A blog for all those who attended the weekend workshop ‘This I discover experientially’ facilitated by Alison Leonard and Kevin Redpath at the wonderful Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre on the 5/6/7th February 2010 and for those interested in exploring the links between our pagan heritage and our Quaker faith and practice.

Alison is a writer, poet and teacher. Her life in writing extends from fiction for children and young adults, through drama for the stage and for BBC radio, to poetry and non-fiction books on life as a spiritual journey.

Her spiritual enquiries are ongoing, both as a Quaker and as a follower of goddess ways.

She has just been awarded a MA in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a member of Chester Meeting.

Kevin is a multi-media producer,wild swimmer and lover of the outdoors; which has been his greatest teacher. He loves inspiring young people about the timely relevance of Quaker values in the 21st Century and weaving together pagan traditions with Quaker worship and witness. He is a member of Street Meeting in Somerset.

This I discover experientially is the third workshop that Alison and Kevin have run at Woodbrooke.



  1. September 15, 2010 at 8:01 am

    A beautiful and inspirational blog. Thank you.

  2. Gerry Fahey said,

    March 25, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I stumbled across this while searching for information on Matthew Fox’s Original Blessing, for a talk I am giving at a Quaker open day in Australia this weekend. I am heartened that others, especially Quakers are working to reclaim Pagan.

  3. Staśa said,

    May 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Dear Alison and Kevin,

    I’ve had an active ministry among Pagan Friends in the US since 1997, facilitating worship, workshops, discussion groups, an email group, and more. Everywhere I’ve gone in the US and the UK, Pagan Quakers (and Quaker Pagans) have ‘come out’ to me.

    Cat Chapin-Bishop and I began facilitating the QuakerPagans/Pagan Quakers email discussion list in 2002; she no longer co-facilitates, due to lack of time (all those papers to grade), but is still a member of the list.

    I recently moved to the UK, and I look forward to connecting Pagan Friends here.

    I would love to talk more with both of you.

    In Friendship,
    Blessed be,
    Stasa Morgan-Appel

    • August 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Dear Stasa,

      Thank you so much for your comment on our blog. yes, it would be lovely to make contact. Alison and I have just returned from Woodbrooke – ‘The Goddess and the Green Man in the Quaker’. We had a wonderful group – creating a mandala, sharing stories around the fire, holding a meeting for worship in the Lickey Hills, singing, dancing, and writing a group poem, which we have published in this blog.

      In friendship,


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