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Alice Whieldon

MA(dist) PhD, Senior Fellow HEA, FwSS

Alice has spent her professional life researching what really works in recovering from the inevitable traumas of life and how to get unfixed from toxic ways of thinking and acting so that we can lead fulfilled lives. In 1985 she came across both Shiatsu and the work of Charles Berner and has remained a student of both ever since. She has degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Theology and a PhD in feminist philosophy and psychoanalytic theory. She gained her Shiatsu practitioners qualification in 1995, registering as a teacher in 1997.

In 1997, Alice met Kishi Akinobu, internationally renowned Shiatsu master who’s own development of the art he called Sei-ki. In 2008 he and Alice started working on a book together, with the help of his wife, Kyoko, and Sei-ki: Life in Resonance, The Secret Art of Shiatsu was published in 2011. Kishi died in 2012 but Alice continues to work in this style and present workshops internationally.

Clearing UK
Alice has also trained in Mind Clearing, a talking method linked to the Enlightenment Intensive meditation workshops. Like Sei-ki, it is based on a non-secular understanding of mind/body. In 2016 her book, Mind Clearing: the key to mindfulness mastery was published by Singing Dragon:
​                               “This book is absurdly useful. Essential or anyone on the spiritual path”  

Alice also trained with Lawrence Noyes to master Enlightenment Intensive retreats, a dynamic combination of Zen sesshin and communication techniques which have been run internationally since the first one in the Californian desert in 1968.  For information about Clearing UK go to 

Alice has had a parallel career working for the Open University. She currently teaches degree level Arts and Humanities and, until 2014 was Senior Faculty Manager in Arts, London. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was Chair of the Shiatsu Society (UK) 2016-18 where she headed up a major recovery and transformation project.

Alice is pictured here with Winston, LiR’s cheerful and criminally clever mini-labradoodle.