this is me

author and writer

I have always made up stories in my head. I see my whole life as one amazing story that continues to get chapters added to it every day. I can’t imagine a life without them. In fact, I’m so passionate about writing that I have the word write tattooed on my wedding ring finger.

As a journalist and newspaper editor I’ve written for magazines and newspapers in the UK and South Africa. I am features editor for Touch, The Reiki Association’s printed magazine, distributed in 16 countries.

Published books

A Dreamer’s Life: Finding Freedom gives you a glimpse inside the mind of a woman on a journey towards freedom. She is on a quest for self-discovery, one that weaves between intimate moments of despair, but also the mysterious joy that empowers us when we accept ourselves for who we really are.

No Flowers on the Graves is a tale of love, racism and redemption. Set in South Africa during the country’s first democratic elections, the story deals with the agony and complexity of love crossing the barriers of culture and race.

My work also appears in the anthology Words Made Flesh, published by Treehouse Press. Edited by Maggie Hammond and Shaun Levin.

healing, meditation and mindfulness

I work with healing energies. It is part of my life’s goal to help people find their purpose in life, to help them find their stories and the courage to express them freely.

I use mindfulness exercises, meditation training, reiki healing and visualisation techniques. I regularly host meditation and mindfulness workshops and I also teach Reiki classes. Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that helps you relax, heals your physical body and helps you build your confidence.

I also present and give regular talks about fearless freedom, about finding the courage to live your life the way that suits you.

communications consultant

I am a communicator who specialises in telling stories. I find gold nuggets in the mundane and can help you shape both your own and your company’s messages. I’ve worked with organisations like: Microsoft, Cisco, Text 100, Hotwire PR, Compuware and EasyNet.

My strength lies in my decades of experience in developing and managing international communications plans for global organisations. I’m a great storyteller and a patient and supportive spokesperson trainer.

I also enjoy working with small businesses and individuals to help them develop their business strategy and tell their company and personal stories. These include: charities, hairdressers, psychic and energy healers, musicians and photographers.

My LinkedIn profile: Laurika Bretherton

personal

A South African by birth, I’ve lived in Namibia, USA, the UK and Sweden. I’m a world nomad who travels and lives where my soul feels at home. My love for life increases exponentially when I walk, take random buses and read about people who are a little different. Patti Smith, Frida Kahlo and Keith Richards are my guides. I can spend a whole day staring out the window of a bus watching the world go by, or walk on busy city streets, small towns where time stood still, down dusty country lanes, in flower-filled parks, in silent forests where the trees are the only witnesses to my passing, or at the edge of a wild foamy ocean.

I am a collector. I collect stories, moments, people and little gifts left by the universe for me to find when I go walking. I pick up anything that catches my eye – stones, shells, pieces of metal and plastic. I keep these gifts and when the time is right I take them out, make  hanging sculptures infused with healing energy and write stories about the art on my old Erika typewriter.

on a technical note

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. I am a certified Usui Reiki master teacher and Reiki for animals practitioner. I have certification in both tarot and oracle card reading.

Over the years, I’ve performed a great many jobs. A shortlist includes: newspaper features editor, corporate communications manager, making fudge in my mom’s kitchen, selling make-up at a department store, cleaning dog cages at a humane society, volunteering at The Samaritans Suicide Helpline in the UK, offering emotional support at a London prison, energy healer, Reiki teacher, meditation teacher, dog and house sitting, and the one I’m extremely proud of: a bunny girl at a casino.

email me: laurika.bretherton@gmail.com

 

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