The Spirit of the Horse by Pam Billinge @pam_billinge @Blackbird_Bks #blogtour #bookreview #equine #therapy

The Spirit of the Horse written by Pam Billinge, publisher Blackbird Digital Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

When Pam follows her dream to a farmhouse with five acres in northern France, she is able to live alongside her horses for the first time. Here, in the heart of nature, deeper insights are revealed into the healing connection between horse and human and the incredible power of presence to transform. Might it be that learning to honour and communicate with another species helps us to reframe the way we perceive each other, as well as how we might see ourselves? A pioneer in embodied horse-led therapy and leadership development, Pam’s story is interwoven with those of inspiring individuals and groups she has supported: from people experiencing relationship breakdown to large organisations looking for culture change; from the bereaved or lonely to the confused wishing to explore what next. Steeped in simple wisdom, the stories offer the reader a pragmatic, mindful template for personal transformation. ‘It is with grace that horses lead us gently to a place where forgiveness is possible and self-compassion takes the place of contempt. They draw us into a non-linear dimension where we can sink into the infinity of the moment and know deep peace and harmony.’ – Pam Billinge

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The paperback is £9.99 and available to order from Waterstones, all good bookshops and the usual online platforms.

The ebook is £3.99 and available on:


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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Pam Billinge latest book: The Spirit of the Horse.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was approached to read Pam Billinge The Spirit of the Horse. I’m not a lover of horses in general but I appreciate their beauty. However, this is not a book about horses, far from it. It’s a book that opens your eyes, heart and mind giving us the insight of recognition why people react with situations, themselves and to others. Also it’s about how animals pick up on our emotions and how they can change feelings and atmospheres around us.

As an animal lover I understand how having a pet in your life can bring lightness, companionship and contentment. What Pam Billinge shows us is that there is an animal that can do all this and more and that is the horse. A humble animal that for centuries was used as a tool to move objects and transport people but now Pam with her expertise and patience brings to light a remarkable quality of the horse.

The Spirit of the Horse is a memoir of Pam’s plight to have her own equine centre for not only herself to appreciate these wonderful creatures but a centre to invite others to learn from the horses spirit and intelligence. This book journeys through years of struggle for the author to achieve her goal and she also talks through many and varied case files as a therapist she has witnessed.

I found myself thoroughly enraptured by this book and know I will pick it up often and re-read through a few cases when I feel my heart and mind needs a lift.

Pam Billinge has written an insightful, inspiriting, comforting and hopeful book.

I’d like to thank the publishers for bringing this book to my attention.

About the Author

Pam Billinge is a therapist, coach and author who specialises
in embodied horse-led learning. This unique approach relies
entirely on the emergent relational process between horse
and human. At her bases in the UK and in France, Pam
supports people of all nationalities, ages and walks of life with
their personal and professional development. Through her
workshops and her writing Pam wishes to share the healing
wisdom of horses whilst advancing the cause of this
sometimes much-misunderstood species. She hopes also
through her work to reconnect us with the natural world from
which we are too often separated.
Website: Pam Billinge- Be the person you want to be – Horse-led coaching, therapy, retreats and practitioner development

Twitter: @pam_billinge

Facebook: The Spell of the Horse | Facebook

Meditation for Children by Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72 @BHCPressBooks #blogtour #bookreview #meditationforchildren #mindfulness @annecater


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Meditation for Children: A Book of Mindfulness written by Shelley Wilson, illustrated by Phaedra Elson, publisher BHC Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

Author and meditation tutor Shelley Wilson takes you on a magical journey to a calm and happy place that you and your child will love.
Children of all ages can learn and enjoy the benefits of meditation.
Designed to help access creative abilities through relaxation and imagination, these stories help develop the necessary tools needed at a young age for lifelong healthy habits of managing stress and anxiety while also improving learning skills.
Meditation for Children is a simple way to introduce children to mindfulness through guided visualization. Includes a handy reference guide and instructions.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Shelley Wilson’s latest non-fiction book: Meditation for Children: A Book of Mindfulness.

As a mother of three children, who are now adults, I’ve experienced the ups and downs of the emotional roller coaster of growing up.  I’ve also had experience of working over 4 years with infant age children and over 13 years with secondary age children and I can totally appreciate each growth journey in a child’s life has new battles.

