biography

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If I have one mission, one role, it is to assist you to reconnect with your true self, your essence.  We live in a culture based on shame – we have all learned to adapt in order to be loved and to avoid humiliation. To fit in.

As Osho said:

“To be authentic means to be true to oneself. It is a very, very dangerous phenomenon, rare people can do that. But whenever people do it, they achieve. They achieve such beauty, such grace, such contentment that you cannot imagine.”

And that

Is what I want to help you achieve.

I’ve been working with people since 1995.  I graduated and worked as a psychotherapist for 13 years, then I moved into coaching. I’ve been to India and trained in Tantra, I’ve been buried alive, imbibed foul tasting plant medicines and fasted in the wilderness for days on end so I guess that makes me a psycho-therapeutic shamanic coaching guru, but… I don’t really like labels.

“Jerry’s a life-stirrer-upper, a really rare person that openly opposes the fucked up way the world is and actually DOES something about it – he’s a natural born killer of bullshit.

He’s a modern tribal leader trying to reinstate some sense of authenticity into teams of people that have lost it or never even had a glimpse of it in their entire lives. “

Sian – Singer and artist.

You may have noticed there are no lotus flowers or Hokusai waves on this site – nor is there any claim that I abide by any governing bodies’ code of ethics.

Codes of ethics primarily protect practitioners from complaint or litigation. For some people it is vitally important to work within those guidelines and believe me – it takes skill and consciousness to work outside of the box… I endeavour to behave appropriately for you at all times – you and I decide the parameters between us.

It’s not called ethics.  It’s called authenticity.

“Well if there ain’t gonna be any rules, someone count one, two, three, go.”

Butch Cassidy said that…

I tailor my approach to each individuals’ needs.  Some people benefit from group work, others need the focus of one to one.  On occasion I may send you to work with other facilitators who practice in ways beyond my skill set – in that way you can see me as base camp from where you set out on developmental expeditions, to where you return to process your learning.

More and more people are turning to traditional plant medicines as part of their attempt to heal and grow, and whilst these ancient shamanic teachers have been used safely for millennia in tribal communities, in our modern western world they can be very dangerous if consumed without a support system.

Although I do not provide drugs or plant medicines of any kind, I do on occasion, after much discussion, support people through psychedelic experiences.  If you are considering embarking on such a journey, I strongly advise you to seek support in both preparing yourself beforehand and integrating your experience after.

My background is in the music and film business.  I practice from a warehouse in Seven Sisters in North London, where I see people individually and in couples.  I also have a Men’s Group Program that’s been running for seventeen years now, and for the really out there amongst you I run mixed Vision Quest Retreats in Nepal.

I’m 53 years old, I have two children, eleven guitars, a banjo, a mountain dulcimer and a 1915 Gibson mandolin.

Click this link to see a discussion involving one of my men’s groups at the Women in the World festival – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V86m_GYh4yQ

A further interview from  the Join Up Dots podcast can be heard at  http://www.joinupdots.com/2014/09/03/jerry-hyde-128/