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Bhola is a shaman from the family tradition for many generations. He was called at a very young age to be a shaman. Having graduated in Cultural Anthropology and Alternative Medicines, Bhola combines his ancestral wisdom and modern education in defining the shamanistic type of age-tested healing methods and rituals. He started travelling to the West in 1997 after his marriage to Marairosa, carrying the wisdom of ancestors.

Bhola has travelled extensively to teach and share the gifts of his ancestors and to understand better his tradition through the eyes of other healing traditions. He has participated many international conferences and seminars on role of shaman and shamanism in modren contexts of health and healing. Bhola has taught classes for SSP (Society for Shamanic Practitioners) for three years: 2006 in Asolimar, CA, 2007 in Cats Kill Mountains, New York, Earth Spirit Centre in Glastonbury, UK, 2008 in Dorset in UK, etc. His teachings extend from two days to five days trainings. Individual healing sessions are also organized to heal the spiritual, emotional and energetic aspect of health and well-being.

Bhola along with his wife organise experiential shamanic trips to the Himalayas to learn from the local shamans, visit sacred power places and receive teachings from indigenous shamans and elders.

Bhola is the shaman of his clan.

  • Members of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners
  • Foundation for Shamanic Studies
  • Inner Circle Member of Ancestral Wisdom and Circle of Traditions
Bhola Banstola

Jude Bestwick is a humanistic counsellor and supervisor of twenty-five years’ experience and adult education tutor of thirty years. She has worked in a number of settings in Devon and Cornwall including agencies involved in drugs and alcohol, autism, youth work and civilians in the Navy as well as private clients and supervisees. She has trained counselling students and run women’s groups. She relocated to Glastonbury two years ago and enjoys exploring the esoteric/spiritual and climbing the Tor with her dog.

Jude Bestwick

James D’Angelo, an American musician/composer/educator who has resided in England for 30 years, began to develop his therapeutic sound workshops in 1994 in London. These workshops based upon the conscious use of the voice, evolved through his life in music, his studies in Self-actualisation via the Indian Advaita spiritual tradition, his participation in Sufi sacred movements and his practice of Reiki healing.

James has become known as one of the pioneers in the field of vocal sound healing and his reputation has led to invitations to lead courses not only in the UK but also in continental Europe and the USA. He has been an invited speaker at four international sound healing conferences in the USA over the last seven years. In the UK he has also been a course leader at several conferences, some of which he helped to organise. For many years he has been part of the Caduceus editorial staff and contributed articles and reviews dealing with sound healing.

Among the venues where he has taught are: Alternatives [London], The London Mind Body Spirit Festival, The Isle of Avalon Foundation , Hawkwood College, The Samye Ling Centre on Holy Isle [Scotland], The Ammerdown Centre [Bath], The Abbey [Oxfordshire], Claridge House, The Isbourne Holistic Centre [Cheltenham], The Theosophical Society [London], The Tree of Life [Birmingham], The College of Psychic Studies [London], The Pierian Centre, [Bristol] and Brightlife [The Isle of Man].

James D' Angelo

Initiation into the way of the Shaman began for Elsa with total paralysis following Polio at 11 years of age. She had a near death experience at this time, one of many throughout her life. For three years she was in a wheelchair unable to walk. Gradually with the help of guides and teachers from spirit, she managed to walk and overcome many other obstacles. Those years of struggle have given her a compassion for all people and a desire to work with those who need support and help.

As a young woman Elsa was a natural physic and for many years sat in a healing circle at her local spiritualist church, until one day she became disillusioned with what she was doing. On a physical level the results were outstanding, but she knew there was more to do. She knew she was here to help and teach on a very deep soul level.

There followed many years of confusion and disillusion with society and authority. She never stopped working with and for those in need, those with a soul need, but it was only upon reaching a major crossroads in her life, when she met Howard and they started a journey together that she realised what she was doing had a name: it was called Shamanism. Elsa is also a Director of the UK branch of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners.

Howard & Elsa Malpas have been teaching shamanism for many years and are qualifi ed Further Education Tutors. They now own a centre in Glastonbury called The Avalon Community Centre. Howard and Elsa head the UK branch of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners. Elsa is also a Director of the Isle of Avalon Foundation.


Elsa Malpas

Being sent to a Boarding school in Ireland as a 9 year old was a very special opening for Howard. This school was run by his first Shamanic teacher, and much time was set aside for attunement with nature. It was at this time he opened to his passion for nature and everything natural. He was able to sit quietly in that beautiful ancient Celtic land, communicating eye to eye with the various animals and birds that approached him, these communications gave him a deep understanding of the natural world.

