Programme Leader – Ray Butler
Ray is a very successful entrepreneur and a businessman, keen yachtsman (he has sailed the Atlantic twice!) and a compassionate Course Leader in several of Penninghame Foundations courses.
Ray Butler’s personal inner journey and deep transformation has made him passionate about the emotional health and wellbeing of other people. He has been trained by some of the world leading pioneers in personal development, (including Bengt Stern – Meet Yourself Process, Cliff Barry – Shadow Work, Aneesha Dillon – Body Work, Rahasya & Nura), and is continuing to do so whenever the opportunity arises. Ray has been also trained at the Oneness University in India.
Being a member of business community himself and deeply aware of the challenges in today’s business world Ray’s interest lies in helping business people to apply integral approach to life while integrating intuition and inner guidance into everyday decision making.
Ray’s friendly, unassuming and down to earth manner, combined with a solid trustworthiness, compassion and integrity creates a powerful presence for assisting personal healing and inner transformation.
Programme Leader – Rosie Manton
Rosie has always been a creative spirit. Throughout her rich and varied life, she has had three guiding themes; Art, Music and Dance, with curiosity about people and how they function making a fourth! Rosie has always been passionate for the right of individuals to be and to freely express themselves.
Trained as a Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist she has over twenty years experience of individual client and group work and is currently running workshops and training therapists in Penninghame, London, Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Rosie has creatively combined her experience of the body and the mind offering a blend of the healing arts, dance, music and art with psychotherapy. Rosie trained with Gabrielle Roth and is now teaching 5 Rhythms dance – reconnecting dance and spirit. She is also a fully qualified leader of Holotropic Breathwork workshops, certified by the founder Dr Stanislav Grof. Rosie is ever expanding her remit of expertise, with advanced bodywork training with Aneesha Dillon in Pulsation, a blend of Reichian Bodywork and Chakra work.
For pleasure, Rosie paints and plays Sousaphone in a local jazz band where she lives in Southern Spain.
Programme Leader – Gordon Jessiman
His work combines many modalities, including Spiritual Life Coaching, Reiki, and Reconnection, to help people find their innermost freedom and peace.
He believes his purpose as a spiritual life coach is to enable people to find the blockages within and release the unexpressed past experiences, find self-forgiveness and let go to allow freedom into all that you do in life.
After having been drawn to alternative and complimentary therapies over the past few years, Gordon established the Namaste Foundation with his wife Maria who is also a trained therapist. The Namaste Foundation is a holistic therapy centre based in a small, family run hotel in the heart of Wimbledon that offers a wide variety of alternative therapies to help people heal and discover their inner selves.
Gordon and Maria Jessiman’s connection with Penninghame began when they had concerns about their son’s behaviour. He often had outbursts of anger and frustration which held him back in his education and caused a strain on the family. They were desperate to find a solution and tried various methods to help, but to no avail. They felt unable to find a reason to explain his behaviour.
During his son’s first year at secondary school Gordon was recommended the Penninghame Process and attended the course in 2008. The course enabled Gordon to find and understand more of who he is and it gave him the ability to take responsibility for his own actions and feelings without, projecting them onto another person.
However, their sons’ behaviour, though improved, was still a strain. They and his school agreed that the Penninghame Process could be beneficial and he attended the course in November 2012.
Since their son attended, Gordon and his wife have noticed an amazing transformation in him, both in and out of school, and he exceeded his academic expectations.
After undertaking his own spiritual journey and experiencing a dramatic change in his family, Gordon decided his wanted to extend this gift of awareness to others. One of the ways he achieves this is through his wonderful work with the Penninghame Process.
Penninghame Assistant – Liz Slingsby
Liz has been a member of the Penninghame team since 2014 after participating on Step 1 herself.
It was a niggling feeling that there must be more to life that led Liz on her own personal transformation journey, and she hasn’t looked back since.
The Penninghame Process has been integral to creating lasting change in all aspects of Liz’s life, and for her own inner wellbeing, she really feels she is now living the life she wanted, and it is all of this that makes her so passionate about sharing this work with others.
Since joining the team Liz has continued her own personal and professional development and is now a trained reiki master, meditation instructor, and yoga instructor, and is continually expanding her experience of other spiritual and wellbeing practices in order to continue her own development and what she is able to share with others.
Penninghame Assistant – James Harris
James is a keen sportsman and huge animal lover, volunteering at a local RSPCA re- homing centre.
Having always had difficulties in feeling and expressing his emotions, accompanied by a sense that life was passing him by and he was missing something, James decided to investigate why.
Having no idea where to start he sought inspiration from the 100 Greatest Love Poems which didn’t help at all!
After a workshop from former Penninghame leader Kari, James was left wandering what the heck these people were on! However, there was intrigue and a Penninghame seed was sown.
Having taken massive strides in understanding himself and changing his reality of the world and others following The Penninghame Process, James decided he wanted to help others along their journey and gratefully accepted an offer to became an Assistant. James found this inspiring to be able to help and watch others develop, grow, realise and release.
James has sort many alternative methods of personal insight including EFT, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, journey work, breathwork, meditation, mindfulness and spiritual books. After some amazing experiences with Reiki, he has now trained to practitioner Levels 1 and 2.
