David trained as a Psychosynthesis practitioner at the London Institute of Psychosynthesis and has been in private practice since 1982. He became a faculty member at the Institute, then at Re-Vision and for ten years ran the Brothers Programme, in he which offered ongoing and thematic workshops for men.
David has been a member of a spiritual group for over twenty five years, he meditates daily, has published several books and also publishes poetry on the web (fromagreenhill.com).
The main focus of David’s work now is the realization of soul, not as an idea but as a living and palpable energy of healing and peace. David believes that relationships offer the most dynamic and also sometimes the most difficult territory for soul growth, at the same time they are without a doubt the most rewarding and this is why he loves to work with Richard, with whom he shares a similar methodology: The realization of soul though relationship.
Richard Huson (Atula)
Richard trained as a Psychotherapist at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, starting a private practice in 1990. His professional development continued at the Institute, where he trained in Group Psychotherapy under Danielle Roux and Jarlath Benson, exploring the model of 'Right Relations'.
Over the last eleven years Richard has taken this aspect of his work into men's workshops, retreats, and ongoing groups, developing it within the context of meditation and awareness. He has become known for his compassion and insight, and his keen awareness of the liminal space between the mundane and the archetypal has helped many people come into a deeper relationship with themselves, others, and the world around them.
Richard (Atula) has been a practising Buddhist since 1973. He was a key figure in the building of the London Buddhist Centre in East London, and was ordained in 1976.
Mandarava trained as a Scenic Artist and has a degree in Visual and Performing Arts . She went on to work professionally in the theatre and has made puppets and coached actors and singers in puppetry for a number of productions both in Theatre and Opera.
Her Love of puppets came after the death of her brother in 2000. She created a puppet based on his character and told his story. Through this she discovered how profoundly and beautifully puppets could communicate. This helped her own grieving process and lead to a deep experience of tenderness, connection and healing both for herself and others. It instilled in her a respect and confidence in the potency, magic and alchemy of puppets, puppetry, personal storytelling and theatre making.
Mandarava was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1997. She lives and co-leads retreats at a Buddhist retreat centre. She creates contexts that bring to life myths, archetypes, dreams and fairy tales and explores how they connect to personal stories using puppets, props, enactment and ritual.
Mandarava is moving on to spend more time developing and leading her own courses and retreats so will not be participating in the River of Soul series 2020. Her influence has been profound, she remains part of the team in a consultative capacity and also remains firmly in our hearts.
Jack Eastwood (Nagamudra)
Nagamudra has spent 35 years working with stories, as a performer and latterly as a therapist. He trained in physical theatre with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and was a founding member of the Moving Picture Mime Show – a popular theatre company that for 15 years toured the world.
He trained as a dramatherapist, at the Central School of Speech and Drama, in the Sesame/ Jungian approach. This uses image, myth and story to understand the mind and heal the heart.
Nagamudra works with a range of clients and age groups – currently in an intensive care unit in a NHS psychiatric hospital in Bristol. He supervises NHS staff, runs a private therapy practice, and offers Life Review work for dementia patients. He also leads experiential group therapy for trainee dramatherapists.
Nagamudra has been engaged in meditation and Buddhism for over 30 years and is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. He runs workshops in storytelling, and residential retreats exploring stories and myths in depth, as well as retreats teaching meditation and tai chi.