Donna is an experienced retreat giver and worked at the ecumenical Tabor Retreat Centre in Preston, Lancashire, which involved leading retreats, events exploring spirituality, contemplative prayer/meditation and creative liturgy.
Trained in Ignatian spiritual direction, Donna has accompanied many people during weeks of guided prayer and through one-to-one direction.
Trained as a labyrinth facilitator, she has led many labyrinth events for groups of all ages in various educational and faith contexts. Offering labyrinth training to others has included working with schools, chaplains, churches and individuals wanting to explore this ministry.
Having studied Theology at Cambridge, Donna completed an MPhil at Manchester University, while developing a local theology in the context of working as a street theologian on a marginalised housing estate in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Donna is a trained teacher and has worked in secondary, further and higher education, including as Head of the Ethics, Philosophy, Religion Department in a secondary school, teaching Religious Studies up to GCSE and A Level. She has also been a teacher trainer in Primary RE. Donna also has training in counselling and mindfulness.
Donna has MAs in Theatre Directing, Writing and TV Production (The Star-Gazer film was shown on Granada TV in 2000) and is trained in Storytelling. She has written several plays including Illumination (Durham Cathedral and touring) written in the light of the Lindisfarne Gospel Exhibition, Blackbirds At Dawn, created to raise awareness of human trafficking and Desert Mother, developed to explore Christian contemplative prayer. Donna has led creative workshops with all ages and on various themes, including exploring the Gospels through theatre and movement.