Liz (Simpson) Alexander
Liz Simpson is a journalist and author specializing in alternative health and personal development. She writes regularly for many leading national and international magazines and has worked as a producer and presenter on a wide variety of television and radio programmes. She is the author of the highly acclaimed title The Book of Crystal Healing and The Healing Energies of Earth, published by Gaia Books.
Mary Atkinson is a qualified holistic massage, Indian head massage, reflexology and aromatherapy practitioner. She is also an instructor for the Massage in Schools Programme and runs her own complementary therapy clinic and training school. Mary has been a health and fitness writer for numerous UK magazines and is the author of over 15 books including The Art of Indian Head Massage and Head and Foot Massage.
EFT Masters Sue Beer and Emma Roberts explain the principles of tapping, and present step-by-step tapping sequences to follow. Each chapter deals with a different issue and offers tapping sequences specific to that need, which are fully illustrated with clear photographs and explanations.
Eilean Bentley is trained in shiatsu, reiki and acupressure. She teaches in adult education centres and treats patients in the detox unit of a National Health Service hospital. Eilean is author of the best-selling The Essential Massage Book and A Gaia Busy Person's Guide: Indian Head Massage.
Christopher Clouder is Head of Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, UK and Ireland and Director of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education. He is also co-founder and facilitator of the Alliance for Childhood.
Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant and lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of East London. Her books include Journey into Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, Awakening the Compassionate Mind (2014), and The Little Book of Mindfulness. Dr Collard's wide range of approaches and methodologies include mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, core energy management, existential therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, relaxation and self-hypnosis.
Paul Devereux is a member of the Society for Scientific Exploration (USA), the Scientific & Medical Network, and the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (USA). He is a research fellow for the Princeton-based International Consciousness Research Laboratories Group and is co-founder and editor of the journal, Time and Mind. He has produced documentaries for Channel 4's Equinox and Secrets of the Dead, and his books include The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Earth Mysteries, The Sacred Place and Symbolic Landscapes.Location: Gloucestershire, UK
Dan Docherty is an international Tai Chi and Qijong consultant who has taught, and continues to teach, thousands of students at seminars throughout the world. Since 1989, Dan has been the organiser of the British Open Tai Chi Championships. He is Chairman of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. He regularly contributes to martial arts publications and is the author of the recently published Tai Chi Bible (Godsfield, Feb 2014), Tai Chi Chuan and Complete Tai Chi Chuan. Dan learned Tai Chi Chuan while serving as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force between 1975 and 1984. In 1980 he won the Open Weight Division at the fifth South-east Asian Chinese Pugilistic Championships in Malaysia. He is an LLB graduate from Glasgow University and holds a postgraduate CNAA diploma in Chinese. He regularly travels to the Far East, especially to China, for research.
Linnea Dunne was born and raised in Sweden, where she started her writing career as a columnist at the local newspaper aged 15. She left for Ireland a few years later and eventually moved to London, where she studied Creative Writing and Political Communications. Linnea's work on subjects ranging from motherhood to women's rights and media narratives has been published by (among others) the Irish Times, the Guardian and the Irish Independent. She also works as Editor of Scan Magazine, spreading the word about all things Scandinavian, and is the author of Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living (2017). Linnea now lives in Dublin with her husband and two kids. Juggling life as a work-from-home freelance professional with motherhood and countless creative projects, and inspired by her husband who gets up early to meditate every morning, she recently took up daily yoga and set out to find out how a good morning ritual can contribute to a sense of peace and purpose.
Dr Robert A Emmons PhD
Robert A Emmons, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he has taught since 1988.He received his PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of nearly 200 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited five books, including The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press), The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press), Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton-Mifflin) and Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity (Jossey-Bass).A leader in the positive psychology movement, Dr Emmons is founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.He is Past-President of the American Psychological Association's Division 36, The Psychology of Religion. His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and thankfulness in both adults and youth, and how they are related to human flourishing. His interests also include the psychology and spirituality of joy and grace as they relate to human flourishing.Dr Emmons has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John M Templeton Foundation, and the National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation. His research has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, US News and World Report, Newsweek, Time, NPR, PBS, and The Wall Street Journal.
