Photograph by Lysa Öster

We, Gary and Annica, who run Shine Bright Now, have been on an exploratory inner and outer journey for a combined 60 years or so, and have wide, varied, and deep life experience. We also have many years of skills and experience helping others to heal and grow - Annica having run natural health clinic, Vibera and Gary as an experienced manager in the world of business and life coach.

Photograph by Bryan Loke

My name is Gary Niemen. I am a life coach, intuitive, writer, sorter, organiser, and problem solver. I am passionate about life, the power of love, and using everything I have learnt on my life's journey to help others. When I was 23 years old,  I had a deep mediation experience while on a Buddhist retreat in Thailand. This experience had a profound effect on my life - leading to the awakening of my internal chi energy (kundalini), the realisation when I was 42 that there is another way and that way is Love, and then several years after that finally meeting my twin soul, Annica. I have explored and practiced Psychology, Buddhism,
Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, Advaita Vedanta, Byron Katie's The Work, Jerry Jampolsky's Attitudinal Healing, Sacred Sexuality, and Optimum Health. From a worldly perspective, I grew up in London, England, have a Computing Science education, and have worked for many years in the software industry as a technical writer, leader, and manager. I am also a Heart & Soul ambassador at my current company, Spotify. Before meeting Annica, I was married for 21 years and have one son from this relationship.

Photograph by Lysa Öster

Jag heter Annica Medici. Jag har hållit på med örter o kost för hälsa så länge jag kan minnas. Jag är intuitiv, bra på att lyssna och ta hand om andra. Min passion är att hjälpa andra att komma i kontakt med sitt djupare själv för att finna frihet o kreativitet. Min stora fascination är örtmedicin och jag älskar att dela med mig av min kunskap hur man kan hela kroppen. När jag var 16 började jag läsa min fars andliga böcker, han var min första lärare och lärde mig att livet är magiskt. Därifrån gick jag vidare att studera, utforska och utöva, Kosthållning o Örter, Lagen om Attraktion med Abraham-Hicks, Yoga, Meditation och Helig Sexualitet. Sedan vidare med Advaita Vedanta och Byron Katie’s The Work. Med allt detta lärde jag mig till slut att älska mig själv och det öppnade mig för att kunna möta min tvillingsjäl Gary. Från ett värdsligt perspektiv, så har jag växt upp och bott i Sverige, Italien, Asien och Afrika. Jag har varit ensamstående mamma och har nu tre vuxna barn. Jag har drivit eget inom textil, varit med och organiserat event och drivit min egen hälsoklinik.
In English: My name is Annica Medici. I am a natural health practitioner, intuitive, listener, and carer. I am passionate about helping others get in touch with their deeper self to find freedom and creativity. I am fascinated by natural medicine and love to share my knowledge of how to heal the body. When I was 16 years old I started to read my father's spiritual books, he was my first teacher and taught me that life is magical. From there, I went on to study, explore, and practice Nutrition, The Law of Attraction through Abraham-Hicks, Yoga, Meditation, and Sacred Sexuality. And then on to Advaita Vedanta and Byron Katie's The Work. With these teachings, I finally learnt to love myself. And this made me open to meet my twin soul Gary. From a worldly perspective, I grew up and lived in Sweden, Italy, Asia, and Africa. Apart from being a single mother bringing up three (now grown-up) children, I have worked in many and varied fields including events organising, co-running my own textile business, and running my own natural health clinic.