Meet our speakers for our 5th birthday in 2019
Dawn is the founder of The Green Room, a Natural Health and Wellbeing Centre in Stowmarket, Suffolk. During her 25 years in practice it has been her absolute pleasure to support individuals, families and groups through many of the challenges and changes we experience on our life’s journey.
Her approach has always, intuitively, been to assure people that they are never broken and their own resilience and innate wellbeing is constantly available to them.
Having originally trained in homeopathy, nutrition and bodywork, discovering The Three Principles, encapsulated her already firmly held belief that ALL experience and therefore healing, comes from the inside out. Dawn continues to be amazed by the limitless potential of the human spirit to heal both emotionally and physically when we are gently pointed back to our own innate wisdom. She has repeatedly seen that when someone gets a glimpse of these Principles they begin to make healthier choices and all that remains is for her to encourage and support that natural process.
Dicken Bettinger, Ed.D., has enjoyed a long career as an educator and as a licensed clinical psychologist. Since the beginning of his career his primary focus has been on psychological and spiritual well-being.
In 1986 he met Sydney Banks and had the good fortune to study with him for 23 years.
Dicken co-founded a Three Principle training, counseling, and education center in Vermont in 1991. Dicken was a senior staff at Pransky and Associates in La Conner, Washington for 16 years, where he developed and led corporate and university leadership trainings, team development, and executive coaching.
In 2012 Dicken founded 3 Principles Mentoring. He offers 4-day immersion retreats for individuals and couples, as well as 3P practitioner development. He enjoys leading group seminars in the US and throughout Europe. Dicken is the co-author of a book on the Three Principles called Coming Home: Uncovering the Foundations for Psychological Well-being.
Dicken has been happily married for 50 years. He has two adult children and three adored grandchildren. He enjoys photography, hiking, canoeing, and traveling the world.
Fredrik is a psychiatrist from Sweden. He has been sharing the principles since 2013. He came across the principles himself struggling with depression, anxiety and physical pain. Now he shares the inside out understanding both personally in the 3P community and in psychiatry. He enjoys pointing people back to their innate inner health.
He is passionate about music and is most connected when an instrument is close by. His aim is to bring the inside-out-understanding into psychiatry through the medium of music.
Gabriela Maldonado Montano has dedicated her entire professional live to help her clients discover the wellbeing and natural genius that resides at the center of human beings. In over two decades of sharing the fundamental laws that create the human experience, she has worked individually and in groups across many settings including; education, alcohol and drug recovery, youth and adult incarceration, community development, burn out prevention, and executive coaching. Seeing her clients blossom regardless of the particular culture, gender, age or circumstance inspires her to continue her work in English and Spanish across this awesome world.
Gabriela had the incredible opportunity of being part of organizations at the forefront of change such as the Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services and the Center for Sustainable Change both in the USA. Both organizations strengthen her commitment to serve people in the most severe of circumstances. She has been honored to provide services alongside many coaches, trainers and training organizations nationally and internationally.
Today Gabriela lives alongside her lovely husband Wil and her sweet cat Honey in Gilroy, California. She is profoundly grateful for the partnerships she has across continents that allow her to discover the innate creativity and resourcefulness in herself and others. Gabriela has found a renewed commitment to share the simple understanding that let her live her life with a sense of peace and endless possibilities.
Ivan Dimitrov currently lives in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has a master’s degree from a medical university as a pharmacist and is now finishing his second master’s degree in organizational and social psychology.
In 2016 he came across the understanding of the Three Principles and was fascinated by its logic and simplicity and started sharing that immediately. His curiosity led him to the Insight Space facilitator training with Ian Watson and Carol Boroughs, which he graduated in 2017 and became one of the first facilitators to share the understanding of the principles in Bulgaria in his mother tongue. He started creating and translating videos, articles, blogs of world-renowned three principles teachers, which led to the first Bulgarian online library (www.3pbulgaria.com), which continues to grow to this day, committed to make the Three Principles understanding more accessible to people from his country, who don’t speak English. In Bulgaria he holds workshops, talks, events etc.
