The results are in! You voted in your thousands and here we profile your winners of the 2013 KS Awards
The 2013 Kindred Spirit Award winners were announced at a special ceremony held at the MBS show, Olympia on Saturday, 25 May. An enthusiastic crowd of supporters and onlookers cheered the nominees, runners-up and winners as their names were read out and those who had won in their category came onto the stage to be presented with their award.
We were delighted by the turnout and the fact that all the winners and many of the runners-up and nominees were able to join us on the day. The compere, Dr David Hamilton gave a moving introduction, detailing the 25-year history of Kindred Spirit magazine, and the ethos behind the awards, before presenting the awards to the lucky winners.
Once the excitement of the award ceremony had died down, we all repaired to the after-party that was held close by. The room was buzzing with laughter and chatter as guests and luminaries from the MBS world caught up with old friends and met their fans.
As the crowd partied, the amazing spiritual magician Rob Chapman mingled with the guests, astounding them with his ‘magic’. During the evening, we were entertained by the brilliant band, Touch the Earth, who played a long and varied set which ranged from sweet ballads to raucous dance numbers.
The voting for this year’s awards was exciting and, in some categories, nail-bitingly close, with the leaders changing back and forth on several occasions over the months. You voted in your thousands and we’d like to thank you for your enthusiastic support of your favourite writers, artists, light workers and spiritual organisations/retreats, all of whom have contributed so much to spiritual living.
One category that was not open for public voting but decided upon by the editors was the lifetime achievement award. It was a great honour to announce the important work of Tira Brine-Andrews of the Tulsi Trust as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
All of the nominees and winners have made outstanding contributions to the MBS world. Here we profile the winners in each category:
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – The Tulsi Trust
Tira Brine-Andrews was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, artist, activist; but first and foremost, a healer. She dedicated her life to helping others, whether it be through providing support and counselling, campaigning for fundamental human rights and necessary social change, or through her engaged, human approach to healing. Not only was she a truly extraordinary and remarkable individual to know, she lived the inspiration that others would later come to admire and respect. A sincere and passionate humanitarian, Tira did absolutely everything in her power to strive to make real and lasting change and to provide tangible and accessible basic resources to the disenfranchised. In essence, Tira was a woman of action and intention, a woman who genuinely personified the maxim of being the change she wished to see in the world.
As a young woman, Tira (known then as Wendy and married to Robin St. Clair) was a student of art and sculpture at Waltham Forest College. She became heavily involved in the founding and managing of the Women’s Action Group (est. 1975), a female collective informing and supporting women through provision of free and accessible legal advice, yoga and self-defence classes, plumbing and carpentry lessons, and one of London’s first health food co-operatives. It was during this time that Tira actively took part in a myriad of protests, including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) as well as various Anti-Trident marches and demonstrations.
During the late seventies and well into the early eighties Tira (known then as Reovf and married to Jonathan Binns), departed from the chaos of the city for the serenity of the countryside to make a nurturing home for her growing family in vibrant and ornate gypsy caravans, settling in Gloucestershire.
Amidst the climate of the mid-eighties, Tira developed an interest in the transformative and healing properties of crystals. It wasn’t long before this attraction propagated an original enterprise in which she performed crystal therapy and healing, dowsing, workshops, and trading at alternative events such as the Mind Body and Spirit festival. It was during this era of her life that she met and married Rupert Andrews, and became more immersed in the alternative and spiritual community. One of her accomplishments at this time was the design and creation of a fountain for the White Eagle Lodge in Hampshire which still stands there to this day.
In the early nineties Tira finally found her sincere calling in life. Introduced to Sri Vinod Vihari Goswami in 1992, and inspired by his humble grace, she accepted an invitation to travel through India to witness the plight of his fellow resettled Bengali refugees in the heart of Central India’s remote jungle of Madhya Pradesh. She was touched by the depth of love, kindness, and hospitality exhibited by the locals and in awe of their vibrant culture. Profoundly affected by their poverty induced suffering as well as their lack of medical and educational facilities, Tira felt incited to create The Tulsi Trust (TTT). Founded in 1994, TTT began its charitable endeavours through the operation of a medical outreach project, with participants and volunteers attending up to 300 patients a day for three months a year, some walking hundreds of miles for treatment. Tira’s involvement and dedication facilitated the donation of approximately fifty acres of land, upon which both a medical clinic and school were established.
In conjunction with the local hospitals (150-200 miles away), the clinic now operates a 24 hour ambulance and referral service. Furthermore, TTT operates and directs medical camps and outreach projects, which treat patients in remote regions of the jungle, rife with malaria, tuberculosis, and leprosy. The school opened its doors in 2001 and is equipped with running water and electricity. It educates approximately 300 Bengali and Adivasi (the indigenous population) students, teaching children from three to thirteen years of age in both Hindi and English, as well as other elementary subjects.
Born Wendy Winifred Brine on February 21, 1950 and deceased Tira Brine-Andrews on September 19, 2011, there can be no doubt that this extraordinary woman lived life to the very brim, her cup overflowing a wealth of love and attention to all who had the good fortune to call her friend and family. She dedicated her life to the benefit of others, saw no injustice as too small to face, and no obstacle too large to overcome. She passed through manifold stages of personal and spiritual development, changing her name as she progressed from the person she was born, to the woman she was born to be. She leaves behind a moving legacy including six children and twelve grandchildren. Rupert, and two of her sons are now trustees continuing her great work in The Tulsi Trust. The Project is still growing and helps more and more people every day.
If you would like to know more about The Tulsi Trust and feel to contribute, please visit www.thetulsitrust.org.
Spiritual Writer Award Winner
Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and author of six books, including her latest, The Bond, and the other worldwide bestsellers The Intention Experiment and The Field, all of which have been translated into some 30 languages.
