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Reg. Scottish Charity SC 034826 Reg. Company SC 257126

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We are a team of 35 volunteers promoting health and wellbeing. We come from different walks of life and share a common vision for Planetary Healing. Our team comes from Edinburgh, Livingston, East Coast, Fife and Perth to support our Charity.


Our Background

Our charity was set up in 2003 and it grew from a small number of people who had the desire to help others in our community who were struggling with ill health, needing support and therapies but could not afford the full cost of complementary therapies. Today we are a team of over 35 volunteers supporting the Planetary Healing Centre. Our team have a variety of background and experiences as holistic therapists. To join our organisation everybody has to become a volunteer first.


In Feb 2005 we set up the Youth Vision Project with Sara Beauregard. Youth Vision is a Rites of Passage project for young people age 14 to 18 yrs old in transition to adulthood. Today Youth Vision is an independent charity with over 30 volunteers working with vulnerable young people from various High schools from Edinburgh. Our trustee Claudia Goncalves is the co-founder, director and chairperson for Youth Vision. The project takes place at a bothy within the Plentands in Balerno.


In Oct 2006 we started the Holistic Health Project . This project was a call for the coming together of people in our community in alignment with co-founders's Claudia Goncalves and Mark Halliday's vision of phylanthropy and service to others. With time, more and more people came to support the project which today supports an average 100 people on a regular basis each year who are struggling with ill-health and who are in a financial disadvantaged position. This project takes place at our Planetary Healing Holistic Centre in Portobello all year around.


In April 2012 we started the Nature Connection for Families. This project is for families who are restricted financially and facing some form or another of hardship or challenges. This programme offers educational and social outdoors activities and supports an average 40 people, parents and children, each year. This project takes place in the Planetary Healing Yurt and woodland in Balerno April to October.


In June 2015 we started the Planetary Bee Project. We are doing a bit of research on diferent methods of bee keeping. This project is linked to the Nature Connection for Families providing education for children. We are proud to be teaching the next generation to love bees and look after then holistically.


In Jan 2016 we started to develop also as a Social Enterprise. As welll as other works such was Employees Wellness Programme and Private Therapies in Portobello, we also opened the Edinburgh Holistic Shop in order to become more self -sustainable financially.


In Aug 2016 we started the Stress Relief project for unpaid carers. With this project we help and support unpaid carers to stay strong, healthier and happier because people who look after someone needs to be looked after too.


What we do

Our mission is to ensure that people have equal access to nature connection and holistic therapies for health and wellbeing. Our work helps hundreds of people every year to keep or get their health back, build their confidence, motivation and release stress. Users of our services can choose from a list of nearly 30 different types of therapies offered in our projects all year around.

Our Nature Connection for families is offered May to October on Fridays afternoons in our Woodland in Balerno. The Deepening our Nature Connection is offered May to October 4 full weekends a year in Falkland.


Who we are

Co-founders: Claudia Goncalves and Mark Halliday

Advisors Board members: Alma Shearer, Stewart Keith, Emily Boyd, Joao Lima, Claudia Goncalves and Sara Beauregard.

Board of Trustees: Mark Halliday, Margot Daru-Elliot, Dhyana Huggins, Mandy Peat, David Bate, Anne Henderson, Newton Harper.

Manager volunteer: Claudia Goncalves

Finances Coordinator and bookkeeper: Tessa McKirdy

Project day Coordinators: Patricia Ehsani, Karen Hendry, Grigorios Karastamatis, Agniese Polifroni.

Volunteer Therapists: Ann Fowler, Anne-Marie Birch, Dorothy Forest, Robert Namaste, Julie Talbot, Kamila Banaszewska, Annie Crombie, Irene Beldon, Ana Duarte, Newton Harper and Jill Dowling.

Nature Connection Programmes Balerno and Falkland: Claudia Goncalves, Adele Clark, Dhyana Huggins, Stewart Keith and Acorn team of 8 volunteers.

Bee Project volunteers: Claudia Goncalves

Support and supervision volunteer: Claudia Goncalves

Library Coordinator volunteer: Magda Troszynska


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Co-founders of the CFPH

Co-founders Mark and Claudia


Alma Shearer - Honorary friend of the CFPH

Alma Shearer: Advisor (Served as board of trustee for 9 years in the past)


Our Board of Trustees:


Mark Halliday

Co-founder of The Planetary Healing Centre, Mark brings to the Foundation over 25 years experience working with vulnerable adults in various roles as well as nearly 20 years experience as High School teacher.


Margot Daru-Elliot

Margot has been involved in the holistic movement for change for many years as a teacher, communicator and entrepreneur. She brings to the Foundation a life experience in the holistic field working with communities. Margot is also chairperson for the University of the Third Age and active member of the Theosophical Society as well as Wesses research group (WRG).


Dhyana Huggins

Dhyana has a lifetime connection with nature, horticulture and floral design.  Training to teach she then went on to teach Horticulture and Floral design.

Dhyana then opted out of conventional floristry to follow a passion for preserving our beautiful Earth. She has combined her skills with the ancient wisdom of shamanism and the connection to nature.


Mandy Peat

Mandy has spent a significant amount of time doing pilgrimages, tapping into the wisdom of the landscape of Scotland. She also assists archaeologists with their work in unearthing  ancient Pictish and Celtic sites around Scotland contributing to their research and publications.

As a Palliative care nurse, Mandy’s work involves supporting those who are completing their Rites of Passage into the other world.


David Bate

With a professional history in catering, writing and teaching, coupled with a deep personal interest in holistic health, nature connection and spiritual awakening, David brings a wealthy of experience and enthusiasm to the table helping to bring a positive contribution to our Planetary Healing Charity and the tapestry of life.


Anne Henderson


Annet supports our charity with grant giving, currenlty helping fund a part-time paid receptionist.

Brought up in the countryside on a farm, interaction with nature and helping others to access this gift feel like a blessing to her.

An important stage started when her mother had a slight stroke age 85. Anne learned about turning difficult limitations into opportunities for community development. She joined a carers group; now she's a supporter of our carers’ project. She's a Cupar fairtrade rep.


Newton Harper

A freelance ecological surveyor specialising in ornithology, and an experienced tree surgeon, Newton has an extensive knowledge of connecting people to nature through conservation and education.

In recent years, he has worked for the RSPB monitoring wildlife and habitats and he is experienced in managing volunteer work parties for community projects.