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New book: Cancer and After – How to Avoid a Recurrence

Cancer book smallNews from Beata Bishop

Dear TP friends,

This is to let you know that my latest book, “Cancer and After – How to Avoid a Recurrence” is now available on Amazon. It was published by Coromandel Press.

I wrote it to fill a serious gap in cancer care, namely the way patients are discharged after hospital treatment without adequate guidance for changing over to a healthier lifestyle. avoiding dangerous habits and paying attention to their inner lives. Having suffered a recurrence myself, I know what that means, and I hope this book will reach all those who may find it useful.

The same holistic guidance also serves to show how to prevent cancer in the first place.

Wishing you the best of health,

Beata Bishop

August 2014







The Numinosity of the Elephant

The Numinosity of the Elephant

Sunday September 14th 2014
10.30am – 4pm
at Pax lodge

“Yet in the alert, warm animal there lies the pain and the burden of an enormous sadness. For it too feels the presence of what often overwhelms us: a memory, as if the element we keep pressing toward was once more intimate, more true, and our communion infinitely tender.” Rilke

Humans and elephants both originated in the Great Plains of Africa, where for tens of thousands of years we co-existed harmoniously. Now we are divided by so called layers of civilisation.

Aristotle described the elephant as, “The beast that passeth all others in wit and mind… and by its intelligence, makes as near an approach to man as matter can approach spirit.”

Elephants are known for their memory; Dumbo could fly; they are also the only other mammal with the capacity to cry. To what extent can an elephant be used as a route into healing the whole Self and a greater connectedness with the Soul? Please join me, and the elephant, for a day travelling across savannahs and deserts, romping through forests, splashing in oceans and jumping into a slipstream of creative imagination in an attempt to experience that ‘tender communion’.

Katie Dias is a mother, psychotherapist, former lawyer and lifelong lover of elephants. She trained at CCPE where she completed her MA on the elephant and has been practising as an integrative psychotherapist since 2008.


There are refreshments at 10am before the start of the workshop at 10.30am and afterwards at 4pm, finishing at 4.30pm.

Please send a cheque for £35 (payable to Transpersonal Perspectives) to Monica Anthony at
43 Gomm Road,
SE16 2TY.

Lunch is included.

Pax Lodge,
Olave Centre,
12c Lyndhurst Road,

(Belsize Park underground station, Northern line)


Working with Power – The Shaman’s Way


SUNDAY JUNE 22nd 2014
10am – 4.30pm

‘This day, held so close to the summer solstice, is an introduction to the shaman’s world view. Shamanism sees everything around us as worthy of respect, because everything has Spirit.


The summer solstice, when we mark the longest day and the shortest night and celebrate the power of the sun as it helps all growing things to reach their full potential, is an appropriate time to appreciate what we have, the wonder of life. It is a good time for ritual and ceremony, a powerful time –  an excellent time to show you the shamanic tripartite world view, with its upper, middle and lower world (very reminiscent of that lovely drawing of Assagioli’s Egg). About how the shaman understands power, how to acquire it and use it. And about the shamanic journey.

You will learn to journey to the lower world in search of power and then to bring that power back. Those of you who are used to the transpersonal way of working, will find the shamanic journey seems quite familiar – although on this occasion you will journey to the traditional sound of the drum.

I have done my shamanic training with the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies ( and found it a delightful extension of my transpersonal work as a psychotherapist, both for my own personal development and when working with clients. My hope is that this day will whet your appetite to learn more!’

Please send a cheque for £35 (payable to Transpersonal Perspectives) to Monica Anthony at
43 Gomm Road,
SE16 2TY.

Lunch is included; please let us know of any special dietary requirements when booking.

Pax Lodge,
Olave Centre,
12c Lyndhurst Road,
NW3 5PQ (a short walk from Belsize Park underground station on the Northern line).

Ian Gordon-Brown 1925-1996

Ian Gordon-Brown 2 Ian Gordon-Brown

Ian’s generous life ended on 6th October. He was at the zenith of his achievement, a joyful man. Born, appropriately, on St. Valentine’s Day, he dearly loved his life and work, friends and family, and spoke often in recent years of how fulfilled he felt.

In brief outline:

Ian was an Industrial Psychologist, educated at Bryanston and Cambridge.

He married and had three children.

For 12 years he was Secretary of the Lucis Trust (Alice Bailey’s Work).

In 1973, he and Barbara Somers founded the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology. In 1977, he helped Barbara establish the Centre’s training, and continued to carry the broad workshop programme.

In 1994 he established the Centre for Transpersonal Perspectives and its programme of new workshops.

In 1995 Ian was elected President of EUROTAS (European Transpersonal Association) with 12-nation membership. This greatly pleased his eclectic viewpoint.

That was his outer life…

HIs release from life was exemplary. Having led a workshop on his major theme of Initiation, he sang (in a fine bass-baritone voice) joyously to Mozart and then went to sleep. In the small hours of 6th October, his heart stopped beating and he flew free.

We love him and rejoice that he has gone so gently to his next adventure. Such a big man leaves a big space, which is now being filled by hundreds of tributes, all speaking of his warmth, humour, wisdom, clarity and incisiveness. He did not suffer fools gladly, and said so. He loved deeply, and said so. Life and death held no fears for him. He was totally himself.

We salute and celebrate him, and hope to learn from his example.

Written for Ian’s Memorial service                                                                     Barbara Somers
at St James’s Church
197 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL