About Diana

Diana Barnard BSCT, MRSS has 25 years of experience as a professional bodyworker and healer. She trained in Cranio-sacral therapy with the Karuna Institute in Devon and with the Bristol School of Shiatsu.

She offers one-to-one sessions of Shiatsu, Cranio-sacral therapy and Qi Gong, as well as teaching Shiatsu and Qi Gong with groups. She also facilitates Bodywork, Qi Gong and Meditation retreats at various centres in the UK and Finland. She co-leads a monthly drop-in Cranio-sacral clinic for babies and small children in Bridport and Glastonbury.

She has wide experience of working with people with life-threatening illness and pain, especially cancer. For 13 years she offered Shiatsu to support those with cancer and their supporters at the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre.

Diana’s work is informed and supported by her Buddhist practice and ethics. She has worked with the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine for many years and her passion is deepening her knowledge and experience of the ‘5 Elements’ which teach us of the natural laws of the universe and using Qi Gong, Meditation and nutrition as transformative tools for herself and her clients.

She is a mother and grandmother and proud to be an ‘elder’, bringing wisdom, compassion, deep listening and presence to all her work.

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Diana runs regular retreats in the UK and Finland, teaching simple bodywork techniques, Qi Gong and Meditation with the intention of helping us to become more fully embodied, grounded and peaceful in our beings.

By learning to give and receive bodywork from a place of presence and compassion within us, a healing touch becomes a powerful tool, which we can use to support and connect and help each other. This work is done with a strong sense of boundary and safety.

The teaching, supported by regular Meditation and Qi Gong, good food and beautiful natural surroundings can help us to drop into a deeper place where our intuition can really reveal itself and our hearts can open to all around us.

Diana is hosted by the Dhanakosa Buddhist Centre in the Trossach mountains in Scotland every year and in various venues in the South West of the UK and in Finland.


“A Day of Qi Gong”  Saturday September 28th, 2019 for all levels of experience (contact me for details)
To be followed by similar days throughout the winter and a 3 day retreat in Spring 2020 (TBC)
Dhanakosa dates 
24th April – 1st May, 2020 
Qi Gong and Meditation
8th – 5th May – “Awake to the Wild” – Qi Gong (Also Meditation and ritual mainly in nature)

“I really dont know how I would have found my way without your gentle and honest guidance” Miranda

Cranio-sacral therapy

Cranio-sacral therapy is a very gentle, hands-on and non-invasive form of healing, working on all levels of body, mind and spirit. Its origins lie in osteopathy and it works with the skeletal and fluid systems to release old patterning or trauma in the body which has given rise to discomfort, pain, ill health and disease.

The client lies clothed on a couch, while I tune into their system, mainly from the feet, the sacrum and the head, using light touch to listen, sense, support and encourage change, opening and movement in the system. It works directly on the nervous system and seeks to re-balance and regulate it.

By creating a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate holding field, I can help you access deeper levels of stillness and balance to provide the optimum opportunity for your own healing to take place. Cranio-sacral work is effective for many conditions – whiplash, depression, problems with the jaw, digestion and spine, as well as post-dental problems and many others.

Having a baby, even in the most ‘normal’ of births, can be traumatic for both mother and child, and Cranio-sacral therapy is well known for its enormous benefit for parents and children, with issues such as feeding, sleeping and distress patterns – and for parents and baby to adjust to the major physical and emotional demands of raising a child. Babies and young children respond very quickly to Cranio-sacral work as a rule and the changes are usually for good as their systems are open and relatively free from impact.

“Thank you, Diana, for opening for me, a window, that I may fly”


Shiatsu sessions take place, fully clothed, on a futon on the floor (although it can be adapted to sitting in a chair or lying on a bed).


Within a diagnostic framework of traditional Chinese medicine, I can help you awaken your Qi or life energy and promote real changes in your health, well-being and vitality.

Sessions bring about a strong sense of being grounded, present, and deeply relaxed. I use simple, strong but gentle stretching to open up the meridian pathways, as well as  breathing techniques and gentle holding to encourage the body to let go of blockages and build up depleted areas.

I have 22 years’ experience as a Shiatsu Practitioner and my specialism is working with those with cancer or with serious, life-threatening illness. I have learned to work in a way that is both minimal and yet profound.

Shiatsu is particularly good for long-term depletion of energy but also enlivens and wakes up the spirit, giving us motivation and energy to carry out our dreams.

It is connecting with another human being on the deepest level. Together we embark on a journey of self-discovery, leading us to a greater understanding of how our bodies function and what we can do to offer them reassurance and healing.

The benefits are manifold and often profound and long-lasting as the body learns to re-orient itself in a healthier way.


“The pure and balanced prenatal Qi we share with the universe is buried like a seed in our body. It can be awakened again”

“I can only say thank you so much for your generosity of spirit, your clarity, your way of teaching and your humour. You and Amoghavira make a great team and the group, for me, was exceptional in the way it gelled. Unlike any retreat I’ve been on before”  David

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is the cultivation of Qi, the subtle energy or life-force, a gentle but powerful movement practice that awakens the natural vitality of the body by releasing blocked energy and re-routing it in a more effective and freely-flowing way.

Many of us would recognise it (and tai chi) from images of the elder population of China, who do it daily together in parks.

It is rapidly growing in popularity as a practice with which we can achieve and experience a true sense of well-being in the body-mind. It is simple, straightforward, easy to learn and very effective.

It is a practice that can touch and heal us on many levels: spiritual, physical and emotional.

Through systematic and repeated Meditation and exercise we can achieve a state where we become more balanced inside and out.

We start to perceive our external and internal worlds in a different way, becoming more in harmony with our existence – bringing a peace and balance which is a state deeply desired by our bodies. There can also be a sense of lightening up the body, of being cleansed and re-charged.

Contact Diana

Email: dianabarnard1@googlemail.com
Mobile: 07800 717 283
Landline: 01458 897254
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