Tel: 0131 657 5680 or Text: 077 9856 8218

Reg. Scottish Charity SC 034826 Reg. Company SC 257126

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We are a team of 42 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.


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.


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.


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 our Yurt and woodland in Balerno April to October.


In June 2015 we started our 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 encouraging 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. This year we also started the Deepening our Nature Connection project, mentoring people back to nature.


In Aug 2017 we started the Indigenous people's project. With this project we are helping the Apurina people from Acre in the Brazilian Amazon to build a centre where elders from 18 tribes can gather regularly to share knowledge and pass on knowledge to the next generation. People will be welcome to go there to volunteer and learn from the elders. The indigenous people's project is also helping the Kariri Xoco people of Alagoas, Brazil, to build a flour mill to fight hunger in their tribe.


In Oct 2018 we started the Childen's Wellbeing project. After a consultation with the community we found that there was a need for a holistic project to also support childen with therapies as children respond well to therapies and the need is as great as the project for adults.


Who we are


Co-founders: Claudia Goncalves and Mark Halliday

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

Board of Trustees: Mark Halliday, Claudia Goncalves, Dhyana Huggins, Mandy Peat, Anne Henderson, Newton Harper and Jim Stout.

CEO volunteer: Claudia Goncalves

Administrator: Ana Duarte

Bookkeeper: Tessa McKirdy

Cleaner: Denise McFadden

Day Coordinators: Grigorios Karastamatis, Tessa McKirdy, Antony Nash

Volunteer Therapists: Ann Fowler, Ana Duarte, David Bate, Dot Forest, Mandy Peat, Newton Harper, Susan Cotterril, Gayle Baird, Julie Talbot, Chloe Shand, Renata Falesnikova.

Nature Connection: Claudia Goncalves, Adele Clark, Dhyana Huggins, Stewart Keith

Deepening our Nature 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

Bee Project volunteers: Claudia Goncalves and the bees

Support and supervision: Mandy Peat

Festival Flyer designer: Toni Bate

Web Designer: Pawel Kosinski

Library Coordinator: Renata Falesnikova

Yurt Maintenace and Festival helpers: Roddy Jonstone and Bally Dhariwal





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Co-founders of the CFPH

Co-founders Mark Halliday and Claudia Goncalves


Alma Shearer - Honorary friend of the CFPH

Alma Shearer: Advisor (Served as board of trustee for 9 years in the past and volunteered as a receptionist for 5 years)


Our Board of Trustees:


Mark Halliday

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


Claudia Goncalves

Co-founder of The Planetary Healing Centre, The Edinburgh Shamanic Centre and The Youth Vision Scotland, Claudia is a visionary and a strategic thinker who brings to the board over 25 years of experience working within grassroots organisations on many levels locally as well as internationally.


Dhyana Huggins

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

Dhyana then opted out of conventional floristry to follow a passion for preserving our beautiful Earth through nature connection and permaculture. She has combined her skills with the ancient wisdom of shamanism, connection with nature and councelling, bringing to the board a wealth of experience, skills and a great focaliser of our purpose.


Mandy Peat

Mandy is a Palliative care nurse and a shamanic practitioner who walks the path of the heart, holding deep reverence for the Earth and ancient healing ways.

A falicitator of women's groups and men's groups on various levels of giving support, Mandy brings to the board a wealth of experience working with people struggling with physical health or mental health who find themselves in a vulnerable place. Mandy is also the support and supervisor for our volunteers, helping us to focus the energy of clarity, purpuse and service.


Anne Henderson

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

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’ and children's project with grant giving, currently helping fund a part time paid receptionist for our projects. She is also a Cupar fairtrade representative.


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. As well as a board member helping with decisions and direction, Newton oversees the maintenance of our charity's woodland in Balerno.


Jim Stout