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 an internationally renowned speaker, mentor and best-selling author. He has spent the over 20 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, spiritual advisor and encourager to leaders and emergent leaders in the areas of business the media and entertainment, the law, personal and spiritual growth, academia, retail, the NHS. His purpose is inspiring people to discover and live their unique calling and to show up in the world with their unique gifts. He has helped thousands of people shift from working for pay to doing what they were born to do and being paid for it and giving birth to their potential. He is also the founder of the Spiritual Pro Global Community. His nine books have been translated into seven languages, and has so far been invited to speak in sixteen countries.
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 is a qualified, experienced NLP Master Practitioner and Coach; Certified Trainer of NLP and Practitioner of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Jackie also has qualifications in Process Acupressure, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology. She has trained in Metamorphic Technique, and has studied to Level 2 in Bach Flower Remedies.
In the field of Further Education, Jackie is a qualified Tutor and Learning Support Practitioner; she is involved at Bournemouth & Poole College, and has experience of supporting students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger's, ADHD and many other different ways of approaching learning.
Jackie leads a community choir for over 55's, 'Sing Together', and also runs workshops for people who think they can't sing!
She has been running Joyous Isle with Jane Ashford since 1997.
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 has over 25 years of experience of working in the area of alternative health. She practiced both reflexology and acupressure in London before training in Ireland as a teacher of Dancing the Rainbow, exploring creative expression through holistic movement & dance. She now lives and works in Dorset as an artist, healer and teacher, practicing Reiki Drum and Rahanni and selling her art and photography through her cards and meditation packs.
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.
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.
Kirsteen has loved music since early childhood. She studied piano, singing and violin at music college and, after receiving her Diploma in Music, went on to work with adults and children, with and without learning difficulties, teaching piano and using music and folk dancing in a therapeutic way. Having sung in many different types of choirs over the years, she now runs two acapella choirs, including "Sing for Joy", the Ringwood Community Choir, and also runs a regular circle dance group.
Her varied experience includes providing accompaniment for village pantomimes, playing recorder and calling dances in a ceilidh band, as well as running singing and folk dance workshops.
Susie, daughter of much-loved teacher Nick Prater, is a gifted & dynamic teacher, as well as a talented singer-songwriter & musician. She has been leading choirs and harmony workshops since age 19 and is currently director of the 150 strong choir for Glastonbury Festival. She is also a professional voice tutor. Susie shares songs of the heart - her own compositions and songs by Nick, along with favourite uplifting Gospels and World Music - all in full harmony. www.susiero.co.uk Susie also sings as part of an acoustic folk/soul duo, Susie Ro & Ayla.
James D'Angelo is considered a leading authority on sound healing practices. James has had a multi-faceted career in music as a lecturer (City University of New York), classical/jazz pianist, organist, composer, workshop leader and writer on therapeutic sound and metaphysical subjects. He is a published and prize-winning composer with many works to his credit.
Since 1994 James has developed and evolved courses that focus on the theory and practice of therapeutic sound primarily through the voice using toning and chanting but also through the application of tuning forks. His study of breathwork, overtoning, tuning forks, self-actualizing psychology, his practice of sacred Sufi movements and his initiation into Reiki healing form the basis of his work and continuning evolution.
His courses have been given at many of the major venues in the UK including The Alternatives Programme, The College of Psychic Studies, The Findhorn Foundation, The Gaunts House Foundation, The Isle of Avalon Foundation (Glastonbury), The Brightlife Institute, The Theosophical Society, Hawkwood College, Goldsmith's College and The Abbey (Oxfordshire). Further courses have been offered in Europe and the USA.
James is the author of 'Healing With The Voice' and the revised and expanded edition (with CD) of the book entitled 'The Healing Power of the Human Voice' .His second book Seed Sounds for Tuning the Chakras: Vowels, Consonants and Seed Syllables for Spiritual Transformation, was published in 2012.
Sammy has been leading workshops and choirs for many years, and has worked in hospitals, schools, prisons, youth centres... always amazed at the transformation that music can bring. "My musical life takes me into many different worlds. I hope I can bring joy and care to every situation, whether it be leading a choir, songwriting, or working in the community."
She has also written commissions, including for massed youth choir at the Youth Proms, Royal Albert Hall and as part of the D Day celebrations with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Portsmouth and France. Very often her songs reflect the landscape in which she lives and so she was very happy to write for the photographer Ben Osbornes show,Jurassic Journey. She currently leads Luminos Choir in Poole and The Freedance Choir in West Dorset.
Picture By Ben Osbourne
Tessa is an experienced Homeopath and Bach Practitioner who has run a busy practice since 1988. She is registered with the Society of Homeopaths, the Association of Natural Medicine and the Bach Centre. Tessa is committed to supporting people with their health and wellbeing in a gentle, effective and empowering way. Tessa's practice is based in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK where she offers consultations with an emphasis on establishing a safe, professional atmosphere so she can take a clear case history. Tessa acknowledges the relevance of stress in the disease process and uses counselling skills to encourage clients to explore their symptoms holistically, taking into account emotional states, shocks and lifestyle pressures, as well as physical complaints, sensitivities and allergies.
Tessa is a recognised international trainer in the Bach flower remedies, approved by the Bach Centre. This work takes her to many countries to teach the Bach International Education Programme (BIEP) and to share her experience of working with the remedies with people in such countries as the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Russia, Ireland, Israel and South Africa. Tessa trains all three levels of the BIEP, from Introductory, through Advanced to Practitioner Level. Recently she was commissioned to review and update the whole Bach International Education Programme, which was a personal challenge and an opportunity to share her training experience. She is also a senior trainer who supports and trains new practitioners to become BIEP trainers in their own right.
As a homeopath herself, Tessa is aware of the connections between Homeopathic philosophy and Dr Bach's philosophy of healing and so has written a special training course in the Bach flower remedies for Homeopaths and students of Homeopathy. This course too is approved by the Bach Centre.
Jean has worked in the field of complementary therapy and personal development for over 20 years, and is a Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP. She is also qualified in hypnotherapy and has trained in life coaching.
Jean originally held a career in electronics as a designer, the last 10 years of which she spent working for Ericsson. During her electronics career she became fascinated with natural therapies after reading about Reflexology. This led to her train in several therapies - Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Zero Balancing and Massage. Her interest and exploration grew and also took her into the world of Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching and NLP.
Jean is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm and skills with others — through her knowledge of NLP, as well as her practice of Massage Therapy and Zero Balancing.
Jean is also involved with renovating and managing properties, and has enjoyed running a shared house. She has studied share & Forex trading and enjoys the financial world.