Our last gathering in April 2018 offered an exciting mix of plenary sessions and workshops, with plenty of opportunities for participation, reflection and connection.

View and download the full programme [PDF 2147kb] with workshop information, venue details & more

Pre-Conference Training – Tuesday 24 April 2018

Developing our Compassionate Minds

One-day pre-conference training in Compassion-Focused Therapy with Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland
for people working in Community and Mental Health Services

Space on the training is limited to 40 participants.

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Full Conference Programme – Wed 25 – Thur 26 April 2018

Wednesday 25 April
7.20 – 8.00Optional Qi Gong Claude Acker
8.00 – 9.00Breakfast for people staying at Buckland Hall
9.00 – 9.30Register / Meet & Greet
9.30 – 9.40
Welcome and Setting the Scene

Sarah Stone and Malcolm Stern
9.40 – 9.50Beyond Trauma – finding Solid GroundBrigid Bowen
9.50 – 10.20Compassion Pods & Deep Listening Andy Bradley
10.20 – 10.50Love, Madness and Transformation Dina Glouberman
10.50 – 11.20Pause & Refresh
11.20 – 1.10

Choice of Experiential Workshops

ATelling our StoriesMalcolm Stern
BCreative Approaches to PsychosisRon Coleman and Karen Taylor
CImagework for Turning PointsDina Glouberman
D Juicy, Courageous CreativityClare Jasmine Beloved
ECompassion Circles – with examples of implementation in Aneurin Bevan University Health BoardAndy Bradley and Benna Waites
1.10 – 2.10Eat and Enjoy
2.10 – 2.50 Towards Communities of Recovery Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor
2.50 – 4.40

Choice of Experiential Workshops

FIn the Body of Your Voice: Finding Solid Ground through SoundChloe Goodchild
GImagework for Turning PointsDina Glouberman
HJuicy, Courageous CreativityClare Jasmine Beloved
ICompassion Circles – with examples of implementation in Aneurin Bevan University Health BoardAndy Bradley and Benna Waites
4.40 – 5.10Pause & Refresh
5.10 – 5.45Group gatheringsHosted Conversations facilitated by Malcolm Stern and Andy Bradley
5.45 – 6.00 Close of Day Programme and summing upMalcolm Stern and Sarah Stone
6.00 – 7.30Free Time
7.30 – 10.30Dinner with Darren McGarvey – Social commentator, hip hop artist and author of Poverty Safari speaks about stress, trauma and recoveryDinner must be pre-booked OR is included for people staying at Buckland Hall
Thursday 26 April
7.20 – 8.00Optional Qi GongClaude Acker
8.00 – 9.00 Breakfastfor people staying at Buckland Hall
9.00 – 9.15 Welcome and Day 2 Introductions

Benna Waites and Sarah Stone
9.15 – 9.45 Compassion PodsAndy Bradley
9.45 – 10.15
Rights, Risk and FreedomJoseph Berke in conversation with Malcolm Stern
10.15 – 10.40Pause and Refresh
10.40 – 12.30Choice of Experiential Workshops
AIn the Body of Your Voice: Finding Solid Ground through Sound Chloe Goodchild
BCreative Approaches to Psychosis Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor
CIntroduction to Open Dialogue Russell Razzaque and Yasmin Philips
DTelling our Stories Malcolm Stern
EWhy are you cast down, o my soul? Intersections of ethnicity, gender, depression and spirituality Dawn Edge
12.30 – 1.30Eat & Enjoy
1.30 – 2.00 Mindful Walking Claude Acker
2.00 – 3.30Whole Group Introduction to Open DialogueRussell Razzaque and Yasmin Philips
3.30 – 3.45Pause and Refresh
3.45 – 4.00From Rage to Responsibility?Darren McGarvey
4.00 – 5.30Compassion Collective – gathering insights from the two daysfacilitated by the hosting team

Feedback from our past events

“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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