April news 2018

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Hello again and welcome to my April newsletter

It’s hard to believe but we are already a quarter of the way through 2018 and the daffodils are adorning their little yellow bonnets and the snowdrops have bid their last farewell.

I am aware of how precious time is as we experience change and uncertainty in our everyday life. I am keeping this newsletter short this month but I am including some tips here from ‘mindful’ to help ease the way. And, here are some words of wisdom from Pema Chodrun for when life gets tough and we suffer loss and here are some uplifting videos from Sharon Salzburg and warm offerings from Jack Kornfield

Read on for more details of events coming up and do get in touch if you would like to attend any of the events or see me for private consultation at one of my clinics.

As the year unfolds and you are looking for support on your personal well-being journey – check out the now well-established and popular Willersley mindful self-compassion  weekend retreats.  There are limited places and the May retreat is booking up fast! so do get in touch for more information and to reserve your place. These nourishing and uplifting weekend retreats now have a regular following and run twice a year, in the Spring-setting and revisiting intentions and in the Autumn – reviewing and refining our progress and taking time out to re-balance and reconnect with our purpose and highest nature.
The Mindful self-compassion programme transforms and transcends the mundane, and challenges of daily life-teaching essential skills for emotional resilience and well-being.
NB: The April Disley course is almost full! Just one space left.

A date for your diary!
I am really excited to announce the date of our open evening at the Brookdale clinic. We look forward to welcoming you from 6pm until 8pm for a drinks and canapes  reception Wednesday May 23 for taster sessions and an opportunity to meet the team, including myself- I am also looking forward to delivering a relaxation session! This is a free event and all are welcome but places are limited so do register your interest in the event by calling the clinic on 01565 651832 to let us know you are coming and mention that you heard about the event from my newsletter 🙂 I will be offering a 10% discount off the first consultation you book with me at The Brookdale clinic for anyone attending the evening !

I am so thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity and privilege once again be a trustee on the board for Anxiety UK.   I look forward to supporting AUK and offering discounted courses and retreats to its members! and 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 »

In my new courses I share some of the knowledge and ancient wisdom of compassion practice and the strategies to help build emotional resilience and well-being as we move  ahead in Spring 2018.

My professional  focus and ethos continues to evolve and move towards a compassionate approach to well-being that offers new strategies physical and emotional comfort based on neuroscientific findings, and continuing research into chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia and CFS.

As we look ahead I am happy to share that next month
14-20 May is ‘Mental health awareness week’ so check out the Pinches blogs that week and look out for the upcoming courses,mindfulness,meditation  and relaxation classes that will be on offer at Pinches medical.
Pinches medical’   is an ethical and visionary organisation offering a unique package of high quality health care to its members -with well-being programmes and courses including Cookery and nutrition classes, massages, yoga and more…
I can highly recommend meeting friends for a catch up and a refreshing cuppa in the beautiful Art Cafe on the ground floor of Charles Roe House -the home of Pinches medical

This April issue is filled with updated information regarding new day retreats  and new courses for 2018.

Willersley Castle Mindful self-compassion weekend retreats 2018

The Willersley Castle retreat dates confirmed for this year and places are filling up fast! So please get in touch asap to book your place which is secured with a non-refundable but transferable deposit of £50.00. You can send me a cheque or pay via bacs
The two retreat weekends this year are: 18-20 May 2018 and 5-7 October 2018





Mindful self -Compassion programme

Disley Quaker Meeting House, Disley

All MSC courses will now take place in Disley on Saturdays and Adlington Village Hall South East Cheshire on Friday afternoons. The original 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.

MSC over 5 weekends on Saturdays – with full days 10-5pm: April 28 session 1 and 2; May 12 session 3 and 4; May 26 Retreat day 10-3pm; June 9 session 5 and 6; June 23 session 7 and 8.

Venue: Disley Quaker meeting House.
Cost:   The total fee for the  course is £250.00 

For further information and an application form please contact me in the first instance on 07753 957371 or email me . Places are limited and secured by completed application form and £50 non-refundable but transferable deposit. This

can be paid online via bacs (please get in touch for details) or by postal cheque made payable to ‘Annette Boden’ and sent to ‘ 18a Green lane, Chinley, Derbyshire, SK23 6AA.
 Six weekly gatherings Disley 2018 

From January 2018 the ‘gatherings’ are now available to anyone who has trained in MSC and who wishes to keep connected to the practice and be supported with their practice and ongoing journey in the warm and friendly company of those who are also walking the path.

The dates for 2018 at Disley are as follows:
27 January 10.00-12.30pm, 17 March, 21 April, 2 June, 14 July, 25 August, BREAK FOR AUTUMN WEEKEND RETREAT AT WILLERLSEY, 20 October, 6 December 10-3 for a special extended Christmas gathering.
NB: If you would like to attend any of the gatherings  and have not completed MSC with me please get in touch with me in the first instance.

Corporate and Community well-being

This year I have continued to focus on  corporate and community well-being as I continue with teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion programme (please get in touch if you would like me to send out an information and application form for courses starting in Spring 2017) and NEW FOR 2018:  ‘Emotional resilience’, and ‘Mindful compassion for well-being’ ‘Eat well, sleep well, live well’ Three unique programmes of 4 week-weekly  training and personal development  incorporating the latest research based approaches including ‘compassion and mindfulness’ and imaginal exposure’ for valuable and lasting lifestyle changes and well-being.
I have found that motivation and intention are powerful instigators of positive lifestyle change and I found this article on ‘the science of achieving your goals’interesting and thought I would share it here with you.

MSC for teens and Young adults

I am offering MSC for teens next Spring 2018 and places are limited to 10 teens so register your interest asap and I will send out some information.  This course is the official  ‘Making friends with yourself’  MSC for teens and young adults. Research has already shown the benefits and positive outcomes for this training and I believe it will be the next great move forward in our civilisation towards compassion and emotional resilience. I have had the privilege of training in Dublin in November 2016 with Loraine Hobbs and Karen Bluth- 2 remarkable people who are setting the bar for transforming the lives of teens and young adults, so they can flourish as adults- I wish this course had been around for my generation- it really is a game changer in developing self-confidence and emotional resilience. Watch this space for further information or get in touch to discuss how I can bring this to your school or community college.

Spring 2018 at The Brookdale Clinic

It has been really lovely to begin work and offer a Friday morning clinic at this centre of excellence for a range of health and well-being treatments, including: Physiotherapy, Psychology, massage, podiatry, facials, microdermabrasion to name but a few!  I am looking forward to an official launch at our open evening on Wednesday May 23 where I will be offering a 10% discount off the first consultation for anyone attending the evening to meet me and some of my colleagues at the clinics.
online shopping page 

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


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.

Wishing you all well and happy, with an April month that is filled with Joy and compassion, and much love for yourself and for all around you in April 2018
Thank you so much for your continued support and as I continue to develop my programmes and offerings.