2015: people, planet and plastic!

On the TV:

2015 saw me presenting and producing half an hour of daily, prime time TV for Made in Bristol. From sewage to strictly, here are some of my highlights!

 

On the banks of the River Avon:

refill bristolIn Spring 2015, I formed City to Sea, a collective of local organisations, practitioners, scientists, marine biologists & campaigners addressing the problem of marine plastic at a city level. Our objectives are to reduce the amount of plastic litter flowing from Bristol into the Severn Estuary, by phasing out single-use plastics and creating a replicable model that can be shared with other coastal and river based cities. Have a look at the website for more info on our campaigns, Refill Bristol and Switch the Stick!

ITV West Country, BBC Radio Bristol and Made in Bristol TV have been supporting and following the journey.

 

On a raft made of plastic:

On World Oceans Day I launched the music video to my song, Burden, a year to the day after the crowdfunder that made it all happen. 15% of iTunes downloads and 100% of Bandcamp downloads go to Surfers Against Sewage Marine Litter Team. Hugest of thanks to everyone who backed it, especially Bristol 2015, The Wave, Bristol Water, Wessex Water, At Bristol, Bristol Aquarium, Reflex Marine and Bristol Port for their support!

 

Here’s to 2016! Thanks for your interest and please subscribe to my youtube channel for regular updates, interviews, plastic-free tips and more!

 

Presenter, producer, poet and plastic-free promoter!

Thanks to all who supported my Seas Initiative campaign last summer! The film is due for release 08/06/15 – that’s World Oceans Day – and one year since I launched the successful crowdfunder. You can find me every day on Made in Bristol TV, presenting and producing The Source, Bristol’s only daily ‘what’s on’ TV show.

And often down on the riverbanks of the Avon, raising awareness about marine plastic. More on that coming soon.

This clip is from the high tide, late February 2015 …

And this one, from the week after …

Please join me at the Surfers Against Sewage BIG SPRING BEACH CLEAN 2015 this month. Event details for Bristol here.

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Seas Initiative: krilliant news!

For the month of June I ran a crowd-funding campaign to raise £5000 for the production of a song and music video to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution.

There were huge ups and downs; keeping the momentum going for a month, the perils of an ‘all or nothing’ platform, the uncertainty, the joys of incoming pledges!

However what I hadn’t anticipated were the conversations, dreams and relationships that would unfold throughout the campaign. It’s as if the world I live in has gone from being land-based to encompassing the ocean; both life in and on the sea has opened up to me in response to me campaigning for its health.

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You see I’m a total landlubber; I get seasick on barges, am a terrible swimmer and am afraid of being on the water. Or at least I was. But it wasn’t the sea that first spoke to me. It was the decline of the Laysan Albatross on the Midway Islands, portrayed so powerfully by Chris Jordan, that moved me. I had to do something.

Some months later, during a meditation, I realised a recent song I’d written would fit perfectly over a music video about marine plastic pollution. And so I set about looking at ways to fund it. Initially I tried approaching companies, one at a time, asking if they’d sponsor it. But £5000 was a lot for one company to risk on a girl with good intentions but no proven track record in smash hit singles!

Through one of my many calls to multinational companies, I struck up a rapport with a head of sustainability. We shared many of the same values and passions and whilst he couldn’t support me through the company, he encouraged me to try crowdfunding.

Initially I didn’t like the idea. Asking my friends and family for money. Times are hard, and we’ve all got our favourite charities and projects to support. So I let it go, feeling like I’d given it a good shot and just wasn’t able to do it.

Some months later, I saw World Oceans Day was approaching and with it, a gnawing sense of failure. I wanted this to happen! I didn’t want to give up! So I got in touch with Crowdfunder and spent the next two weeks getting ready to launch the campaign.seas-initiative-thank-you

Seas Initiative: the crowdfunder.

The month of the campaign was a rollercoaster however I had the support of a great friend and project manager, Ali Rowe, who kept reminding me to keep the faith, to wipe the frown from my forehead and keep plugging away! And I had the online support of Bristol Pound as I was the first Crowdfunder campaign to accept my city’s local currency via their Txt2Pay system!

The middle two weeks were the hardest, pledges dropped off almost altogether and I had regular freak outs, melt downs and wobbles. Then it all kicked back in and I got the buy-in of an amazing array of Bristol businesses; one after the other came on board and before I knew it, I’d reached the target with a few days left to overfund.

In total, Seas Initiative raised around £2000 in personal pledges, and £4500 in business pledges – smashing the £5000 target!  

