Barefoot Doctor, aka Stephen Russell began practicing martial arts at the age of eleven. His life was dedicated to exploring, interpreting, practicing and teaching the methods and philosophy of ancient Taoism ever since.
He was a master of the Taoist martial arts - tai chi, xing yi, pa kua and white crane and a doctor of Chinese medicine. He was also an avid student of philosophy, belief systems, spirituality and human potential.
He studied psychotherapy with RD Laing for three years and shamanism with the native American Indians of Taos, New Mexico for four years.
Returning to London in the early 80s, he ran the UK’s busiest acupuncture healing practice for 17 years, growing in acclaim and treating celebrities including Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Jade Jagger, the Pink Floyd etc
As well as being a master sound-healer and music producer, he was a multiple best selling author with some 21 books published, including HANDBOOK FOR THE URBAN WARRIOR, LIBERATION, MANIFESTO, PURE , DRIVING WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED and THE MESSAGE.
He wrote a weekly column for the UK’s national Sunday newspaper The Observer for five years, was a regular on radio and national TV and hosted his own TV show.
He travelled the world running workshops and retreats, doing talks, holding club nights, writing, making healing music, as well as teaching the Taoist way through his transformational training courses.
In short, he helped literally millions of people to transform their lives, living with more expansion, joy & a fuller expression of themselves.
Luca Quaradeghini is an Aries, born April 14 in England.
He is a second generation immigrant from Italian parents.
His maternal grandparents Nonna Lucia and Nonno Ervio moved his mother to Australia after losing their home in the war.
His paternal grandparents, Nonno Nello and Nonna Gina moved to London where his father was born to the sound of the bo bells.
London played a major role in his life. He states that the city caused most of his problems but it also taught him the lessons he needed to survive in a world which, he states, is getting increasingly confusing and hostile.
He graduated from university and began to compile his poetry. His first poem was at sixteen and he later finished the rest of the book, The Whisper, in, how he puts it, his drug enduced self destruct phase.
He hopes you enjoy reading his book, The Whisper. He believes there are a lot of people who have felt or still feel these insecurities and inexorable pain daily that he has felt, and if he can ease it for just one person, he states, his work here is done.
Sarah Luczaj is a person centred counsellor who worked in private practice in rural Poland for almost two decades, and is now based in Glasgow.
She runs live and online workshops in the Creative Regeneration process, which involves a specific blend of focusing, meditation, free-writing and intuitive painting.
The Creative Regeneration process links and crystallises her own Buddhist and focusing practices as well as her experience and skills as a widely published poet, writer and literary translator who is also actively involved in visual art and music.
Sarah is also the co-founder of the terrealuma healing refuge (www.terrealuma.com), a centre for spiritual activism and creative bliss, in Poland. The refuge aims to facilitate healing through reconnection to nature, on all levels from the nutritional, through permaculture practices and use of wild herbs, to the creative and spiritual.
She is also a Reiki practitioner (at Master level), staying close to the original roots of Reiki in Buddhist and Taoist practices.
Her PhD thesis, entitled 'Felt Senses of Self and No-Self in Therapy', investigating the intersections between focusing, therapy and Buddhism, has been turned into book form (The Chi Book - Reiki From The Roots).
She is also author of 'An Urgent Request' (2009, Fortunate Daughter Press) and Creative Regeneration (2019 Wayward Publications Ltd).