After training as a Chemical Engineer, he spent years fighting the opening he had had as a child, until he could deny it no longer. This was at a major crossroads in his life. The route he took has led him to meet amazing teachers and to sit in a place of wonder and acknowledgement of the spiritual world. The Shamanic way is the cloak he wears that blends his deepest desires with those of helping others find their soul healing. With his partner Elsa he also works in the NHS using complementary therapies to help those with mental health difficulties and those suffering with addiction problems. Howard is also a Director of the UK branch of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners.

Howard & Elsa Malpas have been teaching shamanism for many years and are qualifi ed Further Education Tutors. They now own a centre in Glastonbury called The Avalon Community Centre. Howard and Elsa head the UK branch of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners. Elsa is also a Director of the Isle of Avalon Foundation.


Howard Malpas

John Lockley is a traditionally trained Xhosa Sangoma, African Shaman, medicine man, from the same tribe as Nelson Mandela. John received his calling at the age of 17 at the height of the civil war in South Africa. At 18 he was conscripted into the South African army as a medic. His first assignment was helping to rehabilitate soldiers from the Angolan War. John met his teacher, Mum Ngwevu in 1996. She dreamt about him before his arrival and said that the Great Spirit (uThixo) told her to train him. John apprenticed under Mum Ngwevu for over 10 years, becoming one of the first white men in recent history to be given the title of ligqira inkulu (senior Sangoma) in the Xhosa tribe.

Today John travels worldwide helping people to find their spiritual calling and reconnect to their Ancestors. He calls his workshops & ceremony’s ‘Ubuntu’ (humanity), as they are ancient steps guiding us home to our true selves. John continues to work alongside his teacher every year for at least 3 months, learning from his elders and helping his community. He has an ‘Ubuntu’ fund to aid struggling Sangomas in his community. Ancient wisdom is resting on the shoulders of current Sangomas, and in order for these medicine teachings to survive for future generations, they need to be helped.

John has been given permission by his Sangoma elders to teach people how to pray and reconnect to their Ancestors. It is widely believed that when people know who they are, there is no need to take from others, but only to show humanity (Ubuntu) and compassion. Nelson Mandela demonstrated this beautifully. He was a shining example of a Xhosa elder.

Visit his website.

John Lockley

Mark is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher. He is a skilled goldsmith and Shaman Smith. He runs the Warrior in the Heart journey circle in Glastonbury and has taught in both the UK and Canada. He is currently working with Howard & Elsa Malpas as a teaching assistant on their various trainings.

Mark Loman

Shahrukh Husain writes fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. She also writes screen plays and the occasional theatre play. Her adult fiction, published by Virago Press, can be described as re-worked myths reflecting a universal theme of modern relevance. She thoroughly enjoys writing for children because its demand for simplicity, clarity and brevity hones the craft. She likewise relishes the craftsmanship that goes into creating a screenplay and her adaptation of Anita Desai's Booker nominated IN CUSTODY, for Merchant Ivory Productions, won the President of India Gold Medal and got an Oscar nomination.

Currently, she is working on an exciting historical screenplay commissioned by Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Films and is completing a series of mythological books for children. Her latest book, The Wit and Wisdom of Mulla Nasruddin was published in the summer of 2006 and has been very well received. In her "other" life she practices as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist specialising in transcultural work Shahrukh was born in Pakistan and lives in London with her husband and her two children have flown the nest. To read more about Shahrukh, reviews of her books and her company Narratives Ltd, visit her website.

Shahrukh Husain

Leo Rutherford is a renowned healer, teacher and pioneer of shamanism in the West. He was one of the first people to re-awaken the teachings of shamanism to the UK and founded the Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism in 1987. He received his MA in Holistic Psychology from Antioch University in San Francisco and has studied with many gifted shamans. In his work he seeks to bring the ancient techniques of shamanism to help in guiding people of today to find their ‘Path-With-Heart’ and to ‘Walk-in-Beauty’.

Leo trained in many psychotherapeutic and bodywork disciplines before becoming interested in shamanism. His work derives from many sources and is eclectic and holistic, based on the understanding that a human being is a whole rather than a sum of different parts and is, in turn, a part of the Whole of Existence.

