Programme at our last event

Our programme offers an exciting mix of plenary sessions and workshops, with plenty of opportunities for participation, reflection and connection. Programme subject to change.

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Pre-Conference Training Monday 2 and Tues 3 October
Introductory workshop in Emotional CPR with Daniel Fisher, Psychiatrist and Co-founder of the National Empowerment Center

Space on the training is limited to 20 participants.

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A two day certified training in Emotional CPR (eCPR). eCPR is an educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps:

C = Connecting
P = emPowering, and
R = Revitalizing.

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Conference Programme 4 and 5 Oct

Wednesday 4 October
7.20 – 8.00Optional Qi Gong Claude Acker
8.00 – 9.00Breakfast in the barn for people staying at fforest
9.00 – 9.30Register / Meet & Greet
9.30 – 9.40
Welcome and Setting the Scene

Benna Waites and Malcolm Stern
9.40- 10.10Compassion Pods & Deep Listening Andy Bradley and Malcolm Stern
10.10 – 10.40Heartbeats of Hope: The Empowerment Way to recover your life Daniel Fisher
10.40 – 11.10Pause & Refresh
11.10 – 1.10

Choice of Experiential Workshops

ATelling our StoriesMalcolm Stern
BIntroduction to Emotional CPR Daniel Fisher
CClay & Conversation about Inner FireBeatrice Birch
1.10 – 2.20Eat and Enjoy
2.20 – 2.45Group Gatherings Hosted Conversations facilitated by Malcolm Stern
2.45 – 4.45

Choice of Experiential Workshops

DCompassion Circles – with examples of implementation in Aneurin Bevan University Health BoardAndy Bradley and Benna Waites
EIntroduction to Emotional CPR Daniel Fisher
FClay & Conversation about Inner FireBeatrice Birch
4.45 – 5.15Pause & Refresh
5.15 – 5.45Group gatheringsHosted Conversations facilitated by Malcolm Stern and Andy Bradley
5.45 – 6.00 Close of Day Programme and summing upMalcolm Stern and Benna Waites
6.00 – 7.30Free Time
7.30 – 10.30Evening Feast followed by Stories and Music Storytelling after supper with Elinor Kapp
Thursday 4th October
7.20 – 8.00Optional Qi GongClaude Acker
8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast in the Barn for people staying at fforest
9.00 – 9.10Welcome and Introductions

Sarah Stone and Malcolm Stern
9.10 – 9.50Towards a Wholesome Psychiatry – Exploring the New Story

Daniel Fisher
9.50 – 10.10 Warm Up, Wake Up Claude Acker
10.10 – 10.50Finding Meaning in MadnessRufus May and Elisabeth Svanholmer

10.50 – 11.20Pause & Refresh
11.20 – 1.20

Choice of Experiential Workshops

ACompassionate and Non-violent Communication Rufus May and Elisabeth Svanholmer
BTelling our Stories Malcolm Stern
CCompassion Circles Andy Bradley
1.20 – 2.30Eat & Enjoy
2.30- 3.15Inner Fire: Recovering the Self through Community

Beatrice Birch in conversation
3.15 – 4.15

Compassion Collective: gathering insights from the two days

Malcolm Stern
4.15 – 4.30Close of the day & summing upSarah Stone and Malcolm Stern
4.30 – 5.00Refreshments for the Road

Feedback from our last event in March 2017

“I was blown away. It surpassed any expectations. It was so affirming, inspiring and helpful.”

“Succeeded in bringing together professionals, experts and everyday folk in a way where the reality of human experience was revealed, shared and honoured, and those who suffer were given tools that help.”

“A beacon for sanity and genuine healing.”

“At the time I was in deep despondency …I was desperate to find a means to rescue myself from such a dark and painful place…On my return from the event, I emerged from this dark hole. Thank you for the gift.”

“There have been many moments of eureka and genuine transformation. All curated with kindness, humility, warmth, thoughtfulness. Even the wild foraged food felt as if we were being nurtured in the most ethical and sensitive way possible.”

“Inspirational, with presenters who have overcome great suffering and mental breakdown alongside psychiatrists who are pioneering more humane approaches to the mental health system.”

“This event has given me hope for psychiatric services in the future.”

“Amazing event. Loved the structure and flow of the programme. Great speakers and mix of delegates. Loved the feast. Loved the safe environment.”

“It’s been a rare opportunity to be among people with genuine compassion and depth of understanding and to feel so safe that it felt possible to take all my masks off. This is especially difficult for those of us who, by virtue of stigma as carers or sufferers, find it impossible to be open about our experiences.”

“I experienced healing from attending by hearing others stories and realising that what happened to my son is not only not unusual, but not down to anything I did or didn’t do. I will be forever grateful.”

“You have created a unique and invaluable contribution to the future of mental health. My daughter took her own life two years ago. I believe if either she or I had had access to the material and the diverse community you have put together, there could have been a very different outcome.”

“Exceptional. The fact people had travelled from far and wide shows the high regard the event was held in, and also the pressing need to change and the delivery of compassionate mental health services.”

“Above all people were able to release shame , guilt and silence around their stories and to find like minded community.”

“Such a blessing. An oasis. I felt privileged to be a part of it. Beautifully organised, to the last detail. The professional delivery of the event was outstanding and the supporting literature of excellent quality.”

“By having my family’s experience validated, we have been encouraged to continue to seek a more humane intervention for our daughter’s difficulties and a way forward for her.”

“Amazing. I arrived late in the middle of a workshop but felt immediately welcomed and accepted. It was extraordinary, given my social anxiety to feel like this.”

“The most amazing event I have ever witnessed. I loved how everyone was so open and honest, and how everyone was made to feel welcome and part of it.”

“Beautiful gathering where people were able to share stories in a safe environment – providing inspiration, empowerment, hope and caring, compassionate community.”

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