Landmark international Conference featuring Dr. Bessel van der Kolk,
Dr. Gabor Maté, Robert Lever D.O., Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty, Dr. Rollin McCraty, Dr. Gerald Pollack, Dr. Cherionna Menzam-Sills and Katherine Ukleja.

Two days of inspiration and education with pioneering speakers at prestigious Regent’s University in Central London. Post-Conference workshops will feature Dr. Rollin McCraty, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Gabor Maté and Dr. Stephen Porges.

For further details and bookings please go to www.breathoflifeconference.co.uk or send an email to info@breathoflifeconference.co.uk.

The Breath of Life


Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May 2017

at Regent’s University, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1

The Conference will explore key factors that organise how we function, beyond just the physical form. It is intended to provide a forum and meeting place for exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of holistic healthcare

The Breath of Life Conference is sponsored by: Supported by:



8.30 – 9.20: Registration
9.30: Welcome & Introduction

by Michael Kern

9.35 – 11.00: Heart-Brain Dynamics And The Impact Of Self-

Regulation On Health

by Dr. Rollin McCraty – director of research at the HeartMath Institute, fellow of the American Institute of

Stress, co-author of Heart Intelligence and author of The Coherent Heart as well as numerous published research papers about the subtle physiology of the heart and emotion.

11.00 – 11.30: Break

11.30 – 13.00: Finding The Health
by Robert Lever – osteopath with over 40 years’ experience, former lecturer at the European School of Osteopathy, recipient of Medal of Honour for services to osteopathic education, and author of At The Still Point of the Turning World and Finding Health.

13.00 – 14.45: Lunch
Between 14.10 – 14.40: Chi Kung class

with Fatima Da Silva

Conference Facilitators


14.45 – 16.15: The Biology of Loss: What Happens When Attachments

Are Impaired And How To Foster Resilience by Dr. Gabor Maté – renowned speaker, teacher and clinician on addiction, stress and childhood development, and author of In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts, When The Body Says No and Scattered Minds – The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder.

16.15 – 16.45: Break

16.45 – 18.00: Little Women, Big Ideas by Katherine Ukleja &

Dr. Cherionna Menzam-Sills – therapists and international educators of Craniosacral Biodynamics, and ‘grandes dames’ in this field. Cherionna also has a background in pre-natal psychology and Continuum Movement, and Katherine originally trained in osteopathy. With more than half a century of joint experience they bring a profundity of understanding to the continual enquiry into the nature of Primary Respiration.

18.00: Close.

Michael Kern – Craniosacral Therapist, Osteopath, Naturopath and course director of the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust in London, international teacher of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and author of Wisdom In The Body – The Craniosacral Approach To Essential Health, now available in ten languages.

Jane Shaw – Craniosacral Therapist with a practice in Northern Ireland, runs her own workshops and retreats, and teaches Craniosacral Therapy practitioner trainings internationally. She is a current PhD student in Jungian and archetypal psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

PROGRAMME Sunday14thMay2017

9.30: Opening by Jane Shaw

9.30 – 11.00: The Fourth Phase Of Water: A Central Role In Health

by Dr. Gerald Pollack – professor at the University of Pennsylvania, founder of the Pollack Laboratory, pioneering researcher into the properties of biological water and author of The Fourth Phase of Water, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life and Muscles, Water and the Cell.

11.00 – 11.30: Break

11.30 – 13.00: The Multidimensional Wholeness Of Babies

by Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty – former chair of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology programmes at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and author of Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies’ Wholeness from the Beginning of Life – An Integrated Model of Early Development and 30+ publications.

About the Conference

13.00 – 14.45: Lunch
Between 14.10 – 14.40: Chi Kung class with Fatima Da Silva

14.45 – 16.15: Synchrony, Attunement And Self-Regulation:

The Neurobiology Of Childhood Abuse And Neglect
by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk – clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post traumatic stress, and author of Psychological Trauma, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society, and the best-selling book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma.

16.15 – 16.45: Break
16.45 – 18.00: Panel Discussion with all the speakers
18.00: Close of Conference.

The Conference will explore the subtleties of working in the craniosacral and allied fields from various significant perspectives. It will bring together practitioners of different training backgrounds in an informal environment and is open to all. Please note that the organisers reserve the right to change the Conference programme due to unforeseen circumstances.

