Diane Oliver MEnvS BDes DipDYT
I created Woodland Elements in 2015 to blend my passion for yoga, community development, permaculture and splashing about in the sea. Based in Ardfern, Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland, I have a nomadic spirit and love to travel. It's great fun planning and heading off on mini adventures with my husband, Bill. Over the last few years I have been dedicating more of my time to yoga with a little social enterprise development freelancing on the side.
I am the fire of the dragon that inspires the intentional path
I am the air through which the faeries fly freeing the beauty on their way
I am the sparkle of the sea that creates the ease and flow
I am the crystal and the stone that connects to the truth of my soul
A child of the elements, I burn, I breathe, I surge, I grow
Diane Oliver, Imbolc 2018
I love yoga. Yoga has been part of my life since I was a teenager when I was part of an amazing youth contemporary dance explosion. During this time I gained a real sense of community and although I let go of dance in my 20s, yoga has remained part of my life ever since. I later realised that being able to dance enables me to connect with my emotions, be truly free and authentic and by discovering shakti dance I have been able to reconnect with this vital soul part.
I qualified as a Dru Yoga teacher in 2016 and as a Shakti Dance teacher in 2017, I am a member of the Dru Professional Network and the Shakti Dance Academy. During my classes and workshops I share my creative, down to earth approach to life, my honest openness, an occasional ‘f’ bomb and wholeheartedly hold a supportive, safe space for healing and empowerment.
Dance led me to yoga, yoga led me back to dance and dance will lead me home
I am a water baby. Although I loved swimming as a child it never occurred to me to try watersports until I was in my 20s and working on, in and around the Forth & Clyde Canal in Glasgow. The minute I sat in a kayak I was utterly hooked and paddling became an obsession.
I am technically a BCU Level 3 Kayak Coach (sea and inland) and living next to the coast, I now only paddle on the sea - generally in a sea kayak, sometimes in a canoe or on a SUP (stand up paddleboard). I love sharing and encouraging others and have been teaching paddlesports since the mid 90s.