Many will tell us to ‘follow our heart’ with the best intentions – but this is an illusion. Instead, we must first submit to the work that results in us knowing our heart. Then the path ahead will become absolutely clear.

 John Richards was born in Exeter in the UK in 1976, later moving to North Portugal where he studied for an International Baccalaureate at the multi-national OBS; the oldest British School in Europe. John read English Literature at Queen Mary and Westfield College, the University of London, from where he graduated in 1996. In his early twenties, John started his career in Crisis Intervention, working with a vast range of vulnerable people including both the victims and perpetrators of severe abuse, street homeless teenagers, asylum seekers, and numerous other complex client groups in need of safety and change.John's specialism became the leadership and development of 24hr staffed therapeutic communities focused on the healing and growth of vulnerable young people. He has specialised in this area for over 18 years as a practitioner and then operational leader for a national provider. More recently, John founded AwarenessChange.Com, a consultancy for Businesses, Organisations and Individuals focused around a range of transformative personal development offers including Awareness Retreats and Intensive 1:1 work. Currently, he works in partnership with Neil Laughton, the multi-award winning Explorer and Business Coach, and Angus Wingfield, the Director and founder of Africa Wild Trails, to lead The Inspiration Programme. TIP is a development programme in the UK, Africa and the Himalayas, providing individuals and businesses with opportunity for adventure, conservation and personal inspiration in order to achieve their greatest potential. John is a widely read writer who has been published by Action for Happiness and The Goodall Foundation.


John has a unique way of helping people tune in to what really matters and then make profound positive shifts in their lives. - Mark Williamson, Co-Founder & Director of Action for Happiness

Truly inspired. A level of self-awareness and honesty that stops you in your tracks and motivates you to want to do the same. -  Emma Horne, UK Director, Action for Children

Powerful and sincere. John asks gentle yet profound questions, offering each of us permission to explore our boundaries. His beautiful book allows space to reflect, then grow – building healthier relationships with ourselves and others. Highly recommended. - Diane Allen OBE, Director of 7 Summits, Explorer & Leadership Coach

John asks the difficult questions that make you think deeply and then commit to enlightening change. -Neil Laughton, Business and Expedition Leader

John’s work is exactly what is needed in our modern world. - Angus Wingfield, Founder & Director of Africa Wild Trails

John’s work connects us to our soul and reaches us on a deeper level. Like the Sherpa, John takes us on an inner journey to the mountains of our hearts and lets the magic happen between us and them. - Tsering Sangpo Sherpa, Director of SKA Adventures, Mt Everest Region