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Celebrating our first year as a vibrant holistic community!

Monday 18 May 2009

Entertainment Shed, 118 Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QY (Next to the Gordon Arms)

Doors open: 7 PM for refreshments, networking, displays, music

Programme: 7.30 – 9.30 PM

Entry £4 at the door. FREE to GWC members.

In honour of this special occasion, the theme for the event is:

“Birth, Childhood and Growth”

• WAKE UP! Lynn Serafinn, your host introduces Lyn Bradshaw, shiatsu practitioner, to guide you through a shiatsu exercise to wake up your “Ki.”

• BIRTH: Val Gommon, Independent Midwife. The Miracle of Birth. Inspiring stories of heroism, collaboration & joy of new life in the world.

• CHILDHOOD: Kate Parker, Tatty Bumpkin. Bendy, Giggly, Clever & Strong.  Get ready to move your body, get laughing, and release your inner child.

• GROWTH: Vince Walker, Woodmagic Crafts. Circles and Weaving the Web of Life. Transformative exercise based on traditional Native American culture to discover your inner patterns and allow new patterns for growth.

• SHARING AND ABUNDANCE: A selection of extra special raffle prizes by local holistic practitioners! Be sure to bring a few extra ££’s to buy your raffle tickets.

• COMMUNITY SPIRIT: This is NOT just a Bedford event! Meet other members of GWC from Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire & Cambridgeshire

• FUN: Music, dance and overall celebration. Come join us!

The Global Wellness Circle… the HOLISTIC HEART of planet earth!



Tel: 0845 880 25 28

Well I’ve had another busy couple of days – last night I went along to a meeting of The Global Wellness Circle in Milton Keynes.

It was another great evening with extremely interesting talks given by Ann Peckham of The Real Renaissance Cafe Ltd which is a Social Enterprise that aims to help people gain confidence, skills and qualifications and provides custom made buffets that are freshly prepared; and a range of cooked and raw foods that are healthy for the body and the pocket.  Ann even brought along samples of wonderful dairy/wheat/sugar free deserts for us to try!

Jayne Stevens a holistic therapist who offers many therapies including massage and reiki gave a wonderful talk about the benefits of Indian Head Massage and even gave one lucky volunteer a taster demonstration session.  I was so impressed that I have booked to have an Indian Head Massage next week!

Lastly, Karrin Lawrence of The Coach Collection gave us a practical session of looking at “wellbeing” and what is stopping us achieving personal wellbeing.

The next Milton Keynes Circle meeting will be held in April – feel free to email me for details.

Today, I have attended a really useful Business Development Workshop for Independent Midwives which was hosted by Virginia Howes of Kent Midwifery Practice.
Thanks very much Virginia – lots of useful ideas.

I attended a really great meeting last night.  It was the inaugural meeting of the Milton Keynes Wellness Circle, which is a group of therapists who have got together to host an evening of fun and education.  Therapists are on-hand to speak to members of the public about what they do, taster sessions are offered and local community groups, charities, artists and musicians are invited to take part.

Other groups are springing up quickly; groups are to be found in Northampton, Bedford, Hemel Hempstead and Rickmansworth.

The Bedford group is next meeting on Monday 19th January in Bedford and Thursday 29th January in West Hertfordshire.  The next Milton Keynes meeting will be on Wednesday 25th February.

For more information go to

Milton Keynes Wellness Circle Evening

Wednesday 14 January 2009

Oxley Park School, Oxley Park, Milton Keynes, MK4 4TA
(Turn right off H6 Child’s way, turn into Tesco Extra car park,
school is on the left hand side and opposite to the shops)

Doors open: 7.30 PM for social networking,
presentations, and sample demonstrations.
Programme: 8.00 – 9.30 PM

Entry £4.00 at the door. FREE to MKWC members.

Here’s what’s on…

  • Karrin Lawrence, your host introduces…
  • Peter Moorhead of CELEBRATE HEALTH AND FITNESS. The difference Between Men and Women
  • Jayne Stevens HOLISTIC THERAPIST. The Holistic Benefits of Indian Head Massage
  • Ursula Kraus-Harper HOMEOPATHY. Period problems? Homeopathy can help.
  • Valerie Gommon Midwifery Practice, INDEPENDENT MIDWIFE. What is an Independent Midwife?
  • PLUS exhibits, socialising, great community projects, local charities profiled. Great vibes and refreshments for all!