COST OF THE CONFERENCE: £265 if payment is received by March 15th 2017 or £285 if payment is received after this date. This includes teas and coffees during breaks and admission to all lectures. Bursaries may be available for those in need of assistance – please contact the administrator if you wish to apply. Contributions towards the bursary fund are gratefully received.

CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOPS VENUE: Tuke Hall, Regent’s University, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS. Nearest tube: Baker Street. Various restaurants and cafés are available in the area for lunch.


Heart Rhythm Coherence: Practical Techniques And Technologies For Improved Self-regulation, Health & Cognitive Functioning
with Dr. Rollin McCraty on May 15th 2017

Dr. McCraty will provide an overview of innovative research on heart rhythm coherence. You will learn practical skiils designed to reduce stress, fatigue and overwhelm, as well as tools for increasing resilience and enhancing cognitive functions. The day will also include an in-depth discussion of the types of intuition, how the heart’s magnetic field carries information that can be detected by animals and other people, and new data about how we are synchronized to the Earth’s magnetic field. Cost: £135/£155

Healing Traumatic Stress: Helping Mind, Brain & Body To Let Go Of

The Past with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk on May 16th-17th 2017

The brain gets re-set in traumatized individuals, who then tend to organize much of their energy on not feeling and sensing their inner experience. This workshop will discuss the impact of trauma on the brain and you will learn how to bring parts of the brain online that are knocked out by hyper and hypo-arousal. We will explore ‘bottom-up’ processes that involve, touch, movement and breathing, as well as top-down processes that utilize mindfulness and interoception to help traumatized children and adults regulate their arousal and regain mastery over their own ships. Cost: £250/£270

Trauma and Healing: An Exploration Of Mental Illness, Addiction and

Disease with Dr. Gabor Maté on May 18th-19th 2017

This workshop will explore the traumatic basis of addiction, childhood developmental problems, mental illness and physical disease. It will illuminate these conditions not as separate diagnostic entities, but as bio-psychosocial phenomena, manifestations of the science-demonstrated unity of mind and body, and of our relationship with the social environment. You will learn how early experiences influence brain development and the conditions necessary for healthy functioning. You will also develop a sophisticated understanding of the nature of compassionate and science-based approaches to the healing of addictive tendencies. Cost: £250/£270

The Transformative Power Of Feeling Safe: A Master Class On The

Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Stephen Porges on May 20th-21st 2017

The neurophysiological processes associated with feeling safe are a pre-requisite for social behavior, and for accessing the higher brain structures that enable us to be creative as well as the lower brain structures involved in regulating health, growth, and restoration. The Polyvagal Theory explains how social behaviour turns off defences and promotes safety. It provides an innovative model to understand bodily responses to trauma and stress, and the importance of the client’s physiological state in mediating recovery and healing. This workshop includes significant new and updated material for those working in the therapy, medical and caring professions. Cost: £250/£270

Further information about the workshops is available at

Discounts: The lower ‘early bird’ costs apply if payment is received by March 15th 2017.

Further discounts also apply if multiple events are booked at the same time.

10% discount if 2 x events are booked 15% discount if 3 x events are booked 20% discount if 4 or 5 x events are booked

Conference Administrator,
49 Old Hospital Lawn, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4GA, England Tel: +44 (0)7495 814942 Email: info@breathoflifeconference.co.uk www.breathoflifeconference.co.uk




