Annette Boden MSc

‘Calm and Comfort’ 9 weekly online workshops

Published 10 July 2020 Associated Categories Featured, News, Workshops

Hello everyone

I wanted to offer something a bit different, a bit special, as we navigate our way through these difficult times. I know we cant be together yet as we normally would, but I promise you, from the comfort of your own home, we can still have the magic together and share and experience new strategies and practices for well-being. So, do get in touch if you would like to know more!

I have put together a series of 9 1.5 hour experiential workshops that will help you to find calm and comfort through all the uncertainty ,and for life. I do hope you will join me.

The tickets are just £25 payable via bacs, and can be ordered as a gift for a friend-just get in touch and let me know.

NB: If you book 3 or more workshops you will receive a special discount of £10 off the full booking 😍

I have been shown so much kindness and compassion throughout this pandemic that it has bolstered me through every ‘dark night of the soul’ and renewed by love for the world around me and the appreciation of human capacity to adapt, and evolve,, not just to survive, but to thrive, and shine.

We have had nowhere to go and nowhere to  hide from our sadness and sorrows, our fears, or our guilt. All the difficult stuff we would have easily buried in everyday life with distractions that simply have not been there recently, have had a rare opportunity to come calling for our undivided, if reluctant attention. And this has been so hard, for all of us 😥.

So lets take some time to regroup, think about what matter to ourselves, what the needs are we would like to have met, and how we can help ourselves gain fresh insight and appreciation of our own inner strength and the vitality that is lying there just beneath the surface, waiting to be reawakened.

9 weekly online workshops

Here are the dates, the days, the times and the titles:

 

Coping with change – covid and beyond.

This year has been a year like no other, and anxiety is on the rise as we navigate our way through the uncertainty of this new terrain. This workshop will enable you to take some control and embrace the challenges that life with covid has brought. The workshop is  experiential and includes strategies to help you meet the challenges ahead and become more resilient.

When:Thursday August 6  30-8.00pm

 

Sleeping well  -an experiential workshop aimed at helping you create and maintain positive sleep hygiene and relaxation towards bedtime, and how to get back to sleep quickly and comfortably if you wake in the night.

When: Friday August 7   4.00-5.30pm

 

 

 

Alcohol awareness -forming healthy habits.

Alcohol is often drank during times of celebration and also seen as a way of socialising and relaxing. However, it doesn’t take long to adopt a ‘drinking habit’ that becomes more than that. In fact, alcohol is often used as a way of managing stress or insomnia-the truth is that alcohol negatively impacts on our sleep and anxiety levels when we drink to excess. In this experiential workshop I will be helping you to consider how alcohol impacts on your life and what steps you can take to increase your overall well-being and form new healthy habits, and make more self-compassionate choices. As with all the session, it will be experiential and reflective as well as educational.

When: Thursday 13 August  6.30-8.00pm.

Following this workshop I am inviting participants to consider if they would like to join a weekly support group which will run for 6 weeks initially. I will be offering guidance, and resources specifically to help you on your journey, it will be a closed group where you can share safely and confidentiality and gain support from each other also. I will be looking to offer this either online and/ or a local venue in Goostrey, Pickmere, or knutsford. To register your interest for the workshop and the weekly support group get in touch here and include ‘Alcohol awareness group’ in the subject field.

 

 

Managing weight and expectation-  a healthy approach to eating well and keeping fit.

In this experiential session I will be looking at the reasons why we put weight on and why diets don’t work. I will then be sharing tips and strategies to help you develop a healthy relationship with food using compassion-focused approaches.

When: Friday 14 August 4.00-5.30pm

 

 

Stress management  – a mindful self-compassionate approach to managing stress and anxiety- creating a better work-life balance. In this experimental session I will show you powerful and lasting techniques to managing stress and anxiety.

When:Thursday 20 August 6.30-8.00pm

 

 

An introduction to self- compassion

In these challenging times, now, more than ever its vital that we recognise and meet our needs and develop a positive relationship with ourselves.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential inter-relatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

In this introductory workshop I will be taking you through some valuable strategies that will help you build resilience and increase your sense of well-being. From here you will be welcome to apply for participation on the Autumn Mindful Self-Compassion programme with a £25 discount

When: Friday 21 August 4.00-5.30pm and Thursday 27 August 6.30-8.00pm

 

 

Compassionate communication

This workshop aims to introduce and explore the benefits of communicating mindfully, and effectively to recognise our needs and feelings and communicate them without confrontation.

When:Thursday 3 September 6.30-8.00pm

 

 

Forgiveness Friday  4 September 4.00-5.30pm

This workshop utilises mindful and compassionate approaches towards ourselves and others following difficulty in relationships.

Compassion is the key to forgiveness for ourselves and others-but before we can even begin to process and contemplate the act of forgiveness- we need to explore the unmet needs and validate the feelings we have. Forgiveness does not mean that we are ignoring what is wrong – we are unpacking some of the feelings and emotions that keep us suffering.

“As we let ourselves feel the pain we still hold, forgiveness comes as a relief, a release for our heart in the end.  Forgiveness acknowledges that no matter how much we may have suffered, we will not put another human being out of our heart.”

Jack Kornfield

 

Handouts and information sheets will be emailed and for CPD certificates of attendance can be issued on request.

I hope to repeat these in person and online again throughout the Autumn and winter months.

Call me on 07753 957371 for further information and to reserve a place for yourself or yourself and a friend. If you book 3 or more workshops you will receive a special discount of £10 off the full booking 😍

Wishing you safe, well , and happy

 

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