The Speakers

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Steve Taylor

Phd. Senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University

Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. He is a past chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. His new book is Extraordinary Awakenings: When Trauma Leads to Transformation, and his others  books include The Clear Light,  Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, The Calm Center, The Leap and Spiritual Science. His books have been published in 20 languages, while his articles and essays have been published in over 100 academic journals, magazines and newspapers. He regularly appears in the media in the UK, and has been recently featured on Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, BBC Breakfast,  Radio FiveLive and TalkRadio. He writes blog articles for Scientific American and for Psychology Today. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Steve lives in Manchester, England, with his wife and three young children.


Suzanne Ruggles

MSc DipHE (Health Psychology) MFHT

Suzanne is, by any standards, and extraordinary survivor, although not of cancer. Her close encounter with death had a completely transformational effect on her, and led to her founding the Full Circle charity, providing complementary medicine services to the cancer wards at St Georges Hospital, London for the last two decades.

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Kirstie Simson

Dancer / Educator

For forty years, Kirstie has been engaged in a dedicated practice of dance improvisation. Her encounter with this work in her early twenties transformed her life

Sarah Jons


Transformational Breathworker

Sarah trained in Transformational Breath back in 2013 and is following the path to become a Senior Trainer. Sarah believes that our “Breath” is the most powerful self-healing tool we all have access to. She says that the Breath allows each of us to communicate fully with our bodies and tap into the abundance of life force energy.

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Gavin Andrews

Managing Director of HeartMath UK and Ireland

Gavin is the Managing Director of HeartMath UK and Ireland, a Resilience, Wellbeing and Stress Management business. He is also a co-founder of The Syntropy Partnership, creators of Syntropy, a new app featuring art and music videos for breathwork, relaxation and meditation.


Aga Kehinde

Nurse, coach and EFT practitioner

Aga has a background in oncology and oncology research, working as a cancer educator and clinical nurse specialist for over 20 years.

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Petrea King


Petrea King is CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation which she established in 1989. She is a well-known author, inspirational keynote speaker, teacher and facilitator. She is also qualified as a naturopath, herbalist, clinical hypnotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher.

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Liz Butler


Energy Therapist and Spiritual Coach

Liz Butler has 22 years’ experience as a therapist. Originally trained as a nutritional therapist, Liz has a degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Nutritional Medicine,  but more recently has followed her true passion: emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Liz is a qualified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Matrix Reimprinting practitioner, as well as a Reiki Healer and HeartMath Coach. She is also a student of Theosophy and is currently studying for an advanced diploma. Liz has a great interest in the heart (physical, energetic and metaphysical) and as well as working with groups and individuals to support healing through heart-alignment, she has spent the last few years writing a book on the subject.

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Elif Clarke

HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist 

BABCP registered Cognitive Behavioural therapist

Senior trainer in Transformational Breath

Elif is a London-based certified Transformational Breath® facilitator and Senior trainer.
She is a highly experienced and intuitive practitioner with a second sense for reflective breath work. She seamlessly combines her wisdom, accumulated over 20 years’ working within the National Health Service (NHS) as an accomplished psychologist and psychotherapist, with her insightful spiritual practices including Soul Retrieval and Shamanic Healing to create an integrated and truly holistic approach to her work.

Elif is the co-founder of the Big Breath Company and ElifClarkebreathtoheal. 

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