"This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely
out of attentiveness” - Mary Oliver -
Azul - Valérie Thomé is the active visionary behind the organisation SOULand. Azul is a designer of soulful rituals, an eARTh artist, a sacred activist and a mentor devoted to restoring humanity back to a deep and honourable relationship with the Earth ~
Azul shares wisdom teachings and gatherings centered around maturing as humans, grief ritual, women’s rites of passage, Earth-informed art, and life cairn dedications for honoring extinct species. Azul is a TreeSister who lives in a little wooden cabin on the edge of the wood in Devon, England, part of her response to her full engagement with Extinction Rebellion, Deep Adaptation and the Work that Reconnects. In deep love and wild grief with Life
Influenced by her primary guides (Joanna Macy, Francis Weller and Sobonfu Some) as well as her own deep listening to the Earth and Waters.
She has cultivated Earth-connected leadership and youth programs, reverently showcased folk art at her Dartmouth shop, and coordinated a diverse community coalition to reforest the oak groves surrounding the River Dart in 2002.
Azul holds a master’s degree in Ecological Design from Schumacher College: the eARTh of Collective Grief as fi Life and Death really Matters.,
She is the mother of a strong, devoted and dedicated young man.
Currently, Azul is tending to her vision of SOULand, ~ a Sanctuary and School for the Maturing of the Human Soul.
She is on the look out for a Water Mill to create the first SOULand in Europe.
Azul has already started sharing her full basket of wisdom teachings: eARTh, Grief Composting Circles, WomBelt, Black Tent Council , One on One mentoring , Returning to Earth What was Stolen , Life Cairn while following messages she keeps receiving from the Water.
She was born in the 1960’s in Beirut to a French Mother and a Lebanese Father.
Always with a finger or ten into the beautiful and sacred animist ways which are based on the knowledge that all natural things on our Earth have an interconnected ecological Soul.
From participation in the start of the Transition Movement to the London urban food growing scene, seed banks and reforestation projects, whatever Azul activates and initiates is sourced in our animate world, deep ecology, soul imagination and deep transformation.
Past ventures include:
FOOD from the SKY
London Freedom Seed Bank
A warm welcome, thank you for being here!
My present work and offering longs to be infused with soul, depth and beauty all informed by ancient Earth’s wisdom, systems thinking, deep ecology as well as archetypal psychology.
I seek to remember and nurture a deep conversation with Grief, with Love, Death and Life necessary in our transforming world to protect and repair our withering Imagination. I have recently completed a Masters in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College titled: the eARTh of Grieving Collectively as if Life and Death really Mattered,
As I track back my life within the life of our Earth I feel a great empathy:
Such forging and tempering rough initiations calls us, I sense, to one or all three of the following paths:
The Golden Thread.