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    Rachel May is the creative force behind the Oxford Storytelling Festival.  She is a teacher, a doula for both birth and death, and she supports people through times of transition.  In the last years of its run, she organised Art in Action with Simon Buchanan.  She lives with her three teenage daughters in London, but is often drawn to spend time in the wilds of Wales and Devon, where she  completed ‘Call of the Wild’with WildWise.  Rachel's aim in life is to find the living spirit in everything she does and then share it with others. Events are a key part of this: fire circles, small gatherings and festivals.   Increasingly dedicated to healing the wounds of Nature, storytelling and hearing the voices of Nature have become prominent in her work and she is excited and challenged to be sharing this festival with you.   

Rachel May

Rachel May is the creative force behind the Oxford Storytelling Festival.  She is a teacher, a doula for both birth and death, and she supports people through times of transition.  In the last years of its run, she organised Art in Action with Simon Buchanan.

She lives with her three teenage daughters in London, but is often drawn to spend time in the wilds of Wales and Devon, where she  completed ‘Call of the Wild’with WildWise.

Rachel's aim in life is to find the living spirit in everything she does and then share it with others. Events are a key part of this: fire circles, small gatherings and festivals. 

Increasingly dedicated to healing the wounds of Nature, storytelling and hearing the voices of Nature have become prominent in her work and she is excited and challenged to be sharing this festival with you.

 

  Chris Salisbury   Chris Salisbury set  WildWise  up in 1999 after many years of working as an education officer with Devon Wildlife Trust. With a background in the theatre, a training in therapy and a career in environmental education, Chris uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world.  He is the founder and artistic director of the Westcountry Storytelling Festival since 2002, and is excited to be involved in the creation of the new Oxford Storytelling Festival.  For the last six years he has been a staff member for the International Schools Theatre Association as an ensemble theatre teacher, and continues to tell stories and lead storytelling courses professionally. He is also a qualified dramatherapist.  Chris has 3 daughters, and his wife is expecting another baby in March 2018.

Chris Salisbury

Chris Salisbury set WildWise up in 1999 after many years of working as an education officer with Devon Wildlife Trust. With a background in the theatre, a training in therapy and a career in environmental education, Chris uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Westcountry Storytelling Festival since 2002, and is excited to be involved in the creation of the new Oxford Storytelling Festival.

For the last six years he has been a staff member for the International Schools Theatre Association as an ensemble theatre teacher, and continues to tell stories and lead storytelling courses professionally. He is also a qualified dramatherapist.

Chris has 3 daughters, and his wife is expecting another baby in March 2018.

  Victoria Whelan   Victoria Whelan produces albums, artwork, videos and events including 12 festivals in the last 8 years, including Dartington festivals in 2011, and the Tagore Festival featuring Deepak Chopra ,  Vandana Shiva and Satish Kumar, spanning 7 days, 4 venues, and 100 artists. She produced the first UK social justice festival, Interrogate, and helped deliver the world music festival Home with Suzanne Vega headlining.   Victoria was the festival co-ordinator for the Westcountry Storytelling Festival at Embercombe 2012 and marketing manager of the Winter Storytelling Festival in 2013.  However it is her  Seed Festival - Planting Big ideas  at Hawkwood College, Stroud launched in 2013 that is most dear to her heart.  Based on Dartmoor with her daughter,  she loves the deep, wild nature and snorkelling in warm water. 

Victoria Whelan

Victoria Whelan produces albums, artwork, videos and events including 12 festivals in the last 8 years, including Dartington festivals in 2011, and the Tagore Festival featuring Deepak ChopraVandana Shiva and Satish Kumar, spanning 7 days, 4 venues, and 100 artists. She produced the first UK social justice festival, Interrogate, and helped deliver the world music festival Home with Suzanne Vega headlining. 

Victoria was the festival co-ordinator for the Westcountry Storytelling Festival at Embercombe 2012 and marketing manager of the Winter Storytelling Festival in 2013.

However it is her Seed Festival - Planting Big ideas at Hawkwood College, Stroud launched in 2013 that is most dear to her heart.

Based on Dartmoor with her daughter,  she loves the deep, wild nature and snorkelling in warm water.