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self-compassion for change,

be your best ally in 2020

What if you could start the New Year with the intention to care for yourself and a strong sense of motivation to take action on your heartfelt goals? That’s what our Self-Compassion for Change, Be Your Best Ally in 2020 is all about. In this unique, highly practical retreat day, you’ll be traversing through Yoga, Meditation, Values & Goal Setting, Intentional Relaxation and Health and Nutrition Coaching with self-compassion at the foundation of these complementary, holistic approaches. 

Held on the first weekend of 2020, we will have seven hours to unpack, explore and begin to apply the multi-modal techniques to our daily lives, with Yoga bookending your retreat day.


Why self-compassion? Research is showing that negative self-talk is a poor way to promote long-lasting change and wellbeing - much like how the critical coach always falls short to the encouraging yet firm one who knows how to get the best out of their students. It’s the same with how we speak to ourselves, yet the idea that we must be endlessly self-critical to be at our best is a cultural idea that doesn’t stand up to closer inspection. 


This is an area I’m hugely passionate about, for I spent most of my teenage years and twenties struggling with my inner critic. Through some of the practices explored in this retreat day, you’re going to explore how self-compassion - which is empathy in action - can promote meaningful, long-lasting change and unlock dormant energy. Contrary to popular belief, self-compassion is not about feeling sorry for oneself; rather, it involves treating ourselves as we would treat a good friend and taking action.


The benefits are numerous and far reaching. Research and my own experience have found that positive effects include:


  1. It increases motivation.

  2. It boosts happiness.

  3. It improves body image.

  4. It enhances self-worth.

  5. It fosters resilience.

  6. It reduces mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and stress.


The effects of self-compassion are essential to our intrinsic sense of wellbeing and joy. 


I’m so happy to be working with certified Health Coach, Anna Whyte, who’ll be leading a group session on the impact of stress on our wellbeing. Ever wondered why a stressful day often derails our best intentions? Anna will offer dietary and health insights that will equip you with the knowledge and inspiration to stay true to your heartfelt wellbeing intentions. 


Here’s what to expect:


  • 1 x enlivening Embodied Yoga class with Charlene

  • 1 x Release and Relax Yoga class with Charlene and Christoph

  • Meditation

  • Identifying values and how these can help you to succeed with goals

  • Group health coaching session with Q&A by Anna Whyte

  • Vegetarian lunch (vegan option available)

  • Refreshments and nibbles

  • Goody bag with treats 



Feeling our bodies from the inside through simple inquiry, we access our intrinsic alignment and intuition. As we play with movements that ask for strength, release, and presence, we build trust in the inner teacher who knows what’s best. This is an enlivening, fluid and flowing class.



A big body sigh where we bring attention to what is tense before releasing, with a mixture of small movements and long holds to turn down the nervous system. This will be sealed with the research-verified Progressive Relaxation guided by Christoph Seiland. 



Knowledge is power. Anna will give you the 101 on understanding how stress effects your body, mindset and overall wellbeing. She’ll delve into its link to our dietary choices, what we crave and why, before providing self-compassionate strategies to bypass our cravings and prioritise healthy living. 



Did you know that your values shape your beliefs, and your beliefs play a huge part in the success of your goals? This session will look at identifying your values and determining your goals for 2020 and beyond.



‘If your compassion doesn’t include yourself, it is incomplete’, says leading meditation teacher Jack Kornfield. Charlene will begin and end the day with Metta Bhavana, loving kindness, meditation to plant the seeds of compassion towards ourselves and witness how these are inextricably linked to self-care and care for others. 


Self-Compassion for Change: Be Your Best Ally in 2020 is perfect for anyone who is fed up with their inner critic, wants to feel more well in their own skin, living with less worry and more zest. This is how the day will look:


9:00am - Meditation & Embodied Yoga class with Charlene

11:15am - Break with nibbles and refreshments

11:30am - 12:30pm - Determining Values and Intentions for 2020

12:30 - 12:45pm - Let’s build an appetite!

12:45pm - 1:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - 2:45pm - Health Coaching and Q&A with Anna Whyte

2:45pm - 4:00pm - Release & Relax with Charlene and Christoph


Self-compassion for Change, Be Your Best Ally will turbo charge your intentions for 2020 and beyond with powerful methods to enhance your resilience when faced with the inevitable obstructions on your wellbeing path. I’m really looking forward to sharing this unique, practical event with you at such a special time of year.

When: Saturday 4th January 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Christ Church, Parrs Wood Road, Didsbury, M20 6EE

Price: £60.00


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