Workshops, Talks & Course schedule

A return of the
GONG BATH with hot cacao..

Close your eyes, open your ears, as we dive into a journey of sound and the senses!

Inducing states of deep physical relaxation, meditation and general well-being.
Giving you the space for your cells to dance to the rhythms of the GONG

6th of Septermber       8 – 9.30pm

WHAT IS A GONG BATH?

A gong bath is an ancient form of sound healing that has recently become very popular in our busy modern world.
This rise in popularity is because the vibrations of the gong are able to relax both your body and mind.
You could call it a sound massage which is able to calm the nervous system and still the thoughts.

So it’s the perfect antidote to our busy lives, it will make you feel effortlessly relaxed, it can improve your sleep and can even help you release blocked emotions within the body.

Overall it is a deeply healing and rejuvenating experience and you will carry the post gong glow with you for days afterwards!

The event will be hosted by Ben Saxon who is an experienced Sound Healer and has been gonging for over 5 years and runs a number of very well established and popular events throughout Essex.

In addition to the gong he uses number of sound healing tools such as crystal bowls, rattles and chimes to add texture to the soundscapes and colour to your journey. Whilst the burning of incense, sage and paulo santo wood help to sooth the senses and aid the letting go process.
So treat yourself to some healing today!
Testimonials:
• “A beautiful space and amazing experience, can’t wait for the next one.” Nicola
• “I slept the whole night through afterwards.” Jon

And the beauty of the event is it really is open to all levels, it will begin with some very gentle seated yoga to loosen the joints before relaxation, then a short guided meditation, followed by laying down and relaxing as the sound of the gong washes over you.
You should wear loose comfortable clothing and you can bring a thin pillow and blanket, also bring a bottle of water as the gong has detoxing effect and its good to stay hydrated.

An interesting blog to read more on Gong Bath…https://www.myorganiclife.info/gong-bath/

 

Finding Yourself

They tell you to “be yourself”, but that begs the questions, “who are you?”

We’ll be exploring this very question and delving into a different understand of who we are.

Vicky Kelly 

Wednesday 8th August

3  – 4.30pm

Who are you? 

  • A collection of thoughts and ideas?
  • A history dragged with you to the present moment?
  • An expectation that you are still trying to live up to?
  • A memory of who you used to be?OR something else…?!
    Come and explore, in an informal setting, a rather different understanding of who we are.  Vicky Kelly will be leading the session, helping us to explore and understand who we are, by dispelling the myths of who we are not.  This session is will be a look at our spiritual nature, but with a really down to earth flavour to it.If you are curious to develop your spiritual understanding, or are at a point in your life where your idea of who you are has been rocked or is up for grabs, then come and join us!

Craniosacral Therapy Workshopuld you like to have an insight on the bases of this technique?
Have you wanted to know more about Craniosacral Therapy?

Would you like to have an insight on the bases of this technique?

Introducing this wonderful workshop to give you the basic tools of this extraordinary therapy to support family and friends or as a door way to start training

Fiona Gilbraith
29th October & 30th of October 9 – 4pmCranioSacral therapy is an incredible, gentle, hands-on therapy which helps to facilitate the release of restrictions and tensions deep in the body.
Helping to improve the overall health and performance of your body while relieving pain and associated dysfunction.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to join a workshop that is designed for anyone who would like a hands-on experience of the basics of this extraordinary and far-reaching therapy.

This workshop will provide you with a starter kit of simple but very useful techniques for home use in many routine health situations. For the healthcare practitioner or student who may be contemplating professional training, this workshop is an ideal taster and confidence builder!

Come and join us for these two fascinating days. Enjoy what could be a personal turning point for you!

