Welcome to my short-and-sweet webpage
Hello! Alistair Appleton here…
I used to be very digital – with a website, a blog, and numerous social media accounts. But I’ve shrunk it all down to this page for the time being.
Still, lovely that you took the time to visit!
A whistle-stop tour through my life in broadcasting
About me: As you might know, I’ve been working as a TV presenter for more than 20 years. I started working while I was living in Berlin in the 90s and then came back to work in the UK in 1999.
Since arriving back in the UK, I’ve worked on shows like House Doctor (Channel 5), Garden Invaders, Stately Suppers, Cash in the Attic and Escape to the Country (all for the BBC). When I was very keen and adventurous, I also did some acting on shows like Footballers Wives and Doctor Who.
I’ve always loved classical music, so I was also lucky enough to work for the BBC Proms from the Albert Hall, present the weekend breakfast show on Radio 3 (Britain’s classical music radio) and host a wonderful series of concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Here’s a little taster of my TV work:
TV shows are not the only things that fascinate me
As you will have seen with the snippet from “The Man Who Drank the Universe” on that reel, TV shows about property and classical music are not the only things that interest me.
Since a young age, I’ve wondered about the mystical side of life. The life beyond working, earning money, worrying about myself. That wonder has led me to explore Ayahuasca in the Brazilian jungle but also fed a 20-year interest in Buddhist meditation.
Setting up ‘Mindsprings’ and beyond
Starting with a detox in 2000, I went up to a Scottish Island to learn how to meditate. I’ve been visiting that place – Holy Isle – ever since and now teach 2 week-long meditation retreats there. In 2004 I was inspired to start Mindsprings an organisation designed to bring meditation to people who might not know that they are meditators!
Over the years I have studied with different Buddhist traditions and teachers but for the last five years have been working with the wonderful American Dharma teacher, Reggie Ray. It’s his form of embodied meditation that I teach.
Living and working with my husband in Sussex
As part of my exploration of myself – and with a desire to become a ‘safer pair of hands’ as a teacher – I threw myself into a Psychotherapy MA back in 2008. Ten years later, I now have a therapy practice in Brighton where I live. I practice as a fully accredited member of the UKCP (the therapy governing body) and work mostly one-to-one.
I am lucky to have found love and have a very understanding and supportive husband, Daniel, whom I live with in Sussex. We’re currently in a 1930s French sea captain’s cottage in the port of Newhaven. And we live there with our very big dog Ben.
Let me know where you’re reading this and get in contact
If you would like to let us know where you’re visiting from then please do use the reply box below. I love to read about your life as well as talk about my own!
You can also find out more about my meditation organisation, Mindsprings, by clicking here. We run courses all over the world, so if you feel that you are interested in our work then please do let us know. Perhaps we could come and run an embodied meditation retreat near where you are!
It’s all about connecting – and the one good thing about the internet is that it allows us to connect.
Sending you best wishes, wherever you are.