Podcasting on the big questions in life through meditation and happiness tools



Apr 29th, 2016 by renaissance1 at 10:24 am
Apr 20th, 2016 by renaissance1 at 3:56 am

Podcast with Professor Lord Richard Layard about why happiness matters and how the Action for Happiness movement is working to change our culture for the better.

Feb 13th, 2016 by renaissance1 at 6:08 am

We speak with Claire Kelly who over sees the content and training for teachers and students at the Mindfulness in Schools Project.   The work is ground breaking and their research so concrete,  that they have been successful in getting more and more schools to embrace and roll out mindfulness.  This is a great example of being the change you want to see. 


With the upcoming Lion Fight 27 taking place on Jan 29th, Philip Tieu and I talk with Lion Fight VP of events, Christine Toledo.  We talk about the main event between UK's Charlie Peters, who won the MTGP 4 man tournament and the reigning champion, Fabio Pinca. We talk about Christine's fight career, her TV appearances on Ring girls and Fight girls.  We also talk about the current state of Muay Thai and what we can expect from Lion fight in 2016. 

Dec 27th, 2015 by renaissance1 at 5:24 am

Listen to the lessons shared by author and traveller Leon Logothetis, who left his life as a broker to explore the world on the kindness of others.  His journeys have been filmed in over 90 countries and the success has spread virally on YouTube and to a huge global community.


We kick off the MTGP Podcast series with a great guest line up.  Joining Anh and I in the Renaissance Podcast studios are two of the Muay Thai Grand Prix founders, Philip Tieu and Kieran Keddle.  We are honoured to have Lion Fight CEO, Scott Kent join our conversation and he gives us a fantastic insight into the evolution of Muay Thai and of the meteoric rise of Lion Fight Promotions in the past 5 years.  

Fresh of the press, we announce some big fights scheduled for next year featuring a certain John Wayne Parr and exciting collaborations for 2016.   Click on the media player to find out about the upcoming fights (Lion Fight 26 on the 20th Nov and MTGP 2 in London on the 22nd Nov).

2:32 How has the Muay Thai fight scene changed in the last 5 years?

5:38 How did the three of you get introduced?

8:07 Why is the 4 man tournament so popular?

11:03 Lion Fight 26 - fight talk

19:27 - Special announcement - title fight in 2016

25:00 Fighters are great role models

34:00 Scott talks about his time as an Arsenal fan living in London.     @Lionfightofficial   @muaythaigp


We speak with author Jo Marshall about the role mindfulness can play in helping us to understand where Anxiety comes from and what we can do to change our relationship with it.  We also look at the evolutionary roots of Anxiety and discuss some simple exercises people can do to help with this very normal issue.  We first met at an Action for Happiness event and Jo is a big supporter of this charity.  

Aug 19th, 2015 by renaissance1 at 7:23 am

Dr Danny Penman is the leading author for mindfulness in the UK with his best selling books being translated into over 27 languages and being used by many GP's to help their patients with anxiety and depression.  He joins Gui with Team Renaissance to talk about his current book which speaks about using mindfulness to unleash our creative qualities.


Conversation with Christophe Grigri, coordinator to the most influential eastern charity, Karuna-Shechen.  Find out the significant global role they play and about the work they did following this years terrible earthquakes in Nepal

Jul 6th, 2015 by renaissance1 at 4:00 am

We kick off the new Podcast for Happiness series with a wonderful interview with Helen Russell. Helen, is the author of 'The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country.  I just finished listening to it on audiobook and it tells the story of her reluctant move from the UK, following her husband and his new job to Denmark. The book details Helen's mission to figure out the their secrets of Happiness.  Helen has written for the Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independant, The Daily Mail and Marie Claire among others.  

4:22 Helen talks about 'arriving somewhere new and having no friends, no family, no support network and not really any purpose' 

9:28 'There is something about making your home environment beautiful that contributes to happiness'

10:53 'There is not bad weather, there is just bad clothing  

 13:10 We break down Maslow's Hierarchy of needs -  this is a must know chart to learn about life

15:29 'If you're worried about keeping a roof over your head, and keeping food on your table, then you don't have the head space to be happy

21:30 the biological Danish advantages and 5HTT (the serotonin transporter, associated with happiness and wellbeing) 

24:10 Lego to manufacture its blocks using sustainable materials 

26:10 How Helen was introduced to the Action for Happiness group

30:40 The benefits of singing, alone and in a group - community


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Check out the action for happiness website ( more details about the great work they are doing, find out more about the events they hosting, notably the big one in september, where his holiness the dalai lama will be speaking at the event.  He will be promoting his new book, where he does acknowledge action for happiness for the great work they do.  you can also visit their donation page there and help to support this amazing charity, where our co founder Lord Richard Leyard is pioneering happiness as a metric to be considered when calculation the 'wealth of a country'