Toni Spencer works with questions of deep ecology, resilience and ‘a politics of wonder’.
She designs and facilitates learning journeys for change agents, informed by the understanding that “we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for”. She creates spaces where grit, grief, messiness, and laughter are welcome, where innovation and wisdom can emerge, and essential un-learning can happen.
As a lecturer and course leader Toni has taught on the faculty of Schumacher College (Educational Practice, Ecological Facilitation as Leadership, Embodied Eco-literacy) and at Goldsmiths, University of London (EcoDesign). As a participatory artist she has worked with Encounters Arts and The Feral Kitchen, also taking ‘The Work That Reconnects’ to activist communities at Occupy London and elsewhere. She is a Trustee at ProcessworkUK and was on the Embercombe Council for 8 years.
With a BA in Fine Art and an MSC in Responsibility and Business Practice, Toni has trained in a diverse range of awakening practices and facilitation modalities, alongside many years of dancing, foraging and ‘living life as inquiry’. She is a mentor and teacher for Call of The Wild with Wildwise and Schumacher and is helping develop further courses at the college on themes of sacred activism.
As part of an ongoing commitment to re-wilding and mystery, in 2016 Toni took herself ‘to the desert’ to mark the initiatory journey of her menopause. At Findhorn, on Dartmoor and in the deserts of Jordan she fell more deeply in love with humanity, silence, and writing. She is still discovering what happens now.
Toni’s current passions include: Kali and the Sacred Fool; being a complete beginner at Kung Fu; and the wild green feasting that comes with a Devon spring.