In 1996, Debbie took on the responsibility of director of health and education for a charitable project in central India. The position involved establishing a homeopathic hospital and outreach programme with an emphasis on mothers and their children, and polio and paralysis rehabilitation.
During her time in India, Debbie also established a charitable school following the philosophy of Universal Education. Her interest in understanding the needs of young children in assisting the development of a Universal Education curriculum, lead her to qualify as a Montessori teacher, after which she taught in the UK and India.
Debbie’s experiences in India helped to established a deep wish to understand the spiritual nature of the human being, particularly through the practice of meditation and the study of Buddhist philosophy. In order further this understanding, she has undertaken intensive solo meditation retreats in the Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Central India and the mountains of Spain, often for several months at a time.