Biography of Judith Lowe
Judith Lowe is one of the most experienced, committed, effective and engaging teachers in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Judith has worked for many years with clients from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, in the public and private sectors, both in-house and on public programmes, at every level of NLP, providing innovative, in-depth, skills-based NLP training and coaching. She is known for her warmth, wit and wide reading, as well as her overall dedication to giving her students and clients the very best of advanced, systemic NLP. She is on the board of Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming (ANLP), a founder member of the Professional Guild of NLP (PGNLP) and a founder member of the UK NLP Leadership Project.
Judith is an enthusiastic and committed Alexander Technique student and for nearly 30 years has had ongoing, regular lessons. The technique is a profound mind-body practice of self-awareness, guided by a professional teacher’s touch and example. It trains the gradual prevention and undoing of habitual responses. It allows you to move, breathe and speak with optimum mechanical efficiency and to be more poised and graceful. It is a lifetime journey of confronting reactive patterns in the psycho-physical system and learning to be more centred, aligned, relaxed and open to experience.
From 1991-1992 Judith studied with the Open University (OU) on a Brain and Behaviour degree module – this included a summer school at York University where she previously completed her English Literature undergraduate degree. On this programme, she even trained a ‘Skinner Rat’. Judith continues to read widely in neuroscience, and applied psychology and is fascinated and pleased to see so many of the tools and approaches of NLP now being confirmed and elaborated by mainstream science.
One of Judith’s early loves was literature – novels, plays, poetry. For all kinds of random personal historical and social reasons she read all of Shakespeare’s plays by age 15 and memorised The Waste Land by TS Eliot. Judith appeared in in eight student productions of Shakespeare and four of Becket, including the notorious monologue ‘Not I’. She was active in the professional theatre for seven years focussing on children and community theatre - including work with Nottingham Playhouse and The Unicorn Theatre – mainly acting with some writing and directing.
Judith came across the early NLP books – Frogs into Princes, Structure of Magic, Reframing etc - while working in the 1980s at Battersea Arts Centre, teaching women’s self-defence classes. She was actively involved in the women’s self-defence movement, and was one of the key pioneers at the Inner London Education Authority, in new approaches to building women’s confidence and well-being. Judith was also the studio expert for the BBC series ‘Streetwise’.
Reading the early NLP books gave Judith a language and useful models to describe and solidify the practical frameworks she was using in personal safety and confidence training – particularly the outcome-orientated communication models and tools: reframing and anchoring.
Judith did her own NLP Practitioner Training in 1988-1989 with the UKTC and her Master Practitioner 1989-1990 with PACE – the original NLP Training Institute in London that later became PPD Learning. Her early teachers included David Gordon, Gene Early, Robert Dilts, John Grinder, David Gaster and Charlotte Bretto. She began training on NLP courses in 1990 and received an NLP Trainers Certificate from John Grinder in 1993-1993-1994.
Judith is committed to positive social change for equality, justice, peace and global wellbeing. She is interested in politics and current affairs and how people can contribute to make a difference in the world. Her views are also influenced by Buddhist and Taoist approaches to transition, wisdom and change in which meditation, mindfulness, compassion, the beauty of the natural world, and human relationships and community are some of the keys to ecological action.
Judith’s innovative and successful ‘Passion in Action’ project, developed and trained collaboratively with Judy DeLozier – one of the influential, core developers in the NLP field – was a way of creating a ‘home’ for people to turn their dreams for change into plans for action. It ran successfully for many years and supported community leadership and some amazing projects.