A high flier who helped to launch Virgin Atlantic in South Africa has written a book about her spiritual journey.
Caroline Ravenall, who grew up in Langford, worked closely with Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson for almost a decade.
The 47-year-old was instrumental in launching the airline’s South African arm.
She previously worked for Virgin in the UK, introducing Sir Richard to corporate clients and organising corporate hospitality and events.
But after nine successful but demanding years in the two roles everything caught up with Caroline and she suffered a major burn-out.
She said: “I had achieved everything I had wanted to in life and I was living a good life in South Africa, with a nice house, car and so on.
“But the job was stressful and I was worrying a lot. I reached a point where I realised things needed to change.”
Former Stratton Upper School student Caroline started up her own consultancy business, with the aim of helping other professionals who may have found themselves in a similar situation.
She added: “In the UK especially people tend to be very driven when it comes to achieving career success, buying a house and achieving these ambitions.
“But people don’t tend to look at the more spiritual side of their lives, or ask where they are going and what the bigger picture is.”
Caroline addressed this through her consultancy, working with a number of large firms in South Africa and beyond.
The former travel agent then decided that she wanted to write a book – Stop Worrying and Start Living – about her experiences.
She said: “I was based in New Zealand for a while and I decided that I would write the book while I was there.
“The time and space I had there meant I could consider the more mythical side of what I was doing.
“A lot of people are interested in Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings, and I think there are aspects and lessons from those books and films that can be applied to people’s lives and their careers.”
Caroline is now looking forward to holding a workshop about the book and its message in her home village.
She added: “It will give me an opportunity to talk to people in the area where I grew up about the importance of not neglecting your spiritual side.
“I really wanted to hold an event in the area where I grew up.”
The event will take place at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Langford, on Thursday from 7pm. Tickets are £10.
For more information about Caroline and her book and work see www.spiritualworrier.com