How I work
As a mentor and nature based soul guide, I bring 25 years experience of multiple modalities to support emergent soul-centric maturity and full spectrum engagement with life. I provide intuitive support, creative inspiration, resilience resourcing, fierce-compassion, humour, integrity, kindness and commitment. I encourage people to shine their light on their ‘path’, personally and professionally, and to facilitate deepening awareness, responsibility and choice-fulness about the narrative lenses through which we perceive and engage with our lives, our relationships and the beautiful planet we live on.
Shamanism is at the core of my offerings and the recognition that nature is our true nature and all life is precious and sacred. Contemporary scientific awareness, ancient indigenous wisdom and the dance of the cosmic joker - who knows he doesn’t know - are the three pillars of my approach.
I work collaboratively with my mentees to develop personalised approaches to the journey we embark on together. I love exploring creative possibilities for evolution and transformation on the path to becoming more and more unapologetically who we are: unique creative beings in an interdependent web of life. This is not psychotherapy, though it may well be therapeutic. This is not 'coaching' though ‘coaching’ may well play a part. Shamanism is at the core of these offerings and the recognition that nature is our true nature and all life is precious and sacred.
Generally, we find a pattern that works for both of us that alternates between more ‘conversational’ mentoring sessions and deeper ‘embodiment practices’.
What medicine tools I use
I work with many modalities and dynamics.
Mentoring - soul-story guidance; reviewing and rewriting the stories we carry regarding the past, present and future in relation to all areas of our life in a form of conversations giving a conceptual, creative, intuitive psycho-emotional and spiritual support and guidance. If invited, I offer fiercely compassionate self-enquiry.
Embodied practices - tools from the maps and cosmology of Movement Medicine
Ancient medicines - Cabana rituals- sweat lodges in a linage of Great Mother and the Four Elements initiated by XamAM Alba Maria from Terra Mirim; sacred plants: Cacao, Rapé and Sananga
Wild Soul, Wild Mind - maps based on teachings of Bill Plotkin, Animas Valley Institute: SoulCraft, Wild Mind, Nature and the Human Soul, Journey of Soul Initiation
Nature Immersions and the medicine of the Elements - PachaMama is our Master
If you are interested in knowing more I am more than happy to jump on an exploratory call with you.
The bulk of our work together is likely to be online via zoom. Though I welcome and relish time together in person especially on the land. We can explore opportunities as they arise. It goes without saying that it is essential to have a stable internet connection and to be in a space where you can be as authentically yourself as possible. Ideally where you feel safe enough to talk and maybe make a lot of noise without freaking out family, friends, colleagues, neighbours. We will work with whatever is possible. For the movement sessions it is good to have a decent speaker or bluetooth headphone.
I offer a number of ‘off the peg’ mentoring programmes that explore the power of embodied transformation. These are adaptable to suit individual needs. Examples include:
The primary focus on this ‘Soul Re-sourcing’ journey is on ‘soul retrieval’ and ‘creative energetic evolution’ through deep imaginal journeying, movement medicine, self-enquiry and feedback with fierce compassion - Terra Mirim* style. This is a unique opportunity to explore, take responsibility, reclaim your power and rewrite the stories you tell about yourself in all areas of your life. By making peace with our past and those parts of our psyche that ‘protect’ us we can empower our present and dream into being the life we were born to live. All holes are holy in our wholeness.
*Terra Mirim Foundation (Bahia, Brazil) is the home community of my teacher, master shaman and psychologist, XamAM Alba Maria. XamAM is known for fiercely compassionate, deeply insightful and precise ‘no nonsense’ approach. She also has a wicked sense of humour.
Mentoring and Self Enquiry- soul-story guidance; reviewing and rewriting the stories we carry regarding the past, present and future in relation to all areas of our life. Form - conversational, conceptual, creative, intuitive psycho-emotional, spiritual support
Embodied soul work - hand picked tools from the maps and cosmology of Movement Medicine. This may include
ELEMENTAL BEINGS - explorations of the elements; earth, air, fire, water, ether at the core of nature and the ground of our own being
CHAMBERS OF THE HEART - explorations of the emotional landscapes of the heart
RELATIONSHIP DYNAMICS AND DIMENSIONS OF BEING - explorations of relationships with Self, Other, Community, Ancestors, Descendants, Source.
