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Thank You!

Phew, that’s another ChangeCamp completed (the 18th!). A big thanks to everyone who contributed and took part in a great Autumn ChangeCamp 2017. I hope you all had as good a day as I did.

Thank you to everyone who came along to learn and explore the fascinating world of psychological change and who joined in the event so willingly.

Thank you to all the presenters who gave their time and expertise freely. As far as I could tell a lot of people got a lot out of the presentations.

A big thank you to the people who helped make ChangeCamp happen behind the scenes. Everyone who helped me with the preparation, pitched in on the day to set-up the rooms, and restore them at the end. All the people who helped keep things running through the day at the door and in the hall.

ChangeCamp is a conference on a shoestring, there is no paid help, if it wasn’t for the people who join in and help it just wouldn’t happen. To all of you, and you know who you are, my heartfelt thanks.

I hope you learned a lot on the day, met some lovely people and are looking forward to the Spring ChangeCamp 2018 is on 10th March.

Hope to see you there.

Andy

Presentation: How To Stop Shoulding On Yourself

Shoulds

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Are you shoulding on yourself?

Are you telling yourself all day, every day, what you should be doing (and feeling bad about what you haven’t done?

Sometimes we have so many ‘shoulds’ it’s difficult to know what we want.

A should is a rule you ‘should’ live up to, a demand you ‘should’ meet, an expectation of how you ‘should’ behave.

  • I should lose weight
  • I should be more assertive
  • I should be more patient
  • I should …

Shoulds are often intended to be motivating, to help us do what we want or what is best for us. In theory our ‘shoulds’ should help us get things done.

But, you may have noticed that even though ‘shoulds’ are supposed to be motivating, what you should do often doesn’t get done!

In this ChangeCamp presentation Andy Hunt will explain three reasons why shoulds don’t work and demonstrate a simple EFT/’tapping’ method to help find and dissolve them.

A little bit of EFT/Tapping experience would be helpful but it’s not essential.

Presentation: Rapid Pain Elimination

Pain reliefPain Victims Needed!

In this workshop we will explore the relationship of the power of the mind on the body.

You will learn how the body stores pain and how we can work with our unconscious mind to get agreement and completely erase the old pain completely.

I also intend to demonstrate (with a willing participant) how to remove pain permanently which can be done sometimes remarkably in as a little as five minutes.

Typically the process rarely takes more than 20 minutes. So come along, have fun, feel energy shift, and watch how pain can be removed simply, safely and effectively.

If spare time allows I will show you how to remove emotional pain too with a similar method.

Look forward to seeing you on this highly interactive workshop.

Presentation: Self Care And Kindness

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It​ ​ is​ ​ important​ ​ to​ ​ us​ ​ to​ ​ be​ ​ able​ ​ to​ ​ manage​ ​ our​ ​ own​ ​ well-being.​ ​ ​

It​ ​ enables​ ​ us​ ​ to​ ​ function effectively​ ​ and​ ​ be​ ​ more​ ​ resilient​ ​ when​ ​ we​ ​ need​ ​ to​ ​ be.

Sometimes,​ ​ through​ ​ external​ ​ pressures​ ​ we​ ​ omit​ ​ to​ ​ use​ ​ techniques​ ​ to​ ​ look​ ​ after​ ​ ourselves​ ​ and even​ ​ the​ ​ basics​ ​ of​ ​ being​ ​ kind​ ​ to​ ​ oneself​ ​ can​ ​ be​ ​ overlooked.

You​ ​ may​ ​ have​ ​ noticed​ ​ saying​ ​ things​ ​ to​ ​ yourself​ ​ when​ ​ you​ ​ are​ ​ busy​ ​ or​ ​ under​ ​ pressure​ ​ that​ ​ you would​ ​ never​ ​ say​ ​ to​ ​ someone​ ​ else.​ ​ ​ Have​ ​ you​ ​ ever​ ​ noticed​ ​ the​ ​ tone​ ​ your​ ​ internal​ ​ voice​ ​ has​ ​ when
you​ ​ are​ ​ being​ ​ critical​ ​ to​ ​ yourself?​ ​ Why​ ​ would​ ​ you​ ​ treat​ ​ yourself​ ​ differently​ ​ to​ ​ others?​ ​ This​ ​ is something​ ​ that​ ​ we​ ​ will​ ​ explore.

