Meet our speakers for ViVA Goes Virtual
Ami Chen Mills-Naim
Ami Chen Mills-Naim is daughter of the late Roger Mills, one of the first professionals to meet Sydney Banks on Salt Spring Island.
Since 1998, she has been a facilitator, coach and trainer of the Three Principles in many settings, from Silicon Valley’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, including corrections, to her role as director of the Center for Sustainable Change, with innate resiliency projects across the U.S. In 2014, she founded Ami Chen Coaching and Education.
She is author of The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth and, with her father, State of Mind the Classroom: Thought, Consciousness and the Essential Curriculum for Healthy Learning.
Ami is an admirer of many mystical and spiritual authors and teachers. Recently, she brought the Three Principles understanding to the Global Support team for Extinction Rebellion, the non-violent, civil disobedience climate action group. She is deeply interested in the Three Principles as they relate to the spiritual principles of Kingian nonviolence, creative dialogue, conflict resolution and conflict and personal resiliency to help create a healthy world for all.
Dr Anne Curtis
For more than 30 years – as a medical doctor, a sexual and relationship therapist and a general psychotherapist I searched long and hard for THE answer to all life’s struggles and challenges!
But despite all the reading and training I did over all those years – it wasn’t until I’d given up the search that I finally came across the 3 Principles Understanding – and discovered what I’d been searching for!
Now I live life in every moment – without set plans or needs – following inner knowing.
Most recently I’ve been inspired to share unconditional love and understanding and fun, through creating online programs (and on the ground projects) including – “Make Love For Life”, “The Secret of Everything”, “Emotional Intelligence For Health Professionals”, “Emotional Intelligence For Volunteers”, “Emotional Intelligence For Refugees”, “Cancer Without Fear” and “Questions That Change Lives”.
You’ll find details about all these programs along with my blog at ww.drannecurtis.com
Anni was born in the beautiful English Lake District and feels a great sense of belonging to her Cumbrian fells and lakes. The expansiveness of that landscape created her philosophy of ‘Anything is possible’ for her coaching vision. Anni loves exploring the intricacies of people – exploring life & finding the sweetness, especially for women, teachers, leaders, and children. Anni has so much experience to offer having been a headteacher and consultant in a prior age! Anni retrained as a transformative coach and founded her Business HLSImpact.
Anni’s passion for sharing the principles in education, and for the well -being of children and youth has been her driver for many years in UK schools. Anni’s current focus is coaching women, partnered with advocating whole school well- being. Anni does not take a 3P curriculum into schools, she says that children and teachers need to experience an unplanned space to be. A space to create relationships and connections – a way of being that allows mistakes, embraces courage, builds stamina, and engages humour from everyone – particularly the leaders.
Anni is the author of a book Simply Being YOU
Educator Chana Studley recovered from severe PTSD after 3 separate violent attacks in the 1980s. She trained as a counselor and coach with Manchester Women in Crisis Center and has been working with people in all areas of mental health for the past 30 yrs. Chana trained as a Three Principles Practitioner at the One Thought Institute, is a member of the United Hatzalah Psychotrauma and Crisis Unit and a World Health Organization Psychological First Responder.
After 25 years of debilitating chronic pain, Chana realized that her pain had gone away around the time she came across the Principles. Fascinated by this she conducted 5 successful case studies into pain-relief and her research was presented at the 3PUK conference in London in 2019. She has now turned this into a new program called Painless and is helping people with chronic pain and other physical illnesses to heal by understanding the MindBody connection. She is so excited to see her work getting attention in the medical world of pain management and bringing people to the Three Principles as they gain both physical and emotional freedom.
Chana also had a very successful career in Hollywood including an Academy Award which she gave up to live in Jerusalem where she coaches and counsels clients locally and online with anxiety, trauma, and all kinds of physical issues. In 2019 she published her first novel -The Myth of Low Self Esteem and is working on her next two.
Del Adey-Jones is a 3 Principles Teacher, Practitioner and host of “Insightful Conversations with Del Adey-Jones” a weekly live-streaming Show and Podcast featuring some of the most impactful voices in the 3P Community.
