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.
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€
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,