Founder / Director ART Training. A practising reflexologist since 1972, he has given many thousands of treatments and lectured internationally. From 1980 - 1990 Anthony was the European director of the International Institute of Reflexology. He reluctantly relinquished the post in 1989 to focus on new directions in reflexology; new ideas that could be utilised alongside the more orthodox techniques. Many years’ experience have enabled the development of Advanced Reflexology Techniques, some of which are adapted and refined from existing practices, others are his own unique discoveries. Anthony discovered that many ailments (presented by women in particular) are caused by hormonal imbalance - especially hypothyroidism: a major cause of gynaecological complaints, infertility, constipation, heart disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, weight gain/weight loss, low back pain and many more. This condition is often unsuspected by medical and naturopathic practitioners alike. He discovered that a painful reflex does NOT always mean a pathological disturbance in a corresponding organ - it is the reflex texture which is important in detecting whether a disturbance is present! In fact sensitive reflexes can mean a better prognosis for a sick patient. Anthony has received the Eunice Ingham Award for his services to Reflexology, as well as an Honorary Fellowship from the Association of Reflexologists.
Tigga is an experienced visionary artist, who has also worked as a nurse and a complementary therapist. Her approach to teaching is through encouragement, play, example and instruction.
Sarah is one of the UK’s best known and respected NLP Master Trainers. She started working with NLP in 1986 and has been a Master Trainer for some years, having worked with the original creators of NLP and completed her original trainer training in Toronto with Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall in 1992. She is passionate about the potential of people and about the value of applying NLP techniques in business, personal development, leadership development and education.
In 2005 she designed and has been the lead trainer for an NLP focused course that leads to a university-accredited Masters' and ILM7 level certificate in Advanced Executive Coaching, which she currently delivers in-house in the NHS.
In addition to these trainings, she works as an organisational consultant, facilitator and coach, predominantly in blue chip companies, with individuals and teams across the private and public sectors, helping them to think strategically about continuing to develop themselves and maintain their edge in an increasingly competitive and turbulent environment.
Sarah's current work includes coaching and training health professionals in the NHS and working with NHS teams, particularly in the area of communication skills, to help them deliver services more effectively to patients.
She has a background in education where she was advisor for Learning Development and In Service Training team in an LEA that consistently pioneered new and more effective ways of learning and teaching for all students in mainstream including those who are gifted, dyslectic or dyspractic. Since 2004 she has worked in Californian schools, developing project-based curriculum materials and teacher training that supports true 21st Century Learning.
She has previously been a regular contributor to 'Rapport', the official ANLP journal, has written for a number of other business journals, is a guest lecturer on several MBA courses and a frequent presenter at conferences.
Nick is a world expert on inspiration at work. For 15 years he has inspired tens of thousands of people to discover the work they were born to do and to transform their limiting beliefs and turn self-sabotaging behaviour into business and personal success. He is a much sought after international speaker and has created a global family of friends living The Work They Were Born To Do. He is passionate about helping people liberate their talent, overcome resistance and live their creative dreams. He knows that success comes from a potent marriage of head and heart, spirituality and skills, so offers both inspiration and know how. Nick is based in Finchley, North London, and is the best selling author of five books: The Work We Were Born To Do, The 12 Principles of The Work We Were Born To Do, Unconditional Success, Powerful Beyond Measure and his latest How to Be Inspired. Whilst Nick's body was at his desk in a corporate office, his heart resided elsewhere. Nick's own transformational story from boredom and feeling under utilised in corporate life to international expert on inspiration at work uniquely qualifies him to talk with authority about how to transform our working life. His own compelling journey of triumph over fear, self doubt and low self-confidence will inspire you to discover the spiritual greatness that exists within you.
Nick loves reminding audiences of the power of inspiration at work. He is in demand as a speaker and coach internationally, working with individuals, entrepreneurs and corporations. Nick is founder of Heart at Work London, and a trustee Director of Alternatives, and author of The Work We Were Born To Do, Unconditional Success, Powerful Beyond Measure and How To Be Inspired.
What previous participants on Nick's workshops have said:
"Nick draws on many sources to provide a course which is challenging. He sets a space where attitudes to work can be reassessed and new possibilities found"
"A wonderful inspiring and uplifting day from a gifted teacher. Nick's love for his work, and other people, is a shining example."
"Nick presents himself as he is, with no pomposity or aspirations to being a guru".
Jackie May LCIC (Dip)
Jackie May trained in Indian Head Massage at the London Centre of Indian Champissage with Narendra Mehta, who brought the technique to the West from India. She has been working in the field of complementary medicine and personal development since 1989, and is also qualified in Reflexology, NLP, Process Acupressure and EFT.
Jackie has taught Indian Head Massage for Dorset Adult Education and Bournemouth & Poole College of Further Education. She is one of the founders of 'Joyous Isle'.
