Category Archives: 2016 Spring

Presentation: How To Use Self Hypnosis And Visualisation To Create A More Fulfilled You


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Self-Hypnosis can be, when used properly, one of the most powerful tools you can access.

In this workshop you’ll learn how access your own learning state, to go deep into hypnosis using the skills you’ll be taught that will stay with you from here on.

You’ll learn how to give yourself hypnotic suggestions, then how to tap into your senses that you don’t use as much making them stronger and as valuable as your number one sense. You’ll also learn how to use this tool to create a better more fulfilled you.

This hour workshop will be great fun and very informative and if you’re looking forward to it half as much as I am then I’m looking forward to it twice as much as you are! See you there.

Presentation: Understanding and Dealing with Anxiety & Worry

Image courtesy of Life Mental Health

Image courtesy of Life Mental Health

It’s perfectly normal and natural to experience worry and anxiety. We all have such thoughts and emotions from time to time.

It’s no surprise at all many people today and every day feel anxious. Read or listen to the news and we can feel we are continuously bombarded with threats and stark realities about the NHS, Brexit, terrorists and having to work into our eighties to reap a state pension that we have paid into all our lives. It can feel like our personal power, choice and control of situations belongs to someone else.

A great deal of most ‘news’ is aimed at activating our fear response. Why? it sells papers and is psychologically aimed at our human propensity to be more focused on bad events.

We will explore what the differences are between anxiety and worry and how we can know which is which. We will continue on to develop simple and effective ways to lessen troublesome emotions with things that we can all do, with the intention to make better habits for ourselves and the people around us who are either effected or affect our emotional state.

Presentation: Finding Identity And Purpose In Recovery

Image courtesy of Marco Belluci

Image courtesy of Marco Belluci

This workshop is for anyone in recovery or who has a friend or family member who is.

It is not intended to replace a 12 Step program or any other means of getting clean and sober, but addresses the next steps to take on the path of recovery.

Overcoming addiction to alcohol or drugs is not easy. But it is so worth it.

To be able to look people in the eye and know that you are only going to speak your truth

  • to have put behind you the lying and cheating
  • to wake up naturally instead of “coming to”
  • to feel you are making significant contribution to the people in your life

These are some of the benefits of being clean and sober.

As a person in recovery rebuilds their life in sobriety, whether or not they are using the spiritual toolkit of a 12 Step program, there comes a point when they realise that the obsession with their drug of choice, whether it be alcohol or drugs, has been lifted. They no longer think obsessively about the substance – it is no longer part of their daily life.

Then come the questions: “So…what’s next? I’m sober – now what? What am I going to do for the rest of my life? Who am I? and what is my purpose?”

In this workshop we will address these questions and look at what constitutes the next step for those embracing recovery, so they can move beyond survival and begin to thrive in long term recovery.

Presentation: How To Lose Weight … And … Stay Happy!

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It’s not your fault if you are overweight, want to lose weight and at the same time want to be happy. Honestly it’s not your fault … until after this workshop; then YOU decide how it will be.

I am sure you have had from time to time an experience that changes how you look at life. Yes? Of course you have, we all have these experiences that change who we are.

Maybe a little AHA! moment, maybe something even more powerful.  This workshop may well be your AHA! That is your ticket, that you own,  to get out of the trap perpetuated by the Weight Loss Industry.

This workshop will offer a perspective where participants will have the information and knowledge to change a damaging perception that has been indoctrinated into our culture.

Also on offer are the psychological determinants that can keep you on the right track. Your right track.  If this sounds too simple, it’s because it is!

So, how would you like to create a deep motivation to get and maintain a healthy weight balanced with some cutting facts about the Weight Loss Industry. The Weight Loss Industry promotes an unsustainable life-style that create a fiction where you need them to help perpetuate their massive financial gains … at your monetary, healthy and psychological expense. At the expense of your happiness. And happiness is your birthright, it’s not for sale.

A deep exploration into what you can do to affect your health and weight and do it in a way that makes you feel good. Which includes some techniques that you will own to make it happen.

Presentation: Bringing Out The SPARK In Kids

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Image courtesy of dbrekke

Schools teach our Kids their ABC’s and 123’s yet they miss something so vital to our Kids wellbeing and I am sure you are seeing the reports or have heard stories about how the youth of today seem to be under so much extra pressure than we had when we were young.

The one thing they do not “teach” though is how our Kids think about themselves, what is possible for them to achieve in their lives. They are not teaching how their mind works and how it can be used to empower Kids and give them the tools to develop positive self esteem, overcome mistakes, handle peer pressure to be self responsible while they move through life with the right mindset.

Myself and Graham J Turner will be holding this presentation to bring out the SPARK inside every kid.

S- speaking to the
P – promise
A – ability and
R – resilience inside
K – kids.

We will be using the program to discuss the thought cycle, to demonstrate how the way we think creates our perceptions and then in turn our experience.

