BarbaraA Celebration
of the Life of
Barbara Somers
1929–2013

Sunday 29th September 2013
Park Crescent Centre
229 Great Portland Street
London W1

 

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Celebrating Barbara’s life and achievement needs a broad palette. She was a remarkable BarbaraSperson: wise, with a deep quality of stillness and compassion, and a finely honed mind capable of highly original thinking. As a therapist, her blend of intuition, empathy and objectivity brought remarkable results. As a teacher, she knew how to involve her listeners in a journey of exploration and discovery; what she had to say on a multitude of subjects was of equal value to professionals and lay students. And the Transpersonal Workshop series, which she created with Ian Gordon-Brown, transformed many lives over the years.

At the same time Barbara had a delicious sense of humour and an irreverent feeling of the absurd that quickly punctured any kind of pomposity or fake authority. As a private person she was equally interested in bookshops and dress shops, enjoyed good food, cooking and crafts, and was a wonderful friend. Ill health had kept her in seclusion for the last thirteen years. Now she’s gone, but she remains a living presence to all who were lucky enough to know her, and her work also lives on, thanks to Hazel Marshall’s saving and presenting it in a series of wonderful books.

Indeed, we have plenty to celebrate here today.

Beata Bishop