Kris Deva North Interviewed by Tai Chi Union for Great Britain


I am so lucky to have trained with Master Deva North and also Mantak Chia.

Originally posted on Taoist Training Universal Healing Tao UK:


TCUGB: How long have you been practicing Tai Chi and what got you going?

KDN: I had to get fit following a hernia operation.  On a boring morning jog I saw a sign on a church hall: ‘Karate!’  For four years I practiced Shotokan finding, in my forties, it took longer to recover from injuries than when I had boxed, played rugby and polo in my teens and twenties.  Seeking self-healing I discovered Shiatsu, and Tai Chi.

A group of friends and I would gather in Holland Park of a Sunday and practice under the tutelage of young Master John Ho before going to Chinatown for Dim Sum.  I met Kung Fu Master Kapo Don, who told me of the work of Mantak Chia.  On my way to Japan for postgraduate Shiatsu training I stopped over in Thailand and spent three weeks learning with Master Chia.  Three weeks turned into…

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Quotes From ‘The Bridge’

A selection of quotes that I have come across during that years, that made me actually write them down in my notebooks.

An Old Cherokke told his grandson. “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil – It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, hope, love, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.”

The boy thought about it and asked, ‘Grandfather, which wolf wins”  The old man replied quietly replied, ‘The one you feed’ 

When you came, you were like red wine and honey, and the taste of you burn’t my mouth with its sweetness.   Amy Lowell.

In terms of Spaceship Earth, the wrong crew in in command, and it is time for a mutiny.

Science is organised knowledge, Wisdom is organised Life.  Immanuel Kant

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, The Astonishing Light of Your Own Being. Hafiz

Most people don’t listen with intent to understand they listen with the intent to reply.

So Many Men, so Many Issues, I so don’t have the time.   Me(Pocket-chef)

You will die not because you are ill. You will die because you are alive.  SenecaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Christmas Eve Update on Christmas Challenge Orphans Appeal

Okay everyone, here is the latest update.

For now we will be delivering the food that has been donated to two orphanages.

One is the Idrima Agia Anna-24 Anexeos, N. Kifissia-2108070814 this houses 27 girls from age 4-29. We will be delivering to them lamb, potatoes and xmas sweets. and some more packs of dried foods.

The other one is the
The Christodoulio foundation is a legal person governed by private law and is under the Ministry for Health and Social Solidarity. It accommodates girls aged four to twenty three years old. The admition of the girls is possible until the completion of their twelfth year. Nevertheless, the girls can live with us until they feel ready to go into the society as equal members. During their stay at the foundation, the girls go to the neighboring schools and, of course, continue their studies to college and university, with notable success. The foundation continues to support the girls until the completion of their studies and, of course, until they find employment. The supplies they get are useful in their course through adult life and include foreign languages, information technologies, music, traditional and modern dancing, housekeeping and others. There is also psychological and speech therapy, wherever needed, as well as a warm and homely environment. After the end of her studies, each girl will become autonomous and choose her own path in life, without losing contact with the house she lived and grew up in. Each of our girls knows that our door will always be open for anything she needs, in whichever phase of her life she may be.

I have to say MASSIVE thank you to those of you in the community who have helped with this appeal.

We will be continuing this in the days and year to come. And hope to be able to help so many more orphanages and refugee and homeless centres.002

Pocket Chef and the Gastronomes are delighted to be supporting these foundations and happier to feed the poor.

Christmas Appeal to the help the orphanages/homeless and refugee Centers in Athens

As most of you may know, I have been in Greece for the past six months, despite all the news reports about violence and riots, somewhat exagerated(bless you world media, for scaremongering reporting).  But the ‘crisis’ ensured that the first thing that got cut was the funding for social care and this includes the orphanages.  By chance through facebook I put a reach out to maybe help with feeding the people at the homeless shelters, I hooked up with Matthew and Marissa Ennis who have been organising this fundraiser for one orphanage and they have had had such a fantastic response from the community that now we can help more and any excess items, will go the homeless and refugee centers.

