Top tips for facilitators

Top tips for facilitators

Know what you’re trying to do. Clear aims matter. Being is more important than tools. Embody what you’re teaching. Any training is a cycle. The beginning is not the middle, and the middle is not the end. This flow matters (eg building trust and authority early, and...
Suffering doesn’t help

Suffering doesn’t help

There’s a deeply held, implicit belief that we must suffer to grow. It’s Judeo-Christian essentially, but has made its way into all aspects of bodymind practice and personal growth. Today, extreme hot yoga, mud runs (and similar) and ice training are some of the most...
The seduction of magic

The seduction of magic

Special skills (real and imagined) are very attractive. The promise of learning advanced sexual alchemy, shooting Reiki chi from your fingers like a benevolent Yoda, having the ninja death touch or the psychic skills to see what mere mortals cannot – and a host of...
The new barons of trauma

The new barons of trauma

When I started learning about trauma, it was an unusual thing to be aware of in embodied communities. I’d come across the realities of it in when doing humanitarian work in various war zones, so had got interested in it personally. My main mentor, Paul Linden,...
We’re all from the same place

We’re all from the same place

One grandfather soared in the air and dropped death on Germans. He screamed in his sleep until the day he died. The other was from a village in Ireland. He spent his youth braving U-boats, sweating and shovelling coal in the bellies of war ships to get his children to...

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