Annette Boden MSc

Autumn news: October 2020-lots to nourish your well-being!

Published 9 October 2020 Associated Categories Blog, Featured, News

Welcome to my Autumn newsletter

Time to replenish! Join me for some uplifting and nurturing workshops and courses from the comfort of your own home!

Hello and welcome to my Autumn newsletter. I write this as we head through the Autumn months and on towards 2020 drawing to a close as we enter the winter months.
I feel that now is an important opportunity to take stock-emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally, and relationally at this time of change and uncertainty.
Ove the Spring and Summer months I have moved everything to my online platforms and have learnt a great deal. I have also learnt that our bodies are not machines and whilst I pushed ahead to move with the times and offer what I could, I found myself having to listen to my body and slow down a bit-which I felt was strange as life did feel as if everything was on hold.

However, there was much work to be done and new and exciting ventures and adventures to experience, so I took some time to rest and recuperate. I am now really looking forward to sharing my Autumn online offerings with you and my exciting news!


Adapting to the seasons and everyday life – a fresh perspective for the months ahead

As we approach the next seasons of Autumn and winter, it is helpful to think of how nature adapts and changes to survive and give colour all year long from winter pansies to snowdrops and daffodils in the Spring, and the beautiful blossoms, and then into summer and the full bloom of the beautiful flowers such as Roses. Have you noticed when you pay attention – Something is always blooming?
As human beings there is cause for great hope, despite the current pandemic. The evolutionary psychologist and author Professor Paul Gilbert OBE recently spoke at an online conference and suggested that we can be hopeful because throughout history and our own evolution we have adapted and changed to survive external threats such as the great plague, the Spanish flu and our environments such as floods.
Nothing has wiped us out as a species-we have an evolutionary adaptive that supports flexibility and resilience. You only have to look back over the past few months to see how we collectively came together to support each other and the NHS, and how we have all got used to new technology with online platform such as zoom helping us keep connected.

Compassion, Jack Kornfield says, is our deepest nature, and it is our greatest survival asset – we are social beings and hard wired to not only problem solve through the design of our brain but also to help each other-this is how we survive and thrive as a species.
We might not be able to predict or change the future and feel some fear and even anxiety from uncertainty, but we can adapt to that challenge and choose an attitude of hope.
Try this – if you get up in the morning and often feel the weight of the day ahead and some anxiety , take a moment to interrupt and change your thought pattern by making a conscious (mindful) effort to get up gently to greet the day: Reflect on all you are thankful for and then tell yourself that something good will happen for you during the course of the day-it inevitably will 😊 what we seek we find.
As a favourite author of mine Joyce Meyer says  “ Hope is the happy and confident anticipation of good….Regardless of who you are or what condition your life is in…When you live in the garden of hope something is always blooming”

Twemlow: A brand-new spacious practice in East Cheshire !



I am thrilled to tell you about my new practice in Twemlow Green. This came after much soul searching and consideration before I closed the doors to my knutsford practice and moved everything online for a while.
My new practice lies just outside Holmes Chapel and is easily accessible from the M56 and M6 and is just off the Knutsford road between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford. For the full details of my clinic check out my consulting page here

Clinical therapy sessions in person 

Good news!

I opened the doors to my new practice at the end of September and am now able to welcome face to face clients safely.
Check out my dedicated page here for full booking details and covid guidelines. 

I continue to offer online therapy via zoom, skype, and face time. Many people run therapy practices solely online and it does work very well. I have offered skype and online therapy sessions alongside my face to face clinical practice for many years now for those unable to attend face to face due to travelling distance and my international clients.

From 1 October 2020 My online fees are £65

For further information/ to book a session/class/course Please do get in touch as I have some slots available every week and they are run from my own secure and confidential office or my Twemlow clinic. Or call me on 07753 957371.

I look forward to continuing to serve you and help you with many issues including stress and anxiety management, building emotional resilience etc. For full details of my services and the issues I provide help with you can learn more here

Assuring you of my best professional intentions at all times as I wish you well, safe, and happy and look forward to working with you.

