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5 MINUTES WITH RICHARD BROOK: ‘True personal development is about celebrating our individuality!’

February 15 2022

We’re excited to be working with wellness coach and Holistic expert Richard Brook on the campaign for his new book, Understanding Human Nature: A User’s Guide to Life. We asked Richard our 5 questions to find out more about him, his book, and his vision:


1. Pitch in 10 - sell us your book in less than 10 words

Understand your human experience & importance of doing what you love

2. Audience of One - If you could choose ONE person to read your book who would it be and why?

You! My book isn’t a story book, there’s some really potent wisdom that could have a huge impact on your understanding of life and our collective experience so you are the most important person to me right now, and that’s where change starts, right here with you!

3. Behind the Book - Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration to write the book was simply an overflowing creative passion and expression! In 2010 I was writing what was meant to be a 2000 word essay for a yoga training, and got carried away, felt floods of information wanting to come through me. I asked if I could hand in whatever I wrote, and ended up with 40,000 words! Over the years seeing how valuable my knowledge was for people who I treated with acupuncture or came to my yoga classes, I felt the impulse to complete it as a book with all my additional awareness garnered over the intervening years! What I particularly like about the book myself is that it’s not just a theory book, each chapter contains my own personal story relating to the subjects in hand so you can see how my personal development has gone hand in hand with my own increasing knowledge and awareness and it’s grounded in reality. It basically contains all the golden nuggets that aid my own life experience – understanding the soul, interconnection, the mind, relationship dynamics and healing practices. It feels like a potent combination of the force of inspired creativity mixed with extremely potent knowledge!

4. Guess what? Tell us one thing that readers might be surprised to hear about you.

I really love the diversity of who I am! I feel life, and part of true personal development isn’t all about taking the edges off of character but instead celebrating, embracing and being proud of our individuality and quirks! Accepting what we are given while polishing it up. So I love watching how one moment I’m in the treatment room with someone delivering super sage healing wisdom or going to conscious dance classes and the next moment I can’t wait to get home to check the football scores, what’s going on in WWE (wrestling!) or put on some Indie rock. I love the fact that although I’m a fan off all things natural, I grew up in Dudley, right in the Industrial heart of the West Midlands. People are often surprised that I can be equally as proud and accepting of all the parts of me, but it’s the only way since then it enables you to see the best in you! (without also forgetting that we all need some polish!)

5. The next chapter - what’s next for you?

This phase for me is all about the application and sharing of the knowledge, getting back out onto the coal face as it were after a lot of time in the office! I’m very lucky in that I facilitate retreats at Moinhos Velhos, a top 10 rated juice detox retreat in the Algarve so I get to spend lots of time treating, teaching and giving workshops and there is nothing I love more than doing that. After so much background work on the book, I just want to concentrate on sharing now and helping people move forward in the same way the knowledge has helped me in my own life. Fortunately, as I’ve practically worked with helping people over many years I get to see the impact the skills and knowledge I have can motivate in others and it builds a tremendous sense of satisfaction. Doing what you love and getting gratitude back from others for doing it, what is better than that! On another level, I can see an online course also possibly on the horizon, how quickly I flow towards that horizon we shall see!


Find out more about Richard’s work at creativewellness.co.uk. To get a review copy or to book in an interview, contact Alice Rowe at alice.rowe@thebookpublicist.co.uk

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