October 2017 -New beginnings and new friends!

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 Welcoming the Autumn with new courses, new venues and new beginnings-find out more in this October 2017 issue of my monthly newsletter.


Summer’s last flowers



Today I am reflecting on the summer just past, and wanted to share with you this beautiful offering of the last flush of summer colour which was given to me as a gift, and which I was so thrilled to receive on a dark October afternoon, and which, although the summer may be over, the flowers will live on, just like our hopes, dreams, ideals,and ideas,and the love and kindness that we encounter day to day that we don’t always stop to acknowledge an reflect on with gratitude and appreciation.

Rick Hanson talks about ‘savouring the good’ to redress the ‘negativity bias’ our brain is designed with – for our survival rather than our happiness- but happiness and well-being are important also for our survival as we are learning, increasingly from the world of neuroscience and the benefits are impressive.
I had the good fortune of meeting Dr Hanson this summer at The Mindfulness Association annual summer conference. 











The conference also included talks from Professor Paul Gilbert, Vidymala Burch, and the wonderful Sharon Salzburg, who’s Loving kindness practice I have followed for many years.

In my new courses are share some of this knowledge and the strategies to help build emotional resilience and well-being as we move into Winter 2017 and look ahead to Spring 2018.

I am looking forward to building my new Friday morning clinic at The Brookdale Clinic in Knutsford. and looking forward to joining a team of specialists in their field for well-being both physical and emotional.
This October  issue is the first monthly offering for a while and I hope there is something here for everyone.
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 be starting my first course with a school this  November!
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 October issue is filled with information regarding my new practice times, and the new courses for 2017 -2018.

Mindful self -Compassion programme

Self-compassion lily


All MSC courses will now take place in South Cheshire, however 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”

Cost £50 – Venue -now confirmed as Adlington village Hall -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  now confirmed: Saturdays 10-5pm : April 28, May 12, May 26 -retreat day 10-3, June 9, June23 and venues-TBC.
The full MSC weekly  course starting February 2018
Dates: Friday afternoons 2.30-5.30pm :February 2, 9, 16,23, March 2, 9 -extended 2.00-6.00 retreat session, 23, April 6 2018.
Saturday mornings 10.00-1.00pm: February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 17 (10-2 Retreat session) ,24,31; April 7, 21 (2-5pm)
Venue: South Cheshire/ Holmes Chapel/ Goostrey/ Sandbach /Congleton/Adlington TBC
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.
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.
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



 Six weekly gatherings Disley 2017/2018 

Disley Quaker Meeting House, Disley

These ‘gatherings’ are available to anyone who has trained in MSC with me and who wish to keep connected and be supported with their practice and ongoing journey.
The remaining dates for the 2017 gatherings are:  4 November, and the final one of the year is now being held on December 9 from 10-3 for a special extended Christmas gathering. Thanks so much to all the gatherers who  attended the first gathering of 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.
I am also looking to offer ‘Open’ gatherings for anyone who has completed MSC training and dates of these will be available early 2018

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) and extending my practice hours at Park Lane in Macclesfield, and The Regency Hospital in Macclesfield.

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.

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


November 18 2017 A day of Mindful self-compassion – silent retreat



A calming day of mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, and self-compassion: Achieving Quiet calm and emotional resilience in a busy world.
November 18 2017  from 10.00am until 3.00pm
At the beautiful Quaker meeting House in Disley

This gentle and uplifting retreat is Suitable for all with MSC, MBSR training , anyone who has attended my workshops or day retreats before, or who have a formal meditation practice.
Please bring vegan or vegetarian food to share at lunch.
The cost of £45 payable in advance of the day reserves your place.
NB: Places are limited so early booking is recommended and a waiting list will be in place.
Discounted rate of £35 for ‘six weekly gatherers’
For further information and to book your place, please contact me on 07753 957371 or email me:

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


Annette Boden well-being presents

“Sleep well, eat well, Live well”


resources and help


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: 2-5.30pm 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’.


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!


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.

I wish you and your families every happiness this October and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Thank you so much for your continued support and as I continue to develop my programmes and offerings.

Please forward this email to anyone you think may find the above of interest/ useful.
Wishing you well and happy as you continue on your journey in 2017