He has published six booking including:

  • "The View through the Medicine Wheel" [O Books 2008]
  • "Shamanic Path Workbook" [Arima Pubs 2006]
  • "Principles of Shamanism" [3rd Edition – Crescent Moon pubs 2014]
  • "Spirituality versus Religion" [CreateSpace 2011]
  • "The Book of Games and Warm-Ups for Group Leaders" [2nd edition pub by Singing Dragon 2014]

More About Leo

I feel like I have lived two lives. The first included ten years of rigid boarding school, national service and engineering training, followed by various awful jobs leading up to the opportunity to run a small manufacturing company, which I did for twelve years. While the first 10 years of this were a great experience, even though very challenging, accumulated stress led me to a mid-life crisis of depression and a dire gut wrenching need to make a much greater sense of life.

I was able to take my life apart and start over a second time. I got involved in the burgeoning Alternative movement of the mid 1970’s and took courses, which helped me with left over childhood issues. I re-learned to dance with Gabrielle Roth taking part in her first ever training in 1982. I joined the Psychology MA programme at Antioch University where I came across the ancient wisdom of the Native American people. I gradually came to realise that their psychology, ecology and spiritual understanding is far superior to anything in our world and I have followed this ancient wisdom ever since.

individual Sessions With Leo

When you come to me for a session. I listen to you and discern what is really troubling you. Sometimes we will work with altered states of consciousness.

My aim is always to help you “ see” what is hidden, feel what is buried, suss what you are missing and hence to help you both heal and expand in consciousness.

For Individual Sessions with Leo – Contact: Tel: 01435 813508 or email:

Leo Rutherford

Andrew Steed has been weaving between the worlds as a shamanic practitioner, storyteller and author since 1996. He worked and studied in the USA for 18 years delving deeply into the Red Road, which ultimately brought him home to his own indigenous roots, the medicine of the ‘Celtic’ Isles & the Green Road.

He has led over 50 pilgrimages in the British Isles and Ireland since 1999. He has led retreats in Barbados and Jamaica to help sing home the displaced souls including those who were placed into slavery and servitude from the Isles. He is returning in 2017 to Jamaica to continue this deep ancestral work. He returns regularly to the USA to work the ‘Celtic’ ways. He has two different groups in Canada studying his 2-Year ‘Celtic’ shamanic studies course. He has a 3-Year ‘Celtic’ shamanic teaching group in Scotland embarking on their last year whilst beginning with a new group of students this June.

He leads the annual Wild Hunt in an outdoor medicine circle built in Aberdeenshire. He will be teaching in Glastonbury, Cornwall, Ireland and Scotland this year. He has recently released a CD of ‘Celtic’ Spirit songs, 2 storytelling CD’s and has 3 books available at

Andrew Steed

Lesley Woodhead has worked as a teacher in a range of contexts including secondary, higher and international education. She has a general counselling qualification as well as a WEA Diploma in Transactional Analysis. She is interested in bereavement issues and has worked as a volunteer counsellor for a hospice. She was made redundant from her post as a lecturer whilst recovering from major surgery and found the techniques used in these workshops extremely useful in her own recovery.

Lesley Woodhead

Brooke Medicine Eagle is a legendary Earth keeper, wisdom teacher, healer, visionary, singer/songwriter, catalyst for wholeness, and ceremonial leader. She is author of the Native American literary classic, Buffalo Woman Comes Singing, and of The Last Ghost Dance. Her music recordings, teachings, writings, and wilderness spiritual retreats have touched the hearts and minds of people worldwide. Blossoming Into Harmony, the primary ongoing resonance of her work, promotes a heart-centered, ecologically sound, healing way for the flowering of Mother Earth and All Our Relations.

Brooke Medicine Eagle

Rachel Caine is an award-winning Sacred Clown activist, Medicine trickster, Shamanka healer, performer and teacher who has clowned throughout Europe for over twenty years. She has performed in Circus, Hospitals, hospices, prison, theatre and street festivals. She ran a Social Clown project in Ibiza for seven years visiting the Residential Home and Psychiatric hospital for the elderly, and previously worked as a Clown therapist with learning disabilities. She has taught children, adults, special needs, and hundreds of clowns in the UK, Spain and Greece, and has inspired the creation of new clown doctor projects and community clown activism in other countries.

