You voted in your thousands and here we profile your winners of the 2016 KS Awards.
This year’s ceremony took place on Sunday, 1 May, at the MBS Festival in Olympia, London. We were delighted by how many of the nominees and winners were able to make it on the day, and grateful to the large crowd of supporters who turned up to cheer on their favourite personalities and award winners.
This year’s Master of Ceremonies was author and workshop leader, Dr David Hamilton, who did a wonderful job of explaining the ethos behind the magazine and the awards, namely to celebrate the individuals and companies who are making a meaningful impact on our lives and the lives of others – cracking jokes all the way. He then went on to announce the various award categories and, together with Kindred Spirit editor, Claire Gillman to declare the winners and invite them on stage to collect their awards.
Voting in this year’s awards was exciting and, in some categories, extremely close, with the leaders swapping back and forth on several occasions of the months. You voted in your thousands and we’d like to thank you for your enthusiastic support.
All of the nominees and winners have made outstanding contributions to the MBS world. Here we profile the winners in each category.
MBS Writer Award: Dr David Hamilton
Bestselling author of seven books published by Hay House, David Hamilton offer talks and workshops that use science to inspire. He fuses science, the mind, and spiritual wisdom. He also writes a regular blog on his website as well as one for the Huffington Post.
Category runner-up: Swami Saradananda
Emerging Voices Award: Rebecca Campbell
Rebecca Campbell is a best-selling author, inspirational motivational speaker, spiritual teacher, grounded spiritual mentor and practical intuitive guide. Through her book, Light is the New Black, her mentoring, meditations and teaching, she has guided thousands of women to listen to the callings of their soul, work their light and create a life that is completely aligned to them.
Category Runner-up: Sidra Jafri
MBS Blogger Award: Elephant Journal
Elephant Journal is a website/blog about living a good, fun life that’s good for others, and our planet. The mindful life is about yoga, organics, sustainability, conscious consumerism, enlightened education, the contemplative arts, adventure, bicycling, family…everything. But mostly it’s about this present moment…
Category Runner-up: Mind Body Green
MBS Personalitly of the Year: Kyle Gray
Kyle Gray is an angel communicator, medium and motivational speaker based in the west of Scotland where he was born and raised. The world as Kyle knew it changed for him at the age of four when his beloved grandmother passed away and visited him from the other side. With an increased sensitivity to feel spirits and all beings unseen it was destined that Kyle would pursue this role as his career. Now Kyle travels all over spreading the love and guidance from the angels. With his upfront rock-and-roll approach, Kyle warms the hearts of many while his effervescent character fascinates most. Best-known for his knowledge of angels, Kyle also reads and coaches clients to create change, heal old wounds and connect with the other side
Category Runner-up: Doreen Virtue
Retreat/Healing Centre Award: Brightlife
Brightlife is a centre for learning, renowned for its beautiful setting on the Isle of Man, its sumptuous rooms, delicious food and attention to detail. Throughout the year, presenters are hand-picked to cover a wide variety of subjects, from Yoga and Pilates to Animal Communication, Photography and much much more. With the addition of a new Spa this year, Brightlife encompasses the needs of Mind, Body and Spirit.
Category Runner-Up: Hawkwood College
Spiritual Community Initiative Award: The Gaia Foundation
The Gaia Foundation is passionate about regenerating cultural and biological diversity, and restoring a respectful relationship with the Earth. Together with long-term partners in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe, they work with local communities to secure land, seed, food and water sovereignty. By reviving indigenous knowledge and protecting sacred natural sites, local self-governance is strengthened. This enables communities to become more resilient to climate change and the industrial processes which have caused the many crises we now face. Gaia makes a long-term commitment to address the root causes of today’s most pressing ecological, social and economic injustices.
Category Runner-Up: Global White Lion Protection Trust
Ethical Business Award: LUSH
Producing and selling natural fresh, handmade cosmetics which are not tested on animals, Lush Cosmetics uses ingredients that are plant-based, and their buyers make sure the components of their products – things like chocolate, avocados, bananas, and essential oils – come from places where farmers get a fair wage and no one is exploited. Lush’s employees are paid fair living wages, and each of their products has a “face sticker” on it with the name and picture of whoever handmade it. Lush is also adamantly against animal testing. Every one of their products is stamped with their rabbit silhouette logo and the slogan, “FIGHTING ANIMAL TESTING.”
Category Runner-Up: Conscious TV
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award varies from the other categories in that there is no public voting. The winner is decided by the KS editorial team. And this year’s winner has made an outstanding contribution to spiritual living for many years.
Dadi Janki is the spiritual leader of the Brahma Kumaris – a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, Brahma Kumaris has spread to over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO. However, their real commitment is to helping individuals transform their perspective of the world from material to spiritual. It supports the cultivation of a deep collective consciousness of peace and of the individual dignity of each soul.
Brahma Kumaris is the largest spiritual organisation in the world led by women. For over 80 years their leadership has been characterised by steady courage, a capacity for forgiveness and a deep commitment to unity. Dadi Janki at the age of 100, continues to enlighten and inspire over one million students from around the world. Born in 1916, she refuses to set limitations for herself through her tireless service to others. She has been thus engaged since 1937 and also spent 40 years based in London from 1974. She has inspired individuals of all cultures and professions to live according to a higher sense of purpose and to contribute to the creation of a better world. Deep and insightful, she is an absolute joy to listen to and observe. Happy 100th birthday, Dadi Janki.
Posthumous Award: Wayne Dyer
WAYNE W. DYER was an internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers. He created many audio and video programs, and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.
Dyer was affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans. Despite a childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, he overcame many obstacles to make his dreams come true and spent much of his life showing others how to do the same. His main message was that every person has the potential to live an extraordinary life. What’s more, it’s possible for every person to manifest their deepest desires—if they honour their inner divinity and consciously choose to live from their “Highest Self.”
When not travelling the globe delivering his uplifting words, Dyer wrote from his home in Maui—enjoying the beauty of nature, his swims with the sea creatures, and happy visits from his children and grandchildren.
Wayne Dyer left his body and returned to Infinite Source earlier this year and it seemed only fitting to honour this leading light of the MBS world in our Kindred Spirit 2016 Awards.