7pm.  4th July 2016

15 minutes of ‘Fame’ – Short Talks, Big Message

For the first time at Alternatives we will be hosting 5 different speakers in one evening at St James’s Church Piccadilly.
The origin of the word fame means reputation, and our reputation here at Alternatives has always been to deliver a high quality selection of teachers and speakers from the world of Spirituality, personal development and wellbeing.
In this evening event we invite you to experience a selection of 15 minute presentations discussing everything from Healing Addiction to Meditations from A Course in Miracles in this ‘TED Talk’ inspired event!
Elizabeth Hearn is a Harley Street Hypno-psychotherapist, Addiction Recovery expert broadcaster, writer, and presenter who draws on 28 years of personal and professional experiences in the field of addiction healthcare. Elizabeth will be talking about Healing Addiction.
Her approach to healing is a synthesis of insight mindfulness and meditation, psycho-spirituality, philosophy and mythology. Her talks explains in depth how the genesis of addictions is stored in our unconscious, early childhood attachment, family constellations.
Yogi Ashokananda is an expert and pioneer as a practising master of yoga and meditation and a speaker on humanity and spiritual philosophy. Raised in India, he has been practising yoga since early childhood when his Grandfather was his first teacher. He is also a Reiki Master.
Over many years Yogi Ashokananda has been fortunate to develop his teaching, experience and education of yoga under some of the great, remote, Indian masters and siddhas. Yogi will be talking about the Power of Alignment.
Sarah Alexander is passionate about supporting business professionals in undergoing amazing spiritual transformation whilst achieving results within their career. She has been a coach, trainer, speaker, meditation facilitator and ACIM student for over 15 years. Sarah has written for The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and Huffington Post. The Daily Express have described her as “the elegant, calm and collected guru of all things inner gleaming”.
Sarah is the author of Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership and Spiritual Intelligence in Business. Sarah will be talking about the meditations in A Course in Miracles.
Paul Hannam has written three books. His new book The Wisdom of Groundhog Day became a #1 bestseller in the Self Help category on Amazon. Paul was a guest on the Radio 2 Chris Evans show, and featured in the Daily Telegraph, The Observer, Daily Mail and Express.
The book needed a reprint within a week of publication! Paul will be talking about Everyday Serendipity – appreciating the accidental experiences that grace our lives.
Hilary Gallo is the author of The Power of Soft, a lawyer, coach and negotiation expert who has worked for clients including Cap Gemini, Andersen Consulting and the BBC. He holds retreats for executives looking to change the way they approach work and life, is a trained mediator and runs confidence-building workshops in schools.
Hilary will be speaking about The Power of Soft – How to get want you need and still be nice.
Do join us for our first multi speaker Monday night at Alternatives.











Interview w/ White House Director of Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, LIVE on http://buff.ly/1s6NqRN
June 6th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.

Tommy Rosen  will be interviewing The White House Director of Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, LIVE on InTheRooms.com on June 6th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.
We will be addressing the state of addiction in America today, and there will be a live Q&A.
Save the Date for this epic Town Hall event.

 May 2nd/3rd/4th




November, 2015



For more information and to book click here: 








For information and how to book click in the UFTA link:


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1st -31st October


For information and how to sign up click on the Mindfulness Summit link: 


The summit, a free online event, hosted between October 1-31st 2015 is designed to make high-quality mindfulness training accessible to everyone, giving easy access to 31 of the world’s leading experts on meditation and mindfulness for a series of online interviews, practice sessions and presentations.

We want to create a global community of people bringing mindfulness into their lives, whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others.

We believe that mindfulness has the capacity to change the whole world from the inside out, one person at a time.











November 11th  – 26th , 2015

 Join us on a very special Relief Ride as we ride across the Thar Desert on our way to the world’s largest Horse and Cattle Fair – India’s largest cultural attraction.
Our ride takes us from the 600 year old ancient fort in Harasar to the Pushkar Fair as we run our humanitarian programs in villages along the way.
The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most historic and colorful events boasting the world’s largest Horse and Cattle Fair.

For untold centuries tribesmen have met at the full moon to trade camels, horses and cattle. Recent gatherings have seen 200,000 people and 50,000 animals. Pushkar is one of the oldest villages in India and one of the five sacred pilgrimage sites for devout Hindus. The village lies on the sacred Pushkar Lake and is home to the only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma.
Our two days at the Pushkar Fair offers one the opportunity to see this internationally renowned event from the unique perspective of being on horseback. We will be able to take in the myriad of camel races and equestrian events such as the auctioning of horses that perform for the highest prize. The fair also hosts numerous local cultural events such as the “Makta Phod”, the longest mustache competition and a Hindu bridal competition where Rajasthani women display their finest bridal wear.

To enquire and book click here.



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Please join my friend and colleague Dr. Ronald Alexander (www.ronaldalexander.com) the weekend of Sept 4 to 6 at the Polarity Center in Zurich for his transformational and powerful workshop “Hypnotic Language of Change: Transforming the Demons of the Ego Mind.” Ron is a well respected psychotherapist in Los Angeles, mindfulness expert and international teacher.

