Mind, Body, Spirit event/Health and Wellbeing festival: Talks and Workshops

Times  and Details of talks and Workshops

Saturday 7 November at Hexham Auction Mart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Board Room

10.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. Workshop with  Susan Johnson –  Yoga for Relaxation

Susan Johnson is a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher and has written the companion set of  four books called Thirty Paths. She is a well known Yoga teacher here in Northumberland and her classes are renowned for the relaxations she delivers.

Susan’s workshop will take you gently through a breathing technique which will help to still the mind to lead you on a journey into deep relaxation.This short session will help you discover the benefit of deep relaxation and how it is essential in our busy world, to turn off and tune in. Susan has also made a CD which will enable you to take the relaxation experience home.www.thirtypaths.com


11.45 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  Workshop with Andy Hunt – How EFT/Tapping Can Relieve Stress and Distress

Andy Hunt is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and also a Practitioner and Trainer of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). He’s been practising NLP since 2000 and EFT since 2004.

Andy works with people who have a painful inner life. They want to change themselves for the better and they know it is up to them but, however hard they try, they stay stuck in the same old struggles.

Sometimes life can be stressful and distressing.

If you would like to learn a simple way to reduce your levels of stress and distress then this short introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or “Tapping” might be just what you need. EFT is a deceptively simple process that literally taps into the body’s own soothing response to reduce the power of unpleasant emotions.

In this brief introduction Andy Hunt (AAMET Accredited Master EFT Trainer) will show you have to use this technique to reduce the stress and distress you feel in everyday life.


12.45 p.m. to 13.30 p.m. Workshop with Steven Brown –  Healthy Eating;  The Building Blocks of Health and Wellbeing

Having completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Newcastle University in Food and Human Nutrition,  I am a Nutritionist registered with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) which holds the official register for qualified Nutritionists in the UK,  an affiliate member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and a healthcare member of Coeliac UK.

The workshop is designed to provide some basic, accurate and evidence-based information in a way that is easy to understand.  It is intended to help clear up some of the conflicting information that is publicised by the media. I see many people who are confused as to what good nutrition looks like, and many have almost given up on the idea of trying to achieve a healthy diet, feeling that if they listened to every piece of advice they wouldn’t be able to eat anything.


13.45 p.m. to 14.30 p.m. – Workshop with  Edwin Courtenay : The Violet Flame – Flame of Alchemy, Transformation and Healing

 Edwin Courtenay is a spiritual teacher, clairvoyant, channel and healer, psychic artist  and sound healer – he is the author of three books published in three languages and teaches regularly at the college of Psychic Studies in London. www.edwincourtenay.co.uk

.The Violet Flame is a spiritual tool available to anyone seeking change and transformation, healing, cleansing and protection for themselves and others. Watched over by the Ascended Masters St Germain and Lady Portia and the Archangel Zadkiel,  it is a powerful energy which holds within it a deeper mystery. In this mini-workshop Edwin will explore and explain the nature of the flame and its guardians, its many different variations and their uses and reveal the new Violet Flame chakra which is beginning to appear with the Chakra system of humanity and the Earth!


14.45 p.m. to 15.30 p.m.  Workshop with Val Duncan – Mindfulness over Mood 

Val is an experienced British Wheel of Yoga Tutor, with a special interest in how Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help to manage anxiety and depression, with a view to exchanging  habitual negative patterns of thoughts  and feelings for enhanced mental and emotional wellbeing.  Get the happy habit!


Main Hall

11 a.m. to 12 noon – Talk by  Edwin Courtenay: The 12 Powers – exploring the healing power of the rays

The mystery of the Rays have long been spoken of by the Theosophists of the Victorian era to the Channellers who rose to notoriety in the early nineties but recently have disappeared off the radar of many on the spiritual path. They remain, however, a powerful resource of spiritual power for miraculous healing and magical transformation. In this introductory talk, Edwin will explain exactly what they are, detailing the 12 Rays and their powers, and reveal how anyone can tap into their energy for themselves and others.


 12.30 p.m. to 13.15 p.m. – Talk/demonstration.  Glynis  Rose – Yoga for backs

Glynis  is an experienced yoga therapist. She is also qualified to teach the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course.

Her talk/demonstration today is about the benefits of the course. This is a tried and tested 12-week programme specifically designed  to help participants gain strength and mobility in their lower back thereby reducing pain and enabling a more active life.

Please come along prepared to try out the demonstrations with her.


13.30 p.m. to 14.30 p.m. – Talk by Trudy J Ashplant – Astrology and Health

 Trudy is a Spiritual Teacher and clairvoyant based in Durham.  She is  a Consultant Member of the British Astrological & Psychic Society, the author of three handbooks on the Tarot and  has appeared regularly in the local and national press and also on TV. www.trudyjashplant.co.uk

In this talk Trudy will reveal the link between Astrology and our general health.  How does our Sun Sign affect our wellbeing,  and what impact does our time of birth have?

Come along and discover this – and more!


14.45 p.m. to 15.3o p.m. – Workshop with Shona M  Duthie, “The Woodmuse” –  Wood for Wellbeing

I am a woodcarving musician living in the North East and started carving my Spiritual Warriors after living on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  My workshop  will focus upon the  healing energy and wisdom of the “Standing People”  – the trees – and how the wood they ‘gift’ us with can help to enhance our lives.




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