Daverick began his working life as a farmer and gardener, passions which still inform his life today. After living for a while in a small intentional rural community he trained as an English teacher and worked for most of his twenties in the state comprehensive education system. These early experiences of relationship to land, community and education laid the ground for the development of his current work as a teacher and writer.
Training in Shiatsu during the 1980’s, Daverick worked as a practitioner for a decade or so and went on to teach, becoming a regional director of the European Shiatsu School. It was through shiatsu that he first encountered Qigong. Following a move to Devon in the early 1990′s he became a co-director of the Centre for Oriental Medicine.
Daverick met and began training with Zhixing Wang in 1991, completing his Qigong instructor programme and continuing to train to the present day. He began teaching the Huagong style in 1995. He teaches Qigong throughout southwest England.
He is the author of two books on nutritional healing (Helping Ourselves and Recipes for Self-Healing) and teaches nutrition throughout the UK and Europe.
Daverick also has a love of music and poetry, singing with Glorious Chorus choir and running Rise Up Singing Voice Camp on Dartmoor. His book of poetry (Wild Land Burning Hearts) is a passionate hymn of praise to the landscapes of his homeland, Devon, where he lives with his son.