Dru International retreat centre, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Nant Ffrancon Valley, Wales




Healthy Back Healthy Mind

Meet the team

Dr Ned Hartfiel


Ned is the director of Healthy Back Programme and a research officer at Bangor University. Ned has published several scientific research papers on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Dru Yoga for reducing stress and back pain.


Kate Carter 

Kate is a senior nurse practitioner at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She is also a yoga therapist and yoga teacher trainer at the Dru International Training Centre in North Wales.



May Ritchie May is an instructor of yoga therapy at the Dru International Training Centre in North Wales. May's own story is next to miraculous, having used yoga, meditation, and visualisation to bring her from being wheelchair-bound, to an exceptional yoga therapist specialising in restorative yoga for pain relief.  


 Dr Peter Oliver

Peter is an independent consultant occupational health physician and adviser to large public and private sector organisations. As a qualified Dru Yoga instructor, Peter advises patients in the workplace to use yoga-based techniques to improve physical and psychological health conditions.

Rebecca Langford 

Rebecca is a trained osteopath and qualified Dru Yoga instructor. She is the director of Soothe Clinic and has worked extensively with premier league footballers, providing an effective holistic approach to preventing and treating back pain. 

Ruth Boaler Ruth is a senior Dru Yoga teacher trainer and NHS Physiotherapist in the West Midlands. As a physiotherapist and yoga therapist, Ruth has helped hundreds of people to regain the freedom to move and to learn how to care for their body. 

Dr Jane Fitzgerald A NHS doctor for more than 30 years, Jane is also a Dru Yoga therapist and teacher trainer. She runs classes for doctors, helping them to manage stress, improve their health, and understand the value of yoga in improving overall wellbeing.


Frani Wilde Frani Wilde avatarA qualified physiotherapist and Dru Yoga teacher trainer in Australia, Frani has helped thousands of people regain spinal strength and mobility, enabling full natural movement.  She has extensive knowledge of body mechanics and a practical and highly effective approach to preventing and treating back pain.