What are our pop up events?

Hello

As well as our evening event, we have some fabulous pop up events happening in and around York. Here is a list of the fabulous events happening on the Thursday 4th October:

Playing with Words – Claire Davies (The Greedy Wordsmith) & Gayle Johnson (Red Tree Writing)

Re-energise with Clay – Nicola Stead (The Creative Studio, York)

Hypnotherapy Drop in Day – Hypnotherapy with David Sear

Improve your Work Life Balance & Netwalk – Elaine White (Natural Entrepreneurs Workspace) & Laura Richardson (Netwalk North Yorkshire)

Little Stars Stay & Play Session – Kirsty Pearson (Relax Kids York and Selby)

Mini massage and cake! Louise Black’s Health & Beauty, East Cottingwith, fundraising for York Mind (Keep an eye out for posters advertising locally.

Plant Based Nutrition for Your Wellbeing, confusion, caution or…. with Elena, Health & Food

Click on the links to find out more.

If you would like to join us for the evening event at the Hotel du Vin, please click here

Did you listen in to the Information Takeaway Show on Two Rivers Radio on Monday, we chatted to some of our exhibitors and pop up events people – Click Here to listen in.

We would love to meet you.

Juliet

I am a campaigner!

It feels strange to say it, however, I have campaigned for my children and children like them for quite a while now. I am driven by the thought that they and others may be treated unfairly or misunderstood for something that is not their fault.

I find strength and energy I never knew I had, to face people in authority, approach people I would never normally approach and make every effort possible to shout from the rooftops about injustice to children.

I guess it depends what you classify as campaigning, when you feel like a lone voice in a sea of helplessness, when the world keeps turning and you feel isolated and angry. Where do you start when the council, the school, people you know, don’t understand? (and I can’t blame them for not understanding as ‘before’ I did not understand either.)

I think you need an outlet, a way to reclaim some power, and I think people find a variety of ways to do that. I found blogging helpful, sharing my blogs on social media and on email. Even if no-one was reading it, even if it went unopened, just writing about how I felt helped. It was a way to vent some frustration and try and reach a few people.

It comes in fits and starts, usually when I am feeling frustrated. What I find is that because I am focused on that issue and have the intention of getting the message out there, someone usually engages with what I say.

My campaign has evolved from trying to create awareness of parenting issues relating to adoption, trauma and attachment to teen issues, school issues and now mental health and education.

I see people campaigning all the time, people setting up charities and community interest companies relating to something they are passionate about, often related to issues they or their family/friends have experienced, people fundraising in amazing ways to help others.

I am inspired by their stories and the lengths people go to, to help others.

It has struck me for quite a while that our education system isn’t fit for purpose, there are tremendous people involved in education, but the system lets us all down. There are pockets of excellence, however, the education system seems stuck in the dark ages.

  • Are uniforms still useful?
  • Are detentions and isolations still serving a purpose?
  • Is being stuck in a classroom behind a desk really conducive to learning?
  • Is homework contributing to learning?
  • Are bells still necessary?

All questions I have considered and I haven’t totally made my mind up about a lot of them.

What I want people in education to do is be reflective, read as much as you can, ask for training and ask questions. All schools need an element of system and structure in order to operate, I get that, however, we not only have to think outside the box, we need to chuck the box out!

You may think this comes from a place of sitting behind a keyboard or an idealistic standpoint, however, I taught in secondary schools for 10 years, was a counsellor for 6 six years and supported two adopted children and all the subsequent learning that brought. So I feel I come at it from a place of knowledge and understanding.

What do you campaign about? I would love to know.

Have a great week.
Juliet x

What a great range of events at the York Wellbeing Day

Our Pop Up Line Up is Ready!

After a lot of hard work, we have a fantastic line up of pop up events for the York Wellbeing Day.

Our pop up events are workshops, activities and sessions happening in and around York on a great blend of themes and ideas.

Here is our line up;

Elena Holmes – Elena Health & Food

Elena is running an interactive session on how much nutrition influences our wellbeing. Weighing up the physical, emotional and mental impact of the food we eat, it also considers how do we navigate all the nutritional information we see and hear.
York City Centre

 

Kirsty Pearson – Ambiance Holistic Therapies & RELAX Kids

Kirsty is hosting a fun, interactive family session which will give you valuable tools you can use at home to encourage and foster calm and confident children. York City Centre

 

Louise Black – Louise’s Wellbeing & Beauty

Louise is running a fantastic massage event in East Cottingwith raising funds for York Mind, for a £5 donation you can get yourself a 15 minute hand, arm, back or Indian Head massage. Drinks and cakes available.
East Cottingwith

 

Claire Davies – The Greedy Wordsmith & Gayle Johnson – Red Tree Writing

Play with Words

This 3 hour interactive session will explore how writing can help you reconnect with yourself, tune into your creativity and guide you through life. Together, in an informal, supportive environment, we’ll explore our personal histories with writing, discuss the various forms of writing available to us and play with writing prompts. Everybody has the right to write, and this session will get you going whether you currently have a personal writing habit or not.
York City Centre

Helen Thorburn- East Riding Council Education Department

Helen is running a wellbeing event for her colleagues in the workplace.

Nicola Stead – The Creative Studio

Nicola is running 2 workshops from her studio at Clifton Moor.

