This website is intended to be a resource site that will help you to grow in your relationship with God, with yourself, and with others. Many of the ideas are drawn from Robin Daniels' book, The Virgin Eye. Others are training materials produced by Robin or Katherine to support professionals working with couples, or children and young people, and/or can be used by those who wish simply to grow in self awareness.
About Robin Daniels
Robin Daniels was a Jungian Analyst and author.
Robin worked in private practice, ran marriage enrichment groups, encounter and bereavement groups in church settings, and, latterly, a reflecting group for hospital chaplains. He was a former supervisor at the St Marylebone Centre for Healing and Counselling.
Robin’s published books are: Blackpool Football: The Official Club History (Robert Hale, 1972); Conversations with Cardus (Gollancz, 1976); Conversations with Menuhin (Time-Warner, 1979); Conversations with Coggan (Hodder, 1982); and Cardus: Celebrant of Beauty (Palatine, 2009).
His forthcoming work The Virgin Eye: Towards a Contemplative View of Life covers contemplative prayer, first-time seeing and mindfulness from a Christian perspective. It will be published in October 2016 by Instant Apostle, and is available to order from the shop.
About Katherine Daniels
I am a Play Therapist with six years experience providing play therapy in the NHS and charitable sector.
A large part of my role has involved training teachers and social care staff in issues relating to the emotional health and wellbeing of young people. Some of these resources are now free online under the ‘Self-help’ section.
Whilst working as a volunteer school chaplain at St Mary’s Catholic College, we – in collaboration with the Association for Christian Counsellors – ran an Acts of Kindness (“AOK”) week. The materials are posted in the Resources section for use in your school or parish.
I currently assist with the editing of our Diocesan Paper. In my free time I enjoy walking, travelling, sitting and looking at rivers and seascapes, and singing. For the last year I have been editing Robin’s book in the hope of bringing his legacy to some kind of fruition in people’s lives.
Sandra Ann Haynes
I am the newest member of the mindfulness team and with Katherine’s encouragement I am writing my first post here on the blog.
My name is Sandra and I am wife to Dave and a mother to five children aged between 31 and 8. I have lived with a chronic illness for 25 years which although challenging and frustrating has changed me deeply. My faith journey has grown as a result of this suffering and I never thought I would say this, but I am grateful for those growing experiences.
I am not the only person in my family affected by ill-health and disability and we do our very best to work together as a team and look for God’s grace in the ordinary. Dave my husband expresses his gratitude vocally throughout the day and I write a journal at the day’s end.
In addition to our vocation as parents both my husband and I home school our two youngest children and September 2017 will mark our eighth anniversary. Living in close proximity has its challenges but there are joys along the way. It has been such a blessing to observe our children develop their own interests and support their individual learning styles.
The home school community is as widespread as it is diverse and through the internet we have made contact with folks from all across the globe. In the autumn of 2009 I began writing our home school and family journal http://multicolouredmadness.
In my spare time I knit, sew and love to read. I am a life long learner and enjoy writing with a purpose, some of my thoughts I have shared with friends at prayer group, including Katherine.
I met Robin only once but he was a true ” gentle-man” and his book “The Virgin Eye” is a goldmine of wisdom and guidance for those on a spiritual journey.
As I settle in to my role associated with this website, I hope that my words here will be a source of encouragement to you the reader as we travel along the pilgrim road.