The EnlightenNext Team in the UK
Chris Parish is the director of EnlightenNext UK as well as author, seminar leader and a major contributor to the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. In collaboration with Andrew Cohen, he developed a powerful communication technique known as ‘enlightened communication’. This unique form of inter-subjective dialogue results in new perspectives and releases individual and collective creativity.
Parish leads seminars and workshops throughout the world on Evolutionary Enlightenment and regularly engages with other contemporary thinkers and cultural critics.
Patrick Bryson heads up Education for EnlightenNext UK. He is an accomplished artist who has exhibited in London and India. His artwork enriches many EnlightenNext publications including the former EnlightenNext Magazine. Patrick has an in-depth 35-year background in various spiritual paths and practices, and met Andrew Cohen in 1994. He currently hosts the weekly Meditation+Evolution programme at the London EnlightenNext centre, as well as day seminars on Evolutionary Enlightenment around the UK.
Kyrsten Perry is a leader of EnlightenNext UK and the director of The Window, the venue rental business arm of EnlightenNext UK. Kyrsten met Andrew Cohen in Australia in 1995 and has been a student and active member of EnlightenNext ever since.
Faheem Nusrat is the operations director for EnlightenNext UK. He is passionate about building relationships with other organisations in the UK in order to explore the significance and impact of a new spiritual paradigm for the 21st Century.
Willa Geertsema met Andrew Cohen in 1991 after earning her BA in music. She went on to develop a career in non-profit leadership, and earned a certificate in Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory at JFK University. Willa was one of the founding members of EnlightenNext in Amsterdam. Now based in London, she is currently a Senior Mentor to EnlightenNext students, and partners with Patrick Bryson in teaching the weekly Meditation+Evolution events at the London EnlightenNext centre.
Dave Pendle is responsible for events, partnerships and alliances for EnlightenNext UK. He became a student of Andrew Cohen in 1989 and spearheaded EnlightenNext’s innovative and visionary international speakers forum ‘Voices from the Edge’.
David Leckenby is an active member of EnlightenNext UK and assists with the educational programmes. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, he has a multi-talented background, ranging from being a martial arts instructor, an IT professional, and an electronic musician.
Ingrid Yngstrom handles the public relations efforts among other activities for EnlightenNext UK. She is a research consultant on international development issues and has spent a large part of her life traveling, living and working in countries around the world. She holds a PhD in African Studies.