My work with sacred eldering programmes began in 2015 after I graduated from one of the first pilot programmes in Conscious Ageing certified by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in Petaluma, California. Since that time, my classes and retreats have been further developed to include my decades-long professional and spiritual work in East Asian medicine, spiritual healing, and Sufi mysticism.
With nearly four decades of professional background in East Asian medicine (see Quan Yin Wellness Consultation) and experiential background in a modern mystical, ecumenical path (see Lightsong Inayatiyya) my own patients and students have been sparks of inspiration and research for me. I love helping people deal more efficiently and effectively with issues around ageing, and to live the truth of who they really are. Over the years, I have witnessed the difference between those struggling with ageing and those who gracefully move into this latter phase of life. It was clear to me that those who have physical, psychological and spiritual resources to support their overall wellbeing are much more resilient and capable of meeting the challenges and changes that occur in the ageing process.
My passion has always been to empower people in their search for meaning and purpose in the very uniqueness of their own lives. Seeing the added issues of ageing, and how people have to deal with pain, loss, grief, change and death ignited a deep interest in exploring ways to address these often taboo subjects. It is a part of my own sacred eldering journey to offer support to others to move through and beyond the fears and stresses of ageing, so that we continue to discover, celebrate and harvest the gifts, wisdom and beauty of this latter phase of life.
I have been so blessed by the richness of timeless teachings and skills passed on to me by my own teachers and guides, coupled with many years of experience in East Asian medicine, spiritual healing and Sufi mysticism. And I simply want to share some of these gems with you! I love creating a community of like-minded and like-hearted friends who can share these together. So, I hope that, if this speaks to you, there is no hesitation to contact me for the next step!
IONS – The Institute of Noetic Sciences
The Institute of Noetic Sciences was founded in 1974 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell as a non-profit research, education and membership organisation. The word “noetic” was coined from the Greek word “noesis/noetikos” meaning inner wisdom, direct knowing, intuition or implicit understanding.
Its mission was to support individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach and the engaging of a global learning community in the realisation of human potential and the power of consciousness. The programme Conscious Ageing was one of their educational projects created over four years, and was field-tested across a broad range of practitioners and settings. This included social workers, nurses, coaches, counsellors, ministers, churches, universities, senior centers and health care facilities. Those early programmes were developed for seniors over 60 years of age who were ready to embrace their arrival into elderhood.
Although the Conscious Ageing programme is no longer a part of IONS offerings, its mission continues to be relevant to the work of eldering as it reveals the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal transformation. See: https://noetic.org/about/noetic-sciences/
Quan Yin Wellness Consultancy
Quan Yin Wellness Consultancy has been a private clinic for East Asian medicine operating for over 30 years in Voorburg, the Netherlands. Its modalities included acupuncture, somatic therapy, bodywork, medical and spiritual qigong and herbal medicine. In 2020 our world changed with COVID19, and social distancing and lockdowns caused disruptions in opening its doors to offer in-person treatment modalities to patients seeking alternative medicine.
The “silver lining” from this was that our services had to find new avenues of outreach. So Quan Yin Wellness was birthed, and its services expanded to include online wellness consultations for self healing and preventive medicine. Today, it continues to empower people to take a more active role in their own health and wellbeing through individual consultations, classes and retreats. One of our popular year round series of online classes is The Seasons of The Breath which combines breathwork, movement, and meditation to harmonize and heal with nature’s elements inherent in the human life cycles. See: https://www.quanyin.nl/
Lightsong Inayatiyya is dedicated to awakening and actualizing the sacred in daily life. It is connected with the Inayatiyya International, an ecumenical fellowship sparked by the visionary legacies of Hazrat Inayat Khan and his son Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Our retreats, classes and special gatherings are rooted in a universal approach to Sufi mysticism. Lightsong Inayatiyya offers personal spiritual guidance, silent retreats, meditation training, and sacred music gatherings to support personal transformation and community.
Lightsong Inayatiyya believes that each person’s spiritual growth is an important stepping stone in humankind’s realisation of unity and interconnectedness with all of life. Our activities aim to promote greater understanding and acceptance of the many and diverse pathways to this recognition, and strive to integrate mystical teachings into different areas of our lives, including the personal, professional, social, ecological and spiritual. See: https://lightsong.info/