Introducing this wonderful workshop to give you the basic tools of this extraordinary therapy to Healing Evenings

September 20th 

7.30-9.30pm

£20

Guided Visualisation Sound Therapy

“A unique evening for deeper connection with yourself, others, and a place for deep relaxation and
nurture”

Evenings led by Psychotherapist Hanna Ehlers-Bond M.A. a two hour journey which starts with
getting your neural pathways firing, during exciting connections with your intuitive side and others in
the group, then as we transcend deeper, you will end up in a place of complete receptivity in the last
section of sound immersion. We begin with a guided visualisation journey, which is relevant for the
group, and then we end with an intensive sound healing experience. An array of tools are used such
as:
Seven chakra crystal singing bowls
Hand-held Heart Chakra rainbow bowl
Nine Solfeggio attuned pipes
32inch Wind Gong

Sometimes Jungian type practices, and energy work are utilised. The session works largely around the
group that forms, which welcomes your wholeness and acceptance of all parts of you.
Please bring a yoga mat and anything that makes you feel comfy.

Transformational Breathing

Celia Leslie

June 21st & 5th of July 7 – 9.30pm

£35

Celia will give you all the information including where it comes from?, how to do it? and what to expect to feel confident to go into your Transformational breathing session.

Simple, easy, breath technique .

Working on 3 levels of the being physical ,mental emotional ,and spiritual which Celia will talk about giving you the understanding of these layers.

Please bring with you a pillow,a blanket and a bottle of water . Also it’s advisable not to eat a big meal for up to two hours before.

THE PATH TO LOVE

 

We are so excited and thrilled to be able to introduce Katinka Soetens, an internationally renowned teacher, group leader and practitioner. Katinka’s distinguished career has spanned over 20 years offering workshops and seminars all over the globe. Her wisdom, compassion and extraordinary insight into the intricacies of human behaviour and relationships, has earned her acclaim worldwide.

Space is limited so booking is essential        July 14/15th 2018

Mixed group workshop, for men and women, couples and singles.

The Path to love,

Inner Masculine / Inner Feminine workshop:

‘Ending conflict and enhancing conscious relating ‘

This workshop offers a beautiful gentle space of breath and movement to experience the energy of masculine and feminine within you.

We will work with emotional releasing, movement meditation, practicing presence, speaking your truth and being the Radiant illumination of authentic Love in the world, as well as Gestalt practices and deeply honouring ceremony of forgiveness that celebrates the dance of the Beloved, the healthy feminine and masculine within us.

Together we will explore what it is to drop our story, our shield or knife, and follow the invitation let go of resentment, of the victim-role, of disowned desire and drop into clear responsibility and a deeper owning of emotions, as well as forgiveness.

This workshop will enable the opening to the dance of surrender and presence within you, so that it may manifest in all aspects of your life, especially your love relationships.

We will explore the opening of the heart and track into the archetypical energy and expression of empowerment of your inner masculine and feminine. Together we’ll co-create a sweet space to manifest the Healthy Village dynamic between men and women, which creates ease and supports us in our ability to manifest the life we desire.

Investment £150.00 early bird. £170.00 after 1st June

Deposit £50 to reserve your place. Full payment due 1st July

 

Pregnancy Pilates

6 consecutive week course

£45  or £9 per drop-in session Monday 7.30pm

A Pregnancy Pilates class focusing on preparing the body for the journey ahead; pregnancy, labour and motherhood.

The classes incorporate conditioning of the pelvic floor and core muscles, mobility work to ease aches and pains, stretching and strengthening of muscles to assist posture and breathing tech niques.

An ideal all round class for those wishing to give themselves time to relax while proactively nurturing their body.

What is Pregnancy Pilates?

Pregnancy Pilates is a low impact workout specifically tailored for pregnant women and is taught by a Pre & Postnatal Specialist. It focuses on exercise that is safe during pregnancy and the exercises are modified for each individual to suit them at whatever stage in pregnancy they are at.

It involves a series of controlled movements in various positions on an exercise mat. Small equipment can also be used (such as exercise balls, light resistance bands etc.) to assist with the exercises, however, this is optional.

All exercises are demonstrated and modified to suit each level. The instructor helps to ensure that the exercises are carried out safely and effectively.

Exercises are focused on the back, pelvic floor and abdominals.