This is his third year at Viva, first as a speaker. He loves and cherishes the Viva atmosphere.
Dr Jack Pransky
Jack is founder/director of the Center for Inside-Out Understanding. He authored the books, Somebody Should Have Told Us!; Paradigm Shift; Modello: A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond; Parenting from the Heart; Prevention from the Inside-Out; and co-authored the children’s picture books, What is a Thought? (A Thought is a Lot) and What is Wisdom (and Where Do I Find It)? and the Healthy Thinking/ Feeling/Doing from the Inside-Out prevention curriculum for middle school students. Jack’s latest book, Seduced by Consciousness, was released in 2017.
Jack has worked in the field of prevention since 1968 in a wide variety of capacities and now is an international consultant in the Three Principles, and a trainer of trainers, a coach of coaches and a counselor of counselors.
In 2001 his book, Modello received the Martin Luther King Storyteller’s Award for the book best exemplifying King’s vision of “the beloved community,” and in 2004 Jack won the Vermont Prevention Pioneer’s Award.
Having discovered the Principles 7 years ago, I realise that it’s the place I have always come from – “Home”. As a Celebrant I work with clients through some of the most important times of their lives – birth, marriage and death – serving with humility, compassion and always a sense of fun! Now, two years into my cancer experience (many surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy later) my understanding of where our experience truly comes from has found me feeling grounded and hopeful, during the most gruelling of times. It’s a sense of “knowing” that I want to share with others.
A native of Italy, Liliana moved to London in the late 80’s where she became very interested in the field of complementary medicine. This led her to formally study homeopathy. For many years she has helped people regaining and maintaining their health through her holistic approach to life.
Since training at the One Thought Institute in 2014, Liliana’s professional life has been mainly about sharing the Three Principles understanding with individuals and groups. In 2016 she joined the Beyond Recovery team and has since been delivering resilience programs to men in custody. She is also a lead facilitator at “A Slice of Happiness” an organization offering the same kind of programs to people affected by homelessness.
As a certified IHeart curriculum teacher, Liliana has so far delivered Innate resilience programs in three secondary schools. She is especially passionate about reaching young people at risk and on the edge of crime.
Additionally, Liliana holds monthly workshops called “Lili’s Home Seminars”. These one-day seminars provide a relaxed and inclusive space for people to make sense of life, with love, humor and wholesome food.
Liliana is a warm, caring and fun-loving person with a passion for nature, sports, cooking, music and dancing barefoot… separately or all at the same time.
She is married and has 4 grown up children.
Linda Sandel Pettit
Linda Pettit assists her clients in finding wisdom for moving gracefully through life’s challenges and transformative change. She utilizes her 35+ years of clinical experience as a psychologist and 14+ years sharing the Three Principles, to inform the spiritual nature of her work. Linda works with the general public; she also provides professional mentoring to Three Principles practitioners around the world. Both alone and with her husband, Bill Pettit, Linda provides 4-day intensive consultations to individuals and couples who want an in-depth experience of exploring the Three Principles. Currently, Linda is also offering a series of small group programs on-line for women, entitled “Life As Spiritual Theater.” She is writing a book tentatively entitled, “Artists of Love: The Simple Logic Behind an Intuitive Life.” Linda can be found on the web at www.thedrspettit.com.
Linda has an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University, an M.A. in Counselor Education from Siena Heights University, and B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University. Her mental health career has included work in addictions, criminal justice, community agency (child and adult), private practice and academic settings. Most recently, she served as director of a counselor education program and dean of a graduate college. Linda is licensed as a psychologist in Michigan. Linda lives with Bill in Phoenix, Arizona and spends summers in Hastings, Minnesota.
Together, Bill and Linda enjoy the company of five children and their significant others, and nine beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from “on the way” to 20 years. In her quiet time, she enjoys swimming, biking, writing, reading and jigsaw puzzles!
