Where the Magic Happens
We’re soon to launch our first series of live stream workshops focusing on Heath & Wellbeing and so to celebrate, we’ve compiled our list of top health heroes, those that know how to get you to a place where the magic happens. First up is Alan Dolan. Why? Just pay him a visit in London or to his beautiful retreat on the magic isle of Lanzarote and you’ll understand. He has no ego, and we mean, no ego at all. A truly remarkable man who will bring about remarkable results in you. There’s no doubt that there are some personal favourites of the The Life Adventure team in here, but this is purely because we’ve experienced these practitioners first-hand and can personally give testament to the benefits they bring. Alan, for example, just gives and gives, as does number 2 on our list, Andrew Wallas. It’s a rare and unique quality. And that’s just for starters. These people could literally change your life, so read on (the list is in no particular order) to learn a little more about what each of them could bring to your life.
1. Alan Dolan & Donna Lancaster (Breath & Relationships)
According to the Telegraph, breathing is now ‘trending’. The Sunday Times called it ‘turbo psychotherapy’. Rumour has it that David Cameron’s last Easter break included a session with Alan. So can breathing be a trend? Well, no doubt people said that about guided meditation too, when it first arrived on the wellness scene. Alan’s work is about detoxifying, transformational breathing, which is used to regulate stress, improve immunity and increase wellbeing. And he’s now taking this technique and applying it to help transform relationships too. It’s the result of a fortuitous meeting between Alan and relationship coach Donna Lancaster. The two shared their unique ways of working and realised that, when combined, these techniques could offer ground-breaking opportunities for couples wishing to work on improving the quality of their relationship. The pair offer discrete, bespoke retreats on the magical island of Lanzarote for individual couples. It’s a powerful combination, and is attracting the attention of celebrities and high net worth individuals looking for help. More can be found on their workshops here.
2. Andrew Wallas (Corporate Alchemist, Shaman, Wizard)
Known as the Modern Day Wizard, Andrew Wallas’ work is unique and many have fallen under this wizard’s spell. He embodies a rare combination of highly successful businessman and intuitive shaman. Clients stream through his door from all over the world. His way of working is equivalent to years of talking therapy because it’s a kinesthetic, physical, and existential approach. And demand for this fast-tracked healing is growing, because the way that Andrew looks at life is both refreshing and thought-provoking. He believes that the basic problem with people is that whilst we all want something, we unconsciously stop ourselves from getting it. He works to unblock what’s stopping us and helps us to avoid this sabotaging energy. This year he’s also embarked on a real-life School for Wizards – a Hogwarts in Henley if you will – where students learn everything from core healing to conscious uncoupling, as well as some extremely powerful relationship work, which he does with is wife, the author Anna Pasternak. Find more about Andrew’s workshops and Wizard School here.
3. Patrick Holford (Nutrition)
Whilst Patrick has attracted a lot of attention over the years, not all of it positive because he has stood up against the might of mainstream medicine and science, he is considered to be one of Britain’s top nutritionists. He’s written 29 books and has a huge following of devotees, having helped thousands of people over the years with both with their own health as well as through the extensive training he offers at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition, which he founded in 1984. We love the Optimum Nutrition Bible. It has sold well over 1m copies in 30 countries and has inspired many, many people, to give far more thought into what they put into (and on to) their bodies. Read more about Patrick here.
4. Shomitt Mitter (Hypnotherapy, Manifestation)
Shomit comes from an intellectual perspective, with a M.Phil from Oxford University and a Ph.D from Cambridge University. He trained as a hypnotherapist under Dr. Keith Hearne and Dr. Roger Woolger, and has spent 30 years studying ancient Indian, Chinese, Egyptian and Shamanic systems of healing. Much of his work over the years has involved an amalgamation of these systems with cutting edge modern western hypnotherapy. The results are both powerful and easy to use. If you get the chance to enroll in some of his mind-blowing workshops, take it. The meditations are some of the most powerful we’ve ever experienced and the stories of his mother’s friendship with Mother Teresa remind you that you’re in the presence of a unique individual who’s giving you a unique insight into the world. If you ever need reminding that the world is a stage and we are merely actors taking up our roles, then best let Shomitt lead you through it, with intelligence, awe and finesse. Shomit has a workshop coming up on The Life Adventure, details to follow shortly.
