I worked for two decades in high-profile, senior crisis communication roles as well as consulting start-ups, volunteering in several countries and performing on stage. You could say I was a do-er that couldn’t stop doing.
My journey into the power of meditation began whilst on an academic year-long career break in 2002 when I decided to go to drama school and found myself focusing my Masters dissertation on integrative meditation techniques to unblock stage fright and anxiety in actors. Following the success of my meditations and my increased curiosity, I embarked on years of learning and practising various spiritual, psychological and philosophical techniques and also became a professional horticulturist! I was becoming a do-er learning be-ing.
I am trained and practiced in chakra body work, Yoga Nidra, NSDR, heart, brain and breathing techniques, neuroscience, biology, meditation, integrative psychotherapy and counselling, psychodrama and ecotherapy (what a mouthful!).
My personal development has continued over the years with various schools and wonderful teachers, including gaining a post-graduate in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Minster Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (UK), Andy McGeeney (UK), YogaCampus (UK), Heart Math (UK), Philip Permutt (UK) and Capel Manor, Regents Park. I will be forever indebted to the incredible Uma Tilmsore Tuli, Nurlipta Tuli and Ben Wollf of the Yoga Nidra Network and BreathForLife who enabled me to bring together many of the techniques I had been using over the years and in particular during my recovery from a brain injury, with the neuroscience to back up every claim.
I have been lucky enough to work and practice in a variety of settings, including working with children, addicts in recovery (both in London and Cape Town), destitute women and children, the elderly, in community settings, those with adaptive needs and on private retreats. My interests lie in neuroscience and breath and using what nature gave us to hack our bodies and minds, the power of nature and connectedness, living with unseen disabilities and chronic pain and also exploring death and living whilst dying – bringing death to the mainstream and conscious living of how we choose to live before we die.
In my spare time I can be found performing improvisation, going off-map on hikes, exploring the sea by kayak, volunteer gardener in Regents Park, talking to plants and animals and learning the piano.
Me, my teachings and I
Over the years I have become more and more interested in neuroscience and the scientific discoveries in the relationship between each major organ, our cells and the breath and how each part of our cellular system (and other systems around us) influence one another and how we, as a part of nature, can benefit from being in nature. I am continually entranced with how science has begun to prove in modern world terms (in a world where facts are gospel), things that many wise people have instinctively known for centuries – we, and the world around us, are complex and incredible creations, capable of so much more than we think we are.
It has become important to me that my practice and hence the sessions that I offer embody all I have experienced so far: the body, mind and spirit.
My aim is to help people realise their full potential, live in present connection with the world around them and to experience a more fulfilled and healthier life.
I feature in national press and radio and write in detail about for Meningitis Now and UK Health Magazine.
I consult and regularly speak on invisible disabilities, human resilience and coping skills to employers, graduates and product developers and design inclusive community services.
"Those who say 'yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have."
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