Thanks to her unconventional childhood growing up in the UK, her former career in Hollywood, and her personal challenges including a divorce and raising children as a single parent, Del’s practice is informed both by the empathy gained from real-life experience and her deeper studies of spirituality and human psychology.
Del’s specialty is helping people gain freedom from Narcissistic Abuse and Codependency issues through the understanding of the 3 Principles. Using her relatable approach to coaching and her commitment to creating a safe space to explore the Inside Out Understanding, she continues to serve a wide range of clients both locally and remotely worldwide. To learn more about her Coaching and Mentoring packages go to her website at Deladeyjones.com
My name is Elaine Hilides, I’m an International coach, trainer and speaker and a no.1 author.
I’ve been sharing the principles professionally for more than a decade and have worked with hundreds of clients helping them to live a life of health and freedom.
Jacqueline Hollows is the founder of Beyond Recovery C.I.C (BR), an established social enterprise whose mission is to revolutionise the way addictions and mental health are viewed and treated and to eliminate stigma.
Through sharing an understanding of how our experience of life is created from our own minds, the pioneering work that BR does has the potential to reform the criminal justice system from the inside out. The impact on the lives of people BR work with and the results on the broader community have been phenomenal.
Jacqueline is also honoured to have been able to share life changing stories and BR’s published research from this work, at a number of national and international speaking events. Jacqueline says “I have been working within the criminal justice system (with support professionals and people with convictions) since 2014, delivering our innovative programmes. I have seen that, through a fresh thought in any moment, a deeper level of common sense, wellbeing and resilience is always available regardless to circumstances.” Five years on, Jacqueline and her team at BR have established themselves as the thought leaders on this ground breaking work, recognised both in the UK and Internationally.
Jacqueline Hollows | Beyond Recovery C.I.C.
Jason Shiers is a Certified Transformative Coach & Certified Psychotherapist @ www.wideworldcoaching.com. Jason has been working with addictions and mental health for over 20 years in evolving ways. After his own recovery started 25 years ago in 12 steps, he had been searching for something different, following the path to a degree in transactional analysis, a psychodynamic theory of how people work, he found he was still not happy.
Three years ago in a chance encounter Jason found the work of Michael Neill, and after 3 days in LA and an exploration into the 3 principles as uncovered by Sydney Banks with Michael, life changed unrecognisably. Jason has been teaching and sharing the 3 principles in his work with addictions ever since, it made no sense to practice any other way, addiction no longer looked like something that needed a complex theory or diagnostic label to overcome. As a result Jason realised people can spontaneously recovery and change their lives from any mental health diagnosis, to being happy joyous and truly free.
John El Mokadem
John El-Mokadem is a Breakthrough Coach, speaker and researcher based in the UK. He has over 16 years’ experience working with clients internationally, providing both personal and corporate coaching, training and mentorship services.
John has learned from some of the top success and performance coaches in the world, studying and exploring what enables us to really be at our best, to help guide his clients to make their own breakthroughs. The transformations John witnesses, are often life changing, as clients gain a deeper understanding of how their minds work, enabling them to experience a healthier, happier, more successful and creative life.
John has a speciality for helping people with various chronic health conditions – a byproduct of his own healing journey from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It was this healing journey that led him to conduct a research study to demonstrate the transformative effects of this approach for other sufferers of CFS. The study has now been accepted for publication in an American Psychological Association journal after a full peer review process. Described by the Journal editor as “groundbreaking” the study results provide further empirical evidence for the efficacy of the Three Principles understanding to help individuals find greater mental and physical health.
Joe Bailey, M.A., L.P. is an author, seminar leader, consultant to organizations, public speaker, psychotherapist and a licensed psychologist.
Joe’s life purpose is to help people find true happiness and peace of mind. Towards this end, he studied psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, eventually becoming a licensed psychologist. His search for the deeper principles of mental health led him to the Three Principles and meeting Syd Banks 38 years ago. Since then he has helped to create a health-based approach to counseling, prevention programs, workplace wellness and the attainment of a personal life of peace, joy and fulfillment for all people and help usher in a new paradigm based on principles for psychology.
His work has included co-founding The Minneapolis Institute of Mental Health, developing programs for health care provider wellness at the University of Minnesota and numerous hospitals including North Memorial Hospital, Minneapolis, East Lansing Health System and Mayo Clinic Arizona, treatment centers for addictions, and social service agencies.