5. Sharon Eden (Depression Coach and so much more)
Sharon is leadership coach, psychotherapist and speaker. She helps dispirited people dynamically recover and recharge their sense of self through discovering their purpose, passion and power. Her first book, Whack Around The Head, will most certainly point you in the right direction in terms of how to turn your life around right now, particularly if you’re in an unsatisfying job. Sharon, MA, Regd MBACP (Accred), has also developed a hugely powerful 6-step process to beating depression. This is borne from nearly 30 years’ experience, knowledge and wisdom of working with depression for herself and others. She’s now launching training specifically for therapists, with a ground-breaking and holistic paradigm for depression and its treatment. More on Sharon’s work can be found here.
6. Claire Muller (The Association of Systematic Kinesiology – TASK)
Again, another relatively unknown persona outside of her client base, it’s now almost impossible to get a personal 1-1 session with Claire as she’s now devoting most of her time and passion to training aspiring kinesiologists at her school, TASK (The Association of Systematic Kinesiology). Claire’s father pioneered this type of kinesiology in the UK and Europe in 1976 and Claire took over the reigns when he moved to the States. She’s an amazing women with an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience and if you don’t know too much about Kinesiology, it’s one of the most profound complementary modalities available. Kinesiology taps into the biochemistry of the body and practitioners such as Claire are able to ‘read’ levels of imbalance through the amazing tool of muscle testing. Read more on TASK here.
7. Deliciously Ella (Food Blogger)
Whilst Ella has had no formal nutrition training, she’s cooking up a storm on her blog, which attracts in the region of 150K followers every day. It’s impressive stuff and is borne from a combination of her touching story, the delicious (they really are) recipes, Ella’s stylish brand and of course some really hard work. A self-confessed ‘sugar monster’, Ella was struck down with a rare condition that attacked her nervous system and left her bed-bound. She cured herself through healthy eating by embracing a fully vegan lifestyle. See Ella’s blog here.
8. Andrew Smith (Astrologer)
Andrew Smith reigns supreme in the world of astrology. We’re told that even other astrologers rely on Andrew’s skills to guide them. Discrete, with no website (just a Facebook page), he’s booked up months in advance and works through referrals only. If you’re lucky enough to get an appointment (allow yourself a few months to get in), the information you’ll glean on yourself will astonish you and undoubtedly guide you for years to come. And combined with a great sense of humour, the Skype session we had with Andrew (he’s based in Dublin) was not only gobsmackingly good and accurate, but hugely entertaining and fun too. Catch him here (if you can).
9. Jody shields (Light Grid Therapist)
New and hot! Light Grid Therapy is new and hot on the complimentary medicine scene. Jody Shield sparkles. Top to toe, and all around. Her glow is unmistakeable. As soon as you meet her it is evident that she works, and lives, completely from the heart. Jody was once your average advertising agency career girl, leading a fun and glam life with unsteady relationships and going through the motions. Everything changed when Jody decided to take some time out in South America. Through working and healing with indigenous Shamans’ and plant medicine life lead her to a new healing career in London. She soon began an exciting journey working with top self-development experts and pioneering energy healers across Europe. Now she is quickly becoming a name reverently whispered amongst London’s corporate high fliers, musicians, artists and creative types. Her clients come to her for all kinds of reasons: suffering from physical pain, anxiety, family trauma and eating disorders, having difficulty sustaining a relationship, struggling with finances, or simply feeling directionless. See more on Jody here.
