BOOK CLUB AUGUST – STELLA RALFINI talks Neo Tantra Love Making, Life Coaching, Menopause, Sensual Sorcery & more


Stella Ralfini is a world acclaimed life coach, Neo Tantra Iove making educator, anti-aging guru and bestselling author of Sensual Sorcery and Three Faces of Sex and other works. She has helped create world champion sportsmen, million pound business owners, many contented couples and turned back the years for numerous women. Stella’s mission is to bring more conscious love into the world.

Myself and Stella only touched on a small portion of her incredibly live and work. Looking forward to continuing talks with this incredible lady later on this year.





By age 23, having found early success in my career, I landed a job as personal assistant to the Rolling Stones and was then headhunted to help run the team at Warner International Music in Berkeley Square.Exciting stuff but I knew my purpose was to become an alternative life coach who combined mind training with everything spiritual.

By my late thirties I qualified in 3 schools of yoga (Hatha, Kundalini and Tantra), was a Reiki Master (trained in Tokyo) and holistic health/beauty advisor.

At 39, I opened the most progressive wellness centre of its kind in Glyfada, Greece. It offered yoga, seminars, beauty/health treatments, yoga retreats and had its own vegetarian restaurant.

I went on to write 3 personal development books for adults covering everything from lovemaking, spiritual advancement and how to take care of health and beauty with Mother Nature leading the way.








Home – Stella Ralfini




Sylvia was here to talk about Billericay Readers, Brentwood Writers Circle, Essex Book Festival, Festival of Food and Drink, Society of Women Writers and Journalists plus her 60 SECONDS OF HISTORY.






Ellen Ann Willmott FLS VMH was an English horticulturist. She was an influential member of the Royal Horticultural Society, and a recipient of the first Victoria Medal of Honour, awarded to British horticulturists living in the UK by the society, in 1897. Willmott was said to have cultivated more than 100,000 species and cultivars of plants and sponsored expeditions to discover new species. Inherited wealth allowed Willmott to buy large gardens in France and Italy to add to the garden at her home, Warley Place in Essex. More than 60 plants have been named after her or her home, Warley Place.




Fighting for the Empire: An Irish Doctor’s Adventures Through Imperial Campaigns and Two World Wars by David Worsfold

Fighting for the Empire is the story of a remarkable Irishman, a staunch Catholic from Galway who served the British Crown and its Empire for almost fifty years. His extraordinary military career took in countless conflicts including two World Wars, Imperial adventures, acts of heroism and encounters with royalty. It also included a period of Irish history that split families and communities in two.

Joining the Indian Medical Service in 1896 Thomas Kelly was posted to the turbulent North West Frontier almost as soon as he arrived in India. He was one of the first Westerners to set foot in the mysterious mountain city of Lhasa, winning a commendation along the way for an act for bravery that was illustrated on the front page of London newspapers.

Kelly’s many adventures brought him face to face with both hardships and glamour. His duties included entertaining Swedish Explorer Sven Hedin, King George V and later the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) who he despised, describing him as a drunkard and a womaniser.

The First World War saw Kelly serving with the Indian Medical Service in Aden, Egypt and Mesopotamia (covering present-day Iraq, Syria, Iran and parts of Turkey), collecting the Distinguished Service Order as well as being commended in dispatches four times, including for his role in the aftermath of the infamous siege of Kut. The end of the First World War saw no letup as he was pitched into the brief and bloody 3rd Afghan War that raged across the notorious North West Frontier in 1919.

Bitterly disappointed at being turned down by the Royal Navy at the outbreak of the Second World War (he was now 69) Kelly became ships surgeon in the Merchant Navy taking part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Bordeaux as France fell to the German invaders. Going with the 8th Army to Egypt and serving on Atlantic convoys his service finally came to an end in late 1944 after serving on ships transporting troops for the invasion of Europe. His age (74) caught up with him and he was sent home still protesting that he was more than fit enough to remain at sea.

Containing many photographs from Kelly’s personal albums and private collections Fighting for the Empire is a fascinating book not just at an individual’s bravery and hardships but at the closing years of the British Empire.




Sylvia Kent is the writer of 13 books, history being her favourite subject, her current book BRENTWOOD IN 50 BUILDINGS is now in bookshops. She has her hugely successful blog at  She is part of the Billericay readers group, brentwood writers circle and of course The Society of woman writers and journalists. She is a supporter and promoter of many unpublished writers helping them on the path to reach their readership.




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