Ten years ago Kesty founded the Red Hearth House, a retreat for women and girls each summer. Many local women were deeply nourished by the time spent in solitude, and at workshops and ceremonies that took place at the dedicated roundhouuse. Kesty initiated and still mentors three Girls Circles that continue to meet on the land each month. The Moon Daughters, Wolf Sisters and Storm Sisters Circles are now organised by mums. Last winter six felted wool panels were stitched by many of the visiting women and girls as a practical installation to insulate the roundhouse. The Red Thread Project was the vision of Kesty and a local textile artist, who invited stories to be stitched on the wool in red thread.
Kesty loves her family, home and woodland and has no aspirations to travel outside the beautiful famous Laurie Lee Slad Valley. She is in a new phase in her life with her two children grown up.
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Kesty Jakes is an artist, healer and guide with nearly thirty year’s experience of facilitating and initiating sacred circles. Kesty holds ceremonies in nature to mark the turning of the year and rites of passage. She has initiated women’s and girls’ circles in her local community of Stroud. Kesty founded Gloucestershire’s first red tent – The Red Hearth House 2009-2017, a month retreat for women held in June each year. See Red Tent Directory
“…we did it together. It is natural for us all to be included, and that is an outcome of ceremony. A blessing on your courage in making it happen.” Josie
Training and some of my teachers
Circles – I am passionate about the power of meeting in circles and have practiced Ancient Council with Pippa Bondy. Participating in circles has given me such a rich and deep understanding of myself and others.
Ritual – I studied with Margaret Kennnedy and took part in 10 day Ceremonies following the Sumerian legend, the Descent of Inanna.
Dreams – are a constant guide and source of wisdom to me. I am grateful to the training in Dreamwork skills I was given with Maggie Peters.
Drama Therapy inspired me to help set up Stroud Playback Theatre Company which ran for eight years.
Community building – I am a trained teacher with Co-Counselling International.
Taijiwuxigong & Buqi Healing – My daily practice. I have studied with Pog Eng San and Dr Shen.
Forest School – I completed Leadership Training Level Three.