Autumn 2014 Author Talks at Watkins
September Mick Collins 4-Sept-2014 Thurs,6.30pm "The Unselfish Spirit" Susanna Mittermaier 10-Sep-2014 Weds,6.00pm "Pragmatic Psychology" David Richo 11-Sept-2014 Thurs,6.00pm,"How to be an Adult in Love" Sarah Alexander 18-Sept-2014 Thurs,6.30pm,"The Key Lessons to Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership" October Steve Bowman 8-Oct-2014,Weds,6.00pm, "Prosperity Consciousness:Leading Yourself to Money with Conscious Awareness" Karen Ralls 16-Oct-2014,Thurs,6.30pm,"Medieval Mysteries" Mary Perigoe 28-Oct-2014,Tue,6.00pm, "Eat Right, Think Right" November Tessa Watt 6-Nov-2014,Thurs,6.30pm,"Mindful London" Robert Beer 20-Nov-2014, Thurs, 6.30pm,"Legends of the Mahasiddhas:Lives of the Tantric Masters" Mara Freeman 27-Nov-2014,Thurs,6.30pm,"Grail Alchemy" Margaret Braunack 28-Nov-2014,Friday,6.00pm,"On Having your Cake and Eating it too"
SEPTEMBER 4, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Mick Collins – The Unselfish Spirit: Human Evolution in a Time of Global Crisis
Mick Collins is an Occupational Therapist and currently lecturer and director of admissions within the faculty of medicine and health sciences at the University of East Anglia. Mick’s research interests have mostly focused on understanding the links between people’s occupational and transpersonal potential. The subject of his PhD explored the complementary functions of doing and being in the transformative journey through spiritual crisis. Drawing from diverse fields such as cosmology, new biology and quantum physics, alongside depth psychology, occupational science and mysticism, The Unselfish Spirit identifies how our global crisis is also a spiritual one and how we as a race can collectively grow our consciousness to solve the complex web of challenges that threaten life on Earth. As well as discussing theories, The Unselfish Spirit offers exercises and real-life stories providing space for experiential reflections.
SEPTEMBER 10, Wednesday 6.00-7.00pm, Susanna Mittermaier – Pragmatic Psychology: Practical Tools for Being Crazy Happy
Susanna Mittermaier is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, radio show host, access consciousness facilitator, worldwide speaker, founder of Pragmatic Psychology and author. She has years of experience in mental health working with in and outpatients with all diagnosis. Susanna is known for her revolutionary perspective on mental illness and for inspiring people all over the world to access the greatness they are beyond abuse and disease. Pragmatic Psychology:Practical Tools For Being Crazy Happy invites the reader to have a different perspective towards life and in relation to mental illness. What if there was a different possibility with mental illness – and what if change and happiness were a totally available reality? What if everything is the opposite of what it appears to be? For more information: www.susannamittermaier.com
SEPTEMBER 11, Thursday 6.00-7.00pm, David Richo – How to be an Adult in Love
David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco California. He combines Jungian, poetic, and mythic perspectives in his work with the intention of integrating the psychological and the spiritual. His books and workshops include attention to Buddhist practices. How to Be an Adult in Love provides the tools for learning how to love in evolved adult ways, beginning with getting past the barriers that keep us from loving ourselves, then showing how we can learn to open to love others. ‘Loving ourselves and others is in our genetic code -he says- we were made to love and be loved’. www.davericho.com
SEPTEMBER 18, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Sarah Alexander – The Key Lessons of Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership
Sarah Alexander is a coach, mentor, speaker and author. She coaches business leaders and entrepreneurs worldwide using Spiritual Intelligence to help them make the most of their life’s work. She helps people gain clarity and new perceptions through her intuitive questioning and insights, as well as her profound ability to pinpoint and release the blocks that are holding them back. Her second book, Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership: From Manager to Leader in Your Own Life is not another book about leadership. Instead, the book provides the reader with the essential element to leadership: our ability to lead ourselves. It guides you through the seven key lessons that make up the thinking, attitudes and deep inner knowledge that underpin effective twenty-first century leadership. With personal stories and examples drawn from well-known figures to support each concept, the book offers real insight and a spiritual path to being a leader in every capacity. Sarah’s is also the author of Spiritual Intelligence In Business: The Eight Pillars of 21st Century Business Success. For information about her work, please go to www.sarah-alexander.co.uk
OCTOBER 8, Wednesday 6.00-7.00pm, Steven and Chutisa Bowman – “Prosperity Consciousness: Leading Yourself to Money with Conscious Awareness”
Chutisa Bowman is a pragmatic futurist, author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, with a focus on connecting business transformation with future trends and innovation. She is trained both as a psychotherapist and conventional behavioral scientist and ergonomist. Steven Bowman is a leading international advisor in strategy, governance and leadership. He currently consults with over one thousand nonprofit and corporate organisations each year in the USA, UK , Australia , NZ and Asia. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Corporate Law and Accountability Research Group, Monash University. Prosperity Consciousness: Leading Yourself to Money with Conscious Awareness provides the tools, inspiration and transformational processes you can use on your path to success, abundance, and money with consciousness. www.conscious-governance.com
OCTOBER 16, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Karen Ralls – Medieval Mysteries: A Guide to History, Lore, Places and Symbolism
Karen Ralls, Ph.D., is a medieval historian, specialist in the High Middle Ages period (1100-1300) and Celtic history, and was Deputy Director and Curator of the Rosslyn Chapel Art Exhibition (1996-2001) prior to relocating to Oxford. The author of six books, she serves as a conference and workshop presenter, historical sites and spiritual journey tour guide, professional film historical advisor, and musician (flute, harp) who loves stargazing, nature walks and fine chocolate. Medieval Mysteries explores twelve of the most-frequently-requested medieval topics today. From Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose to the delights of Monty Python, the medieval period – pagan, Christian, and otherwise – continues to intrigue, inspire and fascinate many today. www.ancientquest.com
OCTOBER 28, Tuesday 6.00-7.00pm, Mary Perigoe– Eat Right, Think Right
Mary Perigoe, a long-time contributor to the media on beauty and fitness, was one of the first to introduce yoga, reflexology and colour therapy to Britain. After switching from medical social work to natural health therapy in the 1960s, Mary designed exercise and body work programmes at Elizabeth Arden and then at the Berkeley Hotel. Mary has lectured at the London College of Fashion, and has contributed to magazines and newspapers including Harpers and Queen and the Daily Telegraph. She lives in London. Think Right, Eat Right, Move Right follows Mary’s personal quest for whole health – mental, physical and spiritual – that took her beyond the confines of conventional medicine and religion. From Mary’s lifetime of helping her clients achieve physical and emotional wellbeing, she will help you understand the principles of whole health, as formulated by the Ancient Greeks, and take you through many practical exercises designed to improve posture, overcome emotional insecurity, delay the ageing process … and much more.
