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News of the passing of Arnold Desser, Scientific & Medical Advisor to the Janki Foundation

News of the passing of Arnold Desser, Scientific & Medical Advisor to the Janki Foundation

Our dear friend Arnold passed peacefully on October 23rd. He was surrounded by the love of close family and friends. His funeral took place on 3rd November at West London Crematorium.


Arnold was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1945. He studied English Literature and had several careers including film and photography and providing voice overs for film and radio. He practised traditional Chinese medicine in the NHS and trained acupuncture students. Before he retired, he was a senior lecturer at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster and facilitated hospital doctors and primary care physicians in London in developing their consultation, teaching and clinical supervision skills. He has published on traditional Chinese medicine, primary health care and the history of film.


Arnold contributed huge time, attention, enthusiasm and commitment to the Janki Foundation, along with his wife Sarah Eagger, Chair of the Foundation.


He was a member of the core team that produced the training programme for healthcare workers, Values in Healthcare: A Spiritual Approach (2004). As part of the Janki Foundation team, he facilitated trainings all over the world.


Arnold served on the Janki Foundation Steering Group, and he was the trusted editor on many written materials for the Janki Foundation, as well as being one of the Foundation's scientific and medical advisors. Until very recently he was part of a team running regular meditation sessions - initially in person and later online - for staff and patients in two major London hospitals - something that really spoke to his heart. Arnold will be sorely missed. As we continue the work of the Janki Foundation we carry with us his humour, love, curiosity, compassion and friendship.


If anyone would like to make a contribution, then it was Arnold’s wish for them to do so by supporting the work of the Janki Foundation. To contribute please click here.


  1. Maha Hassan on March 13, 2024 at 2:02 pm

    So sorry to hear this news, he was a great man very kind and caring as well as an excellent acupuncturist. May he rest in peace.

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