Mark Penfold

Mark has a natural gift in helping men to feel they can open up alongside an ability to model empowered masculine vulnerability, often inspiring other men to follow suit. He is approachable and brings depth of holding to his work both in the workshop setting and in his one to client sessions. He brings a light touch and warm humour to all that he does.

Mark is deeply committed to self-discovery and to helping others to be the best that they can be” Mark is a father of two, one of whom, his son, he raised as a solo parent while navigating a successful career in the corporate world. In his early 50’s he had the classic mid-life crisis and left the world he knew with a deep sense of disillusionment and emptiness despite being financially and materially very successful. 

His life took him on an inner quest to find some answers which took him through years of intensive therapy alongside year-long trainings for men. He came out the other side with a much deeper connection to life and a sense of his soul purpose. He now brings his passion to support others and he is an inspiration to those who meet him and work with him.

He is also trained intensively and works as part of the staffing team of the the organisation A Band of Brothers  – a UK charity set up to assist young troubled men to to make different choices in their life and become good empowered men.

Mark runs the program of workshops for Men at EarthHeart as well as co facilitating the couples work with Jewels and the Thresholds gateway workshops. Together with Jewels he holds the masculine access of the daily running of EarthHeart and is passionate about the vision.

Esmeralda Vere

Esmeralda first met Jewels at a festival workshop in 2016, and has learned a great deal from her work ever since; both as an individual and within her romantic partnership.

As a counsellor in training, Esmeralda is particularly fascinated by the power of romantic partnerships to support our healing and growth. She is deeply passionate about Jewels’ couples programs and supporting women to shine.

She is Jewels personal VA and the person who you are most likely to meet when you first get in touch. She is the magic behind all the daily tasks that keep everything running smooth and free up Jewels and Mark to do their work.
When she isn’t busy doing this, she teaches embodied, functional movement classes at esmeraldayoga.com

Andrew Singer

Andrew has known Jewels since 2006, beginning his journey as a participant on her yearlong deep diving training. Since then they have become close friends and Andrew has worked alongside Jewels in workshops and trainings over the years since.

He is a much-valued elder in the community, having lived a wide and diverse life. He has worked in over 40 countries around the world.  He has run his own smallholding, and a home-based publishing & printing business. He is worldly and wise, with much to offer us in his eldership.

Andrew offers mentoring for men, and support to couples in difficulties. In addition, he has developed, and now teaches, The Erection Empowerment Process for men.  www.andrewsinger.co.uk.

Abi Denyer-Bewick

Abi (she/her) first embarked on Jewels’ work 9 years ago and since then has been on a deep and transformational journey both personally as a woman and with her partner. Completing every training offered and then spending many years in apprenticeship. She now co-facilitates the women’s program and has a particular passion for sexuality work, specifically around diversity, consent and breaking taboo. 

She is also embedded in the work of Red School’s Leadership Programme, and is a Menstrual Medicine Circle facilitator. Abi is a high Priestess. Women feel safe with her due to her playful and warm hearted approach to holding space. She is sassy and powerful and a very valued part of the team. 

Jen Smith

Jen met Jewels through participating on her workshops for two years, followed by a five-year apprentice during which time they forged a close and deep friendship.

They met Karen half way through and the three of them joined forces creating a powerful, harmonic and solid team. Jen brings vast experience to the field of women’s work, both from long-term personal involvement in women’s groups and from extensive work experience gained over three decades as a mental health practitioner.

Her deep intuition and huge empathy translates into kind and wise insight, combining a worldly wisdom with a sensitivity to the soul. She is as playful as she is deep, her tangible, spacious and non-judgemental presence, contributing a rich and safe quality to the holding team of the women’s work. 

She has recently started working for Treesisters – a global women’s empowerment and reforestation campaign, as the co-ordinator for the Groves – the international network of local women’s groups. Jen also has a small private business offering training and facilitation; one-to-one supervision for people working in the third sector and one-to-one support sessions for women. www.jennyrosesmith.com

Sophie and Adrian Hardy

Sophie and Adrian have both participated in Jewels’ work, Sophie having completed the Women’s year long Initiation training in 2015, and Adrian completing the year long Deep-Dive course in 2013.  They met through Jewels’ call out to the community for more support with holding the business aspect of her work where they discovered a personal spark between them as well as a unique spark of co-creation in the marketing paradigm.

Through the course of working together on Jewels’ marketing plan, they fell in-love, built a business plan, moved in together and launched this lovely website. They continue to be an essential part of the holding team.