Annette Boden MSc

June news 2019-mindful compassion – a summer of reflection.

Published 25 June 2019 Associated Categories Featured, News

Hello and welcome to my June newsletter 2019
Hello everyone
I began this June newsletter on Father’s Day which was a poignant one for me, being the first one without my dear Dad, and it was hard. I know I am not alone in this rite of passage we, as humans go through, and as I reflected on the past year and how my practice informed the steps I have taken and how my life continues to inform my practice, I can’t help but feel a deep connection and empathy with all others travelling along the journey of life.
I have come across a book  about grief and facing adversity that I am reading with some interest “Option B” By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant . I am just a little way through so I can’t give a review, but I am intrigued to continue reading.
As humans we measure much by linear time and yet quantum science is beginning to reveal much of the unknown universe lies within the ‘eternal now’. I have recently been reading ‘Becoming Supernatural’ by Joe Dispenza– a scientist who I have great admiration for from his personal journey and all that he now shares with others. There is much that neuroscience and quantum physics can offer to help us become more resilient and fulfilled. I am learning more about compassion and self-compassion daily, and the healing and empowering benefits of meditation.
As a dear friend of mine recently reminded me on a day I struggling, reconnecting with the earth is a powerful way to ground yourself – I took her advice and I felt the soft grass beneath my feet, and whilst it didn’t wipe my suffering away, it grounded and strengthened me as I was reminded that the ground supports us unconditionally. I was able to meditate and gain some perspective, take a breath, and rest in that present moment.

I am looking forward to sharing some of this knowledge in my gatherings and workshops.
In my work, I continue to appreciate the privilege of fulfilling my  genuine desire to reach out to those suffering with grief, pain- emotional and physical, the pain of human connection and disconnection, and share the genuine desire to live a life fulfilled by joyful encounters, moments of peace, and the tenderness of a loving heart. This informs my clinical practice where I continue to welcome individual clients into my therapy room, to take a seat in the green chair, and safely explore and work towards what matters most.
In my training I am offering new retreats and workshops to provide a safe space and share neuroscientific research findings to support natural healing from trauma, grief, loss, and many of the difficult emotions we manage day to day.
I am offering two new day retreats and two familiar ones for those who have already attended my silent day retreats, and my day retreats of ‘joy and acceptance’ –  these retreats are designed to help build resilience, the two new retreats are designed to help put into place a way of exploring our emotions in a little more depth, and managing the challenges that bring us to the point of seeking a way of ‘forgiveness’ and ‘recovering from setbacks’.
I am taking some time out this summer to write an article on forgiveness which I hope to develop into something meaningful and useful that will help you if you are suffering the eternal loop of suffering that disconnection can bring to  our most intimate and precious relationships with family and friends, colleagues, and people we meet in our every day life.
I will be publishing this on my blog page and widely throughout social media and I hope to be able to share it in my newsletter next month.
In brief, I have considered some essential steps we can take towards forgiveness of self and others – regardless of how far from resolution and agreement we may be.
I know that to write authentically and honestly and give this topic the attention it deserves will require a period of self- reflection and mindful meditation, some quiet time,  and much further research – so, as much as I am eager to rush my ideas out to you, I am taking a more methodical and considered course and listening to my inner wisdom which continues to develop through mindful self compassion.
However, for now,  I have some thoughts and am deeply moved and inspired by this quote from Miller Williams – which for me sums up a truth about every human soul that is worth considering when we are full of fear, anxiety, judgment, anger, and more with some of our most disconcerting interactions with others

“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.
You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.”

Miller Williams

So, I and the green chair are enjoying our new home and busy welcoming clients!

Looking forward to welcoming  you and supporting you on your journey to optimal emotional well-being.

Two weekend retreats to look forward to – early booking is essential as places on both retreats are limited!

Willersley Mindful self-compassion weekend retreat
This weekend is an opportunity to practice self-care and compassion and take some time for you to replenish and rejuvenate and strengthen your relationship with yourself.
This is a beautiful and popular weekend and I am looking forward to delivering this special retreat again  November 8-10 2019
I am looking towards offering this weekend with the themes of Forgiveness and recovering from setbacks- meeting ourselves with compassion and strengthening emotional resilience. I will be sharing practices from the mindful self-compassion programme and some insights from neuroscience to support the practice.
A weekend of mindfulness, self-compassion, guided reflection and practice, and deep relaxation.
IMPORTANT bookings taken now, and deposits required ASAP. There are only 12 spaces to keep it intimate and nurturing.  Get in touch asap if you would like to take one of those places. 

Here’s some feedback from the 2018 Autumn retreat on my retreat page:

“Loving Kindness” A new retreat offering from The Mindful Compassion partnership September 27 -29

The mindful compassion partnership

I am delighted to be a part of this compassionate partnership and look forward to co-facilitating the September weekend retreat at Cliffe College from 27-29 September 2019. The theme of the weekend is Loving Kindness. This retreat is also being facilitated by my treasured friends and colleagues Ann Burgoyne and David Oldham.

Get in touch here in the first instance if you would like to book a place!

And here is the Flyer for our September retreat!
Also check out the day retreats on offer here
Please find attached here the booking form for the series of retreats so far in 2019
You can follow us on Face Book too!