The support I received means that I can now go forth and produce the song, music video, website and outreach programme to help switch hundreds of thousands of people on to restoring and protecting our oceans from plastic pollution. Which makes me very happy indeed.

Back to the ocean. A week before the end of the project I spent a weekend with Ali by the sea. We played, rested and prayed … knowing that we’d done all we could do and the rest was in the hands of the gods. In typical ‘the ocean is a scary place’ style I got stung by something unidentifiable during the one time I went in for a swim; happily I lived to tell the tale. Since then I’ve dreamed of the sea every night for ten days; boats, ocean journeys, whales, dolphins and last night … sharks. Nice dreams, bold dreams, facing my fear dreams.

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And, as a result of my campaigning, I’ve been offered a place on board eXXpedition: an all women’s voyage to make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our bodies to the toxics in our seas. To me this is perhaps the ultimate reward from putting my heart and soul into a project I’m passionate about – the gift of expanding my comfort zone! Of course I’ll have to raise my passage first, for which I’ll be approaching some of the bigger companies who support this kind of research and mission. If you’re reading this with business investment eyes then you can read more here – and of course I’d be happy to hear from you!

For now though, the focus is on the production of the song, the film and the website. Watch this space for more news and …

THANK-YOU FOR SUPPORTING SEAS INITIATIVE!

natalie-dave

x

the everyday alchemist’s happiness handbook : a welcome story!


Here it is folks! The big day. Or moment. My book is out in the shops! Actually it has already sold out of the shops here in Avalon (a real place, but you might know it better as Glastonbury!) and they’re waiting for more copies to arrive – YAY! Four years in the making and it’s now made its way into the world. There’s a big thank-you page in the book to all the stars and angels here on Earth as well as those in Heaven and Hell, who’ve helped me along the way – this book is for you! I hope you feel inspired to read it for yourself – you can read reviews and buy it here …  but first, an introduction!

 

I’m Natalie Fee, the author of my new book, The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. I’m pretty sure I’m the one in the photo on the back cover of my book, as well as the top of this website, but I can’t be certain, as I don’t feel like her anymore. You see, the thing with being on a journey of self-discovery, or so I’ve found, is that who I was last year is different from who I am today. And, given that I began writing the book four years ago, it seems strange, bemusing even, to claim that I am the author! Happily, who I am today loves the book. I’ve read it numerous times and each time it offers me fresh perspective, resolve and inspiration. I do not claim to have embodied all the wisdom, techniques and insight that are held in its pages either. Rather, I see myself as a writer who brought these ideas and inspiration into physical form, as they are precisely the words I need to read myself. No doubt at least once a year for the rest of my life!

When I started writing the book, four years ago, on a retreat at the Findhorn Foundation, I was developing a seemingly traditional career in the self-help world. I was writing articles, which led to people writing to me for advice, which led to me becoming a coach. My training in Energy Awareness provided the foundation, along with my feng shui knowledge and previous work as a yoga teacher. I enjoyed it. But two years later, one hot, sunny day in Australia, whilst driving past the Actors College for Theatre and Television, my heart did an extraordinary leap. It was one of those unmistakable, life-changing moments that would steer me in another direction – albeit one that, unbeknownst to me then, was deeply interwoven with my love of spiritual discovery.

Today, the crisp, white linens and pashminas of the self-help coach have made way for the glitter, make-up, wigs and high heels of the TV presenter and cabaret performer. I also work for an ethical film production company, Plastic Buddha, where I find joy in combining creativity with business, conscious story-telling with structure. And I’m also training as a Fool. Last night, my eight-year old son, ever the one to ask a penetrating question, said “What’s it like being an author as well as a presenter and everything else?” I stopped and thought about it, before replying … “It’s an adventure.”

And it’s in that spirit that the book was written. My seemingly unconventional life path is simply a reflection of me putting into practice what I write about in The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. I strive to follow my heart, to become increasingly aware of what I need to do from one moment to the next and practice techniques that enable me to do just that. I do my Energy Awareness exercises daily, and have done for the past seven years. They bring me the energy to go beyond my current levels of awareness and intent, and they open new pathways and opportunities to realise more of who I am, as well as who I’m not. It’s through my ongoing training with the School of Energy Awareness that I was able to discover the art of everyday alchemy, realising the extraordinary power that’s held in my stresses, struggles and shadows. I wanted to be a happier person, less weighed down by judgements, less stunted by fear, more able to give. Which is hopefully what The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook offers – my experience of being on that journey towards a more joyful, more compassionate and more loving human being!

