Meet our speakers for ViVA 2024!

Debra Simmons

Debra Simmons

I’m Debra Simmons, Head of happiness at Dare2bu and the world’s best Conscious Creator!

Dare2bu is all about knowing ALL of who you truly are, both as a human and a spiritual being.

Finding the balance between the two and from there Consciously Creating your best unique life. A life that excites and lights you up.

That describes my life. I’ve been doing this work for over ten years now and I love walking my talk. I play and challenge myself; I get my hands and heart dirty in the clay of creation. I create myself as the best ME I can be in every moment.

My story involves escaping from an abusive relationship, turning my life around, and helping my children find their happy place and building a (now successful) business.

All of this has given me a deep grounding in the best ways to help others too.

My latest ‘play project’ is The Field of Dreams ~ I have recently bought a piece of land and am building my dream home. When I started this it looked impossible, every day it moves a little closer to being a reality.

 

Dominic Scaffidi

Dominic Scaffidi

As a certified executive coach, Dominic Scaffidi partners with clients to point them to the unlimited potential and possibility of who they really are. Through accessing their own innate wisdom, clients are supported to create a life that they love, both personally and professionally.

Dominic is credentialed through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a Master Certified Coach (MCC). He works with entrepreneurs, leaders, and anyone with a strong desire to explore and experience more of who they really are. He has also been recognized with multiple ICF awards for his training and mentoring of hundreds of leaders and people managers “to be Great Coaches rather than good bosses.”

He is grounded in a practical and deep understanding of the teachings of Sydney Banks (3 Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought) and the teachings of Abraham-Hicks both of which describe our true nature and how we are always creating our own reality.

Gabriela Maldonado-Montano

Gabriela Maldonado-Montano

Embarking on a journey fueled by a profound knowing in the inherent goodness and untapped potential within every individual, Gabriela Maldonado Montano has dedicated over two decades of her life to guiding others towards their inner wellbeing and innate brilliance.

With a heart-driven approach and a dash of laughter, Gabriela has traversed diverse landscapes, from the intimate dynamics of family-owned businesses to the intricate tapestry of nonprofit and for profit organizations and the twists and turns of government agencies. In each setting, she’s helped people unlock their inner superheroes, one “aha” moment at a time.

The inspiring transformations that she has witnessed with her clients continue motivating her to work across cultures, whether in the quiet moments of one-on-one coaching and mentoring or the lively energy of group dynamics.

In collaboration with Marien Perez, Gabriela developed “Leadership from Within”. A program that teaches the Principles with simplicity and power to leaders, teams, and most recently college students. Additionally, she leverages her insight and experience to mentor aspiring practitioners who are eager to spread the Principles in Spanish, her mother tongue, via the International Coaching Group (ICG)

Jackie Barrie

Jackie Barrie

Jackie Barrie discovered improvised comedy at the same time as she started exploring the 3 principles, and soon realised there are amazing parallels between the two.

Both involve being in the moment. Both are about feeling rather than thinking. Both recognise the power of co-creation.

Jackie had always loved laughing, enjoying comedy on TV, attending standup and improv shows, watching re-runs of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and seeing ’ShowStoppers’ in the West End.

About a decade ago, she accidentally found herself at an improv workshop. By the end, she was hooked. Since then, she’s attended a course or show every month, most of the training has been with the world-class Maydays. Before lockdown, she was even performing regularly in a musical improv troupe.

This is someone who used to call herself a borderline introvert. Whose day job is copywriting, speaking and training. Yet improv is her happy place. It’s so much FUN! 

Jackie runs ‘beginner’s guide to improv’ sessions, has played ’Tracey the Techie’ at online murder mystery parties, and hosts fun games and activities for her business clients. She’s also published books about audience engagement, online and offline.

Come to Jackie’s session and get involved, for a belly-laugh experience of the 3 principles in action.

Jamie Smart

Jamie Smart

Jamie Smart is a Sunday Times bestselling author, educator, speaker and coach. He envisages a future when everyone on the planet is aware of their innate capacity for clarity, resilience & wellbeing. His mission is to awaken people and support them in awakening others.

His aim is to be practical without being prescriptive, to leverage spiritual principles without being woo-woo, to have a big impact without being earnest and to share a good feeling in the process. He’s passionate about helping coaches, therapists and changeworkers to have a transformational impact with their clients, and in their own lives.

Katie Finney

Katie Finney

Katie has long been fascinated by what makes the experience of collaboration fruitful and enjoyable. Having been active in her community from a young age she often found the experience of collaborating for change to be uncomfortable, exclusionary and ineffective. Inspired to support people to create the lives and communities they dream of she co-founded Amity CIC. She brings her coaching and facilitation experience together with her grounding in the three principles understanding to support people to realise for themselves that connection and joy are our true nature, at the heart of community, and the source of positive action for change. Katie loves spending time with her family, swimming, surfing and deepening her alignment with her purpose of creating true ways of being, powered by a tender heart.
Jenny Elleray

Jenny Elleray

Ever since Jen’s first, life changing, introduction to the Three Principles in 2005, she has been determined to bring this understanding to others. Over 18 years of travelling, teaching and studying, she has her own unique voice for sharing this one simple truth. Her clear and heartfelt teaching resonates with her audience, whether at a large conference, in a small group or individually. Her own transformation, moving beyond shyness, depression and eating disorders continues to inspire her to point others to what can happen when they see the true nature of how life works.

