A Christmas wish list and a New Year treat
Traditionally, Christmas marks the end of one year and prepares us for the next. December is a time to take stock and reflect on the year that is drawing to a close. So, it is a good time to think about all we have achieved, overcome, and learnt as we prepare for the festive season and the new year ahead. Focus only on the positive – you will have achieved much more than you think when you start to reflect
- Love is the best gift to share this Christmas – be it through giving a helping hand to those around us or just making contact with old friends, relatives we rarely see, and making new friends.
- Kindness and compassion for self and others releases a powerful and important chemical called oxytocin that promotes our health and well-being.
- Compassion and loving kindness heal emotional rifts
- Be kind to yourself through the busy festive season and as part of your new year programme of wellbeing commitment pamper yourself and nourish your body and mind from a selection of the many wellbeing treats on offer, and perhaps treat a friend or loved one too!
- The Practice of mindfulness and meditation help ease our way through the winter months and the festive season- calming the busy mind and helping to bring a sense of emotional wellbeing.
- Get the new year off to a positive start with a special day retreat of mindful self-compassion and setting your goals and intentions on January 13 at Adlington Village Hall. For details of this and other retreats and courses for emotional resilience and wellbeing in 2018 call me on 07753 957371 or email me
On a more poignant note this year, I am aware of the sadness and loss of loved ones many of you are feeling right now and I am aware of loss close to my own home and heart, so I wanted to share something with you that I hope will be helpful and bring some comfort.
I have come across many articles and pieces over the years that I share with my with my clients when I am working with bereavement and I am sharing a couple of pieces here this year, and a new article I came across recently from the Huffington post on ‘How to survive the holiday season after loss’ and ‘cruise’ offer some tips too and finally, Jack Kornfield offers this ‘meditation on grief’
I am reminded of the special message that this time of year brings, one filled with compassion, and of the hope that we can wish each other well and cherish those we have around us.
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 into Winter 2017 and look ahead to Spring 2018.
This Autumn and Winter, and into 2018 I am planning the MSC course in its 8 week format, and adapted versions over 5 weekends, and for health care professionals a specially adapted 4-week version developed by Professor Kristin Neff- self-compassion researcher and founder of MSC with her colleague Chris Germer.
I am also offering adapted courses to teachers and I am thrilled to have begun my first course with a school this past November! This is truly a home-coming for me as it is my old school where I had some of the best years of my life and learnt core values that have kept me in good stead as I have journeyed through life’s path.
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.
This December issue is filled with updated information regarding my new practice times, and the new courses for 2018.
All MSC courses will now take place in Disley on Saturdays and Adlington Village Hall South East Cheshire on Friday afternoons. 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.
A New Year day retreat Saturday 13 January 2018:
“Setting our intention and motivation for the year ahead”
A unique and uplifting day of mindfulness, self-compassion, guided reflection and practice, and deep relaxation, and good company. An introduction to Mindful self-compassion.
Saturday January 13 2018
Venue: Adlington Village Hall
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: £50.00 payable by cash/cheque/via bacs in advance of the day.
A winter bonus! – spreading the word about the benefits of Mindful self-compassion and retreats.
I am offering £5 off for anyone who brings a friend paying full price for the day and – if you introduce 2 or more friends who book on and attend you will get a 50% discount for the day you attend with your friends.
Also, £20 of the full price of this workshop will be deducted from the spring Mindful self-compassion programme when you sign up on the day!
NB: Places are limited and booking up fast! For further information and to book a place
Call me on 07753 957371 or email me as soon as possible
Cost £50 – Venue South Cheshire or Disley TBC -this will include an introduction to MSC practices and a discount will be offered to all participants wishing to sign up for the full MSC programme being offered starting February 3 2018, or over 5 weekends starting late Spring 2018-Dates and venues-TBC.
The official Mindful Self-Compassion programme
The full MSC weekly course starting February 2018
The full MSC weekly course starting February 2018
Dates: Friday afternoons 2.30-5.30pm: February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 -extended 2.00-5.30 retreat session, 23, April 6 2018.
Venue: Adlington village Hall
Saturday mornings 10.00-1.00pm: February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 17, 24 (10-2 Retreat session) ,31; April 7, 21 (2-5pm)
Venue: Disley Quaker meeting (except 24th retreat session) I am looking for a venue for this date and will confirm asap.
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: A new reduced fee is being offered at £220 for the course + £30 for the retreat session with the new fully updated programme. This includes all handouts, refreshments, and includes a half-day silent retreat. The length of sessions has reverted back to 2 3/4 hours with a 15- minute break as per the latest guidelines from The Centre for Mindful Self Compassion to ensure that 85% of the course materials are covered. The sessions can be offered at 2.5 hours, but this would mean less time for absorbing the material and immersing in the work. I have therefore added back in the original half hour and extended the retreat session which is £30 so the total fee for the 9 session course to meet partial requirement for teacher training 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.