“We are all students we are all teachers.” Operating from this paradigm for the past 20 years, Linda Ramus, as both a facilitator and program director, has experienced the mystery and magic of sharing the 3 Principles to individuals in wide ranging venues from– prisons, substance abuse treatment program, homeless shelters, domestic violence batterers programs, parenting programs, schools, at-risk communities and public and private nonprofit organizations.
As director of the 3 Principles Services Division (3PSD), Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services for 11 years, she developed and managed, evaluated and researched programs throughout Santa Clara County as well as a comprehensive professional development program to certify 3 Principles facilitators. Since retiring from the County in 2012, she has worked to provide evaluation services of Principle based programs.
Not willing to let this be an abstraction, she also continues to facilitate and learn from a weekly class at a with County Probation departmentwhere she continues to be amazed and humbled by the magic of a simple insight.
Lise is a singer, artist and transformative coach from Denmark. She works in an intuitive way with groups and individuals, gently coaxing their inner voice and wisdom from within, bringing freedom from the self-imposed restrictions and barriers that too often inhibit natural living from the heart. Lise has been sharing an understanding of the Three Principles since 2013 in one to one sessions, monthly presentations in Copenhagen, in her own workshops at home and abroad and in her unique “Listen Inside” concerts.
Maureen has been involved with coaching and mentoring graduate students for over 20 years as well as running a coaching, mentoring and retreat business “The Breathing Space” since 2008 under the branding of The Calm Coach.
Maureen is a 3 Principles Coach, Speaker and Retreat Leader and has been working in the field since 2010. Following her own cancer experience in 2017, she has now realigned her business to work with those that have a cancer diagnosis, or are supporting someone with a diagnosis.
At heart of her business is “Taking the Fear Out of Cancer”. “Having a deep and unshakeable embodied understanding of how the mind works meant I had a calm experience throughout my whole cancer journey, and it is this that I now share with clients”.
Mette Louise Holland
I am a Danish psychologist who back in 2012 happened to stumble across an understanding of the human mind that I had never heard of before. This simple understanding of how Thought creates feeling in every human being and of the endless intelligence which resides behind life, our mental system included, freed me from so many of my own obstacles that I was simply blown away by the power of this understanding.
Since then sharing these three principles and how they play out every single moment of our lives, has been the basis of all my work. I now run a 3P based private practice as a licensed psychologist, as well as a Danish 1-year facilitator training together with my husband Jacob. This year we have been asked to run the facilitator training in Greenland as well, for which we are very grateful. We have already met many people from Greenland who have had deeply transformative and beautiful insights and it will be an honor to spend more time with these beautiful people.
In 2017 my first Danish three principles book was published. The title will translate into something like: Your Self-healing Mind – an introduction to Your Innate Health. I am delighted to witness how the understanding shared in this book helps people rediscover the freedom of mind we were all born with, unknowingly.
Natasha lives in Denmark and has been self-employed since 1996 specializing in coaching, leadership training, organizational change, communication, facilitation and process consulting. She has a widespread experience as a consultant on a managerial level and have been a part of a range of successful changes in organizations in Denmark and abroad.
Natasha has co-authored the book “Coming Home” with Dr. Dicken Bettinger and she now teaches seminars and speaks at conferences all over the world around about The Three principles.
She is married to John and enjoy spending time with friends, family, cooking, gardening, being in nature, traveling and riding her Harley Davidson in the summer time. She owns the Principles Institute and you can see more about her work, watch videos and look at references here: www.theprinciplesinstitute.com
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 10 years’ experience coaching and working globally both as a business coach and a life coach.
She “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 has 2 beautiful daughters and relishes the sunshine, beach and nature where she lives in Spain!
Hi my name is Stef Cybichowski, I live in the UK in Essex. I am a Dad, a musician and for the last 3 years a 3 Principles practitioner and coach. I love being “in the conversation”, with any human being to explore the wonderful process of awakening to our true nature and unlimited potential.