“No matter where it is in the world, no matter what the external conditions people are living in, these universal truths or principles speak to human beings enabling them to wake up to how life really works. I am passionate to be able to share in whatever way I can, and help others to do so too.”

Liv Brunet

Liv Brunet

Liv was born and raised in France. After studying business, he was able to turn to his passion for cinema by joining a company specialized in titles and special effects for the movie industry in the late 80s, where he began his career as a technical salesman, while learning the basics of directing and editing. 

After directing a couple of short films, including “Le mariage de Fanny” (Fanny’s Wedding), which toured the world of film festivals and won several international awards, he devoted himself entirely to directing documentaries for television and large-format video installations for major institutions and museums in France and Europe. 

With a passion for philosophy and sociology, he made a number of documentaries on Christian spirituality, before discovering Eastern wisdom, non-duality and the Three Principles in 2018. 

He then turned increasingly towards coaching, taking part in several programs run by Michael Neill, Amy Johnson and Clare Dimond, and enrolling Rohini & Angus Ross’s Rewilders Guide Training, from which he graduated in 2023. 

He created his podcast “Le réveil en douce” (Waking Up on the Quiet) on YouTube in September 2022, translated Sydney Banks’ “The Missing Link” into French and is working on a book: The Three Principles for Dummies (Les Trois Principles pour les Nuls).

Lori Carpenos

Lori Carpenos

Lori Carpenos is a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as a relationship coach. In 1985, an invitation to a talk by Sydney Banks marked a transformative moment in her life and a turning point for her career. This event led to her participation in further talks and a subsequent move to Florida for a yearlong internship at the Advanced Human Studies Institute (AHSI), extending her stay for an additional year as a counselor.  

Prior to establishing her private practice in 1994, Lori gained a diverse professional experience from her involvement with hospitals, community mental health centers, and schools.The launch of her practice was facilitated by a year of professional training with Pransky & Associates. 

Lori is passionate about sharing innate health and the Principles to any intrigued group. In order to offer a platform for people to engage and share their insights on the books they read and audio recordings of Sydney Banks, she initiated the “Mystery School.” And she developed an online course for single people, “Finding Deep Connection” and a Facebook community “Singles Connecting” 

Lori co authored “The Secret of Love, Unlock the Mystery, Unleash the Magic” with Christine Heath and she also co-authored “Healthy Thinking Feeling from the Inside-Out” (a middle school curriculum) with Jack Pransky and later authored “It’s an Inside-Out World” for teens and young adults. 

Currently Lori has been involved in various “Deep Listening” programs, catering to both local and international audiences through in-person and online formats. She provided five different six month weekend trainings with Jack Pransky and they will be teaming up again in August, 2024 for 3 days in Copenhagen and Sweden.

Mark Howard

Mark Howard

Mark Howard, Ph.D.  Dr. Howard is founder of the Three Principles Institute in Belmont, California, USA. He is recognized as one of the pioneers who first brought the three principles into the field of psychology. Since 1982, Dr Howard has been teaching private clients, families, business professionals. He is now devoting his time to mentoring and supporting anyone who wishes to share the principles with love, clarity, and impact.

Dr. Howard has published a paper demonstrating the efficacy of the Three Principles in treatment. In 2008 he was awarded the “Outstanding Career Service” award by the Santa Clara Psychological Association for bringing this Principles education to Santa Clara County in the United States.

Peggy Moylan

Peggy Moylan

Peggy Moylan is a Three Principles facilitator, project manager, and trainer. Over the past 9 years, she has established Living Truth CIC, with a focus on providing disadvantaged communities access to the Three Principles. She offers a variety of one-to-one coaching, group programmes, and retreats. Notably, working with young people, parents and carers, young offenders, people with special educational needs and disabilities, care-experienced people, and practitioners who work with these cohorts.

Prior to founding Living Truth CIC, she led on mental health within an integrated youth service. She has worked in the boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth, and Croydon in London for over 40 years. She developed and managed the following teams: Ending Gangs and Youth Violence, Borough Early Intervention Team, Child Sexual Exploitation, Teenage Parents, and Prevention of Extremism.

Omar Wilson

Omar Wilson

Raised in Manor Park, East London, Omar overcame numerous hardships, including ADHD, Dyslexia, and poverty. His struggles led him to drugs and a decade-long involvement in Newham’s largest drug organizations. His life changed when he was sent to HMP Onley and discovered himself in a group called Beyond Recovery, a programme that helped him find redemption. Omar became a peer mentor, inspiring others to change their lives.

After his release, he continued his work with Beyond Recovery at HMP Nottingham and online, mentoring anyone impacted by crime. Today, Omar serves as a free agent, still finding ways to inspire others to take control of their lives. His story of resilience and hope demonstrates the power to overcome adversity.

