Charlotte Hopper - Tensegrity Cyclicity Classes, Tensegrity Drop-In ClassesCharlotte is Level II Facilitator in Training, and has been practicing Tensegrity for about 6 years. She participated in the iEvolve programme in 2011, and subsequently took part in all of the programmes the Institute had to offer. Since 2012 she has undertaken training in the production and enrollment of many events at Concord Institute. She lives in Hackney, East London, and has worked in the Charity Sector since 2013.
David Norris - JumpStart, On Leadership, Being in BusinessDr. David Norris is an American, who has worked for more than 40 years as a college teacher, manager, international consultant and coach. He has led programs for individuals, teams and organisations in North America, Europe, Australia, India and the Middle East. He originally studied English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, where he received a PhD and also was a member of the faculty. In 1967 he went to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar to research his doctoral dissertation on Bertolt Brecht at the Free University in West Berlin and at the Brecht Archive in East Berlin. Since 1979 he has worked with organisations and individuals to uncover fundamental (often unconscious) assumptions in thinking and action as a basis for the generation and implementation of new possibilities.
Deborah Murphy-Smith - Foundation CourseDeborah Murphy-Smith is one of the trustees for Concord Institute and has been facilitating on the Foundation Course for several years. She participated in a transformational programme called Being-In-Action (the precursor to the iEvolve programme) in 2003. Unexpectedly a new orientation for her world unfolded. Deborah has worked within services for children for most of her career, and is currently a Senior Service Manager managing a team of social workers. Deborah is married and has four children, and is based in the South West of England.
Greg Johnson - iEvolve, HeartSpace, Meaning of Money, Power, Intent and Evolution, Tensegrity Cyclicity ClassesGreg Johnson has been executive director of the Community Health Foundation (t/a Concord Institute) in London since 1994. In 1970, he began his studies of macrobiotics in Boston with Michio Kushi, the foremost educator and authority on macrobiotics. As an active member of the original Boston macrobiotic community in the early 1970s, he served as retail store manager of Erewhon Trading Company, the original macrobiotic food store founded by the Kushis. Later, he designed, built and operated a second Erewhon store in Brookline, MA. He was also part of the original faculty for the Kushi Institute in Brookline in 1978. He and his wife Mutsuko also ran several macrobiotic study houses in and around the Boston area during that time.In 1973, he encountered the transformational work of Werner Erhard and participated in various programmes and workshops including a period on staff in the mid-80s with then Werner Erhard and Associates (now Landmark Education), a San Francisco-based organisation that was the leader in developing and delivering transformational programmes. In 1988, he was invited to be a special advisor to the president of Your DeKalb Farmers Market, the largest indoor fresh food market in the United States.He also had the opportunity to live and work in Japan for 10 years, doing further research on the origins of macrobiotics. It was there that he met his wife Mutsuko in 1975, to whom he has been married for 40 years. They have five children and maintain a home in Atlanta, GA. Greg has also taken an active interest in the work of Carlos Castaneda. Having read his early writings in the 1970s, he resumed his interest in 1997 and has been attending Castaneda-inspired workshops in Europe and America and organising local practices. He has been a co-sponsor for organizing major workshops since 2006 and is now a certified Tensegrity facilitator.
Jean Torne - JumpStart, Mastery of Cooking, Seasonal Cooking IntensivesChef Jean Torné has been involved in classical and natural food cooking for over 35 years. Early in his career, Jean worked in several prestigious restaurants in Paris and Lyon, where he gained invaluable experience in meal planning and preparation and kitchen management. During his career, he opened and operated several natural food restaurants, one in Paris in 1979 and another in Antwerp in 1981, co-founded a natural food cooking school in 1990 at the ‘Centre for Well Being and Creativity’ in Kiental, Switzerland, also serving as its head chef. In 2003 he founded the Concord School of Culinary Arts, a new educational division of the Concord Institute in London, which he directed until 2008.Jean is recognized for his love of natural food cooking and his passion for exploring new savours and textures, drawing inspiration from different ethnic and traditional cuisines. In his teaching, he attempts to bring a new understanding of the essential relationship between nutrition and well-being. He is a member of Slow Food Society of Switzerland and actively travels throughout Europe to cook and teach about wholefoods.
Niall Allen - Foundation CourseNiall Allen first participated in the Being-in-Action programme in 2005. He went on to participate in the full curriculum at Concord Institute, gaining invaluable insights which empowered every aspect of his life. He found himself drawn to the Culinary Arts. Through assisting in the kitchen and participating in every cooking programme available he was invited to cater for programmes. Facilitating was a natural progression. Niall is a carpenter and lives on his farm in the Scottish Highlands, where he entertains his passion for fermentation and permaculture.
Sheila Parmar - iEvolve, Foundation Course, JumpStartSheila Parmar is Managing Director of Concord Institute. For the first ten years of her professional life Sheila worked as a support worker and manager in the field of community development. During that time she participated in a transformational programme called Being-in-Action, which began a process of opening a whole new and very unplanned future. In 1998 four years after that experience she went on staff with the Community Health Foundation and hasn’t looked back since. The last 20 years have been the most challenging and yet the most rewarding in her eyes. Sheila is married with two children.
Rosalind Hubbard - Foundation Course
Rosalind Hubbard has been facilitating on the Foundation Course for several years.