NB:I have had a number of inquiries regarding completing the programme again.
I myself completed the programme twice to reinforce my learning before undertaking ‘teacher training’ so for anyone wishing to complete this rewarding and life-affirming programme again I am offering a 50% discount
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 remaining date for the 2017 gatherings is This Saturday December 9 and runs from 10-3 for a special extended Christmas gathering. If you are joining us, please let me know ASAP so I can plan refreshments. Please bring vegan or vegetarian food to share for lunch and a warm blanket if you feel the cold- a special note will be going out to all my regular gathers also. Thanks so much to all the gatherers who have attended in 2017 and shared so much.
The dates for 2018 at Disley are as follows:
27 January 10.00-12.30pm, 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.
Settling in to new surroundings
As I approach the anniversary of my first year in a new home and a new county- or rather a return to a home county, I have discovered new avenues of self-compassion practice and teaching.
My Chinley practice days are now Mondays and Wednesdays.
I am developing a new practice in the Knutsford/Wilmslow/Holmes chapel areas, so, I am looking for ‘a place of my own’ where I can continue my flexible service at times to suit. This is proving a lengthier process than I thought! and I would be grateful for any suggestions of places in these areas I can look into.
I continue to offer services at Sett Valley (for the time being), Priorslegh in Poynton, and extending my practice hours at Park Lane in Macclesfield, and The Regency Hospital in Macclesfield. I also offer appointments on Friday mornings at my new clinic at The Brookdale clinic in Knutsford.
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 in the early spring where you will be able to come along to an open day or evening (day and time TBC) and meet me and some of my colleagues at the clinics.
There are new retreats and workshops on offer to help you to keep your focus on your intentions and goals- these will begin in January 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
Check out the APP insight meditation. I have just uploaded a free mediation there “Giving and receiving compassion” the third of the core meditations from the Mindful self-compassion programme. If you would like an MP3 download of the meditation just for you, please email me
New for Spring 2018
“Mindful Compassion for well-being”
A 4-week programme introducing mindful self-compassion with an option to continue to complete the official MSC 8-week programme starting March 2018
This adapted course is based on the Compassion-focused therapeutic approaches taken from the mindful self-compassion courses of Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. The course will focus specifically on mindfulness based approaches to emotional well-being and is not intended to replace psychological therapy. It will also involve some group discussion and deep relaxation techniques.
The cost is £100 for the full 4 weeks. Places are limited and secured by a £50 non-refundable but transferable deposit payable via bacs online (contact me for details) or by cheque made payable to ‘Annette Boden’ and sent to ‘ 18a Green lane, Chinley, Derbyshire, SK23 6AA’.
Venue: South Cheshire / Adlington / Wilmslow /Alderley Edge TBC
Dates TBC: 1.5 hours per week – 4 weekly evenings/ afternoons/ Saturday mornings Starting March 2018
Please register your interest and preferred time of week by email or call me on 07753 95731
A series of 4 uplifting weekly workshops for complete well-being which can be taken individually or as a complete package
Cost: £30 per workshop or £25 per workshop when attending all 4
Venue: South Cheshire TBC. It is most likely going to be Adlington village Hall or Holmes Chapel, or Goostrey. I am going to be running this course over a number venues and times to accommodate as many people as possible so they will run on weekday afternoons, mornings, evenings, and Saturdays.
Dates: Starting Wednesday November 15 with ‘Sleeping well’ , 22, ‘Eating well’, 29, ‘Work-life balance’, and December 6, ‘Developing emotional resilience’
Times: 2-4.30pm and 6.30-9.00pm
Places are limited and secured by £30 if only attending one session or £100 if attending all four to complete the course – prior to commencement of the course payable via bacs online ( contact me for details) or by cheque made payable to ‘Annette Boden’ and sent to ‘ 18a Green lane, Chinley, Derbyshire, SK23 6AA’.
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!
Further news and updates, and a request:
- Back copies of psychology journals: If you know of any schools or colleges that would like some journals for their psychology department or class, then do get in touch. I have back dated copies of the British Psychological society journal and other psychotherapy journals for anyone who is interested.
- Blythe House day retreats 2017 facilitated by David Oldham
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 a Christmas and New Year that is filled with hope and compassion for yourself and for all around you.
Thank you so much for your continued support and as I continue to develop my programmes and offerings.
Please share with anyone you think may find the above of interest/ useful.
Wishing you well and happy as you continue on your journey to the end of 2017 and into 2018