Neville Hodgkinson is a writer and journalist who worked for more than 20 years as medical and science correspondent of several national newspapers in the UK. He is also former social policy correspondent of The Times. He has a particular interest in building bridges between science and spirituality and has been a co-organiser of four international symposia on science and consciousness.
His first book, Will To Be Well – the Real Alternative Medicine (Hutchinson, UK, 1984; Samuel Weiser, USA, 1986) was one of the first to describe the intimate links between health and happiness in terms of modern scientific findings. His interest in mind-body medicine, along with a life-changing vision in Westminster Abbey, led him to take up the practice of meditation and spiritual study in the early 1980s, and he has been a student for 34 years with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. He is chairman of the Janki Foundation for Spirituality in Health Care, a UK-based charity which encourages research and awareness in the field of values and health.
Neville was married for 25 years to the journalist and author Liz Hodgkinson and has two sons, Tom and Will, and five grandchildren. He now lives and works at the Global Retreat Centre near Oxford, opened by the Brahma Kumaris in 1993. He says the main thrust of the life there, besides hosting thousands of guests, is to quell the demands of the egotistical self and emerge our sense of common humanity and shared spiritual origins. He believes that a recovery of this way of thinking and living is the key to resolving many of the world’s current problems.