Matt O'Connor launched a pop up store at Selfridges in September 2009. Since then The Icecreamists have gone on the make headlines, survived a legal dispute with Lady Gaga and the company now runs two stores in Covent Garden creating boutique ice creams and cocktails for winter and summer.
Darryl O'Keeffe qualified as a teacher while attending the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and he has taught continually in some capacity since 1978. Early employment took him from fringe theatre via community theatre to director of a youth and community centre in Hackney, London. In the early 1980s he began to 'catch' other people's headaches and discovered that he could physically remove pain from other people. His spiritual reawakening began consciously when he took a migraine away from a girlfriend in the street. The energetic discharge knocked him over and rendered him unconscious for a moment and, as he lay there contemplating the stars, he mused that what had just happened was impossible by any science that he had ever been taught and, at that moment, resolved to find out what was really going on in the world. His enquiries led him to the NFSH (now the Healing Trust) and, by the late 1980s, he had become a practising spiritual healer and was helping others to realise their own latent abilities. After attending a Kundalini healing course with Lilla Bek he began intuitively to adopt yoga postures during meditation practice. He began to practise yoga, joining local classes in Hatha, Iyengar, and Kundalini. Although he maintained his Hatha yoga practice for several years it was the "spiritual technology" of the Kundalini Yoga classes taught by Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa that really resonated with him.Darryl is a much-travelled and practically minded spiritual teacher and healer. He has taught holistic healing in a variety of organisations and settings around the world and conducted Sacred Tours to a variety of countries with Judy Fraser. He is a Mentoring Lead Trainer with the KRI Aquarian Trainer Academy; a founder member of the IKYTA Global Teachers Council; and a Director of i-SKY Training Ltd. www.i-sky.net "helping each to BE the best s/he can be." Darryl continues to teach regularly and maintains a consultative yoga and healing practice in the UK where he lives with his Russian wife Elena and their two boys Yuri and Nikolai.
Kara O'Reilly is an experienced and prolific writer and editor of lifestyle and interior design features. She has worked on and contributed to some of the most influential style magazines and newspapers on the market, including Style at the Sunday Times, Elle Decoration and Livingetc. Kara is currently Interiors Editor at luxury lifestyle magazine The Resident.
Penelope Ody is a herbalist, journalist and author. She studied initially with the School of Phytotherapy in Kent, UK and also at the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou, China. She practised as a consultant medical herbalist in Buckinghamshire, UK for 11 years and continues to run workshops on herbalism. She is the author of many books including Practical Chinese Medicine, The Chinese Herbal Cookbook and The Secret of Chinese Herbal Medicine.Location: Southampton, Hampshire.
The author is Research Officer for the Geological Society and a highly respected gemmologist.
Robert Opie has been collecting packaging, advertising and social history for over 40 years.In 1984 he realised an ambition by establishing, in Gloucester, the first museum devoted to the history of advertising and packagin, and later created the Museum of Memories in Wigan.He has written several books, including Miller's Advertising Tins, The 1930s Scrapbook, The Wartime Scrapbook and The 1950s Scrapbook.
Cheryl Owen is an experienced crafter whose projects for adults and children have appeared in many books and magazines. She has written on a diverse array of subjects ranging from paper to clay, fabric, glass painting, salt dough and candle-making.