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August 2018

Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness

We have just improved and updated the course curriculum


This is the first UK qualification integrating spirituality and healthcare to be fully accredited and on the Ofqual Register.
 (CI Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness)
I will be teaching this pioneering qualification:
October 2018 Findhorn College
March 2019 Glastonbury

• Explore and deepen your own spirituality
• Understand the science of its health benefits
• Improve and support your health
• Help others
• Benefit our world


New Course Content – Curriculum

Unit 1: Person Centred Spiritual Practice
1. Summarise the common features of spiritual experiences and spiritual practices
2. Explain own understanding of spirituality and spiritual practice
3. Carry out own daily spiritual wellbeing practice
4. Practice core skills of meditation

Unit 2: Reflective Practice and Self-Awareness in the Context of Spiritual Development
1. Summarise the elements, benefits and importance of reflective practice and self-awareness in the context of spiritual development
2. Implement a regular practice of reflection and self-management
3. Engage in reflective conversations with others about own developmental process
4. Investigate how well your lifestyle and behaviours align with the Spiritual Companions Guidelines

Unit 3: Science and Context
1. Discuss the historical and cultural relationship between spirituality and medicine
2. Summarise the evidence base for the health benefits of spirituality
3. Describe key elements of spirituality and faith that can benefit physical and mental health
4. Reflect on the benefits of spirituality for your own and another’s health and wellbeing

Unit 4: Spiritual Care in Practice
1. Prepare a safe and sacred space
2. Lead an individual or small group into meditation
3. Demonstrate whole body listening for a sustained period with an individual and a group
4. Demonstrate the communication skills of spiritual companioning
5. Explain the progression of and care for stages of spiritual emergency

Read my academic essay in the Journal of the Study of Spirituality about this new qualification:  A New Vocational Qualification

There was also a long feature about our course last Autumn in  “The I” newspaper.


June 2018

The Spirit of Findhorn

Two decades ago I wrote a short article about the ‘Spirit of Findhorn’ for Network News. I forgot about it until last week when a conference organiser at the Findhorn Foundation asked me whether they could reprint that article to help promote their coming Autumn conference. I replied. ‘Yes of course you can.’

Re-reading the article I quite like it still. Most of all, however, I find myself pondering how I am also in an awkward situation.  More


May 2018

Self-Care for Health Professionals

Visiting my GP a little while ago he began talking with me about his own health. This was not unusual as we had known each other for twenty years and he had read my self-help book The Endorphin Effect. He was committed to a holistic approach and believed that good medicine enabled patients into self-care.

‘If only I had practised what I preach,’ he said wryly, ‘I would have caught my own condition much earlier and probably avoided surgery. ’ More


Poo and Nirvana.

Please don’t be shocked by this question: What is the connection between poo and nirvana?
Or to put it another way, what is the connection between the state of your gut and spiritual wisdom? More


April 2018

Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness

I am proud to announce that the first twenty-seven students have just achieved this groundbreaking qualification. Congratulations to all of them. 


April 2018

New Video – The Unseen Worlds

The first talk of the Findhorn Easter Talks 2018 series. A 30-minute interview about the unseen worlds: How we sense them, how we can learn to work with them and how we can make them part of our normal life. You’ll find it here


9 January 2018

New Year’s Resolutions and the Cosmic Balance

Ninety per cent of New Year’s resolutions fail. People look forward into their lives and commit to change. Unfortunately the vast majority are sucked back into old behaviours. Little do people know that their failures are part of a grand psychological and cosmic drama . . .  More


17 December 2017

Natural Health Magazine Article

Did you know there is a wealth of evidence for the health benefits of spirituality?
Read my full article in the  December edition of Natural Health magazine


7  October 2017

BBC Radio 2 ‘Good Morning Sunday’ Reflective Moment

This is the text of the Reflective Moment broadcast on 8th October

The annual season of party political conferences has just ended and I find myself thinking:
Political parties are a bit like religions. There are strongly held beliefs, internal divisions, conflicts with those of other faiths . . .
>> Read more


September 2017

Spiritual Freedom Manifesto

Over thousands of years the major world religions have marginalised natural spirituality.
Knowledge of our innate connection with the wonder, mystery and energy of life has been obscured by dogma and hierarchy.
But immense shifts are happening in our global culture . . .
>> Read more


August 2017

Your Daily Bath in Paradise – Earth and Fire

What kind of spiritual education do children deserve? Or to put it another way what would you have liked when you were a child?

This question was triggered for me when I recently helped develop a personal and social health education programme (PSHE) for a large secondary school. I started to think about what I had received and not received from my parents and schooling. There were some good things but there was also an awful gap.
>> Read more


July 2017

The Rewards of Spiritual Practice

Feel the Deepest Meaning of Life
Daily spiritual practice can transform you, calm your brain, integrate your heart and breath, and soothe your gut.
Daily spiritual practice can radiate to support, inspire and fuel your friends, colleagues, family and community.
>> Read more


May 2017

Ten Top Health Benefits of Spirituality

Here I outline ten of the key benefits spiritual practice can bring to both physical and mental health.
• Live longer
• Strong Immune System
• Healthy Gut
• Less Heart Attacks
• Boosts Confidence        >> Read more


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April 2017

Holistic Leadership

Holistic leadership can make the world a better place. It can happen in all areas of your life — family, friends, workplace and the wider community of your neighbourhood, nation and planet. . .

>> Read more


March 2017

Conversations with Angels, Archetypes & Nature Spirits

The video of the whole talk is now available.

>> Watch it here


SuccessFeatured Blog from 2016

Wrestling Demons and Transforming Paperwork

How I transformed an awful attitude …

>> Read more


BabyBirdinHandVideo 18 November 2016

New Secrets of the Inner Smile Video

The whole talk given in Glastonbury has been uploaded.
>> Watch it

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My Calendar

Every Thursday at 7pm
June – July – August

Healing Meditation

Glastonbury Abbey • St Joseph’s Chapel

16 – 23 September
Italian Alps Meditation Retreat: The Shambhala Experience
Monterosa Mountains • Mindful Mountains

13 October course starts
Diploma in Practical Spirituality & Wellness
Findhorn College

Sunday 21 October
Psychic Protection Workshop: Be Strong, Be Safe
London • Alternatives

27/28 October Weekend
Spiritual Health Programme
Edinburgh • EICSP

Monday 19th – Wed 21st November Residential
How to Teach and Lead Meditation and Mindfulness
Birmingham • Woodbrooke College

Sunday 2 December
How to Teach and Lead Meditation
London • Alternatives

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