What stage of pregnancy is Pregnancy Pilates suitable for?

Pregnancy Pilates is suitable throughout all of the trimesters. It’s even suitable for those who have never tried Pilates before or are new to exercise.

What are the benefits of Pilates when pregnant?

It targets specific muscles to help during pregnancy and the postnatal period:

Strengthens the pelvic floor and abdominals which is ideal for pregnancy as both of these areas are under pressure due to the growing baby. Stronger pelvic floor and abdominals also help during labour.
Exercises are in different positions, some of which are ideal labour positions. This helps to get the body comfortable and strong in these positions.
Helps to alleviate pregnancy symptoms such as back ache (common in pregnancy due to change in posture), pelvic girdle pain etc. by stabilising the back and pelvis.
Improves mobility without putting strain on the joints.
Focuses on breathing techniques which can help aid relaxation and also assist during labour.
Increases body awareness and balance.
Gives tools to use at home to help with some of the everyday aches and pains.
Aids relaxation and also sleep.
Boosts energy levels, helping to enjoy pregnancy.
Great for mental well-being and confidence in the changing body.

Mixed Ability Pilates

6 consecutive week course

£45  or £9 per drop-in session Monday 8.30pm

A mixed ability Pilates class suitable for all. Classes consist of controlled resistance exercises using body weight and some small equipment.

Excellent for strengthening the core, toning, easing aches and pains, improving posture and balance, increasing flexibility and mobility.

 

“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body” – Joseph Pilates.

“It has been a while since I attended a Pilates class (over 10 years). So I was a little worried how I would get on..However, Kelly is just lovely. – so patient and calm and I’ve absolutely loved the classes.  I’ve really noticed a gradual improvement over the weeks”

“I would thoroughly recommend Kelly and Happy Core Pilates!”

 

“Kelly is lovely! She’s very calm and creates a really lovely positive atmosphere. I’d never done pilates before, but really enjoy our classes and can definitely feel the benefit after having my first child 5 months ago”

CLAY WORKSHOP!

All the people we are. An exploration of the roles we play.

TIME TO PLAY

Adults workshops

19th of April

7 – 8.30

Investment £15 ( discount for multiple bookings)

Explore your inner world in a supportive confidential space. Enhance your ways of relating to others through shared activity.

Clay can help aid emotional regulation and benefits various aspects of mental health in adults including depression, anxiety and stress by way of multi-sensory processing.

It allows us to look at, touch, play with and examine our felt experience allowing for deeper insight and understanding of our needs. Creating a representation of our feelings promotes reintegration of parts and encourages a sense of self-cohesion and clarification.
Although it doesn’t depend on you having any specific skill other than connection with self, with clay, the “artist” has complete control over what is produced as it bends, folds, and stretches to your will. As it breaks it also gives the opportunity to experiment with the idea of rupture and repair.

So join us in this, our first session, on exploring self image and identity through clay.

10th May

7 – 8.30pm

Feel it, paint it. Exploring feelings with paint.

14th June

7 – 8.30

Change. A rehearsal of the possible. What’s the fear?

5th July

  7 – 8.30

Gifts. This is what I have to give. Exploring self care, the gift we can give ourselves and creating an offering to those we love.

Upcoming Creative Therapy Sessions

PLAY MATTERS

7-11 Ages

All workshops £15 per person. 2 or more £12

19th April

4.15 – 5.15pm

Portraits of Self, what makes you you.

Creative therapeutic emphasis: sense of self, self esteem, confidence and identity.

We all struggle with notions of self sometimes. We try and fit in with this group, or that. We go along with things so as not to rock the boat or draw attention to ourselves. If we do that too often we can lose sight of who we really are.

In the worst case scenario we can lose our ability to speak out becoming ashamed even developing a sense of self hatred. We can become trapped in this pretending but afraid that no one will like us if we dare to change. We can not only lose sight of who we are, but of what we want and what we value.

This workshop provides an opportunity to celebrate ourselves, our abilities, our likes and dislikes, and qualities and strengths.