Alan Hext studied Acupuncture with JR.Worsley at CTA, beginning practice in 1979 and receiving his MAc in1985. He lectured at the College and assisted in the publication of books and charts on acupuncture meridians and points. Alan has had continuing study of Chinese classical texts with Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee since the mid 1980's. He has also worked extensively with Dr Fritz Smith since 1983 exploring the structural energetics of the body through Zero Balancing bodywork, all of which informs his practice of acupuncture.
Alan has taught Acupuncture for 25 years, currently at the School of Five Element Acupuncture in London. He is also a practitioner and teacher of Zero Balancing bodywork. Alan has a particular interest in bringing Chinese wisdom alive, showing the value of its insights to our own times and needs.
Frances lives on Dartmoor where her attic studio looks out over the moor. Her art career has followed a varied, but determined course. Frances spent many years travelling abroad in Europe and North Africa whilst making and selling small carvings, jewellery and pictures. Besides her formal training in etching and life drawing, Frances also has a degree in Philosophy, and a Masters degree in Special Needs that has led to her teaching and coordinating Creative Arts part time in a special school. Frances also runs workshops for adults across the South West of England. Frances' development as an artist has involved time-out over the years, to study in Paris, Barcelona, Florence and New York. She freely describes how she draws inspiration and vitalisation from the work of artists such as Rembrandt, Ingres, Picasso, Matisse, Rodin and Henry Moore. Her work ranges from being figurative to free and expressionist. For her figurative work, she employs her own models in her studio and has worked with professional dance groups. Her compositional work is less easy to categorise but conveys an emotionality through expressionistic figures and the relationship between them, and the overall context. The whole effect is enhanced and bound by a strong impressionistic use of colour. Frances works in oils, pen and ink, oil pastels, charcoal and pencil. Frances has dramatically increased her output and sales over the last six years, generating commissions for life studies and portraits, as well as for exhibitions. She has had successful solo exhibitions in Devon and Dorset as well as work exhibited and sold at the South West Academy Exhibitions.
THE MELLSTOCK BAND take their name from the works of Thomas Hardy, who gave this fictional title to the singers and musicians of the parish of Stinsford, where his father and grandfather were prominent in leading the dancing, carolling, merrymaking and church singing, and where the young Thomas Hardy played his fiddle for weddings and parties. With their authentic instruments and songs they have performed all over England, and taken their music to Europe, Africa and America. They have also appeared in productions for film, television, radio and theatre, most notably in the BBC's adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Tess of the d'Urbervilles. The fiddle and concertina are both known to have been played by Hardy himself. He often mentions clarinet, flute and oboe, and The Mellstock Band play the versions of these instruments that would have been current in Hardy's time. The Band also includes the "rich, deep note" of the serpent, a baffling hybrid of brass and woodwind, easily recognised by its snake-like shape. The unique blend of these tones, combined with the forceful singing of the band, creates afresh the vigour, richness and excitement of English village band music.
DAVE TOWNSEND is the band's director and founder. He is a well-known singer and instrumentalist, and one of the leading researchers in west gallery and village band music. As arranger and composer, he has provided music for film, television, radio and theatre, and for numerous recording projects. With The Mellstock Band he plays concertina and fiddle, and sings.
TIM HILL is an inventive wind player and composer whose background performing on clarinet, flute, saxophone and shawm embraces early music, free improvisation, theatrical performance art and mainstream jazz. Projects have included Pandaemonium, Noise Eating Monsters and Street Band workshops. With The Mellstock Band he plays early & modern clarinets, flute and (occasionally) saxophone, and sings.
PHIL HUMPHRIES studied at Trinity College, London, and embarked on a career as a big-band trombonist with The Andy Ross Orchestra. After returning to his native Dorset, he became involved in early music, and is now one of the country's leading serpent players. He is a member of The London Serpent Trio and music-hall duo The Lost Chord, and guests regularly with various orchestras. With The Mellstock Band he plays serpent, ophicleide and trombone, and sings.
CHARLES SPICER studied at the Guildhall School and has worked widely as an actor and musician, including productions at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He contributes regularly to world music projects for TAPS and is a member of The Oxford Waits. With The Mellstock Band he plays early & modern oboes, cor anglais and flute, and sings.
Malcolm Stern BRCP (Psych)
Malcolm Stern is a psychotherapist, specialising in group dynamics, relationships and individuals seeking change and transformation. He also works as a coach and business facilitator, organiser for creative events and is a media relationships expert.
He originally trained in Humanistic Psychology in the late 1970's with 'The Institute for the Development of Human Potential' and is a member of the Psychotherapy division of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners. He is the co-author of 'The Courage to Love' ( Piatkus 1996) and co-founder and trustee of 'Alternatives' the multi-disciplinary lecture series at St James's Church in Piccadilly, London.
Since 1990 he has created and run two one year groups in London and Devon – ' The Courage to Change – The Alchemy of Transformation' where participants meet one weekend a month to train in personal development and facilitation skills.
Malcolm has regularly worked in the media since 1990. He was the co-presenter of Channel 4's reality TV show on relationships – ' Made for Each Other' in 2003.
He is a regular facilitator at Skyros Holistic Holiday Centre in Greece, the Esalen Institute in California and Cortijo Romero and El Bosque in Spain.
