Kat was born in Manchester, England and grew up in the small
rural enclave of Parbold Hill, in the industrial area of southwest Lancashire.
She left home at 18, and studied social science at
Birmingham University, followed by a post-graduate certificate in education at
York University. After a few years of teaching social science at Kidbrooke
girls comprehensive school in southeast London, she went on a 9 month journey
through Africa, which changed her horizons. She worked for several years in a
wholefood shop in St. Nicholas market, Bristol. In 1974 she moved to London to
study oriental philosophy, healing and cookery at the Community Health
Foundation in Old Street, and trained as a macrobiotic chef at the Sunwheel
Restaurant in Camden Lock.
She first came to live and work in Switzerland in 1981, as
chef at the Restaurant Sesam in Monbijoustrasse, Bern. She was a founding
member of the Kientalerhof study centre in 1985, working and teaching cookery
and shiatsu there until 2000. During this time she co-authored a book "Yin,
Yang and the art of natural cookery" with Marlise Binetti.
Kat fell in love with 5 Rhythms dancing at a friend's
birthday party in 1995, and took her first classes with Victoria Cresswell in
Bern. She met Susannah and Ya'Acov in their ongoing group "Ritual" at Orval in
Belgium in 1999. Since 2000 she has been organizing workshops for them in
Kat lives in Spiez in the Bernese Oberland, with her husband Mario, a cook from Como, Italy. Their 27 year old daughter Francesca lives and studies in Bern. She
has a practice of shiatsu and cranio-sacral therapy in Spiez, and teaches private English lessons. In summer 2018 Kat will move to Italy with her husband. She will return regularly to Switzerland with her programme of Dance Ritual Days.
Kat is now an authorised Movement Medicine Teacher, and teaching her own classes – see page Kat's classes.
See photos of altars by Vicki Cooper, from Kat’s Ritual Dance Days in Thun.