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Thank You!

Phew, that’s another ChangeCamp completed (the 17th!). A big thanks to everyone who contributed and took part in a great Spring 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 Autumn ChangeCamp 2017 is on 21st October.

Hope to see you there.

Andy

How to be a Better Listener and Laughter Yoga

A big thank you to those who joined my “How to be a Better Listener” presentation – keep practicing!  To those who joined my Laughter Yoga Playshop, here is a quote from the creator of Laughter Yoga, Dr Madan Kataria – “The source of laughter is play.  If you learn to play like a child, laughter will come naturally”.  That certainly happened at Spring Change Camp 2017 – you startled Andy Hunt with your mooing!  When you laugh, you change.  Here is a photo of you giggling away!

Springing Forward …….

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the end of the day for our mini retreat workshop. We’re always tight for space but who cares …. we just let our minds transport us away to who knows where & back again. It’s always fun to relax to revive with you all & melt  those stresses & worries away. We do hope that we’ve put some Spring back into your step so that you’re ready to really enjoy the sunny days ahead.

We look forward to retreating with you again very soon,

The Retreat People, Chris & Sue.

PS: Hope You All Slept Well Too!

Get Ready to Spring Into Life ….

As ever The Retreat People Chris & Sue are so looking forward to welcoming you to our mini retreat taster at the end of the day. We know many of you love stretching out on the floor but chairs will also be available in our workshop room.

To help you relax remember to bring along your favourite cosy blanket & just wear clothes that you feel comfortable relaxing in then we’re good to go!

Our Best Regards

The Retreat People

Presentation: Create Your Own Confidence

Image courtesy of Chris & Karen Highland

Image courtesy of Chris & Karen Highland

Most of us may have had times where we wish we had been able to be more confident in a situation.

It may have been at a job interview, completing a presentation, talking to someone, learning a new skill or being able to start a new venture.

Often when we look back at situations that have happened and we did not think we came across as confidently as we could have or should have; we give ourselves a hard time and go back into that same mind-set when a similar situation occurs.

During the session there will be demonstration and practice techniques using NLP and mindfulness on how to create your own confidence when you need it and how not to give yourself a hard time if situations don’t go as well as you had hoped for.

Whether you have wanted to improve your confidence for years or just recently decide to, this session will give you strategies that you can use to improve your future confidence.

Presentation: Create Your Own Calmness

Calm

Photo courtesy of Amanda HIrsch

Most of us will have memories of situations when we wished that we could have been more calm and even remembering experiences from the past can stir feelings and emotions which we would rather not have.

This can sometimes effect current experiences or make us feel anxious about future situations.

When we restore calmness, we can interact with people in a much more effective and positive way and situations that may have at times seemed difficult are not as challenging.

Benefits of being calm include:

  • reduction in stress and creating the ability to relax
  • filtering out negativity
  • increased focus and clearer vision
  • develop a calm confidence
  • become more effective and increase productivity
  • communicate effectively
  • learn to let go

Using techniques from EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) you can be equipped with resources to create your own calmness whenever and wherever you need it.

This session will include demonstration and practical use of techniques to help restore calmness in times of anxiety, stress, anger and upset.

No previous experience of EFT or NLP is required as full explanations and demonstrations of techniques will be given.

Presentation: Is Your Life In Need Of A ‘Wellness Boost’?

Wellness

Photo courtesy of Michael Havens

We all understand that wellness….. happiness….. is the way.

We do, right?

And yet, we often still don’t practice what we preach, or walk our talk, or just give ourselves enough time and space and awareness to enjoy ‘wellness’, or the state of ‘feeling happy’.

In fact, as you are reading this, perhaps you can become more aware now, appreciating and even exploring more new ways to support your ‘wellness way’ even more.

The thing is, we can focus on ‘wellness’ etc. for a while and then, somehow, magically, we slip back, into stress or worry, or whatever if could be for you. Really what we decide to do is to choose ‘unwellness’ over wellness’… Crazy isn’t it?

Isn’t it time to nail this?

Isn’t it time to nail this enough to be also fully who you want to be right now?

Isn’t it time to make this the year that you truly want it to be right now?

Maybe our focus just needs more focus.

You are the only one of you there is (everyone else is taken too), so I ask you,

Are you being the best version of YOU, you can be, right now?

Let’s do this!

Presentation: Tapping Into Your Shadow

The Shadow

Image courtesy of LaVladina

Have you noticed that people can be very annoying?

They keep doing and sayings things that upset and disturb us.

The psychologist Carl Jung suggested that, in spite of all appearances, that which annoys us doesn’t reside the other person it resides in ourselves.

He suggested that the people that annoy us represent for us parts of our disowned self, our ‘Shadow’, the parts of ourselves that we dare not acknowledge or accept.

To protect ourselves we project those unwelcome aspects of ourselves onto others.

‘They’ are the ones who are rude, loud, critical, etc. If we notice those qualities in them we don’t have to pay attention to our own inclinations to be rude, loud, critical, etc.

Unfortunately being annoyed or upset is uncomfortable for us and there are so many people and so many opportunities for us to project and be distressed.

What would it be like if we could undo the triggers that cause the distress and allow us to accept more of ourselves?

In this EFT/Tapping presentation Andy Hunt will show you how you can use these annoyances to ease our distress and accept ourselves and others more easily.

IMPORTANT: You need to have some experience of Tapping/EFT to attend this presentation. If you are not familiar with it you might like to attend Heather Carter’s Tapping Into Resilience to learn the basics before attending this workshop.

Presentation: Tapping Into Resilience

Stress

Image courtesy of Alan Cleaver

How do you deal with life’s little irritations? Many of us try to turn a blind eye, maybe distract ourselves with food, tobacco, alcohol, television, technology or busyness, so that we no longer recognise when we are stressed; we believe we have to just carry on, get over it, try harder.

Maybe we get criticised – or criticise ourselves – for being too thin-skinned, over-sensitive, intolerant. Maybe we think we’re just tired and therefore tetchy and we’ll feel better about things tomorrow.

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Presentation: Introduction To Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Image courtesy of evoo73

Do you ever wonder where you life is going?

Do you rush about from one thing to another feeling stressed?

Pause for a moment.

Wake up to being alive and discover the joy of being present in your life.

Experience the world afresh through your senses.

In this practical workshop we’ll do some mindfulness of breath, mindful movement and mindful eating (mmm).

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