Alister's background is in project development. He is trained in counselling and personal development. He has an MA Hons degree in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, and was the University's Alastair Buchan Poetry Prize Winner in 1987.
He has worked in a number of different sectors, some of which include social housing, justice, addiction, community and teaching. He works with organisations, groups, and individuals helping them to negotiate and manage effective change. He helps people to come up with strategies to promote development.
He has been writing for many years, and is a published poet. He also writes short stories, blogs and occasional articles about Aikido philosophy and practice. He is a Fourth Dan Aikido teacher and runs a dojo in Bristol.
He is very interested in Japanese culture and has visited the country a few times, and shares their love of nature. One of his favourite pastimes is to go rambling with his wife in the UK countryside, especially the South West coastal area.
Alister comes from the Western Islands of Scotland, a beautiful and wild environment. He likes to travel, and frequently goes to Europe to attend Aikido Seminars.
His writing is a reflection of his interests, which include eastern and European philosophy and literature, travel, poetry, cooking, society and justice, spirituality, reading, and film and theatre - to mention only a few
Where to find Alister Gillies online
Tenchi: Building a Bridge Between Heaven and Earth
In Tenchi (Heaven and Earth in Japanese) the author convincingly argues that the connection between mind and body is part of humanity's natural heritage of power. The book consists of a series of essays that makes use of historical and contemporary material to show how that power has always been available as a free and natural resource.