IlluminEssence is run by Margaret Sherwood, B.Sc Hons (Geology). She is a geologist, environmental scientist, landscape designer and lover of birds, especially her African Grey parrots.

Her interest in spiritual and metaphysical matters began at the ripe age of 3 years old and was fostered by her parents and close family friends. Her family owned the first spiritual/alternative book store in South Africa and it was in this environment that Margaret accumulated her vast knowledge and experience.

Her special interests include channelling, connecting with elemental energies of the earth, vibrational healing methods (reiki, flower essences, gem elixirs etc), feng shui and hypnotherapy. Margaret is also a hypnotherapist and certified Past Life Regression practitioner. She has been a guest speaker for various metaphysical groups, interviewed on SABC television and was a psychic reader for Opera Telecom.

She gives training courses in Usui Reiki, Karuna Ki Reiki, Crystal Reiki, channelling, flower & gem essences and feng shui. Reiki training retreats in Vietnam and Bali are in the pipeline for late 2021/2022

She currently lives with her partner and an assortment of feathered and furry friends in the beautiful, tranquil indigenous forest in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, Knysna, South Africa.