I found this self-help book by Shelley Wilson very easy to understand, I felt like the author was holding the reader’s hand as she took you through the guidance advice at the beginning of the book.  Shelley Wilson has written 10 short stories to be read aloud with your child that can be used for meditation purposes.  The author clearly shows at the beginning of each story how long it will take to read and she has kindly advised on areas to help and enhance the meditation piece.  I do believe that these stories could work for children of all ages as no-one is too old to let their imagination run free and to let themselves be in the moment of the story.

For the first few stories I read aloud to myself and I found that I was feeling a sense of calm as the words from the author were breaking down any stresses and strains from the day.

I thought the concept of the book was brilliant and perfect for all ages.  I totally believe meditation classes should be incorporated in to the school curriculum.  A must buy for parents, all schools and children’s hospitals.

About the Author

Shelley Wilson Author PictureShelley Wilson is an author and award-winning blogger, a meditation tutor, and qualified holistic health practitioner. She divides her writing projects between motivational non-fiction for adults and her young adult/teen fiction. Her non-fiction books combine lifestyle, motivation, and self-help with a healthy dose of humour, and her YA novels combine myth, legend, and fairy tales. Shelley was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire but raised in Solihull, West Midlands, UK, where she lives with her three children and a black cat called Luna. When she’s not focused on her writing you will find her spending time with her family, running, or cooking up a gluten-free meal.

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Twitter:  @ShelleyWilson72


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If Trees Could Talk by Holly Worton @hollyworton @bookollective #blogtour #bookexcerpt


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If Trees Could Talk: Life Lessons from the wisdom of the wood written by Holly Worton, publisher Tribal Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Book Blurb

All trees have a story.
Holly Worton has spent the last few years talking to trees – the birches, the oaks, the beeches and the sycamores.
You’re probably wondering: How is it that trees can talk? Is this for real?
Trees are living, breathing organisms which humans are able to connect and talk to on a deeper level through silent, telepathic communication.
Trees have a much broader perspective on life compared to humans. Trees can live hundreds and even thousands of years.
This means Trees have thousands of years of wisdom that we’re able to tap into. Talking to the trees can bring us back to our true selves and can reflect back to us the things we need to see in ourselves. It can also be a space for deep healing.
Living in the technology age, however, we spend our lives connected to computers, mobile phones, and video games. Consequently, we’ve become increasingly disconnected from ourselves and from Nature.
This book is meant to gently encourage you to get back to Nature and turn to the magic and the wisdom of the trees. By reconnecting to Nature, you can improve your relationship with yourself, which will help you make better, more aligned choices in your life.
This book is for you if:
You love Nature and the outdoors.
You feel like there’s something more to life, but you don’t know what that is.
You’re feeling disconnected from yourself, like your life has somehow gotten off track.
You feel like you don’t really know who you are anymore… or maybe you’ve never truly known yourself at all.
Life is going just fine, but you have the notion things could be much better.
Throughout this book, you’ll follow the author, Holly Worton on a journey of connecting on a deeper level with the wisdom of the trees. You’ll hear their stories, and you’ll be given a series of experiments to carry out, should you choose to do so. These will help you to connect with yourself through connecting with Nature, and they’ll open you up to the deep wisdom and healing that the trees can offer.
The trees will help you to get out of your head and into your body, so you can feel more deeply and truly experience all the JOY that life has to offer. They’ll add a new level of richness to your life that you have never thought possible.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Holly Worton’s latest book: If Trees Could Talk.  I have the pleasure of sharing an excerpt:


I remember exactly when I first began talking to trees: it was in May 2015. A couple of years prior, I had started getting weekly Akashic Records emails from my friend Vickie Young, and it was one of her messages that sparked a new chapter in my life and ultimately led to the creation of this project. The Akashic Records are an extensive library of energetic records of all souls, including their past, present, and possible future lives. It includes all events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intentions ever to have occurred in these past, present, or possible future lives. It’s like an archive of each person throughout all their lifetimes. It is thought that each soul has its own Records, like a set of encyclopedias where each book in the set represents a single lifetime. It’s the history — and future — of you, as a soul.

These Records can be quickly and easily accessed in a variety of different ways. There are plenty of training programs available online, and author Linda Howe shares in her books a simple prayer that she uses to access the Records. That’s how I first learned to access the Akashic Records myself, and it’s how I continue to do so today.