We will be exploring the various ways the Kids can be influenced and held back in life and how to change them.

Understanding separate realities and demonstrating that acceptance of different thoughts about the same problem shows new ways to find possible solutions.

We look forward to sharing this and so much more in this program with you very soon.

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: Your Personal Nonsense Detector

Nonsense detector

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Do you like maps?

I do. I like the way how they tell what to expect. When finding new places, it feels good to have a map in my bag.

And maps don’t lie, or do they?

The map of our world is weaved by the mind using language, but “the map is not the territory”.

The symbol for the Eiffel tower on a map is not identical with a monumental structure, or with my personal experiencing of a knee wobbling climb and amazing scenery.

Tourist maps don’t tend to represent anyone’s reality.

But we do tend to trust on our internal maps and can easily end up following unchecked and unhelpful map in our model of the world.

That is when a good Personal Nonsense Detector can help!

There are some specific (and common) language structures that if become a thought pattern, can distort our reality and have limiting effects on us. For example, does “I’m always like this”, “I should try harder” or “I know what they think of me” sound familiar?

Tuning your Personal Nonsense Detector to be ready to give a sounding alarm, can help us to challenge our unhelpful inner chatter by using specific responses.

It is a simple way to increase a positive inner chatter and look after our emotional wellbeing and resilience.

This is an experiential workshop where you can fine-tune your “personal nonsense detector” in a light-hearted atmosphere and have an opportunity to gently challenge some of your thought patterns.

There is no need to know anything about NLP or Meta-Models in order to join this workshop

Presentation: Change Your Mind & Put The Spring Back In Your Step

Image courtesy of Kristin Grotheer

Image courtesy of Kristin Grotheer

As we cautiously peep out from the dark and stormy depths of Winter everyone’s desperately looking forward to a healthy dose of Spring sunshine to help raise our spirits and breathe fresh life into old projects, attitudes and life issues.

The pace of life is so hectic as we juggle work, home and family responsibilities but we’re spending less and less time caring for our own well-being until stress explodes like a time bomb and it feels too late to make simple changes to our busy lives.

Spring is in the air so let’s turn our attention to the important things in life. Unwanted stress is reaching epidemic proportions, with terrible impact on people of all ages from tots to teens and beyond. Stress, worry and anxiety gets in the way of our ability to enjoy life’s simple pleasures – a good night’s sleep, enjoying time with family and friends, even getting in the way of our ability to perform at our best in business and at work.

Just thinking straight and facing the day with confidence and optimism can become difficult once we are gripped by anxiety, worries and unhelpful stress. It’s a cost that can have serious consequences to our health and well-being so taking time out to reflect and rebalance is priceless. Life’s to short not to bother,,,,,we all need to know how to manage our own personal response to everyday worries and stress so let’s get to it and take time out to relax and revive in style!

Once again, The Retreat People Chris and Sue would love you to join us at our mini Relaxation Retreat taster session at the end of a wonderful day at Spring Change Camp.

In our Spring Change Camp workshop we will use guided relaxation, mindfulness and meditation techniques and tools to help you retain the energy and positivity of your Change Camp experience and as ever re-energise everyone so that we all return home full of the joys of Spring.

To Enjoy Your Mini Retreat Please Bring:

  • Clothing that you feel comfortable relaxing in.
  • Lightweight cosy blanket or cover – some people like to lie on the floor although chairs will also be available (Teddy Bears and Slippers as ever are optional!)
  • Just bring your desire to relax, chill out and simply enjoy yourself.

Presentation: Tapping For Simple Stress Relief


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Sometimes life can be stressful and distressing.

If you would like to learn a simple way to reduce your levels of stress and distress then this short introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or “Tapping” might be just what you need.

EFT is a deceptively simple process that literally taps into the body’s own soothing response to reduce the power of unpleasant emotions.

In this brief introduction Andy Hunt (AAMET Accredited Master EFT Trainer) will show you have to use this technique to reduce the stress and distress you feel in everyday life.

He will also describe some of the other ways of utilising EFT to heal trauma, soothe the inner child, dismantle self-criticism and generally be more at peace with ourselves and our lives.

By the end of this presentation you will have a simple effective process at your fingertips to deal with the simple stresses and distresses of everyday life.

You don’t need any previous experience of EFT to attend.

Presentation: Sports Psychology For Your Goals

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Image courtesy of Steven Pisano

Will 2016 be your year for a better body, efficient working or whatever else you desire?

If you’ve thought about improving your eating habits, doing some exercise or organising your paperwork for a while, this could be the time you actually crack it.

Sporting success is partly physical hard work but in the end usually depends on the mental side. I’ll share with you some tools from the world of sports psychology.

In this practical session you’ll have the chance to work through your own goal and apply the techniques.

Jackie works in business and nutrition coaching. She competed in archery at international level for 21 years and was British Field Archery Champion 6 times. Now she devotes her time to helping people improve their lives.