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Joining us were teams from MindfulnessUK and BeSophro who immersed us in an experiential morning of knowledge, nourishment, and reconnection.
All our Home Retreat sessions are available on demand for 30 days after the event, so you can access them at your leisure – just use the same log in details that you will receive after your ticket purchase.
SATURDAY 12 JUNE
'RECONNECT' WITH MINDFULNESSUK
9.00 - 9.45 AM
The MindfulnessUK team explored ways to support mental health and well-being using Karen Atkinson’s Compassionate Mindful Iceberg Model from her book, as the framework for teaching and practice. There was a 2 mindfulness practices: a self-soothing and a Compassion for Others practice.
The schedule was as follows:
9.00AM – Arrive and settle
9.10AM – Process 1 Grounding & awareness practice and Overview with MindfulnessUK
9.30AM – Overview of morning using the model as a framework- Karen
Karen mentioned some neuroscience in relation to the model, including the polyvagal theory, and outline the importance of feeling safe and sound whilst practising and how this impacts on our health and well-being.
Processes 2 & 3
COMPASSIONATE MINDFUL MOVEMENT PRACTICE AND TEACHING
9.45 - 10.10 AM
Angie Ward introduced us to mindful movement practice.
Moving mindfully supports our experience of what happens in the body, heart and mind as we reconnect with ourselves and integrate this learning into the world we inhabit. It helps us to recognise patterns of mind that show up in the body, to bring kindness and radical acceptance to what transfers from the subconscious to the conscious mind.
We can develop courage through playing with the edges of comfort and discomfort to identify and thence choose whether we need to feel safe and sound or have the resilience to explore a little further, on a moment to moment basis. Through our practice we come to know ourselves more deeply, tuning into our needs and discovering new ways we can look after ourselves optimally.
Processes 4 & 5
Self-soothing compassion practice
10.20 - 10.40 AM
Karen Atkinson developed our appreciation of how we can bring wise action to our mindfulness practice, using proactive tools to bring self-kindness to what arises in the moment.
Sometimes when we see the reality of a situation, it can be painful and can lead one to feeling stuck, saying something like “I know this is here for me right now but what am I supposed to do about it?” Deep, expansive compassion is the key to changing old, unhelpful, conditioned habit, perhaps originating from trauma, and dipping the toe in the water to experiment with how to reconnect the heart and mind to regulate the system and start to change the course of your life from now on.
Loving kindness for others practice
10.40 - 11.05 AM
Stephanie Unthank helped us learn how to reconnect with others as we transition from lockdown, in a more resilient and sustainable way, building courage and resources with our relationships, at work, with family, friends, our fellow humans and all who inhabit this beautiful earth.
Inquiry and question and answer session
with Karen, Angie & Stephanie
11.05 - 11.30 AM
What practice did you enjoy the most? What did you learn and how did you feel you can support yourself more fully in the future.
SUNDAY 13 JUNE
Prepare For Your Day: A Sophrology Practice
9.00 - 9.15 AM
Sophrology is a simple, quick and practical tool to help you feel empowered and unlock your full potential. BeSophro Founder, Dominique Antiglio, guided us through a unique combination of relaxation, breathing, movement and visualisation you can do every morning to positively prepare for whatever lies ahead.
Transforming the brain through meditative practices
9.15 - 10.00 AM
BeSophro Founder and Sophrologist Dominique Antiglio in conversation with world-leading Neurologist and Neuroscientist Dr Steven Laureys.
Dr. Steven Laureys is a leading clinician recognised worldwide for his ground-breaking research in the field of neurology of consciousness. Originally from Belgium, Dr Steven Laureys has just published his internationally best-selling book “The No-nonsense Meditation Book: A Scientist’s Guide to the Power of Meditation” in English.
Dominique Antiglio is a qualified Sophrologist, former Osteopath and Author of the bestselling book “The Life- Changing Power of Sophrology”. Through her book, London based clinic and online platform BeSophro, Dominique is spreading the benefits of the practice of Sophrology in the UK and beyond. Sophrology is a mental well-being practice that is hugely popular in Continental Europe, blending meditation, breathing, relaxation and movement to empower you in your everyday life.
During this conversation, Dr. Laureys explained the beneficial effects of meditation and his fascinating research and remarkable results working with expert meditators such as Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk and translator of the Dalai Lama.
Dominique and Dr. Laureys have a common belief that meditative practices need to feel accessible with a “do what you can” approach and their conversation explored how simple practices can transform our brain in everyday life.
Sophrology: A Simple and Accessible Practice to Empower You in Modern Life
10.15 - 11.15 AM
10:15 – 10:30 am: Let Go of Tension On the Spot: A Sophrology Practice
We learnt how to use Sophrology tools to transform an overwhelming emotion, stress, or thought with a short practice led by BeSophro Sophrologist, Sophie McGrath
10:30 – 10:50 am: Why is Sophrology a Toolkit for Modern Life?
We discovered why Sophrology is a mental wellbeing practice best fit for our busy, always on, and ever-changing daily routines with a presentation from BeSophro Founder, Dominique Antiglio.
10:50 – 11:05 am: Understanding your Priorities and Setting Positive Boundaries in Modern Life: A Sophrology Practice
We learnt how to reconnect with our priorities amidst the busy routines and demanding expectations of modern life. And uncovered how to gain clarity on our wants and needs and how to make them a reality.
11:05 – 11:15 am: How to implement Sophrology in your daily life
We discovered the ease of using Sophrology in our everyday lives, wherever and whenever we need it.