Live Well Course in Ardingly
Here is a guide to what we shall aim to cover during the 4-week course. Please note that the order may be subject to change.
We shall invite you to try a variety of simple techniques and to discover what works for you, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to approach this. We do not wish to create any feeling of pressure. Our focus is to help you fully relax and realise there are simple methods which can help you, when practised regularly. Each of our facilitators will be pleased to answer any questions you may have, either within the group or privately.
Week 1 – ‘Coming back into balance’
Bunty Dann, our Human Givens Psychotherapist, will begin to address why your emotional needs are so important and can easily move in and out of balance, for a variety of reasons. She will talk about anxiety, stress and depression and offer an emotional needs audit for you to complete. You will receive tools to begin to manage and resolve feelings of anxiety and overwhelm, including effective breathing techniques. During the second part of this session, our aromatherapist and life coach Wendy McCallum will introduce the benefits of using essential oils and natural essences that will gently work to bring further comfort and support. You will be encouraged to create your own personalised blend to take home. A recording of Bunty’s breathing exercise will be sent out at the end of this session so you can practice her technique at home.
Week 2 – ‘Managing change with less stress’
Jo Williams, who is a specialist in Reiki, Pellowah and energy management, will provide several techniques to support energetic balance and grounding. She will share basic information on how your energy field works and help you to find new ways to develop greater self-awareness and manage change and transition more smoothly. By understanding how thoughts and beliefs create your reality, Jo will demonstrate how you can become more mindful and align yourself to happier and healthier memories and experiences. In the second part of this session, Gabrielle Anya Rafello, who teaches relaxation and vibrational medicine techniques, will introduce some deep relaxation practices following a simple guided process, and talk about the impact that your environment can have on the way you feel and the experiences you have. A recording of Gabrielle’s relaxation exercise will be shared after this session.
Week 3 – ‘Creating the right space to enjoy rejuvenating sleep’
Bunty Dann will address how anxiety can have a huge impact on your patterns of sleep and provide information and advice so that your sleep quality improves and you enjoy more energy and vitality during the daytime. Madeline Best, our Yoga Nidra teacher, will lead you through a beautiful, gentle and deep guided Yoga Nidra practice during the second part of this session. She will introduce a Sankalpa, which is a short phrase or sentence that is used as an intention, and when this is clearly and concisely expressed, it can bring about positive changes in your life.
Week 4 – ‘Having the tools you need’
During the final week of the course, Elizabeth Mansfield who is a specialist in Reiki, Reflexology and the philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu, will share a simple but highly effective Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help technique to reduce anxiety and can be practised discreetly anywhere and at any time. Gabrielle Anya Rafello will help you to identify what has been effective during the course and what you would like to continue to use to support your positive mental and emotional health and wellbeing. She will introduce further guided techniques for relaxation and balance, designed to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and incorporate simple colour therapy, crystal therapy and sound therapy tools and the practice of journaling. She will lead a chakra (energy centre) cleansing experience to release negativity and stress and talk about the importance of developing a deeper connection with nature to maintain overall wellness.
What to bring
You may find it helpful to bring a yoga mat, pillow and blanket for the week 3 Yoga Nidra exercise. Other relaxation experiences can be performed sitting or laying down. Please wear layers as your temperature could fluctuate and bring some water to drink plus a pen and notebook.
You will receive a folder with handouts to collect.
A full risk assessment has been carried out in line with Covid guidelines to ensure social distancing is maintained.
If you have any questions before, during or after the course, please email [email protected] or telephone Gabrielle on 0791 372 4183.