Author Archives: Helen Cranston

About Helen Cranston

Helen's primary work takes her to Sinai, Egypt as Project Manager for the Makhad Trust. She continues to work as a Nutritonal Therapist on an occasional basis and has over 20 years experience.

Sinai journeys

On April 24 there is a collaborative journey to build a dam between Green and Away volunteers and SKGR (Self Knowledge Global Responsibility).  This is the next Makhad Trust journey to Sinai and we will be building the 12th dam … Continue reading

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Musings on Leadership

Ever since I took on the role of co-ordinator of Green and Away, I have worried and agonised over my leadership style.  There are so many ways to lead, some good and some uphelpful and not every style is applicable … Continue reading

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Winter Stillness

Two days ago I went for a walk in Randwick Woods near my home.  There had been snow two days before but now there was bright blue sky and cold still air.  The snow had melted a little and then … Continue reading

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Courage to make a difference

In a recent blog, I mentioned three women who inspired me, Poly Higgins, Clare Dakin and Scilla Elworthy. However they are not the only women who have given me a longing to make a difference to the world. Jay Griffiths … Continue reading

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Nature as Inspiration

This week I went to the Natural History Museum with my daughter to see the Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. There were hundreds of the most extraordinary photographs of animals, birds, insects, mountains, flowers – in fact almost … Continue reading

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Be inspired!

Yesterday I was googling information about a speaker for the forthcoming Resurgence Readers Weekend conference due to be held at Green and Away this summer, and it started me thinking about people who inspire me. The speaker I was looking … Continue reading

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What does it feel like to be on a desert retreat?

I have just found this video of Peter Owen-Jones talking about his three week retreat experience in a cave in Sinai.  His recounting of his experience is an inspiration as he relates the significance of taking time out of our … Continue reading

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The Queen of Retreats endorses the Makhad Desert Retreat

The Queen of Retreats has featured the Makhad Desert Retreat on her stunning online magazine. The Queen is Caroline Sylger Jones, a professional author & journalist who recently placed Makhad Retreat as one of the top 20 retreats in the world in her … Continue reading

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Desert Retreat with Peter Owen Jones

Today The Times is running an article on the Top 20 Retreats in the World and the Makhad Trust retreats are in there! Maverick vicar and TV presenter Peter Owen Jones will be leading two spiritual retreats in the Sinai … Continue reading

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The quiet and stillness of deep winter

It is nearly the end of the year and a good time to review the highlights of the last year and set intentions for the new year.  This time between Christmas and New Year feels like a present – stolen … Continue reading

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