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"Roddy Bray communicates big ideas in a very effective and engaging way."

Prof Bastian Betthäuser, SciencesPo & University of Oxford


About Roddy

VIDEO: Anthropology, Africa, Oxford and tools for personal growth and wellbeing

My focus has always been on personal growth and wellbeing - to enrich life with purpose and improve emotional intelligence.

My passion for anthropology and travel, including living in Africa for twenty years,   allowed me to gain cultural and academic insights, which I now use to facilitate  transformational workshops and enhance my writing.


In the 1990s I became a specialist anthropological guide and have travelled widely ever since, learning from people in many different cultures.

Working with PhD students at Oxford I developed ways to facilitate thought-provoking, concise workshops, with an emphasis upon privacy and non-prescription, that enable personal growth to improve wellbeing.

I share ideas, frameworks and skills that I have found useful, create space  and encourage ownership of wellbeing and a personal growth mindset.

As the popularity of these workshops spread around the Univeristy, and feedback and data came in, the effectiveness of this approach became clear, and I have worked widely at Oxford ever since with staff and students. My work has also expanded to Cambridge, several other UK universities and internationally.

How To Connect With My Work

University of Oxford Website

Being for Beginners

I facilitate the Being for Beginners (B4B) series. This is available online and for organisations. Discover more about B4B.
B4B enables greater wellbeing through  developing skills of personal growth. This popular course has provided hundreds of people with vital tools to navigate work and life with greater confidence and skill. ​

Keynote Talks & Workshops

Recognising the stresses of modern life, as a keynote speaker I show the value of personal growth as the foundation for success and wellbeing.

I facilitate workshops on these themes and address particular issues requested by organisers.

B4B Group, Wytham Woods
Keynote Talks
Antidote Notes

Antidote Notes

Published every month, Antidote Notes is a super-succinct 2 minute read that explores a wellbeing idea, through a poem, a reflection and a suggested experiment. Anyone can subscribe for free.

Read / subscribe to Antidote Notes.

Skilful Living

Skilful Living is a column for company internal newsletters. These short, informal articles progressively unfold powerful ideas for personal growth and wellbeing.

Contact me to enhance internal communications and bring greater wellbeing to the workplace.

The Wellbeing Workbook

The Wellbeing Workbook presents the ideas and practices of Being for Beginners to explore step by step. Find out more here.

Antidote Notes, Monthly Article
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Skillful Living
Roddy Bray communicates big ideas in a very effective and engaging way.
Incredibly insightful and helpful.
Thought provoking, compassionate, inspiring. 
Practical and profound. Brilliantly-led sessions.
An excellent facilitator - knowledgeable and kind.​
I loved your manner, your humour, the stories and allegories.
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