With a degree in Psychology (MA Oxon) and a long-term interest in psychotherapy, Anna's approach is a synthesis of traditional Buddhist practice and modern, Western insights. Integrating the wisdom of both East and West is central to her work both personally and professionally.
Anna has been studying and practicing the Vajrayana teachings of Tibetan Buddhism since 1996, when she left her career in BBC local radio to live at Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Scotland. She spent two years in the community, forging a deep and strong connection to this ancient path of meditation and mind-training. During this time she developed a particular affinity with Tara, female Buddha of compassion and wisdom, and in 2004, after a 3-month retreat, established Tara Wisdom. Rooted in the commitment to "liberate all beings from suffering", she began to offer healing and meditation to individuals and small groups.
Her interest in healing began in 1991 when she began training with the National Federation of Spiritual Healers. In 1994 she worked with a particular woman whose moving journey through terminal cancer inspired her to write "Death:Breaking the Taboo": a book of interviews exploring the extraordinary opportunities presented by conscious dying – and the freedom that comes when we face our fear and move beyond it.