Lynne is also the architect of the Intention Experiments, the largest mind-over-matter experiments in history (www.theintentionexperiment.com), and co-founder and editorial director of What Doctors Don’t Tell You (www.wddty.com), now an international newsstand magazine.
McTaggart, her book and the web-based experiment have been prominently featured in Dan Brown’s latest book The Lost Symbol, and in the recently released moving documentary, I Am.
A member of the Transformational Leadership Council and the Evolutionary Leadership Council, Lynne speaks before many diverse audiences around the world. She lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.
Category Runner –up: Paulo Coelho
Favourite KS Artist Award Winner
Christopher Butler (born 1967) is an author and artist from Liverpool, U.K. He received his first professional commission at the age of seventeen when Space Voyager magazine hired him to illustrate three interviews with cast members from the cult science fiction series Dr Who.
In 2002, Chris gave up a full time employment to go freelance as an artist. He initially worked as an assistant to decorative artist Tony Raymond, working on several large scale projects in houses and stately homes across the UK and Ireland. He discovered digital media in 2003 and was informally mentored by the award winning digital artist and tarot creator Ciro Marchetti (creator of the Gilded Tarot. Llewellyn 2004).
Chris first encountered the Tarot at the age of thirteen through watching a James Bond movie. His fascination for the cards has stayed with him for over thirty years, inspiring him to create several decks of his own. His first published tarot deck was the Quantum Tarot, illustrated for author Kay Stopforth (Kunati Books 2008). A new version of this deck, Quantum Tarot 2.0 was published by Lo Scarabeo in 2010.
For Schiffer Books, Chris has authored/illustrated The Son Tarot: Mysticism, Meditation and Divination for Gay Men, published in 2012. Schiffer Books will also be publishing his ‘Lenormand Cartomancy’ deck and book set in Autumn 2013.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Heythrop College, University of London.
For more information, visit Christopher’s art web site at www.butlerart.co.uk
Category Runner –up: Adrian Holland
Light Worker Award Winner
Author of Discovering Angels (Godsfield, 2005), Advice from Angels (Duncan Baird Publishing, 2005), the Angel Insights Pack (DBP 2008) and Gifts from Angels (Watkins, 2011). Chrissie Astell is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and workshop facilitator travelling abroad and throughout the UK bringing the light and love of the angels into the hearts and lives of hundreds. In addition to her writing, Chrissie runs her own successful courses in Spiritual Development and Facilitation, including a recently launched Diploma programme for those who wish develop their skills to teach and facilitate spiritual growth in others.
She has a BA Honours degree in Comparative Religion including Angelology and Mysticism and Post Graduate Certificates in Spiritual Development and Facilitation (University of Surrey) and Teaching in Lifelong Learning (Birkbeck), which makes her uniquely qualified to guide others and speak on a range of subjects as diverse as angels and ‘new age’ spirituality, to orthodox religion, and personal development.
Having been a registered nurse specialising in hospice nursing and the care of the elderly she came to know, through personal experience, the profound effect of the healing presence of the angels. When she had her first visionary angelic experience in 1997 it completely turned her life around. She was a nurse manager taking care of the elderly and nursing in a hospice at the time of her heavenly encounter. She saw what she describes as “…the most amazing vision of an angel, carrying a heart”. The experience of seeing the angel changed her life and led her to dedicate her life towards helping people to connect with their own ‘guardian angels’.
She is a charismatic and enthusiastic speaker who fascinates and inspires audiences at talks, workshops and classes. She has appeared on several television and radio programmes.
Chrissie has written for national and regional newspapers and contributes regular articles to the spiritual press. She is the angel columnist for Spirit & Destiny and has written features for Soul & Spirit, Kindred Spirit and Watkins Review. She has also been featured in the Daily Telegraph, Belfast Telegraph, High Spirit and Ms London
She is the meditation guide on the best selling CDs, ‘Journey to the Angels’ and ‘Angel Garden’ published by New World Music and featuring the popular music of New Age composer James Llewellyn. She co-wrote and published ‘On the Wings of Angels’ with award winning song-writer Mark Hughes, and has produced a 7-CD set of guided meditations, Discovering Archangels.
Chrissie is a trustee, celebrant and editor for the Essene International Network UK, an organisation that promotes the teachings discovered in the ‘Essene’ Gospels and Dead Sea Scrolls. She is also a certified Spiritual Companion with the Foundation for Holistic Spirituality.
Category Runner –up: Denise Linn
The Retreat/Healing Centre Winner
The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, ecovillage and an international centre for holistic learning, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future. The Findhorn Foundation and surrounding community is a vibrant, creative home to more than 400 people from all over the world, all exploring the challenge and task of creating new ways of living to promote inner listening and self-knowledge, peaceful relationships, cooperation with nature and sustainability on all levels. Learning within the Findhorn community is experiential and transformative, a journey of self-discovery. We welcome 4000 guests a year to workshops, programmes and conferences. The Findhorn Foundation is an NGO of the United Nations and the Ecovillage Project has been awarded ‘Best Practice’ designation by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements.
Category Runner –up: Skyros
The Spiritual Entrepreneur/Community Initiative Winner
Mary Clear, founder of Incredible Edible, is a dreamer and schemer; she is living her life on the edge.
Mary sleeps like a baby because every day is filled with adventure.
Food and growing are important to her, she believes in the saying “Be the change you want to see”
She thinks nothing can be nicer than feeding a crowd round the kitchen table.
Her sausage stew is tops.
Incredible Edible Todmorden is seeking to make a kinder world, they use food and growing as the lever .
They have achieved more than they reckoned was possible, by having oodles of passion and a sense of fun. They like ‘naughty but nice’ as an approach to their work.
Category Runner –up: Kim Arnold, Tarot conference organiser