Tara Hopton

Born and raised in Ireland, Tara’s name comes from the ancient seat of power where 142 High Kings of Ireland were crowned during the Pagan times, the Hill of Tara. It was here that the most powerful of Irish Kings held their great inaugural feasts and were approved by Earth Mother Goddess Maeve. Tara feels at home here in the Highlands surrounded by nature. She works freelance in the event industry and is a Committee Member on the Moss Vale and Rural Chamber of Commerce. Tara loves nothing more than witnessing people of all ages reap the benefits when they interact with nature. She respects the life force, and its ever-renewing cycles of life and death. She has a love for and kinship with nature and believes in its healing powers.

Lyndall Dalley

Let’s go back a couple of hundred years to a winery on the shores of Bol, a small island off the Croatian mainland. Dalley family legend has it that Lyndall's forebears were making wine there and had been since before the birth of Christ.  The winery is today one the hottest spots on the island- famous for its grapes, food, stunning location and all-round hospitality.  And even those these days Lyndall works in environmental management, being involved in numerous community projects over the past few decades, has made it clear to her that what the world needs now is a good dose food for the soul. Lyndall joins the Highland Harvest Feast alumni to share new experiences in wild and remote places, promote eating locally sourced food care and tasting wines lovingly crafted by small vineyards in her local community.

Stephen Hogwood

Raised from a child by his grandfather, Stephen was spiritually grounded at an early age in the pagan ways. As a Welsh Gipsy, Shaman and Horse Whisperer, his grandfather taught him how to talk to the trees, listen to the forest as well as animals and help bees to fly by plucking them from the early morning dew, cupping them in his hands and gently blowing warm air on them to dry their wings. Before he died, he baptised Stephen in the Pagan ways and told him he had the powers of a Sharman and to use them wisely. He also gave Stephen a pagan name from the Welsh Folk song that celebrated the White Cliffs of Dover, Dafydd Y Garreg Wen or ‘David of the White Rock’. Stephen continues his love and respect for the land, all its creatures and the power of mother nature.