Who we are

The work listed on this site is held by a team of people in South Devon.  Here’s a bit about us..

Sophy Banks: Lead facilitator

Sophy has worked as a therapist, family constellator and workshop

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leader. Her understanding of the importance of grief work started through attending workshops of Joanna Macy and Sobonfu Some and has continued through more recent work with Maeve Gavin. In 2006 as Transition Town Totnes was coming into being Sophy co-founded the “Heart and Soul” group, addressing the inner aspects of re-imagining and rebuilding resilient, local ways of living. As the global Transition movement came into life she taught people and groups around the world about this positive, holistic model for creating a vibrant future for everyone.

Sophy is passionate about creating healthy human culture at all levels of scale, and sees that shared practices to express and hear our grief is a fundamental part of what brings us to right relationship to ourselves and those around us.

Originally trained as an engineer and a keen footballer, in 2005 Sophy left the football pitches of Hackney Marshes and moved to Devon, where she grows vegetables and can still just about get up the hills on her bike.

Jeremy Thres: Lead facilitator

Jeremy ThresFounder of not for profit organisation Regenco, Jeremy’s interest in regenerating and reintegrating Land, People and Spirit led him to be involved in wilderness oriented rites of passage work and it was within that that he first learned the importance of grief tending. Alone in the wilds he was able to release pent up grief held from many years before, and with that release something else could flood in. Internally though he was told he now had to learn how to do that with people, and it has been through this grief tending in community work that has most deeply made that possible.

He found time with Martin Prechtel deeply inspirational in relation to this, as has been touching in with Malidoma, Joanna Macy and playing a support role and participating in work with Maeve. Community based grief tending has enabled the surfacing and release of layers of grief he didn’t know he held. http://regenco.wordpress.com

Mel Lamb, facilitator

Mel Lamb has many years’ experience of designing and facilitating workshops and teaching in a wide variety of settings. With a background in Community Arts, Activism, City farms, Intentional Community, Compassionate Communication, Grief Tending and Permaculture, she is a trained facilitator, play-worker and artist. She has developed and managed the High Heathercombe Centre on Dartmoor for the past twelve years.

Mel has a deep commitment to supporting and creating work that contributes to regenerative, earth cherishing culture and personal and cultural healing. She is continuously inspired and resourced by the wild beauty of Dartmoor and meditation practice.

You can find links to others holding grief spaces here