She has also toured a one woman show as “Doris the New Age Guru”, Holy Fool trickster and wise woman, who has led many journeys of enlightenment to the funny side of life and spouts rhyming couplets non-stop. Rachel lives in Ibiza where she now conducts Sacred Clown retreats, teaches Laughter Yoga, and works as a Holy Fool celebrant holding ceremonies for womb blessings, Munay-Ki initiations and important transitions. “Doris” has written poetry for the last ten years and is currently writing a book. Both Rachel and her alter ego are committed to creating communities of love, life and laughter.
Facebook: “Doris Eagle Feather Duster”
Facebook: IbizaMunayKi

Rachel Caine

Mark is a shamanic practitioner at Shakti Healing Circle in Hong Kong, a leading alternative healing centre in Asia. He is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies three-year program of advanced initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, and has worked with shamans and elders in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. This includes sacred plant medicine in Peru, working with Black and White Darkhad shamans in Mongolia, and working with an Aboriginal elder in Australia. Mark has also undertaken depossession training with Betsy Bergstrom. As well as working with individuals, Mark runs workshops and courses and leads ceremonies and wilderness retreats. A focus is his work is female empowerment.

Workshop topics taught by Mark include:

Altars and shrines, ancestral healing, angels, archetypes, blessing, ceremony and ritual, curse removal, cycles, dark goddesses, demons, destiny retrieval, directions, divination, Earth healing, ecstatic trance postures, elements, energy management, extraction healing, fairy shamanism, medicine wheel, organizations, psychopomp, shamanic breathwork, shamanic creativity, shamanic dreamwork, shamanic power, shamanic regression and progression, shamanic tools, shadow work, soul retrieval, weather shamanism, working with nature, working with darkness, and working with death.

Practices used with advanced students include medicine walk, vision quest, shamanic high magic and initiation.

Mark Andrew Nelson

Andreas Kornevall is a Swedish national who grew up in South America, Sweden and Switzerland. As a storyteller he regularly works with the National Trust in the UK in re-storying the landscape of the South Downs in Sussex where he lives with his family. He is an active member of 'Forn Sed' (Old Customs Association) in Sweden which works closely with the ancient Norse culture, traditions, ceremony and spirituality, unearthing old legends, forgotten folklore and endangered Norse languages. He is a prize-winning writer and his writings have been widely published in Resurgence, Dark Mountain books, and The Ecologist.

Andreas Kornevall

Born and raised in West Sussex, Andrew is also a Shamanic Practitioner, schooled in Glastonbury by Howard & Elsa Malpas. In his former career as a geologist he worked in the Brunei jungle for a year where he had his first shamanic experience amongst the trees. While there, he was gifted a staff from one of the native Iban tribesman which he cherishes.

Andrew is fascinated by the story and this has led him to write from his experiences at work. As his writing grew, it evolved into writing fantasy for adults and teenagers and his latest book will be published in September/October 2019.

His shamanic work is wide and varied and has taken him to France and Canada where with his wife they have presented at conferences and performed rituals for the land and with the Fae. He is also keen on making craft items, such as wands, talking sticks and medicine stones from natural deadfall and stones that call to him.

Keen on traveling, Andre was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as an adult which he believes gives him his creative flair. He teaches and speaks about his Asperger’s Syndrome and the writing process and is keen to show the many positives that people on the spectrum can offer to society. He also writes poetry about his Asperger’s and other mental health issues.

Amdrew Marsh

Born in Glasgow, brought up in North Lanarkshire Leslie began her first career in the local Zoo, this became a long career as a veterinary nurse and took her to Monaco. After which she returned to Scotland via London and Middlesex. Now based in North Lanarkshire with her husband Andrew, they travel the world, teaching, speaking and learning all ways…

Formally trained in Glastonbury under the tutelage of Howard & Elsa Malpas (Warrior in the Heart Foundation) Leslie is a Shamanic Practitioner, Teacher, Speaker and Storyteller. She has worked and studied with Shamans from Nepal, North America, Scandinavia and Northern Europe and some closer to home.

Understanding that the stories we tell ourselves every day make and forge our lives what they are. Leslie looked to Storytelling, folklore and songs that were originally ways of learning, teaching all of us not just children, how to walk this journey of life.

These stories have become mythologies, they do however hold within them the magic of change and of how acceptance of a state can keep us static and therefore frustrated. The challenge of the journey is recognising the gifts within it. These gifts or allies come in many forms. Their stories can be the key that unlocks the doors of our perception of what life is or could be. As Bluebeard’s young wife discovered, once seen this cannot be unseen…

Storytelling, particularly Faerie Tales have become an important part of teaching for both adults and children.

‘Understanding how we think and what stories we tell ourselves makes our reality what it is. We can change our story, when we believe we can. That is what makes the Journey so magical. We have the opportunity to be the Hero of our own story every day, if we so choose…’

Leslie Marsh

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