Our Team

IMG_0650Annie Rankin (Vajrasara)

Annie is the founder and main trainer at Live Connection. She has worked in communications for 30 years. An internationally certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication™, Annie leads workshops in effective communication, conflict resolution, team-building and stress reduction. She specialises in communication courses for both personal and professional development; she works as a mediator for those in dispute, coaches individuals, and helps couples to hear each other. She runs a range of trainings at all levels, and leads residential spiritual retreats. She is also certified as a Practitioner by the British Focusing Teachers’ Association to teach Focusing™. She offers guided Focusing sessions, in person and on Skype.

Annie’s work benefits from a decade of experience as a writer and editor on UK national newspapers. And another decade working in cooperative teams within a spiritual community; this included being Director of Communications for an international charity, and editing its quarterly magazine. Annie is also qualified in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling. She draws on the insights of Focusing and Buddhist meditation in her work as a counsellor, empathic coach and spiritual mentor.

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Annie brings an experiential approach to all she offers. She has a passion for harmony and a respect for the power of words. Her work is influenced by her interests in nature, poetry, psychology, music, ecology, friendship, creating community and healing. She has practised meditation and Buddhism for 26 years and is a member of Triratna Buddhist Order. She lives in Somerset with her partner.

Jack Eastwood (Nagamudra)

nagamudraJack has spent 35 years involved in theatre and movement work, as an actor and director. He originally trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, as a performer in physical theatre, including clowning and masks. He became a founding member of the Moving Picture Mime Show, a successful troupe which toured the world for 15 years.

He now works as a Dramatherapist, bringing together his skills and experience of the theatre with his interest in awareness, integration and communication. He trained at London’s Central School of Speech & Drama, in the Sesame/Jungian approach. He specialises in the healing power of story and myth, and works with a range of clients and age-groups – currently in Bristol with psychiatric in-patients, and offers life-story work to early-onset dementia patients. (He is registered with the Health Professionals Council.)

Jack has been engaged in meditation and Buddhism for over 30 years and is a member of Triratna Buddhist Order. He has also spent 35 years exploring tai chi: firstly with John Kells (of the British Tai Chi Chuan Association) and subsequently with Wee Kee Jin (of the Taiji School of Central Equilibrium) – through which he is qualified to teach; and is registered as an instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain. He runs workshops in storytelling, on masks, and retreats on the themes of myth and communication.  He offers one to-one dramatherapy, and teaches meditation and tai chi in the South West. He also leads workshops and retreats in various parts of the UK.

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