Walking Awake Bios


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Denise Crawn Prance:  Owner of Walking Awake, LLC , Denise is an ordained Interfaith Minister, author of “Walking Awake:The Faces In Nature”, and creator of several inspirational card decks. Denise's ministry and love of nature is expressed through her photography, book, cards and events which focus on becoming more aware, mindful and awake through our innate connection with Nature and our relationship with the Divine in and around us.   

Orignally from N.J., after living and working in the Pocono Mountain range in Pennslyvania, USA for nearly 25 years,  Denise now resides in Scotland with her husband Nick enjoying quiet time by the fire to write and reflect, exploring sacred sites, researching Celtic myth and history and traveling between the US and UK visiting with family and friends and giving inspirational talks, leading guided walks, workshops, retreats and pilgrimages.  


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Nick Prance:

Nick was born in the north of Ireland, raised in Liverpool, and has lived in Scotland for the last 16 years. During that time, he lived on Iona for three years working for the Iona Community helping to organize and run the program for the many guests who came on pilgrimage and retreat. He also joined the Iona Community as a member at that time. Following a career working within the Mental Health services and training for the Anglican ministry, Nick has been exploring Buddhism, seeing it as a helpful way of engaging compassionately with the human condition and the nature of suffering. Now mostly retired, Nick currently spends his time alternating between walking in the wild and beautiful spaces of Scotland and enjoying the inner child by playing as often as possible with his four young grandchildren!


 10528366 10202698725297291 5962519383004759789 oAs a couple: Nearly five years ago, Denise and Nick met on a ferry while each were traveling to the Isle of Iona, Scotland. In October 2016 they were married in Scotland surrounded by family and friends. A 'ferry-tale' happily ever after indeed! Over the past five years, they have traveled together throughout Scotland, England and Wales visiting standing stones and ancient sites and loving every moment of it! As co-leaders they bring together an eclectic mixture of backgrounds including everything from trainings in ministry, theater, mental health, shamanism, mindfulness, as well as their love and connectedness to poetry, story, music and nature. Nick and Denise enjoy sharing these treasures, passions and adventures with others as they lead and co-lead workshops, retreats and pilgrimages on 'both sides of the pond'.

BESPOKE (Customized) UK and Ireland Journeys!

Walking Awake now offers bespoke (customized specifically for you!) journeys to sites in the UK and Ireland. If you can imagine it, we can create it for you!

NewgrangeHere's how it works: You tell us where you'd like to go and what you'd like to see in Scotland, England, Wales, or Ireland, let us know what your budget is and we will work with you to customize your dream journey. The possibilities are endless! Whether you are called to see castles, standing stones, hill forts, ancient abbeys, churches and chapels, remote isles, tucked away villages, cities, museums, pubs, enjoy birding, distillery tours, hiking, or seaside walks, would like to add in aspects of ritual or poetry, Celtic history, myth, story or anything in between, we can design the perfect journey for you or your group! 

After discussing your vision with you and upon receiving your deposits we will book everything needed for when you arrive: accommodations, site reservations, dinner reservations and more. All you have to do is arrange and book your flights to and from the UK/Ireland. (We can advise) When you arrive we will transport you and guide you on your customized adventure. *Check out our journeys listed on this page for a few ideas but don't let your imagination end there, again, the possibilities are endless! Stonehenge

Whether its a once-in-a-lifetime journey for an individual or couple, a family gathering, group retreat or pilgrimage we look forward to working with you to co-create your journey filled with memories to treasure for years to come.

Prices will vary according to the amount of people, locations, types of accommodation, etc.

You share your vision with us and we will work with you to do all that we can to make it happen. Let's begin your dream journey with a conversation today!  

Contact Denise to explore the endless possibilities for your next adventure!