James has gone from football, boozing and partying every weekend, which he recognised was an escape mechanism and a way to repress emotions, to continually looking into himself and the world around him to be more present and alive. Obviously still enjoying the odd party every now and then!
Penninghame Assistant – Amanda Riley, LCM dip, Cert ECBS, FHT
Amanda started her career in Insurance, after being made redundant and travelling the world she decided to start her journey into helping people. Amanda trained in Therapeutic Massage and started volunteering at a cancer charity helping people through the stress of their diagnosis by giving therapies. She then went on to train in Hydrotherm Massage, Indian Head Massage, The Bowen Technique, Reflexology and Pregnancy Massage and is a Reiki Master.
Amanda has a passion for helping people to move forward in life free from stress and strain. She has been very privileged to work out in Sarajevo, Bosnia with victims of the war seeing the resilience of people after they have experienced living in concentration camps and witnessed horrific atrocities. Also being able to help people out in Malawi, Africa with HIV and Cancer with the charity NdiMoyo which gave her insight into the levels of poverty in this world.
Amanda attended Penninghame in 2013 after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2007, managing this illness was proving hard and she was stuck being a victim to disease. Amanda has been able to turn this around with huge support from Penninghame and the team and has been volunteering since 2017 and been awestruck by the profound changes people can make.
Amanda also works as an independent therapist and can be found here: www.theartofhealing.me.uk
Penninghame Assistant – Nick Farrar
Nick has more than 40 years of experience in social work, management, and project management. He is experienced in many different areas including carers support, palliative care, mental health, disabilities, families, transcultural work, and work on quality standards.
Nick has an M.B.A. and a Doctorate in Education, specialising in skills development which relates to ‘tacit knowledge’.
He is currently a trustee for his local RELATE organisation and for a local disability organisation.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys the great outdoors and is a qualified Dry Stone Waller. He is currently a partner in rebuilding a mile-long 14th century boundary wall in North Yorkshire.
Nick initially attended the Penninghame Process because of dietary issues.
Penninghame Assistant – Maria Ann Jessiman
Maria is an ITEC trained Holistic therapist with practitioner insurance and membership of ‘The Federation of Holistic Therapies’ which offers on-going training and guidance for all practitioners.
Maria initially qualified as a Montessori Teacher, working passionately with the values of Montessori from an early age with both children and adults. Following this, she went on to become a complimentary therapist training as a Reiki practitioner 1&2, reconnection healing 1&2, holistic massage with stress management, Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
After attending Freedom In Living in India earlier this year, Maria has furthered her development and is now trained as a OWA meditator and holds meditation meetings at the hotel. In addition, she trained as a Family Lab practitioner in July, embracing and applying the values of the family therapist and author, Jesper Juul in all areas of life. These values are also held with all the Penninghame team.
Maria has a passion for personal development for herself and others. Along with her daughter, Maria opened Lu-Ma café within a family run hotel earlier this year. With a long term vision of people caring for their own health holistically, the intention is that Lu-ma café (healthy, organic seasonal food) and the Namaste Foundation (complimentary therapies and personal development courses), will compliment each other in assisting people on their journeys.
Maria was introduced to Penninghame after her husband undertook the course. After Gordon return home from his Penninghame Process, she noticed a difference in his whole outlook and decided that she too would attend the course six months later. They both experienced a personal shift in their perception of the world, which in turn has helped strengthen their 33 year relationship, their family bonds and extended relationships.
Maria believes that allowing ourselves the space and time to become connected ‘mind body and soul’ is the greatest gift we could give ourselves, and that our bodies are precious ‘holdings’ to carry our spirit so we should give all the nourishment life has to offer.
Lynn initially trained in admin, but looking back over her working life she sees the pattern whereby the Universe has engineered her learning and growth through the various working environments she has found herself in. Always up for a physical challenge, Lynn has enjoyed an active life, loves the mountains and hills and remote spaces. She learned to ride a horse age 59 (a childhood dream) now enjoys riding her mountain bike and, on a more sedate note, though finding it much more difficult she is learning to play clarinet and read music!
Going with the flow has always been Lynn’s motto through the various stages of life. This is sometimes easier said than done, especially through some difficult and challenging situations. She has had many years of “in house” training through different employments in counselling and supporting abused and damaged young people and adults, working in residential and community settings. Lynn was the first Scottish person to participate in the Penninghame Process in 2002 (known then as Primal) and went on to take the opportunity of participating in many other courses working with energy, the breath and bodywork. Since coming to Penninghame Lynn has found what she knew on one level she was looking for – a respectful, caring, authentic way of really enabling people to reach and heal the deep hurt and damage they often carry.
Frank is our Estate Manager. He has been with us from the beginning and does an expert job of organising the practical projects which abound at Penninghame. Frank also handles the volunteer programme, liasing with them before arrival and showing them the ropes once they arrive. As well as being a knowledgeable resource on all things Penninghame, Frank is also a talented photographer and we are proud to say his workcan be seen on the site and throughout all the buildings at Penninghame.
Both Lynn and Frank love nature and hill walking which they often do together.