Dr. Melanie Santorini has experienced mystical visions since childhood. Educated at the University of Oxford, she taught English, American and Canadian literature before leaving academia behind to follow a religious calling. A pioneer and advocate of radical change in the church, Melanie was the first vicar in England to require maternity leave, and made newspaper headlines as the first vicar to give birth in a Vicarage. Ten years later, a violent assault led to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the Reverend Doctor Melanie left her life in the church to seek recovery in rural Wales. Mother of four, step-mother to four, and recently a grandmother, Melanie now lives in the Highlands of Scotland with her husband, Peter. She devotes her time to writing, welcoming guests to Sadhana Bothy Retreat, and growing her online business, the Majesteria Academy for Midlife Women.