There is a page where you can donate in funds, but we are also looking for toys, clothes, food, and various other items.  None of the money will go directly to the orphanages, it will be pooled and used to buy food and heating oil (very important) all receipts will be provided.  Please read below and if you can help in anyway message me on here for ways or email me to

Thank you and wishing you a merry xmas from myself and the rest of the Gastronomes around the world.

Initial fundraising link to crowdwise…

This is the update from Organisers Matthew and Marisa Enniss.

EVENT: Christmas Challenge

EVENT DATE: DEC 25, 2014



UPDATE!  With the outpouring of support from the local community, we have been able to collect a lot of clothing, toys and some food as well.  Since there are many orphanages in the area and each have different needs, we are now in contact with many of them and are in the process of coordinating donations to each of them.  Our main focus is still on providing them with food and heat over the winter, and we will start with the homes that have the most dire of needs and move down the list.  We have now decided since the need is so great and there are so many wonderful people who wish to help out and volunteer, we will continue this project for as long as the community will support it.  Due to this, we will be starting a proper webpage in the coming weeks as well as providing full video documentation of what we purchase and of the deliveries to the different locations.  This all started with my wife saying “Hey lets donate a couple bags of stuff to an orphanage for Christmas, and why not post that on facebook and see if anyone else wants to as well”.  It has been amazing what you all have turned this into, Thank you for all your help and support.



The Pikpa Pentelis Orphanage in Pentelis, a suburb of Athens Greece, is so underfunded that the staff there buy food and bring what they can from home so the children do not starve. It has gotten so bad that the staff is not able to feed and cloth their own families. At any given time there is between 30 and 50 children, as of right this moment there are 35 with ages ranging from 4 months to 12 years.  Now it is Christmas time and these kids are about to have a holiday with nothing, no toys, no clothes, and barely enough food to eat (there is a list of items they asked for below). When my wife and I found out about this, we knew we had to act. We personally are giving clothing, toys, and food, but it is just not nearly enough to take care of an entire large orphanage. Help us help these poor children have a Christmas they can truly enjoy, and hopefully provide some funds to be able to provide food for a long period of time. Locally we are organizing some facebook and church groups to provide durable goods like toys and clothing as well as some food. Any help you can provide would be appreciated by many children. All the money donated, no matter the amount, will go towards the purchase of food. My hope is that with a large enough amount, a local grocer and butcher will cut us a deal with the bulk order. That can only happen if we can actually make a large order, so the more that you can give, the more we can provide. Thank you for your support. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


Here is the info about the locations we have so far:

Pikpa Pentelis Orphanage-Terma Ippokratous Palaia Penteli

Idrima Mitera-65 Dimokratias Ave, Ilion-2132015700

Idrima Agia Anna-24 Anexeos, N. Kifissia-2108070814

Pediko Spiti-46 Tsamadou, Peiraius-2104176896

Chatzikiriakio-18 Kleisovis, Peiraius

Panagia Eleousa-5 Konitsis, Ilioupoli-2109715385

Zanio Orphanage-11 Evangelistrias, Peiraius-(cant read my wifes handwriting, will update this one, sorry)

Agia Filohtei Girls Orphanage-Vosporou and Krinis, N. Ionia-2102792707



Photos and videos will be posted in the coming days of the different orphanages we are talking about as well as some of the food items you helped to purchase for them.

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Ministry Profile: Helping Hands


Fanastic how can I help you

Originally posted on Loving the Overlooked:

A friend wrote up this brief summary of our ministry in Athens.  Thanks for helping tell the story,Ryan and Andrew:

There’s a place near the heart of Athens, Greece that feels a bit like home to those who have none. The small, dingy alleyway off of Sophocleous street in the run-down district of Omonia may seem like the last place to find the warmth of hospitality. Yet tucked into the corner of that alley is a gate, where a small crowd of people gathers most weekdays just before noon. They come as strangers, walking foreign streets in a foreign land to reach that gate. But behind it is a room where the soft glow of home welcomes all. It is not foreigners who fill the chairs or aliens who are served a hot meal. In that place, they are friends, brothers and sisters, human beings with precious dignity.


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