Sarah Petch (Skincare Formulator)

Christie Harley

Ali Thomas

Sarah McMillan & Ashana Karula Ra

Marjolaine Ryley

Marjolaine is a PhD researcher in Fine Art at Newcastle University. Her practice encompasses photography, creative writing, plant-made imagery and participatory practice to explore collaborative plant-human encounters in the vegetal world. She also has an RHS Level 2 qualification in Horticulture enjoys getting muddy in her experimental allotment/laboratory.

Dr Nicolette Perry

Professor Elaine Perry

Neuroscientist and curator at Dilston Physic Garden

Darren Harper

Darren is an adult educator focused on philosophy, literature and creative writing. He has a 1st class honours degree in English & Creative Writing as well as a PGCE (Lifelong Learning). Darren’s work takes him around the UK teaching on residential courses in all three subjects and he has begun to offer a range of online courses at He is also writing his first philosophy book, Encounters and Reflections: An Introduction to Philosophy, which he plans to release later this year.

Ocean Zen – Tova Crossland

Katrina Padmore, Horticultural Therapist

Katrina has worked in horticulture for many years and now runs a horticultural therapy project, as well as nature-based retreats and workshops. She co-runs the Heavenly Herb Company with her husband Ross. She is also an ordained interfaith minister with a particular interest in funerals and in helping people create living funeral plans.