Rani Bora

Rani Bora

Dr Rani Bora is a coach, holistic psychiatrist, speaker and the author of “How To Turn Stress On Its Head”. She has studied and trained in several integrative wellbeing and coaching approaches.

Rani is a strong advocate for patient empowerment, peer support, and the personal recovery movement in mental health. She skillfully integrates her coaching expertise into her psychiatric practice, offering a unique blend of clinical insight and the paradigm of the Three Principles.

Her contributions to mental health include writing self-help booklets for patients on various aspects of well-being, one notable example being “Coaching for Recovery” for Rethink Mental Illness, a leading Mental Health charity based in the UK. Furthermore, her clinician leadership and involvement in setting up a Recovery College in Somerset, UK, and co-facilitating courses with people with lived experiences of mental illness, highlight her commitment to collaborative learning, healing and giving hope to people struggling with their mental health.

In her practice, Rani focuses on holistic psychiatry consultations, de-prescribing interventions, and both individual and group coaching programmes. She is taking a stand to spread the paradigm of the Three Principles(what she refers to as Mental Wealth) within the health industry and beyond.

Rob Cook

Rob Cook

Rob Cook is a retired veteran with over 20 years of experience safeguarding key figures, including the U.S. Air Force Secretary, the Chief of Staff, and the U.S. Special Operations Commander. Transitioning from military service to civilian life, Rob’s mission is to inspire others to live life to the fullest. Throughout his military career, Rob learned the importance of integrity, excellence, and service—core values that continue to guide him in his work as a coach and speaker. 

As a successful life coach and speaker, his background in overcoming trauma led to him quickly becoming known for his ability to motivate and guide clients toward success.

Rob combined his expertise in coaching with his love for sports, which created a desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of athletes. He earned a certification in Athlete Management from Sports Management Worldwide. His diverse skill set and mindset make him a trusted advocate and ally for athletes seeking guidance and representation. His unwavering dedication to his clients reflects his commitment to providing the highest level of representation and support.

Rob’s experiences are a testament to the power of resilience and what you can achieve. Through all his work, he continues to inspire others to chase their dreams and strive for excellence in all areas of life. 

Sheela Masand

Sheela Masand

Sheela loves to help people do what they love to do; this takes the form of coaching them to grow their businesses and practices. She works with small businesses, leaders, coaches and solopreneurs around the world from Israel to Canada, and Russia to the USA.  She has over 15 years’ experience coaching and working globally both as a business coach and a life coach. She published her first book, Inside Out Transformation – A Revolutionary Guide for Coaches, Therapists and Counsellors, in June 2022.

Sheela “bumped” into the Three Principles in 2010 which led to a continual juicy exploration of Life. It also led to her organising retreats and training courses in Spain since 2012 for teachers such as Jack Pransky, Gabriela Maldonado-Montano and Ami Chen Mills not to forget being the co-founder and co-organizer of The Viva Event!

Sheela’s first love is to help people understand that love and peace are our true nature because when that happens, there is a ripple effect and maybe, just maybe, the whole world will feel the love and peace that is our birthright.

Sheela has 2 beautiful daughters and a gorgeous grandson who is her ultimate teacher. She relishes the sunshine, beach and nature where she lives in Spain!

Sue Pankiewicz

Sue Pankiewicz

I remain as curious and open to The Three Principles as I was 20 years ago when I first came across this profound understanding. In 2005 I attended the Syd Banks’ conference in Vancouver and a couple of years later enjoyed a wonderful retreat on Salt Spring Island with Syd Banks and Elsie Spittle. Training initially with Dr Roger Mills (deceased) and then following on with professional facilitator training with Dr Jack Pranksy, I began offering introductory courses and mentoring in a wide variety of settings to individuals, couples and groups. I feel privileged to have met and learned from so many wonderful teachers who were among the first to discover Sydney Banks and learn directly from him.

Direct experience of the many transformations in every sphere and aspect of my life leaves me with the intention and focus of continuing to teach and share as widely as I can to point others towards a life of greater ease, joy and appreciation. 

Since 2015 I have been a joyful co-creator, with Sheela Masand, of the annual Viva Event. 

Zia Brooks

Zia Brooks

Zia Brooks is a 3 Principles based coach, trainer and public speaker. For more than twenty five years she was a teacher and a senior manager in education. She also has a background in mindfulness and wellbeing coaching. She came across The Three Principles in 2015 and her life and work were powerfully transformed as a result.

Now she loves working with people so that they can come home to the inner peace, joy and resilience that is our true nature. Many of those she has trained have also gone on to become coaches and trainers themselves.

Zia worked for several years as the lead trainer for a 3Principles based international charity; training large numbers of diverse groups in educational settings in many countries.

Recently, she has been working with a rich variety of people such as social workers, psychologists/therapists, business culture specialists and those who help and support vulnerable people in our communities. Currently she offers retreats, workshops and training programmes for individuals as well as teams that are from both the business and public sectors.

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