My Year as a Nomad

Handing my cat over to my now ex-neighbour, without any idea when I’d see him again, was a tough moment for me and one of many when I wondered what the hell I was about to do. Twelve months later I know that the decision to be a nomad was one of the best decisions I have ever made. But on the 15th January 2013 I had no idea how I’d be supported as I took such big steps in to the unknown… Below are some of the most significant aspects to my year..

My first port of call was Eco Chateau where I volunteered for ten wonderful weeks. I immersed myself in nature, walking the dogs and kitten, collecting kindling and building the fire, and creating video and articles to fire people’s imagination to visit and use the chateau as their venue of choice. While I was there I also attracted a couple of intuitive coaching Clients. As people heard about my nomadic decision, they seemed to see me as ‘brave and courageous’ (although there were some who thought I’d completely lost it of course) and my growing ability to stay comfortable in the unknown was a great ally. I arrived in France on the 4th February and it was an extremely cold winter…

Early April I came back to the UK, with still no idea what next. The first place I stayed was in the gypsy caravan at the bottom of the garden at Love Shack on the extraordinary Eel Pie Island courtesy of my sister and brother in law.

Gypsy Caravan at Love Shack

Gypsy Caravan at Love Shack

Love Shack on Eel Pie Island

Love Shack on Eel Pie Island

Throughout the year I found that just when I wondered where I was going to stay next I was invited to look after someones pet person. As I moved from place to place I found it easier and easier to settle in far more quickly and make myself ‘at home’. Over the year I have met, and loved, some wonderful cats and dogs and here is a slideshow to capture their personalities:

Through May - July I spent a lot of time being shown around Dorset and Wiltshire by broadcaster David Gibbons - his love for the land was tangible, and I experienced a growing kinship with this part of the world and the earth herself. It is without doubt a little corner of heaven as far as I’m concerned. I spent a considerable time being inspired by the land and the work David Gibbons was doing. As he had been a documentary maker, his feedback was invaluable on the videos I created and the photographs I took. Without this synchronistic meeting I would never have travelled to Tuscany and been behind the camera to film his documentary interview with the extraordinary Ervin Laszlo.

A little bit of divine Dorset

A little bit of divine Dorset

David Gibbons at Wardour Castle

David Gibbons at Wardour Castle

An August holiday to Totnes with my mother was a challenge - I’d lost my sense of flow and rather than the blissful surrender to the unknown that had held me in such good stead, I got extremely anxious about money. The result was nothing flowed, and the holiday I wanted to experience had no chance to emerge. However, there were a couple of days when I got out of my own way and we had a laugh or two.

Mum meeting her shining knight in Torquay

Mum meeting her shining knight in Torquay

Totnes High Street

Totnes High Street

The holiday fiasco behind me I wove my way to London Colney to some friends I’d not seen for four years. A three day stay stretched to three months - time to unwind, stay put, create video, write, play with children, commune with the fabulous trees in the surrounding Grade 11 parkland and discover my inner diva at their new venture, Espiritu Salon and Spa.

Willow and Max at halloween

Willow and Max at halloween

Napsbury Tree in Autumn

Napsbury Tree in Autumn

It has been a powerfully synergistic and supportive time spent here and to my astonishment I took part in NaNoWriMo, a chance to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November. Not only did I commit to this and achieve it, I am now at 65,000 words and will soon finish my first book! Much of my nomadic experience has been poured in to my story and I am inspired by the outcome. At the same time I have been pampered wonderfully, which has also given me a new found sense of myself ( read more…)

This year, and the wonderful people I’ve met, has given me the most superb experience, one which I shall cherish as well as recognise as a water shed. I have immersed myself in being the storyteller I truly am - through the medium of words and video, as well as the medium of intuition when I work with coaching Clients. People who approach me for intuitive guidance, particularly when they’re experiencing massive change and challenging endings appreciate the path I’ve followed for the last twelve months. Most people expected my nomadic year to be an unsettling struggle but the truth is it has been a beautiful transformation where I have become aware of my own value, and love myself accordingly. A profound and powerful year.

I thank every one who crossed my path, walked alongside me and pulled me forward when needed. You all know who you are!

3 Comments

  1. Wow Francesca - when you put it together like this what a rich, glorious tapestry, far more texture and colour than the previous 12 months methinks. Keep on inspiring.
    Anne xx

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