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Offerings January – April 2020

Apologies to those of you who have signed up for the newsletter as this is a repeat of the information I sent out. It may still be of interest to have a read for a second time.

I hope you have a cup of tea to hand whilst you read this.

Happy New Year and a new decade no less, I found the poem above by David Whyte a beautiful reminder that we don’t have to make any resolutions or drastic changes to our lives and simply being is enough. Since moving to France I have made an effort to live seasonally and deep winter does not feel like the right time for me to make drastic changes, that comes with springs energy, but looking forward and making some plans for when I do have that energy feels nourishing and allows me to rest a little longer whilst the light makes its return.  So for now, slow, deliberate and intentional living is suiting me well.  

Whilst you already received an update in December from now on you’ll receive this newsletter every 4 months with details of the programme at The Wellbeing Atelier. I blog more frequently each Monday and you’ll find those musings here

The Ateliers

Over the coming months we will be focusing on building mindful compassion in the ateliers, taking a moment of quiet, sipping tea and practicing intentional living, with the aim being to improve your general wellbeing to take with you into your days.

Weekly Meditation Atelier 

The weekly sessions will continue Friday mornings 10:30-11:30am beginning again this week, 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.

Sessions cost 10€.  If you attend 5 sessions the 6th Session is offered.
 

Afternoon Retreats 1-3:30pm

Once a month on a Tuesday afternoon I wil be offering a retreat ateliers.  This is a space to explore the meditation practices in more depth and I will be introducing some tools to explore themes around intentional, compassionate, seasonal living. Put simply these are practical ways of exploring our humanity.  The winter months are slower and reflective spaces and then as we move into spring and the energy for hope and planning that comes with the additional light and warmth. See below for the dates and intentions we will explore within the practices.

21st January – Vision

25th February – Intuition 

24th March – Confidence

21st April – Integrity 

Sessions cost 20€
 

Tea meditations

Each month within the ateliers we take time to sit in quiet companionship and take tea. This tea element of the sessions is a transition, before moving into the reflective spaces we take a moment to be with our senses. I’ll write a piece detailing the tea of the month on the blog, I’ve chosen them already and I’m really looking forward to trying them with you; a 18 Ruby, Purple leaf Sheng Puerh, Amber Oolong and finally Dark Roast Tu Guan Yin. 

 

Individual Mentorship and Therapy

I have a limited availability of slots for individual mentorship or therapy.  These are shaped to meet your needs and can be one off or regular sessions.  Put simply mentorship offers an opportunity for reflection and guidance where therapy is a space to explore in-depth the healing that lies within you.  My models of practice are motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral integrated techniques and compassion focused therapy. Throughout my career as an Occupational Therapist I have offered mentorship and specialised in women’s mental health, substance misuse and mindfulness within my clinical practice.

You can read more about these sessions here.

Fin

If you are unable to attend sessions 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. Details are here

Please do get in contact if you have any queries. To contact me 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 April. I blog weekly about different themes, there’s a sign up at the bottom of the blog if this is something you’d be interested in receiving directly to you mailbox.

With fond regards, 

Joséphine 

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Decembers Tea Offering

Decembers Tea Offering

Throughout December I will be serving The London Tea Club’s Masala Chai tea. This is an Assam black tea with cardamom, clove, cinnamon and bay leaf. It is grown by Heritage Tea in India with the tea from Dibrugarh and spices from Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, it was harvested in 2018. All of the Heritage Tea small growers use chemical-free and pesticide-free methods creating quality, craft teas.

This Masala Chai is a collaborative creation of the Heritage Tea community. Founder Rajen Baruch and his son Ishan craft the black tea, and Rajen’s wife June creates the blend of spices grown by their smaller grower network.

The Masala chai will be prepared in advance of the groups as it best brewed on a stove. 2 heap teaspoons of tea and two cups of water are bought to the boil. Once booked 2 cups of whole milk are added and it’s brought to the boil again. Nut milks can be used too. Sugar can be added to taste.

Within the group we will quietly take tea together. I’ll gently warm and the cups with hot water first, emptying them into a bowl before serving the tea which we will savour in companionable silence. Paying attention to our senses, the visual, sounds, feel, smell and taste. I’ll then close the period of silence with a bell and we will discuss the practices and perhaps share another cup of tea together if that takes your fancy.

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.

Preparing for Winter, Mindful Morning Retreat

Friday 29th November 2019 10am-12:30pm

Winter season is upon us, both a beautiful and challenging time for our bodies and our souls, and I would like to invite you to retreat and spend a nourishing morning at The Wellbeing Atelier.

A time for being you, being with yourself, for yourself, a time for looking after yourself and supporting your wellbeing.

The morning will consist of being guided through mindfulness meditation practices, there will then be a space of inquiry over tea, finishing with a discussion of how to incorporate formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices at home with a guided practice to take away with you.

20€, Booking Essential

Email a booking via josephine@thewellbeingatelier.com or call/text 06 77 05 42 46

Mindfulness and Mindful Self Compassion Ateliers Weekend Day Retreat – Norwich,UK

Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December Mindfulness and Mindful Self Compassion Weekend Day Retreats at the Norwich Wellbeing Centre

My colleague Dr Tanya Augustine and I invite you to join us in spending the day with us exploring mindfulness and/or mindful self-compassion practices, an opportunity to fall awake.

The days will begin with an introduction to the practices and an opportunity to ask questions before falling into silence for the practices, we will close the day with an opportunity for reflection and discussion. Please wear comfortable lose clothing and bring your lunch with you. Chairs and mats will be provided if you have any additional requirements for your own comfort you are welcome to bring them along with you.

Dr Tanya Augustine and I have many years experience of working within the NHS mental health services. We undertook our mindfulness training with Bangor University and have been meditating for many years continuing our passion and intrigue for the way in which mindfulness can positively influence our day to day lives, relationships and understanding of ourselves.

When you sign up for the course we will contact you with a brief health questionnaire to ensure the suitability of the course for your needs

Saturday 29th November will be a day of Mindfulness meditations a day held in companionable silence and the Sunday 1st December introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion which will have some discussion based elements.

10-4pm

£60 per day / £100 for both days

Norwich Well Being Centre, 15 Chapelfield East, Norwich, NR2 1SF

For further details contact Josephine via email at mindfultherapypractice@gmail.com

The Weekly Meditation Atelier

The Weekly Meditation Atelier

The mindfulness and mindful-self-compassion meditation classes will be starting from Friday 13th September at 10:30-11:30am. I’ll be running them in six week teaching blocks where we will build on the techniques, though they work just as well as stand alone sessions.

Each session will be held in companionable silence, an invitation to pause, with a guided meditation, a poem and a tea. The intention for the classes are to support you in enjoying a more conscious and connected life. I will be weaving in themes of the transitions of the seasons over the coming months. The cost will be 10€ a session or 50€ for the 6 week block of classes. Booking is essential.

I also have some limited availability for individual sessions where the practices can be explored in greater depths and tailored to your specific needs.

For more information please don’t hesitate to get in contact josephine@thewellbeingatelier.com