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Our Community

The Salisbury Centre is a thriving community of people. We hold regular community events where newcomers to the Centre are very welcomed. Our community is composed of a wide diversity of people, some come occasionally and others have been involved for a number of years.

We welcome people from all faiths and backgrounds. Our intention is to be as inclusive as possible to all, inviting people from all genders, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, class and ages. The ground floor is wheelchair accessible and we have recently installed full accessible toilets.

The Trustees

Cathie Wright

Trustee

I am now retired from my working life as a social worker, educator and manager as well as a psychotherapist working in the voluntary sector and privately. My first contact with the Salisbury Centre was through my psychotherapy training which brings together western and Buddhist understanding of human behaviour. Since then I have followed a Buddhist path and have worked in the Salisbury centre and attended classes and events there. From 2012 to 2017 I was a trustee of the Centre, and saw it through difficult and challenging times. Since my retirement from psychotherapy I have run some groups there and been involved in thinking about how the Centre could look. In early 2020 I rejoined the board as a trustee. I love the beauty of the Centre, and its central message of bringing heart mind and body together in a spiritual path. Not always easy but always rewarding

Neill Walker

Trustee

Neill Walker is Scottish, born in South Queensferry, Edinburgh, and is very actively involved in spiritual, social, cultural, environmental, and political events and projects in Scotland. Neill is also a freelance photographer who photographs widely across contemporary Scottish society.

Patrick Poon

Trustee

My connection with the Salisbury Centre dates back to the early 1990s when I enrolled in Taiji, overtone singing and other classes. My early career centred on the research and development of writing aids for people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) because they have little or no speech. I also developed educational software and toys in partnership with special schools and AAC centres in the UK and Sweden. My interest in Taiji and Qigong led me to study Shiatsu. On qualifying, I helped to set up and run a Shiatsu clinic in the New Town with other practitioner partners. Latterly, I was the manager/administrator of Communication Matters for 15 years; Communication Matters is a UK-wide charity supporting people who use AAC and the professionals who work with them. Most days find me outdoors with my camera, aiming to capture and share something of the beauty in this extraordinary world of ours.

 

The Staff Team

Chloe Lyth

Centre Manager

Over the past almost 3 years of working here I have built a strong connection to the Centre. I have had the privilege of collaborating with wonderful people including the staff, community and volunteers. I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue this collboration, to further foster the community's progress and the Center's development!.

Andrea Raspolic

Facilities Manager

I moved to Edinburgh in 2021 to do an MA in Arts, Cultural and Festival Management. My involvement with Salisbury Centre started with a poetry reading around the fire for the 2022 Spring Equinox. I immediately felt the warmth and connection to this beautiful place and its community. Soon after I started running the Community Movement and Theatre Workshops, as well as helping with admin work. With the completion of my studies, the role of the Facilities Manager became available in the Salisbury Centre and I saw it as an opportunity to learn from and grow with the Salisbury Centre community. I feel privileged and excited to be working in this place, and I hope to contribute to the accepting, vibrant and colourful community life at the Centre.

Roxy Hrushyna

Administrator

Greetings, I’m Roxy (Roksolana), originally from Ukraine, with a lifelong passion for music and literature. Before Covid-19, I played the cello, organised diverse events, including concerts and festivals, and managed two small concert agencies. However, life took a turn during the war in Ukraine, leading me to Edinburgh, where I discovered a new home. The city’s architecture, diverse community, and the vibrant atmosphere of the Fringe Festival captured my heart. I greatly value the ambiance of my surroundings. Joining the Salisbury Centre team was an easy decision for me, and I’m thrilled to be part of this wonderful community, contributing to unique projects.
Gray Davis
Eco Programmes Coordinator
DIY and Garden Volunteer Coordinator

I was overjoyed to join the team at the Salisbury Centre as Eco Programmes Coordinator and help build on the wonderful work that the Centre is already doing to promote ecological wellbeing. I graduated university in 2020 with a degree in Sustainable Development with a focus on regenerative agriculture and have been variously involved in climate activism, community empowerment projects, and nature education in the years since. I am a qualified permaculture teacher and have been running a permaculture design social enterprise for the past 3 years. The holistic, regenerative, and positive approach of permaculture underpins everything I do and I am excited to bring that experience to my work with the beautiful community at the Salisbury Centre.

Francesco Benvenuti

Events Co-ordinator

'One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times' - cfr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Hi, I am Francesco and I strive everyday to become a better version of myself. Originally from Italy, I have completed a degree in Ecology at Edinburgh University and dedicated the past 10 years contributing to social-environmental activism and community building. I also have had many years travelling, training and working across Central/South America, Asia & Australia, becoming deeply inspired by grassroots networks and by tribal spiritual traditions, Natural laws and Shamanic practices from all around the World. In the process I have studied to become a Shiatsu Practitioner, Movement Instructor, Singing voice facilitator, Ceremonial space holder and a Carrier of the Sacred Fire. I am currently the co-founder of the international Lotus Consciousness Network and share my passion for rituals & group mantra chanting with my partner Katie in our Inner Cheile duo. I am now deeply honoured and committed to be helping the Salisbury Centre to thrive, and to help narrowing the gap between Spirituality, Creativity and Activism.

 

The Residents

 

Susannah Phillipson

Resident & Community Development Lead

I love living at the Salisbury Centre. It feels close to living in a village, with a rich tapestry of different generations and life experiences weaving together to support and inspire one another. As Community Development Coordinator I imagine my role as a mycelial network amongst the roots of our Salisbury Centre ecosystem, supporting the exchange and connecting of ideas. Outside of the Salisbury Centre I offer student-led mentoring and creative projects to teenagers in East Lothian, supporting them to find and explore what they love. My deepest wish is to support myself and others to grow and thrive in love; through community, creativity and education.

Marta Brzosko

Resident

Becoming a resident of The Salisbury Centre at the beginning of 2022 felt like a manifestation of what I'd been calling in for my whole life. Community living, shared ownership, collective decision-making, and nurturing a place and community together - these ideas always inspired me. I see them as the way forward for our society. Day to day, I work quite a lot, because I enjoy my work! Some of it consists of developing ideas and writing them down. Some of it is in event organizing and community development. At the Salisbury Centre, I co-lead an Authentic Connection Group where people come to experiment with new ways of communicating and expressing themselves to generate more connection. Relationships stemming out of this group have been one of the most potent spaces for my growth. When I don't work, I like being outside - running, walking, hiking, and recently also gardening. I want to learn how to grow my own food. I also like just being at home, reading, writing, having friends over, and playing games. I appreciate my home more and more, and it's especially easy when that home is The Salisbury Centre. I feel really held, nurtured, and supported here.

Dan Thomas

Hey, I’m Dan.
I’m a full time Art educator, muralist & occasionally, plumber … (depends who’s asking!)
Originally from London, I started making my slow moves into Edinburgh during the lovely winter months of December – February 2023, just so I could get right in and nestled peacefully with the frosty environment 🙂
After a few months back and forth between here and London and finding my vibe among the friendly community surrounding the centre (which I was introduced to via Susannah), the opportunity for a residential position arose.
I scooped that baby up and here I am, chilling, cooking, grooving, cheesing, and sometimes…. even working, around the centre, catch me if you can!
Love, peace and afro grease..✌🏾💜