December 2019 Updates and Musings

Thank you so much for your support of my work at The Wellbeing Atelier and helping me realise this vision. When we left London 3 years ago I hoped I’d be able to create a space like this and I am beyond grateful to everyone who has attended sessions and cheered me on from the sidelines. From 18 years in the NHS (National Health Service) setting up on my own was a daunting prospect. Whilst it remains early days for the project and I have many more ideas, the space will always be rooted in offering an invitation to pause, to recentre, breathe and just be, a time to listen to the wisdom of our bodies and pay attention moment to moment.

Pause

Recently a psychology colleague of mine Claire Rother (click here for her website) talked about how there are 85 billion neurons in our brain and with these neurons we have so much possibility for making new connections. Firing and strengthening these new neural networks allows us to build new habits and make changes. Each time you make the space to meditate be that at The Wellbeing Atelier or within your own spaces you reinforce these neural pathways and strengthen these new habits. This in turn allows you the space to respond differently to experiences, be that being more present during the beautiful moments or responding more wisely during the challenging times. Regular mindful meditation offers you an opportunity to live more fully – with plenitude.

Monthly Afternoon Retreat 1-3:30pm, Tuesday 17th December

Leading on from the success of the morning meditation retreat atelier last month I will be running Monthly Afternoon Retreat Ateliers,1-3:30pm one Tuesday afternoon a month. Within the sessions we will continue to explore mindfulness and mindful compassion practices in depth.  Each month I will weave in a theme and leave space for reflections and taking things forward, you will also have access ot the online materials in the members area for the month afterwards.  The dates for 2020 can be found here here

The first Afternoon Retreat Atelier will be 17th December and we will be exploring the theme of ‘Everydayness’, becoming attentive to the quiet and practical so that their essential beauty and strength can be revealed and recognised as our life.  Through valuing the everyday we can find and recognise the great nurturing value of humility in ourselves and in all things. 

For those of you have attended Morning Retreat Atelier 29th November I would be grateful if you filled in a feedback form, it should take 4 minutes. The link is here. Any feedback would be so helpful in tailoring future events, I already have some ideas about how I’d improve things.

Online Membership

If you are unable to attend the session and would like to access the resources and meditations you can sign up for access for a small fee of 5€ a month or 40€ for the year. Attendees of the Afternoon Retreat Ateliers will be given access to the online membership area at no extra cost. Details are here here

Individual Sessions

I have a limited availability of slots for individual sessions, these can be one off or regular sessions. They can be shaped to meet your individual needs, for example an opportunity for exploration of life balance, goal setting, developing new roles and routines, it can also be a space where you can explore the practices in more detail in relation to your own health needs. I also offer individual in-depth 6 week mindfulness based approaches course. You can read more about my sessions here.

Weekly Meditation Atelier

The weekly sessions will continue Friday mornings 10:30-11:30am, the last class of the year will be 20th December and they will begin again 3rd January 2020.  We will continue to build on the mindfulness practices we have been exploring together, weaving in additional practices relating specifically to compassion.

Please do get in contact if you have any queries. You can find lots of information on my website which now has an option to make paypal payments for sessions online at thewellbeingatelier.com. To contact me (Joséphine) directly and book sessions you can email jaddufourd@icloud.com or phone/text me on +33 6 77 05 42 46

The next newsletter will be sent out at the beginning of January and from then on every other month,  please unsubscribe if at any time these letters are not of interest to you.

With fond regards, 

Joséphine 

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With thanks to again to Claire Rother for the science inspiration & Uusi Publications and Carl Jung for the Everydayness theme of upcoming Afternoon Retreat Atelier.

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