The gift that I have been given over the last three years is to have the chance to explore this understanding within a hugely diverse range of fields such as business, humanitarian projects, with war veterans and as a faculty member mentoring students on Michael Neill’s Supercoach Academy, travelling as far afield as China, the Middle East and the US.
I was privileged to be at VIVA last year and was absolutely blown away by the unique nature of the gathering and the beautiful feeling of the whole weekend. I’m so looking forward to this year and having the chance to explore with so many beautiful souls in such a perfect setting again.
LOVE & HUGS!
Sue is 3 Principles speaker, common sense coach and author but is also a wife to one and mum of five. When not writing, she can be found pottering around the house, looking after her orchids, learning something new, or sitting in her recliner.’ Born in London she has a Certificate of Education and a B.A. neither of which told her about how life really works.
She was busy but all caught up in life and helping people. But she forgot to help herself first. She noticed friends who were depressed, alcoholics, or suffering from trauma, change before her eyes. They started to see that their past didn’t need to get in the way of their happiness. She was led to the water trough but it took her a while to want to drink with the others. She heard about the Three Principles, thought it was great for others but she didn’t need to hear it.
But then a new thought popped into her head, allowing her to ‘let go’. Sue slipped into (and often out of) understanding what makes humans tick and trained with some outstanding facilitators in this field. She slowed down, feels more love for everyone around her, including herself and realises that life is fun and worth living.
And by the way.. out of the blue she got diagnosed with breast cancer…what an unexpected gift www.suelachman.com
Sue had the great good fortune to discover the work of Sydney Banks in 2005 which led to a year-long facilitator training with Dr Roger Mills and several opportunities to learn from Mr Banks in person. She continued to develop her understanding with many other wonderful three principles practitioners.
Sue’s new quietness of mind, joy and greater ease arrived after years of tiring self-discovery, self-help whilst over-thinking her life and relationships. This had been frustrating and at best only offered limited relief. Learning about the principles behind the ‘human operating system’ revealed that the only thing that had ever stood between Sue and her longed-for life was wonderfully simple – requiring neither study nor analysis. Best of all was naturally rediscovering fun, light heartedness and freedom.
For the past twelve years Sue has shared this understanding widely in diverse settings including teaching and mentoring individuals and groups, hosting home based retreats and introducing the principles in schools to pupils and staff.
Along with her business partner and friend Sheela Masand she launched The Viva Event in 2015.
William F Pettit Jr, MD
William F. Pettit Jr., M.D., is co-owner with his wife, Dr. Linda Pettit of 3 Principles Intervention LLC. Dr. Pettit has presented the Three Universal Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought as the essence of his psychiatric practice since 1983. As of June 2017, the Drs. Pettit have relocated to Phoenix Arizona.
Through December of 2018, Dr. Pettit practiced tele-psychiatry two mornings a week. In addition he does 3 Principles consultations and teaching nationally and internationally. Moved by what he has witnessed in the past 35 years, Dr. Pettit is dedicating scheduled time to writing a book “Stories of Hope, One Cause, One Cure”
A graduate of Creighton University, Omaha, NE and the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, Dr. Pettit completed his psychiatric residency at the Philadelphia Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth VA. He is board-certified in Psychiatry, and has been previously certified in Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Pettit served as a physician in the United States Navy for over 9 years, including 3 years as a Navy Flight Surgeon and 3 years as Chief of Psychiatry of the Navy Nuclear Submarine base at Groton, Connecticut.
Presently, Dr. Pettit holds appointments as Adjunct Clinical Professor at Creighton University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and as Adjunct Clinical Professor at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Formerly he served as, Adjunct Professor at Sienna Heights University and Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University (WVU), where he was the Medical Director of the Sydney Banks Institute at WVU. In addition, Dr. Pettit had previously held an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Des Moines, Iowa Osteopathic School of Medicine
Dr. Pettit is a recognized educator in the Three Principles Understanding, and has presented at many national and international conferences and consulted to numerous clients and organizations both nationally and internationally.
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