Gilo and Sarah celebrate the close chord and relish harmony. They are popular Natural Voice voice teachers who lead singing groups in and around Dorset. Known for the ease and humour with which they bring people into harmony, and their ability to work with those new to singing. Their days have a strong sense of community, and the songs they teach usually include both sacred and secular. You don't need to read music or even think of yourself as a singer to participate. Just bring your voice, and these two remarkable teachers bring the va-va-voom to meld us into a body of sound for the day. Sing up a storm. Enjoy!
Often described by students as an inspiring and generous teacher, Norma has been teaching Buddhist meditation since 1992. Over the last 16 years blending stress management, personal development, counselling and communication skills she has been enthusiastically helping groups and individuals identify and release the blocks that prevent them from progressing in any area of their lives.
In 2000 Norma discovered The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Recognising it to be a particularly exciting breakthrough in therapy and personal development she began to explore its potential and within a very short time was convinced this was indeed an exceptional technique. Eight years on that conviction has been validated over and over again. Norma trained in the U.S.A and U.K with Gary Craig, the founder of EFT and is now an Advanced Practitioner and trainer for The Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Therapies (AAMET).
Ian is a qualified and experienced teacher, artist and musician, with training in Humanistic Counselling and Transpersonal Psychotherapy and a Master’s in Transpersonal Arts and Practice. He has held various posts within the Counselling Departments of Huntingdon and Melton Mowbray Regional Colleges, as a supervisor, trainer and moderator, following many years’ experience in industry and commerce.
Ian has been facilitating and teaching transpersonal workshops and experiential days in Britain and Ireland since 1994. He works integratively – rooted in the transpersonal perspective with extensive knowledge of working at soul level.
He is a co-founder and the present owner of Archive Publishing, which specialises in titles of a transpersonal nature, including the works of Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers.
Lisa worked in social care before becoming interested in alternative therapies. She studied reflexology and acupressure before commencing her 'Dancing the Rainbow' teacher training in Ireland for two years, qualifying in 2002. She now teaches and runs workshops in the UK and works on a one-to-one basis using the tools of Dancing the Rainbow for bodywork and healing. She makes and sells meditation cards and gives readings for soul path direction and inspiration.
Sean has been dowsing for the past fifteen years, gaining knowledge and experience in many strands of healing including homeopathy, flower essences, radionics, geopathics, kinesiology and past life therapy. He trained at the Jack Temple Dowsing Academy for two years at both foundation and advanced level. Sean is also studying for a doctorate degree in Environmental philosophy. His work in both healing and philosophy is centred around creating ways of listening and relating to the subtle voice of our environment.
Michael Deason-Barrow (GRSM, ARCM)
Michael Deason-Barrow (GRSM, ARCM) – Director of the Tonalis Music Centre – is a master singing teacher and a dynamic, inspirational choir trainer, who runs courses all over the world. He has a wide background as a performer, and regularly gives voice master classes in music conservatoires on the one hand, whilst working with community choirs, children’s groups, uncertain singers and voice therapy on the other.
Tim Swanson is a yoga teacher and acupuncturist. Through many years of experience, he has realised that it is only by addressing the breath and breathing habits of each patient that true healing is possible.
Nick is a musician and composer who found his voice while singing with trees 30 years ago. In the 1980's he was singing and playing with the chanting group 'Prana', and started giving voice workshops to enable people to share his love of music and harmony of all kinds. Since then he has been giving workshops through New Zealand and the UK, specializing in Gospel-style and other heart-opening harmony songs, opening the door to singing for hundreds of people who never thought they could do it.
Natural-Voice Singing-Workshop and Choir Leaders, Arrangers and Composers This dynamic duo of Father and Daughter bring voices together in harmony with simple yet powerful songs of freedom, joy and peace from around the world and of their own composition and arrangement. Nick Prater, who has just brought out his third book of arrangements for community choirs, has been inspiring with harmony for almost 30 years and has recently been joined by his spirited daughter Susie. With her soulful voice and his legendary grace, Susie and Nick work together to release the voices of the people through inspiring and relaxed workshops, bringing both ‘singers’ and ‘non-singers’ together for the sheer joy of singing in harmony! Susie also sings as part of an acoustic folk/soul duo, Susie Ro & Ayla. They have a beautiful album brimming with harmony and passion - ‘She and I’, which can be ordered by contacting Susie at email@example.com. A selection of the songs from 'She and I' can be listened to on
Penny offers a complementary series of courses and individual coaching designed to introduce you to mindfulness and to support you as you develop a daily meditation practice. She is known for her enthusiasm and passion in helping people make the most of themselves and their relationships. We all thrive when we experience friendship and receive kindness – these are two of the hallmarks of Steps Ahead the organisation which Penny has developed over the last 10 years.
Penny trained as an instructor of mindfulness with Bangor University in 2009 and is currently working as a supervisor at Exeter University linked with their project in mindfulness. She works alongside parents and families, young entrepreneurs and people within business. Recently she has been asked to be involved in a research project looking into how mindfulness may help with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.