Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and international teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today.
Praise for The Long Delirious Burning Blue
‘Hugely potent. A tribute to the art of storytelling that is itself an affecting and inspiring story.’ The Independent on Sunday
‘Powerful (reminiscent of The English Patient), filmic, and achieving the kind of symmetry that novels often aspire to, but rarely reach.’ The Scotsman
Praise for If Women Rose Rooted
‘Mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense. This is an anthem for all we could be. It’s an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times.’ Manda Scott, author of the ‘Boudica’ series & ‘Into the Fire’
‘A powerful and inspiring exploration of the female relationship with landscape.’ Melissa Harrison, author of the Costa-Shortlisted ‘At Hawthorn Time’
Praise for The Enchanted Life
‘A master of her craft, Blackie weaves beautiful threads of folklore, psychology, history, philosophy, and much more into this remarkable work, reminding the reader of the magic inherent in all of our lives, whether we live in the suburbs, the city, or a remote wind-swept island. I will walk differently through our world after reading this book.’ Emily Urquhart, author of ‘Beyond the Pale’
Work with me
Please visit this page to find out about opportunities to work with me, and for information about forthcoming workshops and lectures in Europe and North America.
‘If women remember that once upon a time we sang with the tongues of seals and flew with the wings of swans, that we forged our own paths through the dark forest while creating a community of its many inhabitants, then we will rise up rooted, like trees. And if we rise up rooted, like trees … well then, women might indeed save not only ourselves, but the world.’
Sharon Blackie, If Women Rose Rooted
The Art of Enchantment
Please do visit my blog, ‘The Art of Enchantment’, to discover what I’m working on and thinking about now. Below you’ll find three of my most-loved posts.
‘Ultimately, to live an enchanted life is to pick up the pieces of our bruised and battered psyches, and to offer them the nourishment they long for. It is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary. Above all, to live an enchanted life is to fall in love with the world all over again.’
Sharon Blackie, The Enchanted Life
The Hedge School — a physical location as well as a virtual space — aims to offer academically sound, up-to-date resources which are free to all, as well as personally transformative teachings in the native culture, folklore and traditions of the Celtic lands. It is steeped in what we call ‘applied mythology’: it’s about practical guidance for living well, living authentically, connecting with our places, and finding a deep, embodied sense of belongingness to this wide, beautiful Earth. Ultimately, it’s about building a new folk culture.
Join us here, for deep-rooted teachings (online courses, workshops and residential retreats) in myth, wild mind, and enchantment.