Colin Bates is a Tutor and Course Organiser of the Arthur Findlay College, Stansted, England and a Tutor and Demonstrator at the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain, Belgrave Square, London, England. He is a Registered Spiritualist Healer and is a Public Demonstrator of Mediumship. He is a Teacher and Lecturer of Mediumistic Development for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Students.
Rita Strauss Berkowitz has impressed large audiences throughout the world by drawing portraits of loved ones from the higher side of life. She is the author of Empowering Your Life with Angels and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Communicating with Spirits. Rita has both, studied and taught at the Arthur Findley College in Essex England, as well as lectured and demonstrated in colleges, New Age Centers and Spiritualist Churches in the United States and Canada. She is an accomplished artist who has shown her paintings and drawings throughout New England and New York. Rita is an Ordained Minister in the Spiritualist Church and pastor of the First Spiritualist Church, Quincy, MA.
Rita currenly has no classes scheduled at The Journey Within
Simon James: Recognised as one of the UK’s finest classical spiritual mediums, Simon discovered his psychic and mediumistic abilities as a child. This knowledge marked the beginning of his interest in all aspects of the intuitive arts. While in his teens, Simon began his mediumistic development at his local Spiritualist centre. Shortly afterwards, he was taken under the tutelage of Gordon Higginson, President of the Spiritualists' National Union, Principal of the Arthur Findlay College and one of the greatest mediums of the 20th century. Simon is one of only a few mediums whose development was guided by Gordon. During these years, Simon worked publicly alongside Gordon, as well as Paul Jacobs, who was also in receipt of Gordon’s instruction. Concurrent with his mediumistic development, Simon completed a degree in Applied Psychology. Gordon encouraged Simon to introduce the subject of applied psychology at the world famous Arthur Findlay College and to include it in the general education of mediums. Simon became the youngest tutor at the Arthur Findlay College. Later, he became a course organiser as well. During this time, he worked closely with Mavis Pittilla, a world renowned medium who also trained with Gordon.
Throughout this time as well, Simon’s work took him the length and breadth of the UK, demonstrating and teaching mediumship and the intuitive arts. Subsequently, he expanded his travels, working throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In 1994 Simon founded the Spirit of Youth, an organisation that he created to encourage alternative ways of presenting Spiritualism. While he stepped down in 1999 as its Chairman, the organisation continues to this day. Simon was also a founding member of Spiritualist Aid - an umbrella organisation under which Spiritualists raise money for charitable causes. In 1999, Simon accepted what was to be a temporary position at the Open Door Spiritualist Sanctuary. It represented an opportunity for him to live and work in Victoria, Canada. Simon is currently a Director of the Inner Quest Foundation and the Vice-President of the Open Door Spiritualist Sanctuary and Victoria has now become his permanent home. When at home, Simon teaches, demonstrates, participates in establishing research panels and develops training programmes in all aspects of Rational Spiritualism.
Simon also continues to teach and demonstrate throughout the UK and is a tutor, a senior course organiser and an assessor at a number of institutes. He is one of only a few tutors in Britain who is qualified to teach the instructors of mediumship. Along with study and practice of mediumship, Simon has studied the Tarot, in depth, for more than 20 years. He has a vast knowledge of comparative religion and has studied extensively the spiritual traditions of different world cultures. Combining these interests, Simon has developed numerous unique courses, which are steeped in myth and tradition. Simon’s particular passion is the psychology and science of the applied mediumistic arts. He has taught people from a variety of backgrounds, from teachers to medical professionals, in all aspects of the intuitive arts. Simon strongly believes that mediumistic knowledge is not the preserve of the few, but rather it is for the spiritual and psychological well-being of the many: “If we can take away the fear of death, then we can remove the fear of living this life to the fullest.”
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Simone Key's involvement with Spiritualism began over twenty years ago and she became a tutor at The Arthur Findlay College in the mid-1990's. She works extensively in the fields of mediumship and healing throughout the UK and Internationally. Mediumship is her core activity, which she demonstrates both publicly and privately. She regularly teaches many aspects of Spiritualism, providing lectures, seminars and workshops, and is also a tutor-trainer. Trance and trance healing are important aspects of her work, which she has developed with very successful results.
Simone tutors up and coming mediums as well as training teachers. A dynamic teacher, she encourages her students to achieve their own potential in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Willing to break boundaries, she is keen to bring innovation and experimentation to her teaching. Although she expects a lot from her students, Simone is willing to demonstrate to them what it is she wishes them to achieve and, importantly, she will encourage you to obtain the necessary skills. Simone has the power to bring about a change in all those who place their trust in her.
Brian Robertson: Brian has been involved with Spiritualism for the past 28 years. Brian is well known for the high quality of his mediumship and his natural demonstration skills. Together with these abilities, Brian’s down to earth, tell it like it is approach to working on the self has made him a much sought after teacher and speaker. Over the years, Brian has accepted many of innumerable invitations from all over the world to address issues related to spiritual awareness. Frequently a keynote speaker, Brian has shared his wealth of knowledge on a broad range of topics with people from a diversity of social, cultural, religious, philosophical and educational backgrounds. Brian is also a skilled teacher. People with a variety of different interests and experiences, from students of the intuitive arts and postgraduate university students to teachers and medical professionals, have learned and developed through Brian’s teaching and received the benefit of Brian’s education and expertise in the self help and intuitive fields.
Throughout his career, Brian has worked for a number of organizations internationally. He became the first Canadian instructor at the Arthur Findlay College in 1995. Because of the breadth of his knowledge, other organizations have called upon him to teach in disciplines tangential to his own. Brian also does consulting work for a number of groups, both religious and secular, offering his knowledge and proven techniques for working on the self and on altered states.
In addition to his speaking and teaching, Brian writes about matters related to the intuitive arts and spiritual and mediumistic matters and has had a number of his articles published in newspapers and magazines around the world. He has also been interviewed on television about his work, both in Canada and abroad.
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Stella Upton, CSNU has been aware of the spirit world since being a small child. When very young she thought her mother had many visitors to the house, and only later realized these ‘visitors’ were actually spirits. She was then certain of life after death. At age 14 Stella began to develop her mediumship. She spent several years in church development groups and attended the Arthur Findlay College for eight years, becoming a tutor there in 1998. Since taking her first church service in 1990, she regularly does mediumship demonstrations, and private sittings. A more recent development is the painting of auragraphs. Along with teaching at the Arthur Findlay College, Stella has also worked with students throughout the UK and abroad, teaching relaxation, meditation, awareness, color, spirit art, paranormal phenomena and evidential mediumship.
Minister Steven Upton is a minister and teacher for Britain’s Spiritualists' National Union (SNU), from which he has received numerous diplomas, awards, and special certificates. He has been involved with the Spiritualist movement since 1971. Steven started developing his healing mediumship in 1977 and over the following 17 years practiced this on a regular basis in a number of SNU Churches. He attended the SNU's world famous Arthur Findlay College and later became a teacher and tutor there. Steven is well regarded a one of the world’s leading trance teachers.
Tom Cratsley has worked in the fields of counseling, spiritual healing and teaching for over 30 years and is the creator and developer of the Restructuring method of accessing, releasing, and transforming unconscious resistance patterns.
He is an ordained minister with Fellowships of the Spirit and for the past 10 years he has served as associate director of their School of Healing and Prophecy. While at Harvard Divinity School Tom was inspired to direct his attention to matters of the human heart and the possibilities of growth and transformation through development of the spiritual dimensions of the heart. Since then he has created numerous classes and workshops to support others in exploring the vast dimensions, and extraordinary healing potentials of the heart.
Tom will be visiting us in April of 2015.