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Healing The Healer Mountain Retreat

I've been heading to the Brecon Beacon mountains for a number of years now; when my soul aches and I feel weary. I was last there 6 months ago after a very challenging 2018 that had seen illness, bereavement and loss in those around me and I felt as though I was...

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Building Resilient Communities in a Complex World

In the positively antarctic conditions of Iowa during January, I arrived in my warmest possible coat, ready to work, ready to learn. Having been invited by Mollie Marti, the CEO of the National Resilience Institute, to be involved in a 6 month project in one of Iowa's...

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Voices of Exclusion Goes Live

During 2018 I completed my MA Education research which asked the question "What impact on education and employment has school exclusion had on adults who left care in the 1970's and 1980's?" As I suspected, relationships are of course everything and the relationships...

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Which Self Care Really Matters

So you've read Why Self Care is Important where I directed you to my Top Ten self care practices. The truth is, the self care that really matters are the actions that rest and rejuvenate you the most. My top ten may be different to yours so take what you want and...

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Why Self Care Is Important

The term 'self care' can conjure up all sorts of images that can feel irrelevant to the life of a busy human, a cash strapped human, a human with a hectic lifestyle that involves two jobs, two kids and an ageing parent. It can smack of luxury, middle class indulgence...

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Ten Lessons From 2018 That Others Need To Know

One of my favourite aspects of this time of the year is having some time and space to reflect on what has been and what lies ahead. Within that it becomes clearer about what we might want to leave behind and what we might want to take ahead with us. I like to think of...

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Reflections from The Child Trauma Conference

Finally I am emerging from my travels to Australia and the Child Trauma Conference and also from dealing with matters at home so I am now ready to think about what I took away with me to further explore now I'm back home. There were three further reflections that I...

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Day Five – Childhood Trauma Conference

The conference officially finished last night at the end of Day Four which has left me with a sadness as it has been the most amazing week filled with connection, love and the warm blanket that is 'being with your tribe'. So on this, the very last day of an incredible...

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Day Four – Childhood Trauma Conference

We hit the ground running today and after a lovely music presentation, with Bessel Van Der Kolk who was the first keynote presentation. He launched into his concern regarding the US Senate Hearing on foster care about the dopamine blocking drugs given to children and...

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Day Three – Childhood Trauma Conference

Day Three of the Childhood Trauma Conference took us on a slightly different journey as most of the day was focused on professionals presenting papers from their work and quite frankly, there were so many amazing examples of practice to choose from that I wasn't sure...

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Day Two – Childhood Trauma Conference

Day Two of the childhood trauma conference opened with Joe Tucci using the analogy of whale song to describe the growing song of trauma knowledge and application which felt very 'right' and certainly how the journey feels since I have been on it, watching it develop...

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Day One – Childhood Trauma Conference

Today was officially the first day of the childhood trauma conference and the full weight of the presence of 2500 people was felt as I stared at the inaccessible coffee queue upon arrival! There were several Masterclass sessions on through the day and I chose to move...

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