Hi, I’m Mother Moon otherwise known as Jess.
Mother Moon came into being in September 2017 with the intention of sharing my love and passion for Exmoor with like minded women. I am a mother to a beautiful daughter, I follow and love everything about the Moon. So the name “Mother Moon” was very simple and apt.
I live in Lynton, North Devon which is in Exmoor National Park. Born and raised in Kent, but it wasn’t until I visited the West Country that I suddenly felt a deep sense of home. The South East was becoming over crowded and I hadn’t appreciated this until I came away and felt the peace of Exmoor. The land held me, captivated me and I never wanted to leave.
Then something truly magical occurred, my father in law had been visiting Exmoor since the 1960s, he then took the leap to move here. We visited him several times a year, creating more happy memories. We walked the land in every season, frequented the many village pubs and felt a strong sense of community and kinship. I remember clearly putting my feet up by the fire and reading the local newsletter and there was a job jumping out the page at me, working for Exmoor National Park.
In a matter of weeks, I’d applied to the job, I was successful, we found a lovely apartment to live in Lynton. We followed our dreams, left our busy lives behind and returned home to Exmoor.
Jump forward to a few years later, my daughter was born at home in Lynton. I felt a real calling to connect with other mothers. I was looking for something to nurture and nourish me, away from my time as Mummy. I began to follow the red tent movement and soon knew it was my time to set up a red tent in my community.
Lyn Valley Moon Lodge was then born, a circle of women who meet monthly on or close to the new or full moon.
From moon lodge, I began to feel an appetite for more and wanted to combine my love of nature with women’s circles. A simple idea developed offering retreats which allowed women enough breath spacing to pause, rest and reflect whilst also soaking up the energy of this magical land. The sense of sisterhood over a weekend is palpable and an experience I wanted to continue for others. Read more on retreats page.
Here we are in 2019, I work part time on Mother Moon and part time with Exmoor National Park. I love walking, yoga, meditation and having fun family time together.
I feel blessed to live and work here and look forward to sharing it with you.