Helen K Woodsford-Dean was born and lived for most of her life in southern England where she lectured in archaeology, specialising in the prehistory of the British Isles. In her early 40s she decided to move to Orkney because she thought it would be lovely to get away from the ‘rat race’ and live on a remote Scottish island. It is lovely, but Helen would be one of the first to admit that life can also be very difficult and dark in winter.
Helen is one of the Scottish Pagan Federation Local Representatives and Interfaith Officers for Orkney; she is also their Regional Co-ordinator for Northern Scotland, an elected officer, and a Pagan Celebrant, able to perform legal weddings in Scotland. As well as providing open ceremonies to celebrate the turning of the year at the stone circles in Orkney, Helen also provides life rituals such as naming, relationship blessings, and funerals on request.
She is an active member of the Scottish Green Party and currently one of the co-convenors for the Orkney Greens. Helen believes in justice for the environment, society, and the individual. She believes that politics and spirituality need to be interlinked to be fully effective and ethical.
Her main work is tourist guiding and she specialises in providing tours for those visitors to Orkney who come on spiritual pilgrimage. She can provide a unique insight to Orkney through sharing her own spiritual experiences and combining this with the knowledge she gained as a lecturer in archaeology.
Helen writes during the winter months, when there are not so many tourists in Orkney; she finds it is an excellent way to combat the difficult darkness.
She can be contacted via her web-site at www.spiritualorkney.co.uk