- Co- Presenter of Escape to the Country
- Psychotherapist & Meditation Teacher
- Keynote & LGBTQ+ Speaker
Alistair Appleton is a therapeutic meditation teacher and well-known television presenter in the UK.
As a much-loved host of the BBC show ‘Escape to the Country’ for more than 14 years, Alistair is a household name for the two million people who tune in every week.
Alistair is founder of Mindsprings, which he set up in 2005 to explore the therapeutic uses and benefits of meditation in the modern world. As well as running in-person retreats and courses, Alistair leads a series of therapeutic meditation courses online. These have been especially popular during the pandemic and include ‘Mastering the Monsters of Anxiety’, ‘Transforming the Trigger Thought’ and new for 2021, ‘Beingfulness’.
His lively and non-dogmatic courses and workshops appeal to a broad audience, including those not usually attracted to spiritual practice. Alistair brings the techniques of meditation alive for those suffering with anxiety, dissociation, and other issues that arise in living in today’s world.
As an openly gay figure in the media, Alistair has played a key role in increasing representation and bringing awareness to the issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Having spoken publicly about his sexuality, and written an article for the Gay Times, Alistair aims to use his platform to share the impact of homophobia and discrimination. As a speaker, his experiences can be related to corporate workplaces to improve inclusivity and equality.
He’s been a UKCP accredited psychotherapist with a practice in Brighton since 2013 and he has more than 20 years of dedicated experience in meditation. Alistair has trained in the Buddhist tradition with various masters. In 2000, he took his Buddhist vows with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, the abbot of Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, who later asked him to teach a meditation course for beginners, the start of the teaching journey he continues to this day.
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