About Us


Who We Are



Laurie Michaelis - Living Witness Co-odinator


Rachel Berger worked for an international development NGO on the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia, developing thinking on what adaptation to climate change would mean for these people. After a few years in despair that catastrophic change could not be avoided, she wants to live in active hope, playing a part in the Great Turning (Joanna Macy’s phrase). She recently set up a Facebook page called 365 Conversations about Climate Change, because it is important that we talk about our fears and concerns.

Gill Westcott was a smallholders' wife in North Devon for 16 years. She offered fresh vegetables for sale and psychotherapy (in different places). She now lives near Exeter, works with the local Transition initiative and is on the board of the Exeter Pound. Originally trained in economics she has contributed to the New Economy series of booklets published by QPSW. She is also a member of Exeter Meeting's Sustainability Support Group and Britain Yearly Meeting Sustainability Committee.

Clíodhna Mulhern  is committed to the midwifing of a spiritually alive world that is socially just and where humans live in balance with all of life on earth. She has been active in Transition and is a member of Lancaster cohousing. Her workshops are designed to support our journey from a high consumption lifestyle to towards a life-affirming, sustainable and reverential relationship with earth. Themes in her work range from practical ways of living and working more sustainably to the shift in consciousness needed to create a new way of being human.

Andrew Taylor-Browne After a career as an academic, and another as a director of an international law firm, Andrew moved to a 60 acre farm in Cornwall where for the last 17 years, with his family and many volunteers, he has been planting a lot of trees, looking after a diverse collection of animals, growing fruit and vegetables, and exploring issues of permaculture, sustainability and spirituality. For more than 20 years he has been a Lay Minister with the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives.

Ian Marshall recently retired from teaching Systems thinking and low carbon living at the University of Lancaster. He is inspired by the transformative power of spiritual practices from a wide range of faith traditions. Ian is a member of Garstang Meeting and is a trustee of North and Central Lancashire Area Meeting.