Mihi

Māori Greeting

Kia ora - "be well and healthy".

Or, as we say where I’m from - ey up!

Born near Kinder Scout on the River Irk in Manchester, England, my ancestors are Celtic, from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

I live with my family in Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui, the top of New Zealand's South Island.


My name is Gareth Edwards, a.k.a. Ganapati and The Laughter Guy.

Or simply 'G'.

Gareth Edwards

Mihi

Maori Greeting

Kia ora - "be well and healthy".

Or, as we say where I’m from - ey up!

Born near Kinder Scout on the River Irk in Manchester (UK) my ancestors are Celtic, from Scotland, Wales and Ireland. I live with my family near Takaka Hill by Takaka River in Golden Bay (NZ).


My name is Gareth Edwards, a.k.a. Ganapati and The Laughter Guy.

Or simply 'G'.

My Story (So Far)

I am intrigued by what makes us tick.

For over 25 years I've been exploring scientific and spiritual understandings of what makes us human. Especially what makes us happy. Those things that help us feel joy and a sense of fulfilment.

My purpose is to pass on what I learn in ways that are uplifting and useful.

In my youth I experimented with religion and psychedelic drugs. Sometimes at the same time. I was looking for connection - to others, to myself and to something else beyond that.

I was also drawn to study, completely a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Applied Artificial Intelligence, before starting a PhD.

My 'tick' went 'tock'.

I experienced extreme lows and highs. Despairing depression and suicidality then soaring mania and psychosis. I ended up homeless and forced into hospital with a type-1 bipolar diagnosis.

That's manic depression if you're over 40.

I rebuilt my life.

Music and writing became part of my healing. I began working to improve the system I had been through research and design of alternatives like digital health, peer support and human rights.

I was doing fine until I hit another wall, with chronic adrenal fatigue and panic attacks.

I reframed my life.

Yoga, meditation and spiritual growth became the focus. I studied in ashrams in India and left the city to start a permaculture farm. And I began sharing my music and writing to offer help and healing.

I live my life.

I have created ways to embrace the tick and tock of life and share this to encourage and inspire others.