We continue our focus on Isbourne staff and therapists with a conversation with Lois Hastings. Lois lives in the small town of Witney, Oxfordshire, where she has her own thriving practise as a Tarot Reader, Past Life Regression Therapist and Spiritual Development Teacher.
What’s your role at The Isbourne?
I am lead tutor on the Introduction to Holistic Living course, which is a fabulous life-changing course, and I learn as much from the students as they do from me. I also teach other courses including Introduction to Past Life Regression, Hypnotherapy and Past life Regression and Learn the Tarot. The Isbourne is a unique place to work: there’s nowhere else like it anywhere and I appreciate the freedom it gives me to teach the subjects I love.
How would you describe your journey?
As a child I was very intuitive but didn’t realise it. It was just who I was, although I always had a sense of being different somehow. I was extremely sensitive to energy and found school a particular struggle. I was constantly being told off for daydreaming and looking out of the window!
I was born with itchy feet and have done a lot of travelling, the USA being my favourite place, especially Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. The land really resonates with me as does the Native American culture, and I even lived in Santa Fe for a year at one point, making frequent forays onto the Navajo Reservation. It was hard to settle down when I finally returned to the UK in 1997 and I harbour a secret longing to live there again one day.
As much as I love the desert, I also love the ocean and am never happier than when I’m on a beach, preferably walking my dog Gracie along the beautiful Dorset coast.
My own spiritual journey started with an interest in astrology in my teens and has since taken many twists and turns along the way. I bought my first pack of tarot cards in 1988 and was immediately hooked. I taught myself how to read the cards and am passionate about all things tarot. I see them as a tool to tune into the energies around someone and combine my tarot readings with my own intuition and clairvoyance. I can talk about the cards all day long and love to share my passion for them with others.
My other passion is past life regression and reincarnation. It’s a very long story but my own experiences have produced some amazing results and I’ve learned a lot about my soul’s journey as a result. I also love to help others develop spiritually, and teach various groups and classes to do just that.
I’m just coming to the end of an Open University English & Creative Writing degree, with a book or two of my own in the pipeline. I’ve been working on a book about spiritual development for a while, so watch this space! I’m also bit of a linguistic and find words fascinating. Give me a dictionary and I’ll be happy for hours.
Over the past thirty years I’ve attended countless workshops, classes and courses both here and in America, learning about angels, crystals, reincarnation, tarot…. The list is a long one, and I’m still learning! The fabulous Louise Hay is my greatest inspiration and I even got to meet her at a Hay House conference in 2007 – a dream come true! I never imagined I would one day be teaching my very own workshops but here I am, a qualified teacher, and all thanks to the Isbourne College.
What are your favourite holistic treatments/practices?
It’s safe to say I have tried every therapy under the sun, out of sheer curiosity as much as for the healing. The human body and how it works fascinates me.
I have now got a fantastic team of therapists, and regularly have Bowen, Shiatsu, Kinesiology and Crystal Healing. Each one works in its own unique way and I have learned not to wait until I feel unwell or off-balance, but to get regular treatments to keep myself healthy and grounded. Dealing with other people’s energies all day long means I need to take care of my own energy so I don’t become too drained and can be of help to others.
What did you do before you joined the Isbourne family?
I was a children’s nanny for 16 years after leaving college, living in Germany, Russia and the USA along the way. It was a great time in my life and was when my spiritual development really began.
However, I never quite fitted into any particular box and spent the next 10 years being fairly miserable in various office jobs. I was made redundant ten years ago, which was the best thing that ever happened to me. I realised I finally had to be true to myself and live the dream of becoming a full time light worker. It was a gamble but I trusted that the Universe would always provide for me, and it always has. I have trained and worked as a massage therapist, reflexologist, aromatherapist, hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner but had never heard of The Isbourne until someone mentioned it to me in passing. I emailed straight away to ask if they wanted a new tutor!
Tell us about your interests/hobbies
I love being outdoors, and walking in nature makes me happier than anything else. My companion is my 9 year old Jack Russell/Chihuahua cross Gracie. I’m a huge advocate for animal welfare and have been a veggie since the age of four or five. My dream is to set up a rescue centre one day.
I love angels and crystals and have them all over the house, garden and even in the car. I’ve lost count of how many angel statues I now have, but there’s always room for more.
Gardening is my other passion and, not surprisingly, my garden is very wildlife-friendly. I put a pond in last year and was thrilled when four frogs immediately took up residence.
I recently joined a contemporary choir and absolutely love it. I will be singing Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall in November, something I never thought I’d be saying, and I have my first music festival in two weeks’ time. I’m frantically learning lyrics and harmonies as we speak.
I’m also quite crafty. I’m currently in the middle of making a rustic-style angel doll for a friend and have made countless samplers for family christenings and anniversaries, as well as various other projects. I’ve got several bags full of wool and material stashed away that are bound to come in useful, one day…!