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Scottish flower essences & remedies made with love & in co-creation with nature

 

About Us

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Introducing Iona Leigh, the MD of FFE

iona.jpgIona was born in 1983 in Sydney, Australia where she attended the Gleneaon Steiner School from age five when she started Kindergarten . Gleneaon’s ground included native bush land, a river, a bamboo forest and range of Australian bush flowers. This was the environment which supported Iona’s interest in the nature and elemental kingdom from a very young age.

Meanwhile, Iona’s mother Marion Leigh was a trained homeopath working as a teacher for Ian White’s Australian Bush Flower Essence trainings. Growing up with an anthroposophical education (a philosophy founded in the early 20th century by the esotericist Rudolf Steiner), Iona’s comprehension of the spiritual world was accessible as a real, every day human experience from a very young age. Studying the spiritual ways that life mirrors nature was the foundation of Iona’s early learning and appreciation for the living, physical world of flowers, trees and elements.

Iona’s mother moved to the Findhorn Foundation in 1992, a remote coastal eco-village in the highlands of Scotland where Iona continued her Waldorf education and higher exams. It was during this time that Marion received spiritual guidance to make the Findhorn Flower Essences and Iona was on this essence making journey from the start! Travelling to ancient wells, standing stones and the stunning west coast islands, Iona’s appreciation for this new landscape and wide range of trees, plants and flowers was a wonder.

img-0188.jpgAs a young lady, Iona studied Music Performance at Thames Valley University in London where she gained a 1st class Honours degree and the Vice Chancellor’s grant for postgraduate study. This was when Iona began to combine her two great passions in life, as her Masters degree was in Music and Health, for which she received a distinction. Iona’s songwriting took her voice and harp playing all over the UK, to San Francisco and LA. Somehow, the highlands never stopped calling her home.

Iona returned home to Findhorn in 2009 to finish her third album and complete her Early Years Teacher Training. During this time, Iona taught workshops with her mother, which gave her experience needed to form the first of three newcourses; FFE Professional Training, Teacher’s Gathering and the FFE Online Course. Marion passed at home in 2019, while teaching Flower Essences to friends from Weleda. Iona choose to carry FFE forward, and graduated in 2020 as a Health Creation Mentor with Medical Director Dr Rosy Daniel.

You can email Iona here


Meet the FFE Team 

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Marlize FFE General Manager

I am from Johannesburg in sunny South Africa. I studied Music but ended up working in quality control at a laboratory for forensic and pathology laboratories. My career progressed until I became the General Manager for Thistle Quality Assurance, where I managed seventeen staff members and the company grew to operate in sixteen different countries throughout Africa. I left Thistle QA nineteen years later to immigrate to beautiful Scotland with my husband and son. 

My favourite flower is the Thistle (for courage) as it gives me a strong sense of connection between my two homelands in Johannesburg, Africa and here in bonny Scotland. My favourite quote is a beautiful one by Leonard Cohen where he says; "There is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."

 I joined Findhorn Flower Essences in August 2019 as I was drawn to the company’s ethos and Iona’s vision. I am already feeling the benefit from working in the essence-filled atmosphere. Looking to the future, I am excited about the company’s physical move to The Park (Findhorn Foundation Campus), and this exciting start of a new era for FFE.

You can email Marlize here

 

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 Mandy in Accounts

I come from Morecambe in the north west of England and studied Marketing Communications at University. I worked on some big brands including Goodfella's pizza and Waburtons bread. More recently I've be drawn to book-keeping and accounts having performed these roles voluntarily for my children's various clubs and schools.
 
I joined Iona and the team in November 2019 and was drawn to work with FFE as I enjoy gardening, plants and flowers and feel a sense of peace when working in nature. I feel FFE's products and educational services are worthy and beneficial and I'd like to learn more for myself and to help others. I'm also drawn to Iona, her vision for FFE and the calming vibes she exudes which I hope rub off on me too!
 
I love nature and I have many favourite flowers for different reasons. I love fuscias as there are so many varieties and they remind me of my mum. I'm drawn to plants and flowers with good smells like lavender, honeysuckle, hyacinth, jasmine and carnations.
 
Looking to the future, I am excited about meeting new people, learning new skills, broadening my mind and heart, feeling fulfilled. In closing, my favourite quote is "Dance like there's nobody watching and sing like there's nobody listening" because I love to dance and sing and don't care how I look or sound as it makes me feel fabulous!
You can email Mandy on Accounts
 
 
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Vikki in Production

With my father being in the Royal Air Force I was born in Wegberg, Germany but relocated to Scotland as a young child and raised here in the beautiful north east town of Forres. After completing my schooling, adventure hollered and I moved further afield to explore what life had to offer in the big cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, respectively.

I’ve had a very varied career background to date. From working for a large British airline to one of the UK’s top destination spas and onto a prestigious cloth merchants. All of which have given me a very eclectic knowledge of business and allowed for personal development in more ways than I thought possible.

Having spent many years working away in cities it was time to come home and bring up my young family in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings we have here in Moray. Findhorn in particular has a special place in my heart, having created so many lovely memories that I will treasure for a lifetime. Returning has felt like I have brought my life full circle and I’m excited to start the next chapter and take my quantum leap into Findhorn Flower Essences full of vim and vigour.

The gorse has got to be one of my favourite flowers. It’s vibrant yellow petals and sweet smelling scent brings back fond memories of my childhood having a wonderful time in such an idyllic place. I recall feeling very excited when travelling back for visits when I saw the gorse bushes, I knew I was almost there; home.

I have known Iona for many years, but to have the opportunity to work with her in this capacity was one in which I couldn’t pass up. Her energy is ever so infectious, so naturally I can’t help but be drawn to and inspired by her.

One of my most favourite quotes has to be ‘Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think’ - Christopher Robin.

You can email Vikki at Production