Well-being matters

I am thrilled to be joining my esteemed colleague and friend Susan Townsend as we begin a  new partnership together with 3 amazing workshops to bring you the very best from the world of coaching, neuroscience , compassion-focused therapy, and well-being! These empowering workshops at just the start of our adventure together-so look out for our new series of  E-manuals  and our Podcast “Well-being matters “ which will begin broadcasting later winter/early Spring 2021 where we welcome guests from many fields of well-being and we talk candidly about our own experiences and what matters to us- your health and well-being and how we can help by sharing tips and techniques, advice and ideas from the very latest psychological and neuroscientifc research, with much wisdom from spiritual and compassionate traditions. We are passionate about supporting and empowering people, through nurturing and education-we are here for you!

For all my Autumn offerings carry on reading through

“Annette Boden well-being for life”: Join the club! 

I am delighted to offer a new annual membership scheme “Annette Boden well-being for life!”🤗

It is so important and helpful to have regular support as you navigate life’s challenges and look for ways to meet your needs, knowing that you are a precious human life that matters. You certainly matter to me!

For an annual membership fee of just £50 I am delighted to offer you access to a range of beneficial resources. For full details of this full package please go here , and to register your interest/apply for membership, and obtain further information, please go here

NEW online Relaxation classes

Due to these unprecedented times I am continuing to offer my relaxation class Online.
As we move into Autumn and the clocks go back at the end of October, I’m very happy to offer you this uplifting class where you can attend from the comfort of your own home, and enjoy a journey to many wonderful places in nature throughout the winter months.

A weekly session of deep relaxation with mindfulness, self-compassion, and guided visualisation.

The online version runs via the Zoom meeting platform which means we are able to see each other and I facilitate the class via video link-so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home 🙂

I am continuing to offer 6 sessions at a reduced rate throughout the summer so if you pay for all six sessions upfront the cost will be just £20 and payable via bacs if you do online banking or £23 if you choose the paypal option. If you wish to attend ad hoc then I am also reducing the weekly session to £5 payable in advance of the session. I will also offer some handouts and downloads as part of this package to keep everyone going during the physical isolating period.

You can opt for sound only also so that you can lie down on your bed at home if you wish or you can attend with full video and audio sitting on a comfortable chair.

At the first session you sign up for there will be meet and greet and time allowed for logging on and any difficulties to be ironed out 🙂

Please get in touch here for further information so that I can email you the meeting ID and password for the zoom sessions. Or call me in the first instance on 07753 957371

I look forward to welcoming you on Wednesdays at 6.30pm until 7.15pm

Wishing you all safe and well🙏

NB: I  am offering my online relaxation class with a discount for everyone and to NHS staff  for FREE so please email here directly to obtain the zoom meeting ID and password. 

So, what new offerings do I have this  Autumn?

A new offering of  Hypnotherapy products!

I am delighted to introduce you to Healthy audio – a fantastic resource of excellent hypnosis recordings for better health. I have had the privilege of training under Michael Mahony -the founder and owner of Healthy audio ltd and I can testify to the quality and benefits of his recordings. I completed my IBS hypnotherapy training with Mike and cancer hypnotherapy.
Healthy audio offers a range of products to improve well-being.

“We pride ourselves on our customer service as well as our products, which include the highly acclaimed IBS Audio Program 100 for adults, and the IBS Audio Program 60 for Children, Anxiety, Insomnia, Stress, Emotional recovery after breast cancer and many others, all developed using our structured approach of bringing ideas to life, so you live your life better. ” 

A brand new collaboration!
Time and space-making it count: a series of 3 compassion-focused resilience building workshops

I am delighted to be delivering this new 3-workshop  ‘resilience and motivation’ online interactive and educational series with my esteemed colleague and friend -the absolutely gorgeous Susan Townsend of Perspective Coaching

I am blessed that our paths have crossed. I hope you enjoy our uplifting and enjoyable collaboration as we share the very best of our experience and what the latest researched based well-being practices for corporate leaders and individuals-making positive change happen.

We have been working hard during lock-down to bring you the very best training, grounded in neuroscience and positive psychology, and the latest research into well-being and resilience training.

 How would you like to take some time and space to focus on what really matters -your emotional, physical, and relational well-being?

These are uncertain and ever-changing times, and we are moving into the winter months where good health and well-being are essential. Susan and I are looking forward to holding your hand every step of the way, mindfully, and compassionately as we guide you through three amazing workshops!

Get in touch here to register your interest. Let’s share the love! Introduce a full-paying  friend and get a £5 discount 🤗

IMPORTANT: Please note: there are limited places so that we provide a more intimate and supportive space and allow for nurturing discussion and sharing to unfold.

The well-being series will comprise of three  interactive and experiential 1.5-hour workshops over 3 weeks – as you gather momentum.

