The Breath of Life Conference 2017

This year, key note speakers include:


Dr. Bessel van der Kolk – clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post traumatic stress, and author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma.

gabor-mate Dr. Gabor Maté – renowned speaker on addiction, stress and childhood development, and author of In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts & When The Body Says No.

Robert Lever – osteopath with over 40 years’ experience, former lecturer at the European School of Osteopathy, recipient of a Medal of Honour for services to osteopathic education, and author of At The Still Point of the Turning World and Finding Health.


Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty – founding chair of the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology programme at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and author of Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies’ Wholeness from the Beginning of Life – An Integrated Model of Early Development.

This year in particular is a phenomenal combination of speakers, alongside these keynote speakers is a great range of scientists and leading practitioners including Katherine Ukleja, Dr. Cherionna Menzam Sills, Dr. Gerrard Pollack & Rolin McCraty.

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk is best known for his book “The Body Keeps the Score” and specialises in working with PTSD. (Here is a link to one of his lectures in America, 2015 – Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk Lecture.)

Dr. Gabor Mate is famous for writing “When the body says no” and explores addiction & stress. Here he talks on the myth of normal and its effects in society – Dr. Gabor Mate – “The Myth of Normal”

stephen-porgesAlongside the conference is a set of workshops. One of the workshop is being led by Dr. Stephen Porges (author of “The Polyvagal Theory”) which looks at regulation of the nervous system and activation of the vagus nerve.
The Polyvagal Theory & how trauma impacts the body.

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