September 2016- Time to celebrate! A big anniversary, embracing change and new beginnings – a look ahead to more mindful self -compassion offerings and training.

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So here we are – arriving at the end of summer and the beginning of the Autumn season.
This is a time of reflection for me. This summer has seen many changes and the birth of many new projects and beginnings. Do have a look through my new website where I hope you will find the new look inviting and easy to navigate. It is also a time of celebration for me. I have arrived at my tenth anniversary in my Chinley practice and I have loved every moment of providing service to the high peak and surrounding areas.
In the ten years that have passed, I have grown and evolved as a practitioner and expanded into the field of training and mindful self-compassion. I look forward to continuing to grow and evolve as I take a short break from teaching and take some time now to deepen my own practice on the mindful path after a busy summer and I look forward to teaching “Making friends with yourself” – Mindful self-compassion for teens following my training in Dublin later in the year.

I now have the Willersley Castle retreat dates provisionally booked for next year so do get in touch to register your interest so that I can secure the dates.
There are two retreats next year : 23-25 June 2017 and 29 September 2 October 2017

Further news and updates, and a request:

  • 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.
  • From October this year I am expanding my clinical practice and Mindful self-compassion training into South and East Cheshire- reaching Knutsford, Congleton, Holmes Chapel, Alderley Edge, and Wilmslow.
  •   Willersley Castle Hotel Autumn weekend retreat of Mindful self-compassion practice.
    set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, just a short stroll to Cromford canal and the historic Arkwright museum village. November 4-6 2016. Limited places. More details here!

NB: as of September 14 there are just a few places left so completion of the information form, and a deposit and a first installment or the full amount is payable by the end of September. I can then confirm your place on the November weekend retreat at the beautiful Willersley Castle Hotel in the mews. There are limited places for single en-suite but I have reserved enough if you book soon. For more details from the March retreat have a look here. It is an all-inclusive weekend of mindfulness, nurturing, replenishment, and self-compassion.

For more information /to reserve your place call me on 07753 957371 or email me.

The Willersley Castle Hotel Weekend Mindful self-compassion March retreat was an uplifting and very special experience for me. This was the first of its kind that I have facilitated- the first of many! I am deeply grateful to all the participants who made the weekend so beautiful with their sharing, and good company.

Willersley Castle Hotel, for me superseded expectations- the food and setting were superb, and the staff were warm and attentive.


A special message to all mums and dads of teenagers going back to school or college or starting out at university
This month can be a challenging time for teenagers as they begin a new term, or start at college or university. It is a time of change and uncertainty and I have worked with an increasing number of young adults in my clinical practice over the years. With the added demands from social media and the other pressures of living in the modern world, there seems to be little time for them to simply breath and relax for a while. I have found teaching deep relaxation through clinical hypnosis, in combination with cognitive counselling and compassion focused- mindful self-compassion practices to be anecdotally extremely helpful and effective with my young adult clients. It helps them to sleep better and focus on their studies and planning for the future with more confidence.
If you have a son or daughter that is struggling at the moment and you feel they might be open to and benefit from a couple of sessions to support them in their own journey through the new term then give me a call on 07753 957371.

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.

Below are details of my retreats for Autumn 2016 and a look ahead to 2017

The Six weekly gathering

The next date for the six weekly gathering is on Saturday October 22 10.00am-12.30pm at our usual gathering home – Disley Quaker meeting House.
The topic is open so do get in touch this week if you have anything you would like to cover.
I would like to thank everyone who attended for a special retreat day for gatherers in August on Saturday 20th. It was a beautiful day and so good to see so many of you connecting and sharing as our community grows.
These gatherings are open to all who are completing or who have completed the MSC programme and are a great way to keep your practice going, an opportunity to discuss any issues or insights you have encountered in the previous weeks, reconnect with each other and share experiences of the practices. Each time I cover a topic or theme from the course and we have open discussion and sharing time. The cost is just £20 for each gathering.

