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 learnt to connect with the wild intelligence in the heart of this world, through developing her intuitive and empathic ability, not only to know what ailed her animal patients, but also to understand most fully how to help them. 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 combined 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.
Catriona is also an accredited Heart Math Institute trainer and a practitioner of Equine Facilitated Coaching, working as an enabler in the dialogue between humans and the horses as ‘way-showers’ in the remembering of kinship and the re-imagining of a new way of human being in our world.
The wisdom of Horse has now become a central part of practice of re-embracing kinship as well as always being at the heart of her own development, both personally and professionally. She has been accompanied on a journey of mutual transformation these last 19 years by an affectionate and deep-seeing part Arabian mare named Darcey, a brown and white gypsy cob of deep softness and strength named Molly and a midnight coloured mare, named Inca, who still teaches and guides lessons of sovereignty in gentleness, from through the Veil.
When not out wandering the land and serving her apprenticeship as a story carrier, she spends time being with her horses, wild swimming and being aunty to a circle of gorgeous 9 and 10 year old girls.