Thrivecraft ™ inspirational training, mentoring and business alchemy for coaches and meditation teachers


Maggie-Kay Starr (now Kay Starr) is an inspirational coach and trainer,

business psychologist, author and presenter.

She founded Thrivecraft in 2003, The Thrivecraft Academy in 2013

and Kay Starr TV in 2022.

Maggie-Kay graduated with a BA (hons) degree in psychology in her native Scotland, then moved to London to train in her initial vocation as an ordained Buddhist minister having discovered the power of meditation age 19.

For the next 18 years (10 in semi-monastic communities and the rest with a young family), she put meditation and ethical principles into practice within Buddhist  ‘right livelihood’ and other businesses as well as leading retreats and classes and mentoring others once ordained.

Maggie-Kay’s business experience includes raising substantial funds and acquiring and renovating properties for a housing co-op during seven years as development manager and turning around a floundering ethical gift shop to create a healthy profit within a year.

More recently, she led the campaign to save her village shop by establishing a thriving community enterprise and helped start an eco self build affordable community housing project. And is now involved helping start a new community enterprise on a Scottish island.

In 2001, having amicably separated from her son’s dad,  Maggie-Kay followed her intuition and moved the family from London to Devon where she soon met her soul mate, Paddy.

The resulting ‘renaissance’ inspired Maggie-Kay to resign her ordination (and some years later, to let go of her Buddhist name, Srimati) to embrace a more universal spirituality and all-inclusive way of helping others.

As her new vocational expression, Maggie-Kay trained and qualified as a life coach and founded Thrivecraft (initially with Paddy, though he now takes a back seat) providing life, business and spiritual coaching to a growing clientelle of mostly well-being, creative and social entrepreneurs.

Maggie-Kay’s first book – Diving for Pearls: A Wise Woman’s Guide to Finding Love (O Books) – published in 2017, tells her inspiring spiritual adventure and true love story, as well as sharing tips and teachings on meditation, intuition and relationships.

After six further years living amidst river countryside in Paddy’s beloved home county of Cornwall (Maggie-Kay’s son, Jamie, remaining in nearby Devon), the couple settled on the Isle of Cumbrae, west Scotland in 2021 – a powerful and delightful homecoming for Maggie-Kay after 36 years in London, Devon and Cornwall.

Once back in Scotland, she reverted to being known as Kay, since her Scottish family had always called her that.

Sadly, Paddy passed away in February 2022 after a long illness.  Kay had dedicated herself to caring for him full time for his last four years, pausing Maggie Kay Wisdom and Thrivecraft to do so.

Being so well supported by friends, family and new island community, Kay is recovering from Paddy’s illness and passing and began formulating her new vocational offering in the autumn of 2022.

On 11.11.22, Kay’s new brand, Kay Starr TV was born.

Kay is launching a televised talk show at the island’s Radio Millport media studio and developing a brand new TV and media hub based there, as well as creating a new Kay Starr TV podcast.

She’ll be interviewing, mentoring and presenting stories of innovation and success – charting the development of amazing projects, businesses and social enterprises on the island and further afield.  And delving into the fascinating personal stories behind them.

Thrivecraft is a registered trade mark.  And a recognised modality and approved training provider with the International Institute of Complimentary Therapists (IICT).

12 responses

  1. parami

    sounds like you are thriving, very interesting to hear that you are involved in sustainable living. quite a few folk in the wbo are involved in transition town movements — in glasgow and lancaster as well as other places. for the moment my lifestyle is nomadic so i just keep my interest through reading etc but do plan to move back to glasgow at some point and will def get more involved there.

    go well, hen


    August 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm

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  3. I too am so happy about being able to virtually touch people deeply. Thank you for reading my blog!

    October 11, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    • Likewise! Nice to ‘meet’ you Eloise.

      October 11, 2009 at 10:21 pm

  4. Hi Srimati

    Sunada pointed me at your blog as I’ve been talking with a few people about setting up a Buddhist Coaches network.

    Fancy a chat some time?

    best wishes

    October 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm

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  6. Hello Srimati, Rachel tweeted about your course today. I would love to attend a future course with you and find out more about what you do, especially as my family and I are moving to the South West to live. I don’t think I could move further away from my real home which is in the North East of Scotland!! But I am well travelled and am looking forward to living in a beautiful part of the UK.

    Warmest Wishes


    March 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    • Hiya Mandy. Thanks for your interest in the Entrepreneurs Find Inner Wisdom course – it was fab! I will let you know where and when the next one’s will be running (probably London, Glasgow, Manchester and Cornwall). When do you arrive in the South West? And where exactly? It certainly is beautiful here. I do sometimes run local classes and events too, so maybe we might meet around here. Best Wishes, Srimati.

      March 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

  7. Congratulations on this next phase of your journey Srimati! I wish you every blessing & some big Scottish hugs!
    Much love,
    Kimberley x

    April 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    • Thank you Kimberley. Big Scottish hug received with thanks!! Srimati x

      April 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

  8. I am one of Rachel’s online business mentees and listened at leisure to your interviews – it’s great that the feminine side to business is now getting a real look in. Hope to meet you in person, when you come to London.

    Warmest regards

    August 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    • Hi Tracey – thanks for saying hello. So glad that you enjoyed the videos and appreciate the power of feminine wisdom in business too. I look forward to meeting you in person before too long.
      Best wishes, Srimati

      August 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

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