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Presentations at the Spring 2013 ChangeCamp

Presentation: Spring Into Life

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It’s a new year and spring will soon be with us. Spring is a lovely time of year – it’s a great time for renewal and fresh starts, or at least a time to breathe fresh life into old projects, attitudes and life issues.

As our lives get busier and the demands of work and family mean we spend less and less time looking after ourselves, something often gives and that something is frequently You!

It’s a cost that can have serious consequences to our health and well-being so taking time out to reflect & rebalance is priceless. The Retreat People would love to share some of your precious time with you at Change Camp.

We believe that the ability to relax and let go – even for a short time, is priceless. During our time together you will enjoy and experience a synergistic blend of deep relaxation, mindfulness meditation and inspiring visualisation as well as some calming and healing breathing techniques.

What better place than Change Camp to enjoy a relaxation session with The Retreat People. We will use guided relaxation & meditation techniques to help you retain the learning, sense of community & energy of Change Camp & of course re-energise everyone ready to enjoy the amazing Laughter Yoga session to follow – there’s nothing like a laugh & a giggle to finish a great day!

To Enjoy Your Session Please Bring:

Comfortable clothing you feel relaxed in Lightweight cosy blanket or cover – some people like to lie on floor although chairs will also be available ( Your Teddy Bear & Slippers as ever are optional! ) Your desire to relax, chill out & just enjoy yourself

We look forward to seeing you all at Change Camp, Chris Forrester & Sue Saunders

Presentation: An Introduction to Core Transformation

The Core Transformation process is a gentle and organic way of healing unresolved problems by accessing one’s internal core state, imbuing the problem with that core state and thus changing and transforming the nature of the original problem or issue.

It is useful for transforming unwanted behaviours, like smoking, eating disorders, excessive drinking or other addictions.  It enhances a sense of well being and self confidence and can enhance relationships and resolve conflicts.  It offers success in transforming troublesome, chronic conditions where other forms of treatment have failed.

I will facilitate and guide you through the beginnings of the Core Transformation process, so you can experience first hand the potential it has for healing. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of Core Transformation with you and assisting you in making changes to your life.

Joanne spent some time in Colorado in 2012 with Connirae and Tamara Andreas, the founders of Core Transformation and has their express permission to use their material.

Presentation: Align With Your Purpose

Would you like to become clearer about your Life Purpose?

Do you long for a sense of personal fulfilment, the feeling that you are doing something which makes a difference?

To be clear about your Life Purpose is to put down the foundation for future personal growth. So the sooner you become clear, the better your results will be in EVERY area of your life.

In this workshop we will explore the Five Steps to Aligning With Your Purpose.

  • Step One: Go Within and Connect With Your Higher Self.
  • Step Two: Find Your Passion and Purpose.
  • Step Three: Identify Your Limiting Beliefs
  • Step Four: Clear Your Blocks and Complete Your Past.
  • Step Five: Into Action!

By the end of the session you will have begun to identify where your passions and purpose lie and shift some of the blocks in your way. You will leave with a clear plan of action for moving forward along the path to discovering your Life Purpose.

Presentation: The Emmett Technique for Psychological Well Being

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The Emmett Technique it is used to address pain and discomfort, improve body movement and can restore a positive emotional state.

In this presentation Andy Webb, Emmett Therapist, will present ways of using this technique to work on psychological issues and help you become more grounded.


Because there are only 12 spaces available in this workshop there will be two presentations of during the afternoon.

You must book your preferred place by email Bookings will be on a first come first served basis.

There will be no admittance to the workshop for people who have not booked in advance.

Presentation: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) takes a particular interest in what’s working people’s lives, as opposed to what isn’t. This information often helps people to work out how to change the parts of their lives that aren’t running so well. The most specific definition of the approach is attributed to Steve deShazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Along with colleagues, in 1978, they established the Brief Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, US.

From the outset they committed themselves to a combination of practice, training and research. By 1984 their publications spoke of a shift away from previous approaches, emphasising a solution-building rather than problem focused approach, and a recognition that service users could often create their own strategies for change. Several tools were found to operate like “skeleton keys”, unlocking a process of problem resolution across a wide variety of difficulties.

The workshop will cover the theoretical under-pinnings of the approach, video excerpts to show how the main techniques work in practice and opportunities to try them out.

The workshop will introduce participants to the main assumptions and some of the questions used in the approach through a mixture of presentation and experiential exercises.

John Wheeler is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist who has worked in child mental health for over 30 years. John has delivered training in the Solution

Focused approach to a wide range of practitioners in the UK and abroad since 1993 and is an external lecturer to several professional courses in the North East. John has written over twenty papers and chapters for publication and runs a regional network for practitioners using SFBT. Details of John’s qualifications, professional experience and publications are available on

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