VICIOUS CIRCLES VS MEDICINE CIRCLE
SELF ENQUIRY about Power, Responsibility, Wildness, Money, Work, Creative expression
SEER PROCESS - Systemic Essential Energy Retrieval - embodied Soul Retrieval
Nature Immersions/Ancient rituals if on the land
Home Work - practices and motivational engagement
Soul - Resourcing is the Initiatory, 22 session Mentoring Programme I offer through Awakening The Wild - taster version possible. Through this intimate journey you will gather fundamental embodiment tools and resources from Movement Medicine and many other shamanic, nature based and ‘soul-centric’ practices. You will work, play and pray with the raw materials of your life that are emergent for you each step of the way . By the end of the 22 sessions you will have learnt to use my version of the Movement Medicine SEER* Process and will have acquired a range of tools for you to continue your journey of wholing, self-healing and living a soul-centric / ecocentric life in your own way and at your own pace. If you choose we can then explore further ongoing work together.
Soul Re-sourcing introduces elements of and is a prerequisite for other programmes: Magnificent Happenings - Embodied Nature and Wild Soul - The Whole Story. All of the above are recommended prerequisites for advanced Movement Medicine work with me, including Phoenix Resurrection, Initiation and Apprenticeship.
MAGNIFICENT HAPPENINGS - EMBODIED NATURE
An epic deep dive into the Movement Medicine maps and the nature of your psyche. Coming home to wholeness through self-healing, soul and the remembrance that our own wild nature is nature itself
WILD SOUL - THE WHOLE STORY
A deep immersion in the Nature Based Map of the Human Psyche and the teachings of Bill Plotkin / Animas Valley Institute: SoulCraft, Wild Mind, Nature and the Human Soul, Journey of Soul Initiation
PHOENIX RESURRECTION - Is a powerful DIY shamanic healing tool developed by the Founders of Movement Medicine, Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan, for working creatively with the stories that provoke havoc and pain in our lives. We call the characters that hold these stories our ‘understudies’. The Phoenix Process enables us to increase our understanding of the dynamic balance of ego and soul within the psyche. It is a methodology for healing personal and transgenerational trauma in a safe, strongly held space. The Phoenix sits at the centre of the Movement Medicine Mandala.
"Keef Wesolowski Miles, who is my friend, peer, and mentor, has space for new clients. I started my men’s group work journey with Keef, which he held with SO MUCH compassion, integrity, wisdom, and humour. He’s big into getting people back in their bodies and DANCING, as am I. It’s good shit. I also did a 5-week shamanic soul-retrieval process with him. I was amazed by how it was almost the perfect synthesis of many things I’d been studying - Jungian psychology, IFS parts work, trauma theory, etc. All wrapped up into a neat symbolic package. And again, he held it so well - it very much felt like I was in safe hands. I highly recommend Keef and his work. Get in touch if you fancy it"
“Keef is an exceptionally gifted practitioner. His ability to hold space, even for very deep processes, to intuit and to channel divine flow allow me to really trust and surrender into the process. As a therapist myself, I truly appreciate Keef’s rare gift and the results I get from working with him. Our sessions give me the opportunity to explore and express, to reprogram and to move forward refreshed".
Carolin Zeitler, Dance Therapist & Alchemist
My Commitment to You
ARC OF INTEGRITY
We will always work with the arc of integrity: preparation-process-integration.
The mentoring I offer is as a nature based guide to wholeness and self-healing.
This is likely to look less like counselling or psychotherapy and more like power beside journeying. If at any point we come to the realisation between us that you would benefit from guidance in other fields of expertise, either as a complement to or as an alternative to our work together, we can discuss this and I will do my best to refer you to trusted colleagues or at least point you in the right direction. I know many of my strengths and many of my limitations and will undoubtedly discover more along the way, as will you.
I love the saying: “The difference between you and a master, is a master has failed more times than you have tried”
Part of the power of this work is authentic humanness, and the power of witnessing and being witnessed. Therefore, I am likely to be much more open about my personal life and experiences than, for example, a psychotherapist may be. Because of this there is an assumed level of self-development and psycho-emotional-spiritual wholeness, from the outset of this journey. This work isn’t for everyone. That is why It is important to resonate with each other before we embark on a journey together.
I will invite you to do plenty of self-reflection, wholeness resourcing practices, explore deepening invitations and to wander in nature frequently. I will only ever invite explorations that I have engaged in myself. For the duration of our time together, including between sessions and in dreamland, I will journey deeply alongside you.
I am committed to ongoing study and continued professional development. I am also likely to recommend reading material to assist you on your journey. The key word here
is invitation, not obligation. It is your soul-centring journey of wholeness and self-healing and it is entirely up to you how deep, down and dirty and how high, wide and glorious you choose to go.