This workshop is for both personal and clinical application as well as for coaching and business environments to bring forth shifts in one’s capacity to lead, heal, and facilitate. People can learn to grow, to modify their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and well-being. By accessing their true nature and heeding its call they can activate more vitality, creativity, and well being.


Using methods and techniques from Ericksonian Hypnosis, Somatic psychology, Creative thinking, Mindfulness Practices, and intensive coaching inquiry participants will be taught how to creatively solve problems, calm the mind, regulate affect (emotion & feeling) states, and develop trust with the unconscious. In addition they will learn how to:


  • Access the resources of the core self
  • Utilize the unconscious for activating internal healing resources
  • Learn the distinctions in language of Speaking, Listening, Possibility, Declaration, Stand and Transformation for creating a Shift.
  • Amplify and release affect (emotion and feeling) states and transform emotions through somatic breathing methods.
  • Deepen concentration, promote insight, and develop presence through mindfulness meditation practices (insight and non-dual).
  • Learn skills to use language as a transformational tool for change.
  • Use Positive Antidote remedies for self-healing.
  • Develop the tool of “mindstrength,” the ability to calm your thoughts and emotions, even in uncertain times.


For information and to book:  http://www.polarity.ch/index.php?id=04&l=en&kid=1298






Recovery 2.0 Host Tommy Rosen
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. Tommy is the founder and host of the Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Online Conference series. His goal is to present inspirational, entertaining, educational and powerful discussions with people whose experience and work in the world is of benefit to those who are seeking to overcome addiction and thrive in recovery.


 Click here to watch Tommy Rosen. Founder 2.0 Recovery Series Online Conference: 12.6.15. – 16.6.15.


MAY 2015



Sharon Salzberg 

Vipassana Insight meditation teacher
in London.
May 9th – 10th, 2015 – 10am 5pm

Lovingkindness is a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. It is traditionally offered with meditations that enrich compassion, and joy in the happiness of others, and deepen our own sense of peace.

These practices lead to the development of concentration, connection, fearlessness, and genuine happiness.
Sharon Salzberg will introduce these teachings and support us in our own experience and cultivation of these qualities through direct instruction and guided meditation using classical techniques in a modern idiom. There will also be opportunities for questions.

This weekend is suitable for both new and experienced meditators.





Tommy Rosen: Author.  Founder 2.0 Online Conference Series. Addiction Expert. Kundalini Yoga Teacher is presenting a series of talks, Q&A discussions, yoga and recovery themed  workshops.   How to move beyond addiction to true healing and  freedom one breath at a time.

Kent, London, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

Join Tommy for a 21st Century look at an holistic approach to recovery from addiction of all kinds.  

Tommy draws upon the wisdom he’s gained by traversing the many roads of addiction, through his 23 years of continuous recovery and over 2 decades of study, practice and teaching of yoga.

There is tremendous hope and applicable wisdom in his message.  You will never look at addiction or recovery the same way again.




April 11, 2015 11am – 4pm 

Book Talk. Q&A Discussion. Book signing.

“Recovery 2.0: Overcome Addiction & Upgrade Your Life”

Q&A Discussion  

Lunch break: Complimentary

whole foods lunch. 


Yoga & Recovery  Workshop  

All levels beginners

&  advanced 

“Withersdane  Hall” 

Coldharbour Lane 

Wye, Kent.  TN25 5DA



April 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


  Book Talk. Q&A Discussion. Book signing. 

“Recovery 2.0: Overcome Addiction &  Upgrade Your Life”

 Alternatives Events

St James’s Church Piccadilly,

 1 97 Piccadilly, London. W1J 9LL



APRIL 16TH APRIL, 2015.  7PM – 9PM 

Book Talk. Q&A Discussion. Book signing.

“Recovery 2.0: Overcome Addiction & Upgrade Your Life”

The Brink, (Sober Cafe) 


15-21 Parr Street, LIVERPOOL



April 16th, 2015 -2pm 4pm  

 Yoga & Recovery  Workshop  

Bikram Yoga  Studio.  

Focus  Building.  

Great Crosshall  Street,   Liverpool.  L3 2AP



April17th,  at 2pm – 7pm 

Book Talk. Q&A Discussion. Book signing.

“Recovery 2.0: Overcome Addiction & Upgrade Your Life”

  Serenity Cafe, 8 Jacksons Entry ,

The Tun,

111 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, GB