Gaia Redgrave

- Freelance Artist -

Project Lead - Neurodiversity in Arts Mentor & Advisor

Cathedral of the Trees

Deep within the still centre of my being may I find peace

Silently in the quiet of the grove may I share peace

Gently within the greater circle of humanity may I radiate peace.

(A Druid Peace Prayer)

What if working with the land and art could create peace?

For many years I have had a vision. The vision has been more of an intense feeling, a knowing of a place of peace. Over the years I have tried to quantify it. It has never happened, something just hasn’t fitted with the feeling. It just hasn’t been right.

As with many people I / we have spent much time through the pandemic meditating on the situation we are in and our future, our freedoms or lack of. I have spent much time managing fear and trying not to fall into it’s traps, not always succeeding. We have seen division and polarity in our society. Through it all, I held onto the concept of love and peace and the belief that I need to bring all my knowledge together as one into ‘a place of peace’. The more fear I felt, the more love and peace I should radiate to help bring about balance.

A few days ago (July 2021), I had a vision of the Cathedral of the Trees, a place of peace, of reflection, or reimagining, of change and of commitment. A place of pilgrimage. I wondered who I could speak to about working with trees. Although our home (Rhyddid) and my studio are surrounded by trees, I haven’t planted many and this project is a distinct change in direction from my previous work. So, I wrote to David Nash. He was kind enough to speak to me about the difficulties and the beauty of working with trees and the spirit that resides within them.

The Cathedral

The true nature of the cathedral I am working on privately at the moment informed through observation, meditation and inner knowing. It will be a slow to mature project that will take many years to become fully formed just like the trees that will be part of it. It is what David Nash describes as a ‘coming work’, meaning a work that develops and comes into itself over time.

Cathedral of the Trees connects us back to the land through the old ways and ancestral paths (past) enables humankind time and space to share, re-imagine & reflect on peace (present) and to manifest change for the generations to come (future).


Cathedral of the Trees needs:

Guardians of trees, peace makers & imagineers.

Landowners who are excited about the project and its purpose.

Donations of plant pots small & large and chemical free compost.

Cash donations are always welcome.

The Cathedral of the Trees will be a work which is a peaceful legacy for humankind and future generations. If you wish to support the peace work of Cathedral of the Trees please contact me directly.

I would like to thank David Nash for his support and interest in the Cathedral of the Trees.