Even though I know how to access my own Records, I rarely take the time to do it, which is why I greatly value the weekly messages that I get from Vickie. They’re short and focused, and they often provide a starting point for my journaling and mindset work each week. I’ve been getting them on and off since 2013, and they’re a very important part of my personal development work. On this particular week, back in May 2015, I received the following message from Vickie and my Records Keepers:

This week Holly, when you are on your sacred walks, take a moment and listen to the plant spirits. They have so much to tell you and they want to share with you their knowledge of the medicine that plant people have for you and for others.

Hold your hands on a tree (you know, The Tree!) and just listen for a voice in an unexpected way. Feel the energy of the tree and notice how it is waking up and moving inside. Feel the energy of the tree inside of your body and notice that a chakra stirs up.

Notice this on each plant that you hold. You see…each plant that you come in contact with will have a healthy influence and message for you. All you have to do is listen and believe!

To be honest, I was a bit skeptical when I read this email. “Me? Talk to trees? I don’t know how to do that,” I thought. But later that week, when I went on my weekly Nature walk, I had the opportunity to give it a try when I got lost in the woods. In fact, I got lost so many times, I turned an 11.6 mile (18.6 km) walk into a 16.7 mile (26.8 km) walk. I was on a route from Milford to Haslemere in Surrey, England, and I was following the directions that I had printed out. I didn’t have a map with me, which was not unusual at the time because, at this point in my life, I often went walking without a map. Later, I would go on to do more training in outdoors leadership and navigation, and I became much more careful on my walks: always walking with a paper map and compass for navigation, with the OS Maps app on my phone as a backup.

But back in 2015, I was a bit reckless. I did most of my walking in the lowlands of Surrey, which always felt like a safe environment to wander around in. Unlike in the hills of California — where I grew up — in Surrey, there were no bears, mountain lions, or rattlesnakes to worry about. It always felt relatively harmless, which had led me to put caution to the side when I went out walking.

Before I got lost for the first time that day, I remembered my weekly message from the Records Keepers, and I stopped to connect with the trees. I walked up to one at random, and I put my hands on its bark. I immediately heard the message: “It’s okay.” The words sounded clearly in my head, in a calm, male voice. I remembered to focus on my chakras, as the message from my Records Keepers had suggested, and I felt movement in my throat center as the energy shifted. It made sense that my fifth chakra would be activated, as I was focusing on communication with the trees. The fifth energy center, or throat chakra, is the one that’s related to communication and expression.

I was confused by the tree’s message: “It’s okay.” What did that mean? That was all the tree had to say to me, and at that point, I didn’t understand what it meant. I assumed that I must have gotten something wrong, and that I was missing another part of the message. After all, I was new to this tree communication thing. I went to another tree, hoping to get more information, but it repeated the same message, albeit in a different male voice. Once again, I felt movement in my throat chakra. It was as though new avenues of communication were stirring within me, yet I couldn’t understand what the trees were actually trying to tell me.

Their message wasn’t clear (or so I thought), but I resolved to continue on my walk and try again later. I assumed that because I was new at tree communication, I either wasn’t getting the full details, or I didn’t understand the words I had been given. However, I would soon understand that “It’s okay” was all I needed to hear for me to know exactly what action to take next.

About the Author

Holly Worton is a podcaster and author of nine books who helps people get to know themselves better through connecting with Nature, so they can feel happier and more fulfilled. Holly enjoys spending time outdoors, walking long-distance trails and exploring Britain’s sacred sites. She’s originally from California and now lives in the Surrey Hills, but has also lived in Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. Holly is a member of the Druid order OBOD.

Holly ran her first business for ten years, building it up to become a multi-million-dollar enterprise. When she went into the coaching world she was confident that she had the business and marketing skills she needed to set up a new company. And she did – but she struggled to grow her new venture quickly because she encountered fears, blocks, and limiting beliefs that she didn’t even know she had.

She discovered that pushing forward and taking action just wasn’t enough. She needed to transform her mindset and release her blocks, as this was the only way to take the right actions to move her new business forward. Thus began her journey of intense personal development through deep mindset work, which transformed her existing coaching business into a focus on helping people with their business mindset.

Eventually, she realized that she wanted to devote her time to helping people through her writing, and she let go of her mindset business to focus on her books. Now, Holly continues to write about mindset, long-distance walking, and connecting to Nature.