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Presentations for the Spring 2015 ChangeCamp

Presentation: SelfHelpLessNess

The fine art of getting out of your own way

selfhelplessnessHear the one about the Stand Up comic who went to see a hypnotherapist?

Mike Milligan is a successful stand-up comic with more than 20 years’ experience. Martyn Healy is a hypnotherapist.  Between them they reckon they’d tried everything. They’d tapped every inch of their bodies …. They felt the fear and didn’t quite do it anyway … and the giants within remained frustratingly leashed.

Like many people on “their journey” they thought the next course, the next book, the next guru would be the one. And it was in working together that they realised that there was really only one problem we all faced: Getting in your own way. They call it SELFHELPLESSNESS. martyn & mike

In this session they take a fresh look at the Self-Help and Change-business which will show you:

How to recognise this self-sabotage

How to prevent it

And how to give yourself permission to succeed.

And above all you’ll have a laugh along the way… which is therapeutic in and of itself. Just ask Keith Adams!

Presentation: Revive and relax

Image courtesy of Joel Bedfor

Image courtesy of Joel Bedfor

Do join us & spring back into life with The Retreat People at 2015 ChangeCamp.

Once again, The Retreat People would love you to join us at our mini Relaxation Retreat taster session at the end of the day at Spring ChangeCamp. It’s a real opportunity for renewal and fresh starts, or at least a time to breathe fresh life into old projects, attitudes & our approach to life.

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

Unwanted stress is reaching epidemic proportions, impacting detrimentally on people of all ages including young children & teenagers. It can really get in the way of our ability to enjoy life’s simple pleasures – a good night’s sleep, enjoying time with family & friends, even reducing our ability to perform at our best in business or at work.

Just thinking straight & facing the day with confidence & optimism can become difficult once we are gripped by anxiety & unhelpful stress. It’s a cost that can have serious consequences to our health & well-being so taking time out to reflect & rebalance is priceless. We need to know how to manage our own personal response to stress & put it in it’s place for good!

In our workshop we will use guided relaxation, mindfulness & meditation techniques & tools to help you retain the learning, sense of community & energy of Change Camp & of course re-energise everyone ready to embrace the good things in life as we awaken to fully embrace the joys of Spring.

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!)
  • Just bring your desire to relax, chill out & simply enjoy yourself.

We look forward to relaxing & reviving with you once more at Spring 2015 Change Camp.

Presentation: Stories For Change

Stories of Change

Image courtesy of Robynlou Kavanagh

Most of us carry stories in our head: the meanings we have constructed from our experience. They are largely invisible to us as stories, as they are our representations of reality, and thus seem to be reality.

Sometimes, we have well-established stories that are unhelpful to us. These may be about ourselves (eg ‘I can’t handle conflict’) or about relationships with others (eg ‘She’s always out to get me!’).

This workshop assumes that underneath such unhelpful stories lie others, which we can be helped to discover, and which may open up more positive possibilities for the future.

We will briefly explore the reasons for that assumption, and then participants will have the opportunity to work (in pairs or threes) with a coaching model that seeks to:

  • Loosen the Grip of an unhelpful story
  • Discover a more helpful story
  • Enrich the Plot of the more helpful story.

So come along, to banish for ever a story that has plagued your life – or to help somebody else to do so. In either case, you will gain insights into:

  • the role of helpful and unhelpful stories,
  • the power of confirmation bias in self-fulfilling prophecies,
  • the art of disempowering unhelpful stories
  • the discovery of more helpful stories that are already latent
  • the practical steps necessary to nurture and grow these more helpful stories.

Presentation: The Positivity Toolkit


Image courtesy of BK

In this workshop you will be exposed to a number of tools you can use to increase positive attitudes in your everyday life.

Make the shift forward towards positive change by being reflective and self-aware by using tools from the field of positive psychology.

Within this session learn to apply a range of tools from the positivity toolkit!  Take a step onto the ladder of positivity and learn to be the change.

Presentation: Writing Through Change / Writing Through Living


Image courtesy of anna

There is objective, rational proof, through the research of Dr James Pennebaker, that writing expressively about meaningful life events, along with your emotions is of great personal benefit to both physical and mental health.

Come and engage in a warm, fun workshop to learn how you can begin building a personal relationship through journaling.

Learn how it helps to support you through  joy and success as well as through loss and trauma.

Discover how to manage the process in a safe and successful way to sustain the relationship.

Consider how sharing with supportive people can contribute to being heard and enable deeper connection to others.