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Catriona has always felt most content when outside, surrounded by animals. She counts many animals both wild and supposedly domesticated, a good number of rocks, trees, flowers, the Teifi River and the night sky amongst her family and neighbours. Through encountering a disconnection between humans and the more-than-human life on the earth, in her animal osteopathy practice a quarter of a century ago, she began to uncover and develop a practical methodology for remembering her own kinship with life in its many forms. Sharing this with others is the work of her heart.

After qualifying as an osteopath in 1989, her love for all beings feathered and furred, led her to the beginning of a movement that has brought holistic healthcare into the main stream of our connections with the animal kingdom. As a pioneer of cranial osteopathy with animals, with no direct teacher or peers, Catriona had to rely on her connection with a wisdom much older and more potent than her own training and experience. Establishing trust in the relationships with the animals when they had experienced trauma, became vital for the effectiveness of the therapeutic interventions she was offering. Bringing the animals and their human family into closer understanding was the longing at the heart of her work. Over the last 20 years Catriona has undertaken training in a variety of healing modalities and combines listening to the animals within the weaving of these different practices. It is this combination that has given rise to the methodology of connection that she shares with individuals and groups.

When not out wandering the land and serving her apprenticeship as a story carrier, she spends time being with her horses, wild swimming with human friends and occasionally some local seal folk and being aunty to her nephews.

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Re-embracing Kinship