John Awen is a published author, public speaker for animal rights and veganism, vegan nutritionist and Beneath the Wood animal sanctuary co-owner. John openly shares with us his story of drug addiction, violence and experiences of animal slaughter, to his spiritual and vegan awakening, and journey into animal rights/vegan advocacy. His story is an inspiring example of how when you hit rock bottom, if you just get up and keep going, gifts and rewards, not to mention personal growth and evolution, await you on the other side. 

John Awen – Patron of Beneath The Wood Sanctuary

In July 2018 I proudly became a Patron of Beneath The Wood Sanctuary. A Vegan run, no kill animal sanctuary in West Wales. It is a safe haven nestled in the Welsh hills where the residents can live the whole of their natural lives in safety. The sanctuary offers permanent residence to sheep, pigs, horses, dogs and cats. Some of which have not had the best start in life. All of the dogs are at the sanctuary because they have behaviour issues, rendered them unable to live in a normal home environment. Many of which were facing euthanasia without the sanctuary offering them a permanent placement. The sanctuary works with other rescues, sanctuaries, vets and people in the local community.

One of my favourite residents at the sanctuary is little Pixie the mini sheep. Pixie came to the sanctuary in July 2018 at the age of 4 months, She was given to the sanctuary by a local farming family. She had not grown properly and was half the size of all their other lambs and appeared to be visually impaired. Her differences set her aside from the other lambs and therefore ultimately saved her life. She can now live her full life in safety at the sanctuary. She is a very unique and friendly little character. Here she is sharing my best friend Pagan’s stick!

As someone that has farmed animals and taken them from birth through to slaughter before finding peace in veganism, the sanctuary is a place where I can reconnect with these sentient beings and absorb their calm and healing spirit. Reconnecting with these beautiful creatures is an important role for animal sanctuaries to help people on their journey of veganism. It is all to easy to look away and not face up to what really has to happen for non vegan food to become a ‘product’ on a supermarket shelf. But when you spend, quiet peaceful time with these animals there can be no doubt that veganism is the only right way.

Spending time at the sanctuary and helping feed the animals and walk the dogs has been very therapeutic. Seeing the dogs, even the one’s that have very serious behaviour problems and can still live a good and happy life. Knowing that no matter how challenging or difficult their problems can be they will always have a home and security at the sanctuary. They are always accepted for what and who they are.

The sanctuary has many future plans, including bigger premises to be able to save more animals and an education centre to help promote a cruelty free lifestyle. The sanctuary runs on and is reliant on donations to care for the residents. As Patron of Beneath The Wood Sanctuary I will proudly promote and help them wherever I can. In my talks at vegan events and in my daily life.

If you would like to help support the residents at the sanctuary you can donate via Paypal, bank transfer or via the website. You can also sponsor one of the residents from as little as £4 per month. The sanctuary runs entirely on donations and voluntary help and is a registered Not for Profit Organisation.

Mindful Hypnosis in Somerset

The times in which we are living now can be extremely stressful, we never seem to have enough time to do anything and often, it appears as if we are chasing our tails and getting nowhere fast. Hypnotherapy could be the answer…

The knock on effects from this can soon manifest and before we know it, we can feel very drained, tired, almost negated in fact and it can be at these times, where we can reach for a crutch, seemingly to help us through, yet these vices and habits we pick up are doing us no good at all, we all know that, yet often it can seem impossible to give them up.

Whether you would like to quit smoking, maybe you feel you would like to lose some weight, or just would like to feel happier and more positive about yourself and the life you lead, call me and I can help you.

If you have reached this understanding and are determined, then I can help you to achieve the above mentioned and many more ailments, vices, habits and personal to you problems which you feel you would like to combat and overcome. Once you have reached the point where you wish to confront and overcome these, ring me for an initial free consultation and then visit me near Yeovil, guide you into and through a deep and relaxing meditation, then whist under Hypnosis, I can suggest ways in which to stop, basically removing any habits that you feel you would like removed, replacing them with mindfulness, wellbeing and a positive outlook, all of which will aid you in a healthy lifestyle.

Hypnotherapy has been practiced for many centuries with great success and whilst there is no actual date of origin, it is known that the Ancient Egyptians practiced this art and can be seen in many of their paintings and etchings.

Providing an overall holistic and alternative therapy, Hypnosis really can let you leave behind and quit many habits that you feel are restricting you in your life, leaving you healthier with a great sense of achievement and pride.

This non-invasive therapy is highly regarded across the world and is used in many cultures as well for all types of situations.

From quitting smoking, maybe you get nervous at exam and test time, you could feel you are over eating, whatever you feel is a problem to you can be overcome and once you realise you want to face it, you are halfway there.

From the first contact, I will listen to your individual needs and put a package in place for you, then we can make further arrangements where I will place you under Hypnosis and your journey to a new you will begin.

Having trained with the Somerset School of Hypnotherapy, I am fully accredited by them and was awarded an official and fully recognised Diploma, in the theory and practical knowledge of Hypnosis and clinical Hypnotherapy.

Based in South Somerset I will travel up to an hour to come and see you in your own home, phone, or e-mail me for more information and let your Hypnotherapy journey begin.

After any course of Hypnotherapy, I provide after care and full support should you need it.

Having had great success in helping people to quit smoking, to lose weight and helping them to become more positive, I offer some packages below, also if you would like to discuss something else that I haven’t mentioned, then please call me.

If you are interested in trying hypnotherapy, we have several proven scripts available to download from our Shop.



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