RESPECT FOR CREATIVE AUTONOMY and SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
I am not interested in rescuing you, only in being by your side as you remember the magnificent and unique creative being you were born to be. This is about medicine circles rather than vicious circles.
Trust is key. Our work together is absolutely sacred and confidential. I do speak with a supervisor for professional development, support and accountability but I rarely name names. Either way they work with a strict ethic of confidentiality as well. Exceptions. Danger of self harm or harm to others. Preferably I would co-plan with you an intervention strategy, but I reserve the right to inform appropriate professionals if absolutely necessary. Child Abuse and other violent crime disclosures. I am obliged to report this and will endeavour to work with you in finding the best approach to this.
What I need from you
The most important invitation is for you to be entirely yourself. Please turn up to our sessions unapologetically as you are at that moment. No need to prove, pretend, posture, impress. I am really not interested in sugar-coated shit. So whatever your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual state on any given day, or any given moment, please be honest with yourself and with me. Please always bring your courage and vulnerability, your curiosity, humour, patience and ‘authentic self’. By this I mean - what is emergent? What is asking to be Felt? What is asking to be Expressed? What is asking to die? What is asking to be born?
COMMITMENT and COMMUNICATION
The more you commit to your unfolding soul journey and our work together the closer
I will be by your side. And of course, life happens. All I ask for is clear and honest communication and I will do the same.
SELF LED PRACTICE
The real soul work is in your own day to day dance of life, deepening your remembering that ‘our true nature is nature’ and discovering ways to embody the mytho-poetic essence of your soul calling. It is a journey home to belong to yourSELF, to the community of humans and perhaps most importantly to this one precious home we call Mother Earth.
As XAMAM often reminds me - ‘True liberation requires discipline’
Please honour any financial arrangement we agree to
I ask for 24 hours’ notice for cancellations/rescheduling. I will give you as much notice as
I can if I occasionally need to rearrange
SOBRIETY and COMPLETION
Finally, please attend our sessions sober. This is not the place for drugs or alcohol. Also, however long you work with me, if and when the time comes to move on I strongly request that you attend a ‘final session’. It is important to reach coherent closure and, in my experience, younger wounded parts of ourselves can get scared of significant change and freak out right at the threshold of stepping into the true life your soul has been yearning for. So it is good to show up to a final session to be absolutely sure in yourself which part of you has decided to call it quits.
As far as possible it is good to commit to the whole programme and to a regular rhythm of weekly sessions. Life happens and we can creatively adapt as we go:
When we do deep soulwork, younger/wounded/avoidant/sabotaging aspects of our psyche may try to bail out with a whole range of ‘good excuses’. Especially when we are on the edge of great transformations and ego-deaths; which is fine, as they are only trying to protect you, but it is good to be aware of this possibility. Ultimately it is about your ‘wholing’ and ‘self-healing’ and it is entirely your choice.
NO ONE EXCLUDED BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL CHALLENGES.
We are living in difficult times where many of us need support, including financial support. If you would love to go deeper into this journey but have financial concerns, please talk to me about your circumstances and I will try to accommodate your needs.
Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Love, respect and gratitude
As a group leader and guide, I bring 25 years experience of multiple modalities to support emergent soul-centric maturity and full spectrum engagement with life. I provide intuitive support, creative inspiration, resilience resourcing, fierce-compassion, humour, integrity, kindness and commitment. I encourage people to shine their light on their ‘path’, personally and professionally, and to facilitate deepening awareness, responsibility and choice-fulness about the narrative lenses through which we perceive and engage with our lives, our relationships and the beautiful planet we live on.
Shamanism is at the core of my offerings and the recognition that nature is our true nature and all life is precious and sacred. Contemporary scientific awareness, ancient indigenous wisdom and the dance of the cosmic joker - who knows he doesn’t know - are the three pillars of my approach. I have been teaching as a fully qualified Movement Medicine teacher for over a decade and I am an initiate on the path of the Great Mother and the Four Elements as guided by shaman XamAM Alba Maria - TerraMirim, Bahia, Brazil. I am also a multi-qualified Yoga teacher. I am currently a trainee ‘Wild Mind Mentor’ studying the work of Bill Plotktin and Animas Valley and am a student of the trauma informed Coaches Rising programme Power of Embodied Transformation. I offer Wild Mentoring for men, women and couples, Golden Soul Journeys for Men in nature, Wild Heart Sharing Circles for Men and mixed group Awakening The Wild offerings with my wife Aluna, including sweat lodge rituals, cacao ceremonies, embodied practices, nature immersions. My soul song manifests through poetry and prose as ‘Pachapapa’.