White Lion sanctuary at Sandown – is this rare species facing a caged future?

White Lion sanctuary at Sandown – is this rare species facing a caged future? Mags MacKean blog © It was a biting wind, fresh from the arctic. This part of the Isle of Wight is usually sheltered from the prevailing south-westerlies. Not that day. The icy blasts tore straight over the beach into the car […]

Starlings: harmony, wholeness, a one-flock rhythm

The Somerset Levels are moody even on ordinary days. As dull light flattens the wetland’s subtle variations, its features stand out all the more distinct: Glastonbury Tor looming beyond the marshes, reeds, lone trees and numberless birds of varied kinds. Among them, Peregrines, Fowl, Marsh Harriers, Snipe and Redshanks. The Levels are famed for the […]

Brexit And The Leadership Vacuum: the challenge to co-create a new story for our time….

It was a simple instruction, fraught with tension: take the Jubilee Line three stops and alight at Westminster. Navigating escalators, long pedestrian tunnels, herded into carriages assault the senses at the best of times. Factor in an all-American group of 33 teenagers, 16 adults, most of whom had never set foot on the tube, and […]

Mirror article: waking up to life as mountain – did I really have to climb them?

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/how-one-woman-gave-up-8107842 News Real Life Stories BBC How one woman gave up her high-powered career to climb mountains 12:01, 3 JUN 2016 UPDATED 12:13, 3 JUN 2016 BY MAGS MACKEAN Mags MacKean gave up her high-powered career to pursue her dream of climbing mountains – only to find she got just as burnt out following her […]

The nature of adventure: embracing risk

The nature of adventure: embracing risk. Mags MacKean (c) Many dream of the thrill of stripping life – and all its pressures – to the basics: heading off on a long distance hike. The rewards are in its promise: relying on strength, stamina and the vision to see a route through – to complete a […]

When The Door Jams. A short story by Mags

When The Door Jams. Short story by Mags MacKean Weariness makes her confused – at least that’s how she explains boarding the wrong train.  She is too surprised to feel anything like annoyance. That comes later. For now, she is washed out, spat out, gazing at an unremarkable platform without the promise of anything to […]

Forwards To The Beginning: Being In the Source Of Time

Forwards To The Beginning: Being In the Source Of Time Time is fickle as well as inexorable. Describing it can never capture how it is truly experienced – because those moments relived are held in memory. However time’s passing is measured – as lines etched on my face, the quicksand of seconds, minutes and hours, […]