Hello, I'm Maddy.

I'm a coach, writer and curator of nature-inspired retreats for wildhearted creative women seeking slower, more purposeful lives.

I love woolly jumpers, rainy days and cosy gatherings. Undiscovered places, wild landscapes, starry skies and Earl Grey tea. That hopeful feeling that only comes with the start of a new year or a new notebook. Crackling campfires. Misty mornings. The smell of wood smoke. Sunday lunch.

My days are shared with my husband, Jack - a forester - and our small-but-mighty Border Terrier pup, Teddy. We spent most of 2018 living under canvas in the South Downs, looking after a field of shepherd's huts and their guests, but now we're back home in our little Victorian terrace in North Oxfordshire and ready for new adventures.  Together we’re crafting a simple life we love, inspired at every step by the changing seasons and a desire to tread softly on this beautiful world of ours.

It’s long been my belief that things worth doing should be done wholeheartedly. To me, that means I would always rather take the long way round: write with pen and paper, cook from scratch, camp, walk, choose handmade or locally-grown. By taking time over small moments, seeking joy in the everyday, and seeing life as a meandering journey rather than a race, we allow ourselves the space and permission to step back from all the noise and listen to our hearts. To draw our own maps, and follow our own paths. To realise that there's more than one version of success, and that maybe less truly is more. That's the beauty of a slow adventure.

Within these pages you will find stories of considered living, shared with the hope of offering comfort and inspiration. You can also read more about upcoming and past events, sign up for my monthly letters, or write me a note. If you enjoy spending time here and would like to connect with a beautiful community of likeminded souls, come and join me over on Instagram and Facebook.

I'm so happy you found your way here, and I'd love to hear the tales of your adventures too. They come in many forms, whether at home or in the wild, and the greatest one of all can be found in discovering that it’s often the simplest of things that make us truly happy.