New dates for the Mindful self-compassion programme starting August 2019 

To build resilience and emotional strength, The Mindful self-compassion training next dates for 2019
I have found a lovely venue just outside knutsford and within easy reach of the motorways at High Legh Village Hall. The course will take place on now on Monday afternoons  and run from 12 August until 14 October from 2-5pm. The cost holds a small increase to reflect the venue and is  £290. Your place is secured with a completed booking form and £50 non-refundable deposit and is confirmed via the application process which may include a telephone interview to support you in your application and the suitability for the course meeting your needs.
It is good to remember and be drawn to the fact that in amidst the pain and suffering there is always light and enduring beauty when we look mindfully and with gratitude for all that we love that surrounds us in each present moment, all that we accomplish, and all that this precious human life we are given can enjoy.
All MSC courses will now take place in Mid Cheshire and  South East Cheshire.
The original ‘six weekly gathering will continue to be held at Disley Quaker meeting in East Cheshire which borders with the High peak. Other gatherings will take place in South Cheshire also as the year progresses.
For more information about this empowering programme take a look here 
Places are limited and this course is starting soon so treat yourself to an early new year gift –  the gift of self- compassion and get in touch here to learn more and get the application form. You can also download the application from here

4 New day retreats !

Saturday 27 July  A day of Joy and acceptance
Venue: Disley Quaker meeting House
Time: 10.00am -4.00pm
Cost: £50 (£40 for gatherers)
NB:Please bring vegetarian or vegan food to share for lunch
Payment can be made either via bacs -contact me on 07753 957371 for details or by cash or cheque if posting via royal mail and please include a note with your name and which workshop and date in sealed envelope FAO Annette Boden Room 5, 98 King Street,Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6HQ

Saturday October 19    A day of peace Silent day retreat
Venue: Disley Quaker meeting House
Time:10.00am -3.00pm
NB:Please bring vegetarian or vegan food to share for lunch
Cost: £45 ( £35 for gatherers)
Payment can be made either via bacs -contact me on 07753 957371 for details or by cash or cheque if posting via royal mail and please include a note with your name and which workshop and date in sealed envelope FAO Annette Boden Room 5, 98 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6HQ
Venue: Disley Quaker meeting House

Saturday 3 August  – Recovering from set-backs
A day retreat focusing on managing loss and change- a mindful compassionate approach to recovering and resiliency.
Time: 11-4
Venue: now scheduled for Disley Quaker meeting House
NB:Please bring vegetarian or vegan food to share for lunch
cost: £45 ( £35 for gatherers) payable in advance of the day reserves your place.
Payment can be made either via bacs -contact me on 07753 957371 for details or by cash or cheque if posting via royal mail and please include a note with your name and which workshop and date in sealed envelope FAO Annette Boden Room 5, 98 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6HQ

Saturday 10th August – Forgiveness
A gentle day retreat exploring the concept of forgiveness and meeting unmet needs with a mindful compassionate approach to well-being and including ‘loving kindness’practice.
Time: 11.00am -4.00pm
Venue: Now scheduled for Disley Quaker meeting House
NB:Please bring vegetarian or vegan food to share for lunch
Cost: £45 (£35 for gatherers)Payment can be made either via bacs -contact me on 07753 957371 for details or by cash or cheque if posting via royal mail and please include a note with your name and which workshop and date in sealed envelope fao Annette Boden Room 5, 98 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6HQ

If you would like to book on any of the above retreats or would like further information please email me here or call me on 07753 957371

As always, do get in touch if you are looking for support and help. My clinics in Knutsford, Poynton, and  Macclesfield are open and I welcome you.

In my private practice I teach mindfulness-based compassion-focused approaches alongside psychotherapy and cognitive counselling to bringing about change and improving quality of life and I have the privilege of seeing huge change and success from these approaches. So do get in touch  or call me on 07753 957371 if you would like help with anxiety issues, low mood, or other issues you feel I may be able to help you with.

Corporate and Community well-being

This year I have continued to focus on  corporate and community well-being as I continue with teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion programme.

New workshop 

A new date of 24 July has now been confirmed for
“An introduction to mindful self-compassion”

This introductory workshop will be held at High Legh Village Hall just outside Knutsford.
Time: 7.00pm-8.30pm
Cost: £20 -pay up front to secure your place.
Payment can be made either via bacs -contact me on 07753 957371 for details or by cash or cheque if posting via royal mail and please include a note with your name and which workshop and date in sealed envelope fao Annette Boden Room 5, 98 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6HQ

Look out for links to all the latest news and courses and offerings from Anxiety UK!

I am really enjoying my role as chair of the board of trustees on the board for Anxiety UK. I look forward to supporting AUK and the wonderful staff and board as we move into a very special year next year! I will be  offering more discounted courses and retreats to AUK members! and I will be keeping you posted on all the news from AUK HQ!

Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed in 1970, by someone living with agoraphobia, for those affected by anxiety, stress, and anxiety- based depression.

To read more please Click Here »

What’s new!

As you know, I have the enormous privilege of being the chair of the board of trustees for the UK’s leading and multiple award- winning anxiety charity. So I continue to offer workshops in support of AUK at their HQ and will keep you posted on new events.

I am thrilled to continue my links with my esteemed colleague Karin Sieger who is supporting me with a page on her excellent website. She is the UKs leading psychotherapy blogger and I recommend you have a look at her excellent blogs!

online shopping page

My online shopping page is a new venture and I hope to update it regularly adding items of interest and enjoyment. At the moment I have CDs and downloads available. I will also be uploading videos and downloads in a free resource section as I get my new website fully up and running, so watch this space!

In my private practice I teach mindfulness based compassion focused- approaches alongside psychotherapy and cognitive counselling to bringing about change and improving quality of life and I have the privilege of seeing huge change and success from these approaches. So do get in touch  or call me on 07753 957371 if you would like help with anxiety issues, low mood, or other issues you feel I may be able to help you with.

Wishing you all well and happy, this Summer month of June 2019
Thank you so much for your continued support and as I continue to develop my programmes and offerings.


 

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