need of mental health and wellbeing services.
Her passion has always been to connect people back to the non-human, back to who they
really are and get people to listen to the wisdom of the world around them.

Abbey House, doors 6.30pm for 7pm start.
This event will be ticketed due to space allowance. Tickets are £7.00 and will be available from Glastonbury’s Man, Myth & Magick shop, open between 10am and 4.30pm.
Remaining tickets will be on the door on Wednesday.

Man, Myth & Magick is at 9 Market Place, Glastonbury BA6 9HW. It is located next door to the entrance to the Abbey. Please avoid phoning to reserve tickets as they are collection only. There is a cashpoint nearby. If you would like to contact us, please email

Please leave dogs at home.

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