During​ ​ this​ ​ session​ ​ techniques​ ​ will​ ​ be​ ​ used​ ​ from​ ​ EFT​ ​ (Emotional​ ​ Freedom​ ​ Techniques), Mindfulness​ ​ and​ ​ NLP​ ​ (Neuro​ ​ Linguistic​ ​ Programming)​ ​ through​ ​ demonstration​ ​ and​ ​ practice​ ​ to offer​ ​ some​ ​ alternative​ ​ ways​ ​ of​ ​ managing​ ​ self​ ​ care​ ​ and​ ​ being​ ​ kind​ ​ to​ ​ yourself.

No​ ​ previous​ ​ experience​ ​ is​ ​ necessary​ ​ as​ ​ full​ ​ explanations​ ​ and​ ​ demonstration​ ​ will​ ​ be​ ​ carried​ ​ out.

Presentation: Autumn Relaxation Retreat

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Where has the Summer gone? Hard to believe that Autumn is with us yet again.

We know just how hectic & busy 2017 has been. There’s never been a moment to just stop & think!

The Retreat People believe that the ability to relax, let go & just experience living in the moment – even for a short while, is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourself.

Time to stop and be still is priceless as we manage any unhelpful & overwhelming stress in these hectic & challenging times.

The Retreat People, Chris & Sue are professional Clinical Hypnotherapists who specialise in using their expertise in Hypnotherapy & other psychological interventions to help people of all ages, from tots to teens & beyond, deal with the harmful effects of unwanted stress, worry & anxiety utilising Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Relaxation & Breathing techniques to manage the unwelcome effect of stress in our lives.

As ever our relaxation workshop is perfectly timed at the end of Autumn Change Camp 2017 to give you time to simply pause, take a breath & assimilate all the new & exciting learning from today. So are you ready just to relax in mind?

Our Autumn Mini Retreat is your time to just let go as you enjoy some simply powerful relaxation & stress management mindfulness techniques designed to recover that all important balance & peace of mind.

As ever The Retreat People look forward to relaxing to revive with friends old & new at Autumn Change Camp 2017.

We Know You Know but Remember – To Enjoy Your Relaxation Retreat Please Bring:

  • Comfortable clothing so that you can fully experience some easy relaxation exercises.
  • Lightweight cosy blanket or cover – some people like to lie on the floor although chairs will also be available (You already know – We always say, Teddy Bears & Slippers are optional!)
  • Your desire to relax, chill out & just enjoy yourself at the end of a busy day.

Here’s To A Super Powered Relaxing Workshop

 

Presentation: Introduction To Mindfulness

Mindful

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What is mindfulness?

What are the benefits of practising mindfulness?

In this introduction we will explore how we can engage in mindfulness in every day life to help us savour and enjoy our lives

We’ll look at self awareness and recognition of our thought processes, enabling realisation of when we’re slipping into the past or future and how to return ourselves to the present.

We’ll also look at our daily routine and explore how our minds slip into overdrive with all the tasks we need to do, places we need to be etc. and see how mindfulness practice can fit into our daily lives.

And we will work on being kinder and more compassionate to ourselves from a mindfulness point of view.

 

Presentation: Learn About The Havening Techniques®

Learn about the Havening Techniques® with one of the first certified practitioners and trainers in the world, Carol Robertson PhD.

Gain an understanding of how these gentle and seemingly simple processes work biologically, via our electrical and chemical systems. And find out how the change in our neurology alters our emotional and physical responses and facilitates our ability to relax, sleep or learn.

Take the opportunity to experiment with Havening Touch® and find out more about some of the many techniques.

Ever increasing numbers of professionals are becoming certified Havening Techniques Practitioners. These include therapists, mental health practitioners, specialists in trauma recovery, bodyworkers, teachers, first-responders, self-development facilitators, hypnotherapists, TFT and EFT practitioners, NLP practitioners, reiki practitioners, acupuncturists, and sports and performance coaches.

Through the work of these practitioners we are learning that there are many uses for the techniques, and huge potential. Practitioners are engaging with people from birth to end of life; helping people suffering with symptoms from traumatisation such as PTSD; rage; chronic pain; anxiety; loss; phobias; and suicidal ideation.

They are empowering those who are carers, parents, or teachers, and helping people improve sports performance or with challenges such as presenting, acting and creating art. They are supporting people on autistic spectrum with sensory issues; or assisting people, families, businesses or groups seeking improvement, wanting to be effective, eat healthily and be fit. The system itself offers enormous creativity to practitioners and individuals can learn to use Havening themselves, which is massively empowering.