Joe has worked for over forty years as a psychotherapist, trainer, administrator, supervisor and consultant to clinics, hospitals, businesses and other government groups. He is author of six books including the best seller, Slowing Down to the Speed of Life with Dr. Richard Carlson, The Serenity Principle, Slowing Down to the Speed of Love, Fearproof Your Life: How to Thrive in a World Addicted to Fear, and his latest book that he contributed to, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love (2010). He is currently working on a new book called The Transformation Principle). You can learn more about Joe and his work at www.joebaileyandassociates.com. or check out his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JoeBaileyandAssociates/
Judy has been a Three Principles practitioner and educator for more than 35 years. With the Principles as a foundation, she has worked with individual clients, groups, business leadership teams and executives. She was on the faculty of the Medical School of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, for 13 years, offering an array of services and teaching courses grounded in the Principles in the School of Public Health. She was one of the founders of the Faculty Development program at WVU, and helped create a variety of offerings to assist faculty in improving their performance and student experience. She is currently a consultant to individuals and organizations, a frequent seminar and webinar leader in the Principles, a Mental Health Educator with the Women’s Resource Center of Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, and served for several years as contractor to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida offering the mental health component of the Veterans Court.
Judy is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA), Trinity College of Hartford, CT (MA) and West Virginia University (EdD). She started work as an English teacher; worked as a reporter and ultimately was named Editor of the Sunday Magazine of The St. Petersburg Times; became an entrepreneur as owner of a medical practice management company. Through that work, she met Dr. Bill Pettit, then practicing as a Psychiatrist in Bradenton, FL, and realized that her life calling was the Principles.
She worked with Pransky & Associates for 9 years before moving to West Virginia University. There, she was inducted into the prestigious Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning and created an Institute dedicated to the Principles. She returned to Bradenton, FL in 2009. She still offers online courses and programs, most currently a program for Veterans called Thriving vs. Surviving, which can be accessed, free of charge, by anyone here: www.peaceforveterans.org.
Kjetil has been working as a coach and public speaker for the last 15 years. He has worked with businesses, leaders, salespeople and employees for many years to increase profit and level of satisfaction at work and life. He has also written a bestselling book in Norway, and travelled all across Norway to give speeches, and the last years he has built a following in Norway through his facebook live shows. For the time being he is mainly focused on educating coaches with an understanding of the three principles.
His biggest passion is to help others realize the power of their own mind by understanding the principles of mind, thought and consciousness. He is also deeply passionate about helping to raise the consciousness on the planet to a higher level, so that we can live together in an increasing level of love for each other.
Marnix Pauwels is a Dutch transformative coach and author of seven books, living in Amsterdam with two cats. He has worked in advertising as a copywriter for 30 years, and has an extensive knowledge of addiction/compulsive behavior, depression and anxiety through deep personal experience. Marnix has always been fascinated by what drives people, and especially what drives them crazy. He’s read over 5.000 books on self-development/improvement, lifehacks and spirituality, viewed thousands of videos on the subjects, and keeps on exploring the depths of the human mind and how to navigate our psychological storms with grace and respect. Marnix is an aspiring world-traveler who loves to work out. He’s single, has an 18 year old daughter and wants to be the best and most impactful coach in the world.
Michael’s mission is to unleash the human potential with intelligence, humor, and heart, and his unique brand of loving disruption has made him a beloved catalyst and creative sparkplug to CEOs, leaders, creative artists, and anyone who wants to get more out of themselves and their lives while making more of a difference in the world.
His TEDx talks, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’and ‘Can a TEDx Talk Really Change the World?’ have been viewed by nearly two million people, and his blog and podcast, Caffeine for the Soul, is now in its 19th year and going strong.”
Hi, I’m Philippe, a recovering people-pleasing hotelier that became a stressed out restaurant owner and survivor of a severe burnout in my restaurant in 2008. This led me to become a seeker of deeper meaning in life and in doing so became a self-improvement junkie.
After years of heavily investing in workshops, coaching and leadership training programs I discovered the Three Principles and had a simple and profound realisation in 2015. I saw that every human being is always okay and perfect.
