“The Japanese have a word for those feelings that are too deep for words: yugen. Yugen gives us a profound sense of the beauty and mystery of the universe.” – Alan Watts

Clare’s earliest memories are sense based ones… Growing up in Dublin, Ireland she regularly visited the Pine forests of the Dublin mountains… afternoons were often spent rolling in the grass near Glendalough, Co Wicklow… days of swimming and hanging out near the Dublin coastline, whatever the weather.

Clare has always felt most at home in the natural world. It’s a deep seated passion and love. Her other great passion is with the arts, creativity and the transformative power they hold. She is also a keen meditator and began looking at ancient texts and practises as a young person.

As a young one she spent several years driving her motorbike across Europe, teaching english and organising music festivals. She collected a wealth of life experiences and colourful memories as a result,  that feed her imagination and subsequent work offerings.

She moved to the UK to study her first degree in the arts at Salford University, Manchester. She became an arts facilitator and project manager on graduating in 2000.

In 2003 she gave birth to her son, Lucas and settled into life in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

She went on to set up a participatory arts organisation in 2009, which worked globally. Connecting young people from the margins of society with predominately music and dance. Clare and team/family moved to out to Jamaica in 2012 to continue a program of dance engagement.

Following a family bereavement in 2015 she returned to the UK and began a postgraduate study in mindfulness with dance and how these disciplines  can transform and empower young people. She went on to facilitate programs in this arena for school children and adults. Training to teach the acclaimed gold standard ‘mindfulness based stress reduction’ program with Jon Kabat Zinn in 2017.

However the trees were calling! The more than human world was an integral aspect of Clare’s healing from an autoimmune condition. Following this time of deep restoration Clare registered with the ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, Guides and Programs) and began to explore frameworks, theories and practises within the role of a ‘forest therapy guide’.

She currently offers forest therapy/ bathing walks in the local woods and forests near where she lives. She is also gently hatching a creative program that will bring together forest bathing, sound, visual art and poetry.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? —Mary Oliver.

ClareDonegan © 2020