NOVEMBER 6, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Tessa Watt– Mindful London
Tessa Watt is a mindfulness teacher and consultant, running workshops in organisations as well as the 8-week MBSR course. She is author of the books Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide (Icon, 2012) and Mindful London (Virgin, August 2014). Tessa has been practising meditation for 20 years, and is an experienced instructor at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. She is a fully qualified yoga teacher, and has completed the Teacher Development Retreat run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. Tessa Watt is a founding director of Slow Down London, a project encouraging Londoners to challenge the cult of speed and appreciate the world around us. Mindful London invites you to slow down, wake up and be present to the everyday in a more meaningful way, in one of the world’s greatest cities. For Londoners and visitors looking to enhance their experience of the city, and for those curious about mindfulness, this is your essential guide. It features quiet and peaceful places to retreat to in the middle of the chaos, from the silence and sanctuary of libraries, museums and churches to the rejuvenating influence of nature found in London’s myriad green spaces and waterways.
NOVEMBER 20, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Robert Beer– Legends of the Mahasiddhas: Lives of the Tantric Masters
Robert Beer is a British artist and author. He has practiced Tibetan art for more than forty years. He studied thangka painting with several of the finest Tibetan artists, including Jampa from Lhasa, the ‘state artist of Tibet’ and Khamtrul Rinpoche, a great lama and artist who established the Tibetan Craft Community at Tashijong. Over the past fifteen years, Robert has been working with the most talented artists of the Kathmandu Valley, supporting and nurturing their skills to assemble the finest and most extensive collection of contemporary Tibetan and Newar art. Robert is the author and illustrator of The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs and illustrator of Legends of the Mahasiddhas: Lives of the Tantric Masters. Robert invites you to discover the the 84 Mahasiddhas of India, the extraordinary enlightened men and women with siddhis, or “magical powers”.
NOVEMBER 27, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Mara Freeman – Grail Alchemy: Initiation in the Celtic Mystery Tradition
Mara Freeman, M.A., is a British author and teacher of Western esoteric wisdom and spirituality, which she has taught internationally for over thirty years. She is an initiate in the Western Mystery Tradition, an Archdruidess of the Irish Druid Clan of Dana, and Honored Bard with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Her book, Kindling the Celtic Spirit, (Harper SanFrancisco, 2001) has been hailed as the best modern introduction to Celtic spirituality and sacred traditions. Grail Alchemy: Initiation in the Celtic Mystery Tradition offers a spiritual path grounded in the esoteric traditions of Britain, which are the Mysteries of the Goddess, the Grail and the Sword. It draws readers into this hidden world through a rich retelling of myth, history and poetry, drawn from British folk traditions and medieval Grail romances, as well as touching on Alchemy and the teachings of later Glastonbury visionaries. Readers will discover a way to connect deeply with the wisdom and power of an ancient path of healing and transformation. www.chalicecentre.net
NOVEMBER 28, Friday 6.00-7.00pm, Margaret Braunack – On Having your Cake and Eating it too
Margaret Braunack has had over 25 years of experience in the fields of health, personal and professional development, and over 20 years in the Creative Arts. She has held various roles in management, sales, mentoring, coaching, training and development and has gained the knowledge and techniques to facilitate anyone to instant success. She has trained as a Naturopath, Bodyworker, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), National Values Trainer, Time Line Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Mentor and Coach. She currently runs an International Business.
Having Your Cake And Eating It Too is an invitation to discover just how much more is available in life! This book shows that there is a totally different way to function in this world that is about empowering oneself to be aware of everything and to get out of the conflicts that limit one’s own creations.
Is what you have created so far in your world enough for you? Or would you like access to the tools and techniques that will facilitate you to know that there is so much more available? Are you willing to be the generative energy that creates the magic and miracles to change everything in this world that isn’t working? Are you ready to have the adventure called living?