Particularly beneficial for children who have suffered a knock to their confidence through bullying, those experiencing family breakdown or for any child facing a new start.

26th April

4.15 – 5.15pm

Feelings, what do they look like? Developing emotional literacy  through drawing.

3rd May

4.15 – 5.15pm

Mask work. How are you seen? How do you want to be seen? Looking at the face we show the world versus what we feel.

 

10th May

4.15 – 5.15pm

Mini Masterpieces. Experiments with paint. Exploring relationships through colour, shape and pattern.

17th May

4.15 – 5.15pm

Drama. Show me what it feels like. Embodying feelings.

 

24th May

4.15 – 5.15pm

Music. Yours, mine, ours creating harmony through being heard, accepted and responded to.

 

31st May Half Term

4.15 – 5.15pm

Show me your story. Life story work and future adventures.

7th June

4.15 – 5.15pm

Family. Our place within. What make us, us. The roles we play. Separate and group identity.

 

10th June

4.15 – 5.15pm

 Anger – what’s it look like – monster or friend? And what’s it really trying to say?

 

14th June

4.15 – 5.15pm

What if? Experiments in fantasy and imagination. Hopes wishes and dreams. Keep or ditch.

 

21st June

4.15 – 5.15pm

Safe Space. What if you made the rules? Exploring needs, wants and values.

28th June

4.15 – 5.15pm

Building and Construction. Problem solving, observation, teamwork and patience.

 

5th July

 4.15 – 5.15pm

Saying goodbye to the school year. Looking back, going forward. Hopes, fears and changes.

 

Shared play is a particularly powerful healing factor during stressful times and can be as good for us as it is for the child. Playing, laughing and having fun with your child is one of the best ways to recharge theirs (and your) emotional batteries. It also helps promote a healthy parent-teacher bond which is vital for children’s emotional well-being and mental health.

MENOPAUSE

A workshop for you

26th April

7 – 9pm

 

Menopause and Peri Menopause can be a challenging time, and Homeopathy with Lorraine Whitby, can support you and your symptoms.

Homeopathy seeks to match a remedy with the totality
of your symptoms – your ‘picture’.

 

 
   

Sepia is one of the top female support remedies. Do you relate to the remedy picture of Sepia?

  • Short fuse, irritable, over reactive, angry!!
  • Feel very aggravated by having to do chores, especially laundry, very resentful about the
  • family’s demands on you…..
  • Very indifferent to husband! No libido
  • Then comes huge guilt from being indifferent and angry/irritable
  • And then to finish you off there is resentment from feeling the guilt

A Menopausal Vicious Circle!

If you relate then come along to the Menopause Talk at Therapy Life..

Menopause is a major transition in a woman’s life in which both your body and soul undergo a major transformation.  Menopause is an opportunity to truly come home to yourself and to experience a deep feeling of inner self and meaning.

Lorraine will talk through Holistic therapies and lifestyle changes that can support women through this phase and allow balance, health and energy to return.

Inner Masculine / Inner Feminine workshop

‘Ending conflict and enhancing conscious relating ‘

Mixed group workshop, for men and women, couples and singles.

July 14th/15th 2018

 

With Katinka Soetens

This workshop offers a beautiful gentle space of breath and movement to experience the energy of masculine and feminine within you.

We will work with emotional releasing, movement meditation, practising presence, speaking your truth and being the Radiant illumination of authentic Love in the world, as well as Gestalt practices and deeply honouring ceremony of forgiveness that celebrates the dance of the Beloved, the healthy feminine and masculine within us.

Together we will explore what is to drop our story, our shield or knife, and follow the invitation let go of resentment, of the victim-role, of disowned desire and drop into clear responsibility and a deeper owning of emotions, as well as forgiveness.

This workshop will enable the opening to the dance of surrender and presence within you, so that it may manifest in all aspects of your life, especially your love relationships.

We will explore the opening of the heart and track into the archetypical energy and expression of empowerment of your inner masculine and feminine. Together we’ll co-create a sweet space to manifest the Healthy Village dynamic between men and women, which creates ease and supports us in our ability to manifest the life we desire.