Ann Gillanders is a world-renowned reflexologist and author of the best-selling Reflexology: A step-by-step guide, The Family Guide to Reflexology and Reflexology for Back Pain. Ann is principal of the British School of Reflexology, editor of Healing Points magazine, and is well known for her lectures and broadcasts on reflexology. She has taught and trained therapists in reflexology for over 25 years.
Judy Hall is an internationally known author, astrologer, crystal expert, psychic and healer. A leading authority on spiritual development, Judy has more than 45 years of experience in karmic astrology, crystal healing and past-life therapy. She is the author of over 45 books - including the bestselling The Crystal Bible, which has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide - and her writing has been translated into 16 languages. Judy has four times been named as one of the 100 most spiritually influential people in the world in the Watkins Review.
Dr David R Hamilton
Dr David Hamilton has a PhD in organic chemistry and spent four years working in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, he left the industry to write books and educate people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health. He is the author of nine books, including How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body and The Five Side Effects of Kindness. David is the 'Kindness Tsar' for Psychologies magazine and writes for Soul & Spirit Magazine and the Huffington Post. He has appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch in the UK and CBS Sunday Morning in the USA. An advocate for kindness, David is working passionately to help inspire a kinder world.
Megan C Hayes
Megan Hayes is a groundbreaking researcher and pioneer of the Positive Journal® approach to personal writing. She has spent almost a decade studying writing and the psychology of happiness, and discovering ways that writing makes us happier. She is an academic in the field of positive psychology, a creative writing graduate and has a personal interest in mental health issues, having grown up with a mother and sister who both experienced bipolar episodes.Megan completed her interdisciplinary PhD research at Teesside University, titled A Positive Psychology of Writing, which explores creative writing and psychological wellbeing (or 'flourishing'). She was awarded a distinction in her MSc in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London, having originally studied Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. In 2015 her research was published in the peer-reviewed publication The International Journal of Wellbeing, and she also been published in The Journal of Creative Writing Research. She has presented her research at conferences in the UK, USA, and Europe, including the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), the European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP), and Cardiff Metropolitan's 'Writing Between the Lines' symposium. She is also co-founder of Creative Writing Lab: The Network for Research in Creative Writing and Wellbeing (www.creativewritinglab.org) and founder and Director of Happy Hideaway (www.meganchayes.com/workshops), which brings together expert speakers for creative workshops based on the science of positive psychology. She has written online since 2008 for websites, including Miseducated and Light Box: The Happiness Project.
Alan Herdman is a world-renowned Pilates expert. He has established Pilates exercise studios in several countries, including opening the first Pilates studio in London in 1970. Three of his books, Pilates: Creating the Body You Want, The Busy Person's Guide to Pilates and Pilates Plus are published by Gaia Books.
Jonathan Hilton is a freelance writer and editor with a wide experience of environmental and complementary health subjects. Over the past 15 years, Jonathan has contributed to or edited around 20 specialist books on subjects including reflexology, yoga, tai chi, colour healing, allergen-free living and constructing and furnishing environmentally low-impact homes and offices. His most recent work is the Gaia book Wild Food.
Joanna Hoare has been a practicing aromatherapist for over 20 years. She joined the IFA (International Federation of Aromatherapists) at their inauguration in 1985 and was elected Chair in 2004. Currently she examines for the IFA and travels the world, in particular the Far East, lecturing and teaching on aromatherapy.
Tanmaya Honervogt is a Reiki Master-Teacher, with a direct lineage to the Reiki source. She has been working with Reiki healing and meditation since 1983. She regularly holds training sessions in traditional Usui Reiki in Europe, Japan and the USA. Previous titles: Reiki, Healing and Harmony Through the Hands, Inner Reiki, A Gaia Busy Person's Guide: Reiki, and Reiki for Emotional Healing.
Matilda Lee is a features writer for The Ecologist. In association with the British Fashion Council she researches and writes ethical clothing guides for London Fashion week. She is a contributing author to A Slice of Organic Life edited by Sheherazade Goldsmith. Location: London, UK.
George Marshall is Director of the Climate Outreach and Information Network and has over 17 years' experience in research and campaigning for environmental organisations. He has worked as a senior campaigner for Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation, and as a policy consultant to the German and Papua New Guinean governments. He has authored fifteen major reports and won nine awards for his video documentary work.