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Autumn ChangeCamp 2016

Autumn ChangeCamp 2016Although it seems as though summer has just struggled into view I’ve started work on this Autumn’s ChangeCamp taking place on Saturday 15th October.

It’s early days yet, but as the weeks go on I will be adding presentations to the Autumn line up.

The fee’s for this event are unchanged. The Early Bird fee of £15 applies if you book online before Saturday 1st October, thereafter the full fee for the ChangeCamp event is £25.

A concessionary fee of £10 is available for students and the unwaged.

ChangeCamp has become a very popular event. This year’s Spring ChangeCamp was sold out in advance.

There are 90 places available for this event, so book on-line to secure your place and prevent disappointment.

Presentation: The Flower Of Health

Health FlowerGood health comes from much more than good genetics.

The elements that contribute to health can be grouped into six categories: Balance; Self-Awareness; Relationships; Physical; Healthy Behaviours; and Purpose.

In this Health workshop Holly will help you explore some health related Self-Awareness techniques that you can easily learn and continue to use after the workshop.

Having been trained by some of the best NLP Health specialists – Robert Dilts, Susie Smith, Kris and Tim Halbom, Holly has been given permission to share these techniques with you to help spread good health around the world.

Presentation: How To Show Up More Bravely In The Arenas Of Your Life


Image courtesy of Sacha Chua

This presentation is based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown Ph.D. LMSW, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work., who has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers; Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), and The Gifts of Imperfection (2010).

The ‘arena’ is a metaphor for areas of our lives where we want to show up more bravely, and be seen, even if the outcome is uncertain. Our arenas could be a difficult conversation, going for a new job, facing bad news, a relationship. When our hand is on the door of the arena, what stops us going in? What has us stay small and play safe?

Come and explore how you ‘do’ vulnerability (defined as uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure) when it really counts, and what holds you back when you really want to move forward.

I’ll be asking you to choose an area of your life you want to show up and be seen more bravely in, and we’ll explore what some of the inner and outer critical voices are in your arena, and how you can nurture a more empathic support section and kinder inner voice to cheer you on.

Yes, it can be challenging facing our inner voices of ‘not good enough’ or ‘not ready’, but I believe it’s worth understanding how and why we may be holding ourselves back on an area of life we’re ready to grow in! It’s ok to be brave and afraid at the exact same time.

No previous experience is needed.

Lindisfarne Music Festival

Keith AdamsFor Change Campers who enjoy my Laughter Yoga – I will be facilitating Laughter Yoga at the Lindisfarne Music Festival on Saturday 3rd September.

Presentation: How To Stay Happy While The Sky Falls In

How To Stay Happy While The Sky Is Falling

Image courtesy of Petras Gagilas

The BREXIT referendum, terrorism and fatal shootings feature regularly in the media.

Turn on the TV, read the paper and it feels like our economy, politics and society is blown!

This is a confusing time.

So how can we stay happy when the sky seems to be falling in?

This workshop suggests ways to turn away from the part of you that wants to be snarky while the world seems to be burning around you.  It focuses on the part that is genuine and loads more positive about the future (while still a little scared).

Join me and find out what really matters when the sky seems to be falling in.

Source and idea from the charity Action for Happiness

Springing Back Into Life

As ever Change Camp was such an amazing day & all the more fabulous that so many of of you chose to relax, revive & retreat with us at the end of the day – we win the prize for squeezing so many relaxed bodies into the Red Room! Apologies that some people missed out on our mini retreat workshop, we were fully booked so stress busting space was at a premium!

Thank you for your updates – great to hear folks are sleeping so much better, feeling more relaxed yet energised & participants felt so focussed that some very big decisions were reached. Well done you – it’s amazing what can be achieved when we put our minds to it & we love to hear your achievements.

Do come & join us at Spring Retreat Day at Linden Hall Hotel on Sunday 17th April. It’s guaranteed to put the spring back in your step. A whole luxurious day of mindfully powerful techniques to manage any unwanted stress, those nagging worries & fearful anxieties so that you can reclaim that all important peace of mind. What’s not to like … wonderful food & great company as you snuggle up into one of Linden’s big cosy armchairs as we relax, reflect & revive ready to enjoy the Spring sunshine ahead.

Chris @ The Retreat People www.theretreatpeople.co.uk

World Laughter Day Sunday 1st May at the Angel of the North

For ChangeCamp Laughter Yoga fans, friends and everyone, we are getting together on Sunday 1st May to celebrate World Laughter Day with Laughter Yoga.  Laughter will be led by my friend and colleague Laughter Yoga Ambassador Lotte Mikkelsen.  Details are on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1545595485731348/

A fun time!  Hope to see you there!  And a big thank you to all who joined my “Young at Heart” workshop and to the amazing gigglers enjoying my Laughter Yoga Playshop!

Thank You

image courtesy of Patrick Hoesly

image courtesy of Patrick Hoesly

Phew, that’s another ChangeCamp completed. A big thanks to everyone who contributed and took part in a great Spring ChangeCamp 2016. I hope you all had as good a day as I did.

Thank you to everyone who came along to learn and explore the fascinating world of psychological change and who joined in the event so willingly.

Thank you to all the presenters who gave their time and expertise freely. As far as I could tell a lot of people got a lot out of the presentations.

A big thank you to the people who helped make ChangeCamp happen behind the scenes. Everyone who helped me with the preparation, pitched in on the day to set-up the rooms, and restore them at the end. All the people who helped keep things running through the day at the door and in the hall.

ChangeCamp is a conference on a shoestring, there is no paid help, if it wasn’t for the people who join in and help it just wouldn’t happen. To all of you, and you know who you are, my heartfelt thanks.

I hope you learned a lot on the day, met some lovely people and are looking forward to the Autumn ChangeCamp 2016 on 15th October this year.

Hope to see you there and in the meantime have a great spring and summer.


Get Ready To Relax & Revive @ Spring Change Camp

Change Camp is always such a special day, we always return home buzzing with new ideas & fresh thinking.

The Retreat People, Chris & Sue are so looking forward to welcoming you to the last workshop of the day where we can take time out to simply relax, reflect & revive our busy curious minds.

To Help You Enjoy Your Mini Retreat You Might Want To Remember:

  • Wear clothing that you feel comfortable relaxing in.
  • Bring your favourite lightweight cosy blanket or cover – some people like to lie on the floor although chairs will also be available
  • Just bring your desire to relax, chill out & simply enjoy yourself.

Here’s To Reviving With You In Style,

Chris & Sue – The Retreat People

Presentation: How To Use Self Hypnosis And Visualisation To Create A More Fulfilled You


Image courtesy of Danielle Buma

Self-Hypnosis can be, when used properly, one of the most powerful tools you can access.

In this workshop you’ll learn how access your own learning state, to go deep into hypnosis using the skills you’ll be taught that will stay with you from here on.

You’ll learn how to give yourself hypnotic suggestions, then how to tap into your senses that you don’t use as much making them stronger and as valuable as your number one sense. You’ll also learn how to use this tool to create a better more fulfilled you.

This hour workshop will be great fun and very informative and if you’re looking forward to it half as much as I am then I’m looking forward to it twice as much as you are! See you there.