Quotes from individuals (age 8 to 90 years) describe their experience of Havening using words such as ‘gentle’, ‘easy-to-do’, ‘enabling’, ‘kind’, ‘lovely’, ‘amazing’, ‘that was fast’, ‘wow it really worked’, ‘makes sense’, ‘was comfortable’, ‘not what I expected therapy to be like’, ‘liked it best’, ‘took me to a safe place’ and ‘love that Havening is ours to use’.

Presentation: Changing Unhelpful Memories

MemoriesSome of us can have memories that cause us pain, sadness or other unwelcome feelings.

This workshop looks at how, by using the merging of sub modality changes and the swish pattern, it is relatively easy to alter / erase these unhelpful memories.

As usual Harry will be ensuring fun, so bring along any memories you wish to change.

Presentation: Lighten Your Mood This Winter With EFT

Winter DarkAre you sad?

Or what I really mean to say is: Are you a SAD sufferer?

Do you dread the shortening days, the darkening evenings, that sense of everything closing in on you as you wait for the light to come back? Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (whether diagnosed or not).

If so, I would like to invite you to step into the light-giving experience of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping.

This is a practical and interactive workshop for beginners and experienced EFTers alike and we’ll be focusing on how the change of season can adversely affect your emotional balance.

I won’t be telling you to pull yourself together or reminding you that it’s just the natural rhythm of nature and you either have to adjust or sit under a daylight bulb for eight hours a day (though if it helps, do it)! EFT sits happily alongside other modalities and isn’t intended to replace any necessary medical interventions.

This is a self-help, self-empowering tool that enables you to recognise and honour your deepest (often unconscious) feelings and doesn’t give them labels such as rational or irrational, helpful or unhelpful. With EFT, it’s enough to feel what you feel and give your undivided attention to how and where that sits in your body, what thoughts and patterns it triggers in your emotions and how much of a charge (discomfort) you have around those thoughts and feelings.

With EFT we don’t focus on fighting these perfectly legitimate feelings, rather we acknowledge them, work with them and allow them to teach us what it is we need to do to help ourselves. We use tapping on the body’s energy system – acupressure points – to soothe and even dissolve uncomfortable sensations and accept the reality of what is. With acceptance tends to come both relief and insight.

So come and learn these beautifully simple, practical techniques for self-soothing and self-healing without pressure and without judgement. SAD can be allied with depression, insomnia, weight loss, weight gain, low appetite, comfort eating, general anxiety or specific worries and once you have learned to use basic EFT tapping you can continue to focus the technique on your personal issues long after the workshop is over, keeping yourself positive, balanced and healthy throughout the winter and beyond.

Presentation: The Listening Circle

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To really listen to another human being is an art.

An art that we can all learn.

Whatever is on your mind or in your heart, the circle wants to hear it.

We are built to take in each other’s experiences, to bear witness to one another. To learn, grow and deepen our connections with self and others, as a result.

My name is Tahira Aslam and I am a great advocate for deep listening in community, in circle.

I believe in the power of respectful and reflective listening, to connect more deeply with ourselves, to give our hearts a voice, to give the inner voice an opportunity to be heard and expressed out loud, to unearth our own answers, to empower us as individuals, through the process of connecting more deeply with others.

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” David W.Augsburger.

Saturday 21st October 2017 is World Listening Day, and I would like to use my workshop time, to offer an experiential listening circle.

This is a space for you, to share anything you wish. Perhaps reflect on the day you have experienced so far, perhaps how you feel about being heard and witnessed by a group of people, perhaps a creative idea wishes to be shared. The space is an open one, for you to express whatever wishes to be said in the moment.

To support a safe and well-held container for listening, participants are asked: to be gentle with yourself and others, to offer quiet and respectful listening when another is speaking and sharing their wisdom, to take responsibility for your needs and wishes and to speak honestly.

All that is shared in the circle remains in the circle, when it comes to a close. Outside of circle, I will not gossip about you.

Whatever profession you choose to enter, or whatever life path you take, the need for respectful and reflective listening is to be found everywhere.

Presentation: Sports Psychology For Wellness Coaching

Sports psychologyCome and avail yourself of the mental management tools used by top sports performers.

Whatever you want to achieve, there will be a mental component.

Harness the power of your mind to maximise your chance of success whether in sport, business or health.

In this practical session you’ll have the chance try out some techniques that you can apply in any situation.

Sporting performance is a combination of technique, fitness, equipment and mental stability. The higher the level of competition the more the mental game becomes the deciding factor. At the very top it’s 90% of what matters for sporting success.

Jackie competed in archery at the highest level for over two decades and was British Field Archery Champion 6 times. She studied sports psychology while representing Great Britain at internationals. She now works in business and nutrition coaching, devoting her time to helping people improve their lives.