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Keynote Speaker

Ruby Wax, OBE

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Ruby Wax began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  She went on to write and perform in her own hugely popular television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. Following her hugely successful television career Ruby Wax has now turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, recently receiving her Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University.

She is the author of the best-selling book Sane New World.  Her show of the same name, combines neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy, helping audiences to become the masters, not the slaves of their minds.  She presented her TedTalk at TedGlobal 2012  “What’s So Funny about Mental Illness?”, and was recently awarded an OBE for services to mental health.

Ruby’s current best selling book “A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled” is an an outrageously witty, smart and accessible guide for using mindfulness to combat stress. She provides advice for relationships, parents, children and teenagers and a six-week course based on her studies at Oxford University. Ruby’s previous book, Sane New World, was also a best seller and Ruby is currently touring her one woman show based on Frazzled throughout the UK and Australia.

What Ruby Wax will be speaking about

500 years ago no-one died of stress: according to Ruby Wax we invented this concept and now we let it rule us.

With her extraordinary mind, trademark wit and searing honesty she argues that while we might have evolved to be able to miraculously balance on seven-inch heels, as far as our emotional development is concerned we’re still swimming with the pond scum. If we don’t advance our more human qualities then we’re doomed evolution-wise to become cyborgs, with an imprint of an ‘Apple’ where our hearts used to be. In her frank and hilarious style Ruby Wax shows us a scientific solution to these modern problems: mindfulness.

I know what you’re thinking – what if I don’t want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of a wind chime? Ruby’s definition of mindfulness isn’t about sitting erect on a hillock, legs in a knot, humming a mantra that’s probably the phone book sung backwards, it’s something that can help us all: learning to notice your thoughts and feelings so you can truly experience life.

Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax explains how and why to adopt and practice mindfulness for good. With advice based on her studies of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University, this is guaranteed to be an informative and entertaining session about achieving a healthier, happier life.

TED Talks

An official global TED Talk speaker who’s amassed over 2million views to date.

Best-Selling Author

With two critically acclaimed books reaching number 1 on the bestseller’s list.

OBE Award

Received a Queen’s Special Honours award in 2015 for her services to mental health.

Online Following

Reaching a global audience every day with over 117k Twitter followers.