There have been moments when I’ve considered not seeing the book through to completion. The editing process was long, sometimes it was like reading a bookwritten by another person! Yet I persevered, knowing in my heart the book isn’t really about ‘me’, my career, or my current state of awareness. It’s from me but it has it’s own time, it’s own energy, it’s own message – and my task is to bring it into the world. I’m thrilled that Findhorn Press decided to take a risk with me – having such a wonderful publisher whose core message is one of spiritual awakening, is an immense gift that I feel privileged to receive. So here it is. The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. With lots of love. xo

Read reviews, read excerpts and buy the book here …

Want to get to know me a little better first? Watch this short film by James Light … 

 

 

 

 

 

the everyday alchemist's happiness handbook : a welcome story!


Here it is folks! The big day. Or moment. My book is out in the shops! Actually it has already sold out of the shops here in Avalon (a real place, but you might know it better as Glastonbury!) and they’re waiting for more copies to arrive – YAY! Four years in the making and it’s now made its way into the world. There’s a big thank-you page in the book to all the stars and angels here on Earth as well as those in Heaven and Hell, who’ve helped me along the way – this book is for you! I hope you feel inspired to read it for yourself – you can read reviews and buy it here …  but first, an introduction!

 

I’m Natalie Fee, the author of my new book, The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. I’m pretty sure I’m the one in the photo on the back cover of my book, as well as the top of this website, but I can’t be certain, as I don’t feel like her anymore. You see, the thing with being on a journey of self-discovery, or so I’ve found, is that who I was last year is different from who I am today. And, given that I began writing the book four years ago, it seems strange, bemusing even, to claim that I am the author! Happily, who I am today loves the book. I’ve read it numerous times and each time it offers me fresh perspective, resolve and inspiration. I do not claim to have embodied all the wisdom, techniques and insight that are held in its pages either. Rather, I see myself as a writer who brought these ideas and inspiration into physical form, as they are precisely the words I need to read myself. No doubt at least once a year for the rest of my life!

When I started writing the book, four years ago, on a retreat at the Findhorn Foundation, I was developing a seemingly traditional career in the self-help world. I was writing articles, which led to people writing to me for advice, which led to me becoming a coach. My training in Energy Awareness provided the foundation, along with my feng shui knowledge and previous work as a yoga teacher. I enjoyed it. But two years later, one hot, sunny day in Australia, whilst driving past the Actors College for Theatre and Television, my heart did an extraordinary leap. It was one of those unmistakable, life-changing moments that would steer me in another direction – albeit one that, unbeknownst to me then, was deeply interwoven with my love of spiritual discovery.

Today, the crisp, white linens and pashminas of the self-help coach have made way for the glitter, make-up, wigs and high heels of the TV presenter and cabaret performer. I also work for an ethical film production company, Plastic Buddha, where I find joy in combining creativity with business, conscious story-telling with structure. And I’m also training as a Fool. Last night, my eight-year old son, ever the one to ask a penetrating question, said “What’s it like being an author as well as a presenter and everything else?” I stopped and thought about it, before replying … “It’s an adventure.”

And it’s in that spirit that the book was written. My seemingly unconventional life path is simply a reflection of me putting into practice what I write about in The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. I strive to follow my heart, to become increasingly aware of what I need to do from one moment to the next and practice techniques that enable me to do just that. I do my Energy Awareness exercises daily, and have done for the past seven years. They bring me the energy to go beyond my current levels of awareness and intent, and they open new pathways and opportunities to realise more of who I am, as well as who I’m not. It’s through my ongoing training with the School of Energy Awareness that I was able to discover the art of everyday alchemy, realising the extraordinary power that’s held in my stresses, struggles and shadows. I wanted to be a happier person, less weighed down by judgements, less stunted by fear, more able to give. Which is hopefully what The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook offers – my experience of being on that journey towards a more joyful, more compassionate and more loving human being!

There have been moments when I’ve considered not seeing the book through to completion. The editing process was long, sometimes it was like reading a bookwritten by another person! Yet I persevered, knowing in my heart the book isn’t really about ‘me’, my career, or my current state of awareness. It’s from me but it has it’s own time, it’s own energy, it’s own message – and my task is to bring it into the world. I’m thrilled that Findhorn Press decided to take a risk with me – having such a wonderful publisher whose core message is one of spiritual awakening, is an immense gift that I feel privileged to receive. So here it is. The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. With lots of love. xo

Read reviews, read excerpts and buy the book here …

Want to get to know me a little better first? Watch this short film by James Light …