Brighton Happy history
Brighton Happy people playing games


"There was a moment a few years ago when I became aware of the smiling, happy faces all around me and realised I had the same look on my own face. I was clear-headed, grounded and focussed, yet at the same time had this enormous sense of well-being. Of fun. In that moment I felt I could accomplish anything.

Let me backtrack a bit.

I've spent most of my adult life abroad, mainly in South America. where I did a variety of unusual jobs (you'll have to ask) and had a lot of singular experiences (I might not tell). Almost by accident I ended up in the corporate world at the end of the 90s, working in Chile, Norway and the UK - in shipping mainly. Like many of my colleagues - like you, probably - I was exploring different ways of getting a good balance between life and work; if I'm honest, I was also trying to find ways to make myself happier. That's how I ended up playing games with a bunch of strangers at the Findhorn Foundation in northern Scotland on that bright winter's day.

The experience changed me. It left me feeling charged and positive, and I wanted very much to see if these remarkable games could change others too. That's why I set up Brighton Happy.

Maybe it's the Cornishman in me - we've always been an independent, free-thinking lot - or maybe it's living in Brighton, one of the most open-minded, tolerant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, but I've seen the transformational power of these games first hand.

Now it's your turn."

Simon Sumner
Founder, Brighton Happy