Expanding the Mindful self-compassion training into East and South Cheshire.

I am expanding my teaching into East and South Cheshire and I look forward to sharing this beautiful programme throughout 2017. Check out my website over the next few months for details of when and where.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, 9 session (a day retreat is included) training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the ground-breaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.

After participating in the 8- week programme, you’ll be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit
        November retreat 4-6 November 2016

There are just a few places left so completion of the information form, and a deposit and a first instalment or the full amount is payable by the end of September. I can then confirm your place on the November weekend retreat at the beautiful Willersley Castle Hotel in the mews. There are limited places for single en-suite but I have reserved enough if you book soon. For more details from the March retreat have a look here. It is an all-inclusive weekend of mindfulness, nurturing, replenishment, and self-compassion.


Thank you to all who have already booked and I look forward to seeing you there!


The cost of £270 for the full weekend retreat includes full board with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, all meals and full retreat programme from Friday to Sunday.

Open to all who have completed the MSC training or have a formal meditation practice, and have completed other mindfulness- based courses.
A deposit of £50.00 (non-refundable) will secure your place. The full amount remaining is due by the end of September.
For full terms and conditions contact me
NB There is a £20 discount for MSC six weekly gathering members. The retreat will run from Friday early evening until Sunday at 4.00pm.


Here’s some of the feedback from the Spring retreat:

“I have enjoyed so much about this weekend. The attention to detail that you always do is lovely, it’s so enriching and comforting and calming. It makes me feel safe and calm. The meditations are so enriching. Meeting new people is great. The meals and Castle are lovely- a treat in themselves”

“Thank you Annette for a wonderful weekend. I have fully enjoyed it and have benefited more than I anticipated. It has really helped me refocus, and ground me”

I enjoyed the most:

“Finding that the retreat really made me feel “away from it all” and my mind was clearer and more receptive to the meditations.”

“Companionship, meditation, peace, and excellent food. Good combination of activities”

“Annette’s beautiful loving care and made some beautiful memories this weekend – lovely group of people – a gem of a weekend away”

“Loved all of the practices..enjoyed the location for walking/swimming. Great group of like-minded people, lovely atmosphere”

“The people! Lovely group. The morning long meditation, the meals together and the fab food…the general pace and relaxed feeling of the weekend.”

“enjoyed your tender care Annette. Have learnt a lot about myself. Thank you”


Natural awakening new Autumn retreat!
October 29 2016

Summer Philips and I are really happy to announce our long awaited Autumn Natural awakening day retreat.
Venue: TBC but most likely Disley Quaker meeting house
Time: 10.00am -4.45pm
Cost: £55.00
As always please bring vegan or vegetarian food to share for lunch.

Beechwood Autumn mindful self-compassion day retreats
October 8 and November 19

I am really happy to be supporting the wonderful Beechwood cancer care centre this Autumn and I hope you will join me.
There are two day retreats planned: October 8 and November 19 cost £55
Get in touch with Colette Kelly at Beechwood on  0161 476 0384 or book online
Further information can be found on the Beechwood website.


And finally! for those of you who have ventured all the way through my September newsletter.. some treats for the journey!

Recommended reading:
Jack Kornfield “A path with heart” – a beautiful and insightful book.
Jeffrey Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding “You are not your brain” – highly recommended!

More interesting articles and links:
Sharon Salzburg on the benefits of receiving compliments and happiness

Night time anxiety

Brene Brown article on mid-life

Paul Gilbert self -compassion

teenage stress- increasing every year-MSC for teens

So this brings to a close my September news and updates. I very much look forward to keeping in touch and seeing some of you at various events and retreats as we journey through the rest of this year.
Do get in touch if you have any questions or would like further information on any of the above links, courses, and retreats or would like me to come and speak at an event or run a mini retreat for you and your friends and family.
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Wishing you well and happy as you continue on your journey in 2016