At first I struggled to learn how to share this “best kept secret” and at times felt like giving up. Eventually, I was able to unlearn enough of the traditional coaching I had mastered and found my voice and my way. I launched my own “Three Principles” radio talk show in Barcelona called “Keep it Simple” and have co-facilitated 16 retreats in the last 3 years. I simply love being in conversations that explore what is getting in the way of us experiencing more well-being and resilience. I now live in my hometown in Zurich, Switzerland with my wife Cristina. I am passionate in working with teens and young people and am currently training to become an Iheart Facilitator to bring this understanding into schools and universities
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!
Sue Anderson has 44 years working within the private, public and voluntary sectors, in particular, working within communities. Coming across the Three Principles understanding around seven years ago, she heard something deep in her heart, and from that moment on, she knew her life was going to be very different. Sue says ‘I felt like I had come home, and I was so certain that I wanted to share that feeling with others.’
Sue created a successful six week programme “Second Chance”, which she has facilitated for the last six years delivering the programme to people from local communities who have presented with addictions, depression, suicide attempts, stress, relationship issues and more, and also to workers from different organisations e.g. teachers, nurses, police officers, job centre plus advisors, social workers, family workers, etc, presenting with a whole stream of issues.
Sue was one of the co-creators of the first Northern Three Principles Conference, proudly bringing internationally respected speakers to the North East. Sue has delivered the IHEART programme (Innate Health and Resilience Training) to primary and secondary pupils. Finally, continuing to be the change she wants to see in the world!
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.
Special guest presenters
Jane runs a number of singing groups to help people improve their well-being through song. She teaches fun, accessible songs. She also enjoys sharing Peace Dances which are simple circle dances from spiritual traditions danced to easy songs and chants.
Jackie discovered the Three Principles Understanding about 6 or 7 years ago. Coincidentally (or maybe not), it was around the same time as she started learning improvised comedy. The two interconnect very neatly.
Improv is all about being in the moment… not caring what other people think of you… not trying to be clever or funny… not worrying about making mistakes… unleashing your playful inner self.. and treating your improv buddies as if they are creative geniuses (while they do the same for you). Find out more at JackieBarrie.com
Additional members of Beyond Recovery joining Jacqueline Hollows
Derrick came across Beyond Recovery during his time in HMP Onley. He was released from prison in August 2018 when he got a job and started building good family relationships with his partner and children. When he hit a low spot in May 2019 he contacted Beyond Recovery and was invited to the 3PUK Conference. Since then he’s become a Project Co-ordinator with Beyond Recovery, has worked with our facilitators in HMP Nottingham and presents on behalf of the team on webinars and radio programs.
Thulani: “I found this understanding when I was at HMP Onley. This understanding has helped me to grow as a person and has empowered me and enabled me to become a better man. I’ve learned so much about myself from the Beyond Recovery groups.”
T has participated at conferences and facilitated BR groups as a teacher. While in prison T trained as a Personal Trainer and upon release has set up a successful PT business. T says, “Using what I know about the mind and the body I am able to help people daily, to change their lifestyle and become empowered and new.”
Christopher came across Beyond Recovery while in HMP Onley. Chris says “With the Three Principles understanding I grew as a person and I was in the position to share knowledge to my peers and help them to change their mindset about certain aspects of their normal life.” Since leaving prison Chris has been a lively member of the BR groups and has worked alongside BR at HMP Nottingham as well as starting his own business.
Alfie comes from a gypsy background and has spent most of his life in and out of prison and on Class A drugs. Alfie found Beyond Recovery in HMP Onley five years ago. While still in a Category D prison he was a keynote speaker at 3PUK 2018 conference.
Since being released Alfie has helped facilitate many groups with the Beyond Recovery team in person and online. In June 2019 Alfie was honoured to present with Jacqueline at the Understanding Human Mind conference in Bucharest.
Omar grew up in a single parent household with low income. Omar was part of one of Newham’s (in London) biggest drug organisations for almost 10 years. As a result of this he was sent to HMP Onley where he found Beyond Recovery. Omar became a BR Peer Mentor and helped facilitate groups.
Since leaving prison he has worked closely with Beyond Recovery at HMP Nottingham and online, in addition to working with young people affected by crime.
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