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National Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

In my latest book - The Gateway Junior Edition - improving and supporting children's mental health I have written about National Random Acts of Kindness Day which falls on 17th February. The following is an excerpt from the Mindfulness and Emotions chapter. "Random...

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Supporting children and young people’s mental health

Supporting children and young people’s mental health

This blog explains why I wrote my second book, The Gateway - Junior Edition. Over the last twenty-five years I have studied many healing systems from Japan, India and China which I use and practise today. These are the techniques that I pass on to families and young...

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National Stress Awareness Day

National Stress Awareness Day

Stress is a reaction to the abnormal demands of everyday life.  It is a healthy, natural, hormonal reaction that helps us tackle challenging situations. In response to a demand, the body reacts first by releasing the catecholamine hormones, adrenaline and...

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Go Sober for October

I am happy to say I enjoy drinking socially, most people who know me will agree. I have always suffered from hangovers and as I approach 50 they are getting worse and lasting longer.  I try and avoid drinking in the week on a “school night” but sometimes Friday will...

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International Week of Happiness (23-27 September )

We spend a lot of our time at work and our job can have a huge impact on our overall health and well-being. I spent ten years in sales in the corporate world plus eight years teaching in further education and have experienced burn out and unhappiness at work....

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New Bach Flower Essence Therapy

Over the last few months to add to my energy medicine, therapy, counselling and coaching work, I have been training to be a Bach Flower Essence Practitioner to adding to my skills to assist clients with their well-being and aid recovery from anxiety, depression,...

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Raising awareness of Suicide

Raising awareness of Suicide

In 2017, 5,821 people in the UK took their own lives (Samaritans). Talk to Us is the Samaritans’ annual awareness raising campaign in local communities. The campaign encourages us to become better listeners by sharing expert tips and facts on suicide on their website...

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The benefits of mindful walking

Mindful walking is a Taoist moving meditation which stills your inner compass and lowers brain waves so your thoughts slow down, you feel more relaxed and clear headed. When we are in a highly emotional state we become less able to think clearly as we are functioning...

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My journey to become an eco-friendly mum and human

My journey to become an eco-friendly mum and human

I maybe a bit late to the “eco-friendly” and “zero waste” parties, but what counts is that I have arrived.  Like thousands of people, we got to grips with our different coloured recycling bins and started composting a few years ago. We decided to have some rescue hens...

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Psychologies Magazine Life Leap Retreat April 2019

Psychologies Magazine Life Leap Retreat April 2019

Not long to go now until the Psychologies Magazine retreat on 26-28th April at High Trenhouse, Malham, North Yorkshire.  I will be teaching early morning Qi gong and meditation classes both days.  So what is Qi Gong? Originating from traditional Chinese medicine, Qi...

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Closing the year with kindness

Closing the year with kindness

Closing the year with Kindness The last six months of 2018 have been filled with challenges, sadness, perspective and remarkable kindness. I thought it would be a good time of year to write about kindness and perspective in our consumer driven world. Our daughter was...

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Psychologies Life Leap North Weekend

Psychologies Life Leap North Weekend

As ambassadors for Psychologies magazine, a colleague and I decided to launch Life Leap North which is a private weekend event open to fellow ambassadors and subscribers of the magazine's Life Leap club. The event is being held at High Trenhouse, Malham Moor, Settle,...

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Book Launch Party – Sunday 27th January 2019

Book Launch Party – Sunday 27th January 2019

After a year in the making, 'The Gateway - A journey to re-claim your power from stress and anxiety' is my new book which looks at issues such as stress, anxiety, panic, depression, PMS and fatigue with solutions, positive exercises and techniques to try, other...

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Gail Donnan on BBC Look North

Gail Donnan on BBC Look North

In 2016, BBC Look North filmed Gail whilst she was running mindfulness and meditation clubs in 5 local schools. You can watch the video here... https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=807886066025295&id=585217774958793

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Upcoming Events

 

Two night & day retreats

 

 High Trenhouse, Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire (2 nights) and Well House Yoga Space, Harrogate (Day retreats) see Retreats page.