I am an artist and a Reiki Practitioner (Master Teacher in training), originally from Hampshire and now living on the beautiful Isle of Mull in Scotland. My passion is balance; nature, natural healing and wellbeing. Moving forward, I hope to be able to re-introduce and develop on what I learned when I was as a recreational ranger - I am gradually adding to my Flora, Fauna & Folklore, Nature's Magick and Green Living pages. I also have experience in retail and hospitality and am currently working as a Receptionist at the Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa.
I completed a degree in Art at Portsmouth University in 1997. My journey into understanding the importance of our individual connection to nature, and each other, rapidly evolved after choosing a life off grid between 2006 and 2014.
In 2006 I completed a charity backpack from Land's End to John O'Groats, along with Daisy Dogsmucker, walking our beautiful National Trails raising money for the Rowans Hospice. You can read more about this in my personal blog Daisy's Walkies.
Scotland then became home for a while where I became a Recreational Ranger, and developed a particular interest in the magick of tree, plant and folklore. It was also here that I started my journey of Reiki in 2012, which, along with spending more time in nature, has transformed my life to be more healed and balanced. This process is helping me in becoming the best possible version on myself; experiencing more inner peace, happiness, and better able to navigate challenges as they arise, allowing myself to grow in wisdom and compassion as I continue forward.
I ran ranger activities in Scotland, from September 2008 and 2014. This too was a period of deep learning and a quest to find a better work-life balance living a greener lifestyle - a liberating and educational experience and a work in progress! It is lovely to help inspire others to take steps to do the same. I have a real passion for nature, especially woodland and mountain environments and this precious time off-grid re-awakened this interest and introduced me to the magical world of plant folklore. I ran ranger activities whilst being employed by Forest Holidays and the Camping & Caravanning Club before becoming a freelance ranger for two years.
The Stories of Fly Agaric are one of my favourites!
I then returned to Hampshire where I managed a Sue Ryder shop on Hayling Island for four years, then moved on to be an Activities & Wellbeing Co-coordinator at Cams Ridge Nursing Home (during the pandemic). I then joined the team full time at the Sustainability Centre on the South Downs, where I enjoyed learning more about charity fundraising, reception and hospitality skills and was promoted to Assistant Manager at the Eco B&B, Hostel and Campsite. Here I also proved successful at growing poly-tunnel tomatoes and it was here that I met James :).
Just before working at the Sustainability Centre, I met a local herbalist, Sarah Hillyer on a workshop, who later invited me to illustrate her book, The Search for the Elves Cure, this was an exciting adventure together! I also offer Artwork Services and you can find out more within my website.
I have also started my journey as a Connected Kids meditation teacher. This study will be continued at a slightly later date as I have now had the opportunity to study for two years to become a Reiki Master Teacher with my teacher Victoria Lyons at Lendrick Lodge. This means that I will soon be able to share the gift of Reiki in more ways, in addition to the Reiki sessions that I offer. I am also developing my Meditation pages, where I will share techniques and guides.
In August 2022 I returned to Scotland, this time to the beautiful Isle of Mull, to continue my adventures with James.
Some friends (who have played a part in encouraging my growth and following my dreams) started to call me Nix instead of Nikki. I never felt a true resonance with the name Nicola, a different part of me in my past and not my over-riding vibration.
I have since learned a Nix or Nixie is a type of water spirit or elemental, although I won't entice you into the water with singing and I'm not physically green - my aura perhaps, which colour is linked to nature and healing. In ancient Greece, Nyx, is a Greek Goddess and personification of the night. Nyx, stood at or near the beginning of creation and mothered other Dieties. Nix is also the name given to a natural satellite of Pluto.
So Who's Patrinia Oolana then?
It's still me! Patrinia Oolana is my soul name and it's vibration means, Bringer of Joy and Keeper of the Sacred Arts Wisdom. This was chanelled to me via Alphedia Arara from Elemental Beings who I feel very blessed to have met, along with other very special teachers, who have helped me in my journey to develop and embody the best version of myself for the benefit of all. I use this name for my creative work.
I also love nature photography, cycling, hiking, camping, meditation, tai chi (with Margaret Underwood in New Zealand who is part of my Reiki lineage), yoga, ballroom dancing and any new enriching adventures yet to discover!
See the Resources page for helpful links, books and my dedications to this website.