  1. Re-energise Clay Workshop – a lunchtime event
    12-2pm. Take a break from the office and come and play with some clay. Re-energise yourself by making a clay pot and get your creative imagination going again, ready for your work head in the afternoon. Donation for materials
  2. Family Session – 4pm – 6pm Come along and create a clay pot together, work with this magical material to learn the therapeutic, calming effect of clay. Work with your child and learn these creative processes together. Donation for materials.
    Clifton Moor

Elaine White – Natural Entrepreneurs Workspace & Laura Richardson – Let’s Netwalk North Yorkshire

Improve Your Work/Life Balance

A short presentation from Elaine about the reasons she passionately believes that the future of employment and self employment is changing and why we will need more than one space to work from.

There will be an opportunity to try out the workspace and join us for a lunchtime netwalk. There are 2 sessions – morning and afternoon. £5 to cover lunch and networking opportunity.
Fulford, York

Anna Park – Forever Living

Anna is running a workshop on how to use aloe vera products in your life.

David Sear – David Sear Hypnotherapy

David is hosting a fabulous hypnotherapy drop in in his studio on Stonegate. Find out what hypnotherapy is and how it can help, book in a consultation or a session. An impressive time limited offer applies.

Free Event – Please register
York City Centre

I am pretty sure there is something there for everyone. There will be more information to enable you to book later.

Have a great weekend.

Juliet

 

Buy your ticket here:  http://choicetherapyyork.com/product/york-wellbeing-evening/

It’s Always Personal…

The reason I became a counsellor, the reason I started running the Indulgence and Self Care Evenings, the reason I began the wellbeing meet ups, the reason I am doing the York Wellbeing Day all come from the place of not wanting people to struggle, not wanting people to not know what is out there to help, not wanting people to be stuck at home feeling hopeless and helpless.

I have been in a place of utter desperation and powelessness and it’s an unpleasant place to be, where people who were supposed to be helping you, dumped you with no support. I was at rock bottom trying to help my children and the therapist backed off, they really needed help and so did I. I decided I would have to learn the techniques needed to help traumatised children, that I would need to learn to take care of myself, to enable myself to look after them. I didn’t know that what I was doing was building a support package, that I was learning how to be a trauma therapist, but that’s what I did.

I bought big, thick text books on play therapy and working with trauma, I drew on everything I had heard the therapist say and set to work on helping my children feel better – I became their therapist, I had set times to work with them, took them out of school for ‘appointments’ with me, because we surely had work to do.

To enable me to do this ‘work’ I had to look after me and I tapped in to yoga, massage therapy, reiki, essential oils, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, counselling, learning a musical instrument and creative crafts.

This is what the Indulgence and self care and craft evenings are all about, giving people choices so they can create their own support package and what the York Wellbeing Day is all about. The events I have done have very much been about women, women have connected with the message and enjoyed the events and accessed choices for them. I would also like to reach men and give them choices to take better care of themselves.

Why?
Even after all the hard work, the therapy, the support, the intervention…..

Suicide looms large in our house, it is talked about every day, the damage done by terrible parents has a huge impact on us, despite all the work I did/do as an adoptive parent and therapeutic parent, much damage was done in those early months. Sometimes I have to steal myself to open the bedroom door in the morning and wait until I see signs of breathing and breathe a sigh of relief for another day.

So the work continues and the reasons why I want women AND men to join us at our York Wellbeing Day.

With me, it’s always personal and there’s always a cause to fight for.

Want to get involved with the York Wellbeing Day or other events I have coming up? Give me a shout.

Juliet x

juliet@choicetherapyyork.com

07910 237983

Event Tickets: https://helmtickets.com/events/1823/york-wellbeing-evening

Wellbeing Weekly – York Wellbeing Day – 22/6/2018

Super Early Bird Tickets Available!

Here is your Wellbeing Weekly, keeping you up to date with goings on at the York Wellbeing Day on Thursday 4 October 2018.

Our Tickets have launched and if you can get in early you can get a ticket for £5, giving you access to all the exhibitors at the event. There are only 30 tickets available at this price!

Keep an eye on your inbox, every Friday for the latest from the day. I have also started a regular weekly Facebook ‘live’ on Monday mornings at 9am, it would be great to have you there.

Did you know the York Wellbeing Day is in partnership with Two Rivers Radio?

A local community radio station which broadcasts in central York every Monday from midday to 11pm. I present two shows – the Yor Living Well Show and the Information Takeaway both air 4pm – 5pm every other Monday – the next one is Monday 25 June. If you want a shout out or request, let me know!
Tune in Here

So who else is getting involved?

We are very pleased to welcome:

  • Kirsty Smith of Stobohealth Ltd
  • Hypnotherapy from David Sear
  • Neil Owens from Podfit Ltd

They are exhibiting at the York Wellbeing Evening at Hotel du Vin

Who else is running a Pop Up event during the day on 4 October?

Helen Thorburn (workplace based event)
Elena Holmes – Elena Health & Food
Louise Black – Louise’s Wellbeing & Beauty (East Cottingwith)
Kirsty Pearson – Ambiance Therapies (Escrick)

Perhaps you would like to get involved and host your own Pop Up Event in your workplace or group. Click the link below to register and book.

More next Friday.
Have a great weekend.

Juliet

PS. If you don’t want to hear about York Wellbeing Day, let me know and I will just email you about our other events and workshops.

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