10. Shaman in Stilletoes Anna Hunt
A Cambridge educated journalist, Anna’s shamanic road began on a sabbatical to Peru studying with a shamanic teacher in the High Andes and the Amazon after she suffered stress-induced issues. Einstein’s work backs up what shamans have known for well over 10,000 years, namely that everything is energy. Shamans see energy and use a range of techniques, such as plants, herbs, visualisation (meditation for dummies), sound and crystals to move it. What works for the Western world is how Anna combines shamanic techniques with a modern approach that draws on the principles of quantum physics to master our thoughts and perceptions, the root of all suffering. These techniques work quickly (often there are dramatic changes during the course of a single weekend workshop) to transfer relationships, alleviate many common health problems, such as depression, fatigue, anxiety, back pain, acid reflex, IBS, migraines, emotional challenges. Read more on Anna’s story here.
11. Louka Leppard (Founder of Tula Yoga)
Very hot right now, Louka doesn’t come cheap, but his form of yoga, Tula Yoga, is ‘life changing’ according to the Daily Mail (and who doesn’t believe them?). With some major celebs on his client list Louka is very much coveted and most that try it agree it’s worth every penny. It’s an unusually intimate form of yoga, very hands on and is described as “a journey inwards, towards your axis” and “a return through sensation into union with your body and the present moment”. It’s difficult to explain why and how Tulayoga is so profound without actually trying it. So, try it. It’s an experience that both mind and body will never forget. Read the Daily Mail’s take on Louka here.
12. Wendy Mandy (Massage, Accupuncture, Reflexology, Reiki)
Wendy Mandy’s treatment is all-encompassing: she combines massage with five-element acupuncture, reflexology and reiki, handing out home-grown spiritual advice as she goes. Wendy does not have a website and we don’t have a huge amount of detail to give you, only that her work is truly amazing, she’s very discrete and works by referral only. Oh, and she’s booked solid for months in advance. But if you can find a way in, take it!
13. David Ashworth (Shaman, Visionary)
David Ashworth is a visionary; a trailblazer, philosopher; an original thinker and doer. He’s also an author of some pretty out-there books. Originally, David worked as a healer. Today, he has moved way beyond that level, where his focus is unlocking the spiritual evolution of others. Through this process, he enables people to approach their own healing in a very different way than traditionally understood, bringing deep insight to their position in life, on their evolutionary path. His teaching is unique, being driven and guided in a way that exposes the deeper truth within the lives of those who seek transformation.. His work is very discrete and it’s not easy to get an appointment. As his own evolution continues to unfold, David continually rolls back the boundaries of what we consider possible in spiritual work. Read about David and his work here.
14. Jamie Cato (of One Giant Leap Fame)
Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman travelled for 7 months through all 5 continents (and 50 locations) to create a most inspiring film about their experience. Their mission was not only to gather insights on the huge universal themes of life from the most illuminating people they could find, but also to seek out the cream of the world’s musicians and compose immense multi-layered music with them. Jamie now runs hugely successful transformational workshops to unlock the endless abundance of creative and professional potential and activiat the unique genius that is apparently innate in all of us. The Daily Telegraph reports that “…a polite warning; prolonged exposure to Jamie Catto could blow your mind…” and Stephen Fry says “Jamie Catto is kind, wise, open, boundlessly energetic, optimistic and passionate. His musical skills – while formidable – are trumped by his remarkable ability to light fires under otherwise reluctant people. I adore him.” We can’t get there quick enough! Watch the video here.
15. Nick Seneca Jankel (21st Century Shaman)
With a book just launched, entitled, ‘Switch On: How to Unleash your Creative Spirit with the New Science of Breakthrough’, Nick Jankel Elliot is a very bright cookie indeed. In fact, we hear that only last week he was presenting at Yale. Interweaving innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and collaboration, Nick guides organisations and individuals to ‘switch on’ to opportunities for creativity, growth and thriving, providing cutting-edge tools and techniques for how to do this. His forté is to share profound, practical and playful insights that inspire people to think and act differently. His offerings are wide spread, so take your pick: wisdom speaker, coach, author, TV host, creator of Breakthrough Biodynamics and media shaman. The Sunday Times called him ‘a glam spiritual activist’, but he’s much more than that. Find out more here.