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Thank You


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Phew, that’s another ChangeCamp completed. A big thanks to everyone who contributed and took part in a great Autumn 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 Spring ChangeCamp 2017 on 18th March next year.

Hope to see you there.


We Certainly Retreated!

A big Thank You to everyone who joined us at the end of another wonderful Change Camp day for our mini Autumn Retreat. I think we broke some health & safety regulations squeezing so many bodies in such a tight space but who knew that powering down for just a short while could result in so many great outcomes – the best night’s sleep for ages …. determination to tackle a workplace bully …… book that holiday of you dreams  …… stop taking on so many family responsibilities …..  say yes to a date ….. dance more! Wow & it’s only Monday. We always love to hear from you following a relaxation session so please keep your feedback coming. Do hope you can join us in relaxing & reviving as we bust some stress in style at our Pre Festive Retreat Day on Sunday 11th December at Linden Hall – as ever we’re all hoping we get snowed in!


Time to Retreat!

What better way to end your day than to relax to revive at Change Camp. As ever The Retreat People, Chris & Sue look forward to welcoming friends old & new to our mini Autumn Autumn Retreat.

We Know You Know but Remember – To Enjoy Your Relaxation Retreat Please Bring:

  • Comfortable clothing so that you can fully experience some easy relaxation exercises.
  • Your favourite cosy blanket or cover – some people like to lie on the floor to fully relax although chairs will also be available (You already know – We always say, Teddy Bears & Slippers are optional!)

Presentation: The Unhappiness Vaccine – How To Seduce Yourself To Happiness

The Unhappiness Vaccine

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I hope you can help? As a participant of this workshop, I want to share some ideas and exercises that when practiced will make you happier.

My request for you is to share these ideas and exercises with people in your life. My idea is sharing what easily makes us happier will in a small way make the world a better place. Thank you!

Workshop Details
Many people often feel unhappy and more often than not this is not a good thing. Why not? We are habit making organisms who’s habits are constructed over time. We are massively influenced by our environment and how we react and respond to this.

By understanding a little bit about the differences between memory and experience ( Daniel Kahneman ) and utilising what and how we use our bodies consciously, and this is the key, conscious effort, just a few minutes a day, can change our complete outlook, to rewire thoughts and thinking patterns is amazing.

Did you know while reading this you have either shaked your head yes or no, in considering this information? Those who have nodded agreement, within this short description, are most likely to attend. How we physically respond to a suggestion is one topic of this workshop. Another topic is how we focus attention, so that means prioritising what is valuable in the moment.

Hope to see you here.

Presentation: The Mind Body Connection

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Image courtesy of Run On Beat

We have all heard about positive thinking and how we need to look after our mental and physical well-being.

How many of us actually take time out for ourselves it are busy lives to do just that?

In this workshop we will be looking at the mind and body connection in our everyday life, how it impacts us in a positive and negative way and how simple changes in one or the other can improve both.

We will look at simple yet effective examples of small changes in body position can help both physical comfort as well as have a dramatic effect on your mood.

We will work through the circles that bind us, negative body postures, habitual patterns etc that stop you living in and enjoying the moment and activities that can bring further balance into your life.

We will be exploring ways to allow you to get the most out of your body in a safe and pain free way that in turn will allow your mind to be free from emotional binds that you back.

So if you have chronic pain in your back, shoulders, knees or just injuries that you would like to work on, join me to see how much better you can feel.

Presentation: Refresh And Recalibrate

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Do you often set yourself targets or goals, only to find that they are impossible to meet or that life just gets too busy to make time for committing to the goals?

When this happens, you may find that you beat yourself up and use internal dialogue that can be really unhelpful. This in turn usually means that you end up stuck and not being able to progress towards the goal.

The inner chatter of a busy or confused mind then intensifies what may have started out as a straightforward task into something that may now seem impossible.

In this taster session from the Refresh and Recalibrate day, you will be guided through some strategies to identify alternatives to setting unachievable goals and how to deal with diversions along the way as well as being kinder to your inner self if things don’t go according to plan.

Presentation: Create Your Own Happiness


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When we are in a happy state we usually find that we have more resilience in dealing with everyday tasks.

For some people a happy state seems to come naturally and for others they strive to gain happiness from other people or future situations that they are looking forward to.

During challenging or difficult times, it is sometimes hard to access a happier state which can make problems or difficulties seem bigger than they actually are.

When we interact with other people, how we come across impacts on the relationships that we form. When we are in a happy state the connection that we make with others is often much richer and our behaviours are often reflected back at us.

Happiness heightens our capacity to learn. Consider how a child learns through play and with that enjoyment they are able to absorb more information. This is something that can dissipate as we move through the school system and through work as we are moulded to present ourselves in a formal manner.

During this session, there will be demonstration and practice techniques on how to create a happier state. This session will give you strategies that you can use to access resources within you to have happier state when you need it.

Presentation: Laughter Yoga Workshop


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This is the Laughter workshop – 45 minutes of serious laughing – this is the workshop that will leave you smiling for days and is a perfect way to round off the ChangeCamp experience.

Please note this presentation starts at 4pm.

Presentation: Tapping Into Feeling Better

Tapping Into Feeling Better

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Sometimes life can be stressful and distressing.

If you would like to learn a simple way to reduce your levels of stress and distress then this short introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or “Tapping” might be just what you need.

EFT is a deceptively simple process that literally taps into the body’s own soothing response to reduce the power of unpleasant emotions.

In this brief introduction Andy Hunt (AAMET Accredited Master EFT Trainer) will show you have to use this technique to reduce the stress and distress you feel in everyday life.

He will also demonstrate a gentle method to change stressful feelings into something more useful and resourceful.

By the end of this presentation you will have a simple effective process at your fingertips to deal with the simple stresses and distresses of everyday life.

You don’t need any previous experience of EFT to attend.

Presentation: Awareness Of Anxiety And How To Manage It


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Anxiety is a very common state that most of us experience on a daily basis. It is fuelled by our increasingly busy lifestyles, the media, social media, peer pressures and more.

Anxiety presents with different symptoms to different people but all these symptoms have one thing in common – they feel unpleasant. Anxiety also stops one from experiencing life to the full and being present in life.

The good news is that with awareness of anxiety, we can do many things to decrease those unpleasant feelings that anxiety brings. In doing so, we can improve our quality of life and feel happier.

In this presentation, we will learn about what exactly is anxiety, why we have it, how to recognise it and the implications of it. We will also explore of some of the various methods that can be used to reduce anxiety and thus help us enjoy our lives more.

The presentation will involve some practical exercises so bring along some examples of what causes you to feel anxious.

Presentation: The Greatest Love Of All

The Greatest Love Of All

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Living in today’s world can be tough on us, both emotionally and physically.

Why then do we we feel the need to be so tough on ourselves too?

When we really take time to look at how we treat ourselves we’ll usually find that we’re our own worst enemy and critic.

We often don’t feel that it’s socially acceptable to big ourselves up or blow our own trumpets so to speak, this would be frowned upon and seen as big headed, right?

In this presentation we’ll look at the effects of stifling that self love on our day to day lives. Let’s turn it all around, let’s not be big headed or arrogant but let’s just explore how we can change our own world by being a little kinder to ourselves, showing ourselves the same compassion that we so freely give to others.