about us

account_balance  Reg. Scottish Charity SC 034826  ●  Reg. Company SC 257126


We are a team of 48 volunteers promoting health and wellbeing. We come from different walks of life and share a common vision for Planetary Healing. Our volunteers come 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 like minded holistic 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 holistic therapies. Today we are a team of 48 volunteers supporting the charity. Our team have a variety of background and experiences as holistic therapists and outdoors facilitators.

today 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 referred from High schools, social work dept, etc. Our trustee Claudia Goncalves is the co-founder and chairperson for Youth Vision. The project takes place at a bothy within the Plentand Hills in Balerno.

today 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 Holistic Wellbeing Centre in Portobello all year around.

today In April 2012, the Nature Programme Project began in Balerno under the Planetary Healing Centre. Supporting families who are in an economical disadvantaged position, the project promotes and develops positive health and wellbeing through the provision of a wide range of educational activities in nature. This work is based on the renowned world movement "Art of Mentoring".

today In June 2015, the Planetary Bee Project began in Balerno. The aim of this project is to raise awareness about be benefits for the bees and humanity on using a holistic approach to bee keeping. Another thing the project does is to plant bee-friendly flowers and be educational for the children and families who come to the Nature Programmes . The project is proud to be teaching the next generation to love and look after the bees holistically.

today In October 2016, The Carer's Project began. The carer's project is to support un-paid carers who are struggling with stress and need to replenish in order to help others.

today In August 2017, the The Indigneous People's project began. With this project we are having an immediate and direct impact on the survival of many indigenous cultures in Brazil. Each project and indigenous tribe is carefully selected by the co-founders Claudia Goncalves and Mark Halliday according to what their community needs.

today In October 2018, the Children's Wellbeing project began. The children project began after a community consultation and the need to also support the children holistically.

today In May 2019, the Cancer Holistic Support project began. The statistics today says that 1 in 2 people will have cancer. With this alarming news, with the community consultation done in 2018, with so many people in our community having cancer and with the loss of the Planetary Healing Centre's trustee Anne Henderson to cancer, a need for a project to support those with cancer arose.

Co-founders

co-founders Claudia and Mark
Co-founders Mark Halliday and Claudia Goncalves

Our board of trustees

Our team

Advisors Board members:
Alma Shearer, Stewart Keith, Emily Boyd, Joao Lima, Margot Daru-Elliot

CEO volunteer:
Claudia Goncalves

Bookkeeper:
Tessa McKirdy

Administrator:
Ana Duarte

Reception Coordinators:
Michelle Maison, Tessa McKirdy, Antony Nash

Volunteer Therapists:
Ann Fowler, Ana Duarte, David Bate, Dot Forest, Mandy Peat, Newton Harper, Susan Cotterril, Julie Talbot, Renata Falesnikova, George Lewis, Alison Buckle, Elisa Guietti, Lynn McFadyen, Annie Crombie, Avril Reid, Elizabeth Mueller

Connection with Nature:
Claudia Goncalves, Adele Clarke, Alison Buckle, Stewart Keith, Seamas Stout

Youth - Community - Connection:
Caren Gilbert, Louise Durrant, Gemma Smith, Serge Marti, Tom Hedley, Kate Hedges, Rehema White, Rosemary Welensky, Kate Wilkinson, Malcom Clarke, Adele Clarke, Claudia Goncalves, Dhyana Huggins

Sustainability & Upcycling Project:
Prashant Kumar (Project coordinator) and Benjammin Reid-Howells (Community organiser)

Bee Project volunteers:
Claudia Goncalves and the bees

Cancer Holistic Support:
Emma Stout (oncology massage)
Alison Hughes (oncology reflexology)
Annie Crombie (oncology Reiki)

Support and supervision:
Mandy Peat

Web & Digital Assets Designer / Web Developer:
Pawel Kosinski

Library Coordinator:
Renata Falesnikova

Yurt Maintenace and Festival helpers:
Roddy Jonstone and Bally Dhariwal