The focus of these workshops will be “what matters to you” emotionally, physically, mentally, relationally-in fact anything that stands in the way of your well-being and resilience as you ‘come through Covid’ -we will address and give you the tools to facilitate positive lasting change.

Susan and I are passionate about helping you fulfill your well-being potential-because YOU MATTER.

We are looking forward to supporting you as you navigate your way through a range of compassion- focused positive psychology and mindfulness-based stress management strategies, aimed at developing, promoting, and maintaining healthy well-being habits through motivation, inspiration, and resilience.

NB: this course is for anyone who wants to make a real difference to their everyday life and increase their emotional well-being and resilience- we are looking for committed, determined individuals who are ready to  be nurtured, coached and supported through these  essential compassion -focused resilience workshops.

NB: £5 from each ticket sale will be going to Anxiety UK- Britain’s leading anxiety charity to help promote awareness for anxiety and this incredible charity that supports those at their most vulnerable.

Here are the online dates for your diary:

Dates: Thursday October 22 , Thursday October 29,  Thursday 5 November

Time: 6.30pm-8.00pm

Your investment: £35 per workshop if booking individually or at the discounted rate of £90 when book all 3!
Please note: tickets are Non- refundable but transferable. NB: £5 from each £35 ticket will be donated to Anxiety UK

Your investment: £35 per workshop if booking individually or at the discounted rate of £90 when book all 3 !

Get in touch here to reserve your place

Mindful self-compassion full programme this Autumn

This Autumn from Saturday October 17 over five Saturdays online

 I am delivering this empowering and resilience building training now online as I did the summer course. Therefore, an automatic discount of £30 is applied and the total fee is reduced from £280 to £250. Places have filled up quickly but there are still a couple of places left so do get in touch asap if you would like to reserve a place and get the application form sent out via email.

I hope you will join me for the journey- Mindful self-compassion is so important now more than ever in these uncertain times. So check out the details here asap  for all the information and booking!
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.

I hope you will join me for the journey- Mindful self-compassion is so important now more than ever in these uncertain times. So check out the details here for all the information and booking!

 The benefits of mindful self-compassion – an interview with Lauren McQuade
I always think of mindful self-compassion as a saving grace for me and am passionate about sharing the benefits. So I was thrilled to be invited to talk on radio Stirling online last week with the lovely Lauren McQuade.

The conversation covered many aspects of Mindful self-compassion and we also focused on the inner critic and how self-compassion helps us to discover the ‘wise voice within ‘ which motivates us for healthy lifestyle changes and letting go of old unwanted habits.

I have put the link here for you to have a listen to
Please don’t hesitate, as always, to get in touch, if you would like to know more about Mindful self-compassion and the latest course dates and venues I am offering in 2020!

NB: All MSC courses and Six weekly gatherings will take place online this Autumn and winter.

From Spring 20201 I hope to return to face to face courses .All MSC courses will  take place in Mid Cheshire and  South East Cheshire.
Once we return to face to face next Spring, 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 

NB: Places are limited get in touch here to learn more and get the application form. You can also download the application form here

Individual support

Please check out my COVID PRACTICE PLAN HERE for my Knutsford and Macclesfield clinics. I am hoping to reopen my doors on August 11 with some guidelines and covid secure measures in place 🙏

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.

 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 navigate our way through these uncertain times. AUK have provided an incredible resource throughout the last few months-above and beyond all their usual services and I commend their compassion and resourcefulness. It is the 50th anniversary  for AUK this year and whilst we have not been able to celebrate in the ways we might have done before covid. There is much to celebrate with new partnerships and offerings from more online support and compassion-focused therapy.
AUK is a charity, and as the UK’s leading anxiety charity, they have pulled out all the stops to be there for the most vulnerable more than ever before, and meeting the increasing demand. Despite this of course, AUK relies on donations which have seen a drop since covid began and people’s finances have suffered. To keep the services going they work very hard and I am so very proud to support them. To that end Susan Townsend and I are donating a percentage from every sale of our new resilience workshops to AUK! So do get in touch for further information and to book your place    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 »

online shopping page

My online shopping page is still a new venture and I hope to update it regularly adding items of interest and enjoyment. At the moment I have 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!

I wish you safe, well, and happy wherever your path may lead this month and I look forward to sharing with you again in my November newsletter.

Thank you so much for your continued support and as I continue to develop my programmes and offerings.


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