Investment £150.00 early bird. £170.00 after 1st June.

Create Inner balance and harmony to access your full power, unify the moon and the sun within.

At this time of year, our hearts leap at the sound of spring and enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets.

Spring Equinox is longer days, warmer weather a time for rebirth. 

A mystic yogi tradition, praticing the 108 Sun Salutations is believed to connect sun, moon and earth.

We are collectively going to do this, so do as many rounds as your comfortable and able to do, resting when you want.

We will rest with four short meditations.

The class will finish with gentle stretches and meditation. 
 
Please Join us and embrace the change of seasons.

Cleanse and clarify our intentions,  leave feeling physically and mentally rejuvenated.

 

Please do not eat 3 hours prior this workshop

Class starts at 6 pm alternatively if you would like to join us for some of the practice come along at 6.30pm

Cost £10 

Please wear comfortable clothing bring water and a mat or call reception to borrow.

ACUPRESSURE

A CHINESE MEDICAL ALTERNATIVE 

Steve Coster 

Day time course

1 – 3pm 16th of April

£28 or 2 for £50

On this workshop you will learn the skill behind acupressure and practical remedies for you to help yourself and your family. Acupressure can help:

Acupressure is the application of pressure to the body to enhance the flow of energy (variously referred to as ‘Ki’, ‘Chi’ or ‘Prana’) in the 12 main bi-lateral meridians, according to the principles of Oriental medicine. This therapy is widely used in China where more emphasis is given to a person’s responsibility for their own health than it is in the Western world.

This workshop is ideal for complete beginners.  Although by no means comprehensive, it will give you a few first line tools to help you and your family.

Play matters 

                                Creativity group for children aged 7-11

                                      Thursday 5th April and Thursday 12th April 2-3pm 

                                           £15 per session ( £12 when booking both and £12 for siblings )

         Explore thoughts feelings and ideas creatively in a friendly supportive group environment. 

 

                                     Yoga 4 Teens.

EXAM STRESS-RELIEVING COURSE

Be calm,

Be focused,

Be confident.

with Sam Maguire

These 4 sessions of teen yoga with Sam include postures and breathing techniques to aid focus, build self -confidence and relieve physical, emotional and mental stress and anxiety. Deep relaxation and guided meditation will leave you free to succeed in those exams.

Investment £32

Monday’s 

5 – 6pm

9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

CREATIVELY EXPLORING ANXIETY

FOR KIDS

Sunday 22nd April 2018
11am – 1

This workshop is an accompaniment to the parent workshop.  In this 2-hour workshop we will utilise some of the techniques used in creative arts therapy to help children aged 7-11 explore fear and anxiety creatively.

£15 per child when booked in conjunction with the parent workshop.  Otherwise £20 per child.  (£3 discount for siblings)

 FINDING A VOICE

PARENTING WORKSHOP

18 March 10 – 1pm, £25

An in depth look into Anxiety  using creativity to understand and work with your own anxiety. This will give you, as the parent, tools to help  empower your child, gaining a understanding of creative therapy techniques to use to explore and release these confusing emotions.

EXPLORING ANGER

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP

Are you experiencing anger from your child?

Is your child reacting negatively in different situations?

Have you seen the signs?

This wonderful workshop explores the layers of anger in a creative way, allowing these emotions to be released safely and effectively which introduces tools and resources your child can use.

11am-1pm Sunday 10th June 2018

£20

£15 (if conjunction with the parent workshop)

We will utilise some of the techniques used in Creative Arts Therapy to help children 7- 11, exploring anger

What Jamie Taught Me About Anger…

   Jamie (not his real name) was my first ever client during my training as a child creative arts counsellor.

   He was referred because of his behaviour. He was out of class more than he was in and struggling. Although his school had a nurture unit they thought he could do with some extra support. He was just about to turn seven and due to go to junior school.

