Events, seminars, new research and collaborations

Upcoming presentations:

September 24th 2018: The Open Space Research Centre, ECA, Lauriston Place  – 12:30-2pm


Open space poster

October 22nd 2018: Edinburgh College of Art, Geddes Room, Minto House, Chamber’s St – 9:30-11:30am


December 12th 2018: The Scottish Mindfulness Research Community – 7-9pm, The Chaplaincy Centre, The University of Edinburgh, 1 Bristo Square

Mindfulness Scotland poster


Wellbeing and Self-transformation in Natural landscapes

Palgrave Macmillan/ Springer Nature


Link coming soon

October 2018


Mutual and Creative Research with Humans and Non Humans

Transdisciplinary, qualitative research methods course

Mutual and Creative Research Summer 2018 Pishwanton Wood

Do we often miss another’s context, knowledge or experience? As humans we are not intrinsically impartial, as arguably the material may be. As researchers can we be attuned, responsive, open, spontaneous, flexible, objective? These workshops hope to encourage new ways of thinking about our relationship to the others that we interact with and aim to represent when we engage in qualitative research.


Collaboration – Participation – Experience


These workshops will be of interest to researchers across multiple disciplines within the social sciences, arts and humanities. This will be a thought provoking exploration in methodology for those interested in the relationship between humans and nature. Workshops will not only explore the experience of other but the researcher’s experience of being other within a vast network of others. They intend to consider what responsive, reflective and serendipitous thought processes may allow for in qualitative research. We will value curiosity, spontaneity and empathy in research. We will provide an open space to question accepted research practice and methods that favour the objective and hope to encourage trans-disciplinary  and innovative methods.


This series is aimed at post-graduate, doctoral and independent researchers. We will offer advice on research projects and aim to develop approaches throughout.


The workshops will take place at Pishwanton wood, a special location consisting of 60 acres of diverse plant and animal habitat. The site is a heavily glaciated landscape at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills.  It is a centre for environmental education, research and therapy and offers opportunities to renew and deepen relationships with nature.


with Dr Rebecca Crowther & Roland Playle

Rebecca has a transdisciplinary doctorate from The University of Edinburgh and specialises in human engagements with nature for wellbeing. Roland is a social practitioner and Goethian Scientist.


We will meet prior to the workshops one evening in Edinburgh, date and time TBC.

EMAIL to book now!


DATES AND TIMES OF WORKSHOPS : 12th and 26th May and 9th June

COST: £220 for 1 evening introductory session, 3 full day workshops, workshop materials, tea/ coffee, snacks, vegan lunch on all four days and transport from central Edinburgh. (If you may have difficulties with this fee please get in touch to discuss how we may help you attend, depending on numbers we may be able to subsidise some places)


Meet at George Square, Edinburgh for minibus at 9am – 10am start and 5pm finish 

The North European Life Science Trust

Pishwanton Wood
Quince Cottage, 4 Baxtersyke, Gifford, EH41  4P




  • 13th February, 2018 – Cultural Landscapes M.Sc, ECA, The University of EdinburghCultural landscapes poster
  • 15th February, 2018 – Landscape and Well-being M.Sc,  ESALA, The University of EdinburghLandscape and wellbeing poster
  • 21st February, 2018 – School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

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  • 10 -13th April, 2018 – Towards the Dark: An exploration with and without light in the rural darkness of winter, American Association of Geographers Conference, Marriot Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Towards the dark poster


  • Edinburgh College of Art Well-being Week – Nature and Well-being Workshop – This workshop will focus on the importance of taking a break, getting outside and slowing down. For more info see: ECA Well-being Week website   and my workshop – The Old Firestation, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh/ The MeadowTuning In





  • I am currently working on a Post-doctoral proposal that intends to explore anxiety and ‘natural’ spaces in Scotland, this will include the themes of metaphorical and literal darkness in rural landscapes. This will further my methodology of serendipitous ethnography and my Geothian inspired methods. This will be another transdisciplinary project. At the moment I am navigating a host institution and funding opportunities to continue this research.