   In our first session I asked him why he thought he was being sent to see me “because I have anger issues” he said. I asked him what that meant and he shrugged. We were to spend a very interesting five months together!

   Creative therapy is a great way to work with anger because it enables exploration without direct confrontation. Even if cut of from experience connection to feeling can be made through drawing, visualization and bodywork.

   Most of my work with Jamie happened via storytelling and role play. It was through his creation of a character he named the ball of energy that he managed to express his innermost feelings. The ball of energy in his story was drowning and no one was coming to help. There it was, his life experience laid bare through metaphor. What lay underneath the anger was a great deal of hurt and pain and devastating sadness and despair.

   I played my part as he told his story even though I was unsure where it was leading and my doubts as to whether I should. I had to trust the process and honour the faith he had in me to hold and contain these huge feelings.

   We revisited this story a couple of times. I knew it was important, I wanted him to know that, I wanted to make sure I got it right. At this stage the story had no ending. It didn’t feel right to offer up one. It would have been wrong to try and neatly tie it up, make it better, it didn’t fit his experience.

   As we came towards the end of our time together we were able to come up with an ending together. I went home and wrote it up making it into a book and in our last session I gave his story back to him.

   We were both much changed by our time together. I truly believe we wouldn’t have got there without the use of creative therapy. It not only helped him connect with his feelings it gave him a means to express them and enabled me to support him without offering false hopes.

   Our early work on connecting anger with the body helped him to gain greater awareness of his inbuilt warning signs and we practiced ways to counteract these signals, to help him self sooth and self regulate. Once we had calmed the loudness of the angry voice we were able to hear the quieter cry of sadness. Through staying with the sadness it grew into a wail before finding its ultimate release.

   I have worked with many children since Jamie who were presented as having “anger issues”. All have had their story to tell through one creative medium or another. As I help facilitate expression in this way I always feel immensely privileged and humbled by their bravery.

   Anger is the label but it’s only the beginning of the story. For all those I have helped since, thank you Jamie for teaching me that.

http://www.therapylifecentre.co.uk/tania-freeman/

 RAW CACAO GONG SOUND BATH

8-9.30pm 1st Thursday of every month.

£20 per person. Spaces are limited so you will need to book.

Chocolate Gong is a modern interpretation of an ancient method of meditation. The gong has been used in spiritual ceremony as far back as the Bronze age. The cosmic sound which the gong creates draws the mind away from the folly of modern life and removes one from their day-to-day thoughts. This is combined with the chocolate aspect, high-quality raw chocolate is used, which contains no dairy, making it accessible to anyone. The use of this raw chocolate drink helps to open up the senses to support the powerful effect of the Gong sound vibration.  Taking you into a deeply relaxed place to help you switch off your self talk and return to a place of calm. This has a fantastic effect on your sleep patterns encouraging deep and restful sleep.

THE ANXIOUS WITHDRAWN CHILD

Parenting workshop

18 March 10 – 1pm, £25

An in depth look into Anxiety  using creativity to understand and work with your own anxiety. This will give you, as the parent, tools to help  empower your child, gaining a understanding of creative therapy techniques to use to explore and release these confusing emotions.

MENOPAUSE

Are you struggling with menopause?

26th April  7- 9pm

This exciting talk will aid in the understanding of menopause.

Menopause is a major transition in a woman’s life in which both your body and soul undergo a major transformation.  Menopause is an opportunity to truly come home to yourself and to experience a deep feeling of inner self and meaning.

Lorraine will talk through Holistic therapies and lifestyle changes that can support women through this phase and allow balance, health and energy to return.

QI GONG

..Used in china for hundred of years to calm the mind and relieve stress while boosting energy levels and immunity.

Mondays 11-12 am 

£10 drop in or £32 for a four week course.

Qi Gong literally translates as ‘Breath Work’ or ‘Cultivating Breath’. It concentrates on posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques and mental focus.

Qi Gong can be soft, like Tai Chi , or it can be more vigorous, like Kung Fu, so it is suitable for all levels and can be practised by all ages.