Cornelius Counselling attends AIHM Conference on holistic medicine

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“People, Planet, Purpose” 22 – 25th October, 2017 at Paradise Point Hotel Island Resort in San Diego, California, USA

Paradise Point was an idyllic setting the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine‘s annual conference. AIHM is accredited by the Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) along with the University of Texas Medical Branch and the AIHM.

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During the #AIHM17 four day conference, I was able to attend a wide range of seminar sessions which were given by keynote speakers, all experts in their field and I am highlighting a few of them here :

Day 1

  • The Future of Medicine : reinventing healthcare and reversing chronic disease
  • Lions, Tigers and Bears! Integrative management of depression and anxiety
  • When medications fail : integrative therapies for refractory depression, epilepsy and pain

Day 2

  • Why autoimmune patients do not get well and clinical considerations
  • Helping your patients use body intelligence as the key factor in solving chronic disease and finding vitality
  • The skinny on the gut and skin microbiome : Gut-skin axis

Day 3

  • The repressed role of adverse childhood experience in adult well-being, disease and premature death
  • ealHeaH   A path beyond pain and depression : an integrative interdisciplinary approach
  • NeuNNeuroplasticity of the Gut and Brain – integrative approaches for neuromodulation
  • Development of Autoimmune disease, a comprehensive approach to stabilisation and arresting future progression

Day 4

  • From tradition to modern phytomedicine : using evidence to inform practice
  • Memory Rescue : The Amen Clinic’s Bright Minds Programme to keep and even rescue your memory

These are but a few of the fascinating talks that were available over the duration of the conference, as well as an exhibition hall of 70 alternative wellbeing exhibitors covering holistic remedies. It enabled me to update and expand my knowledge in order to be able to provide meaningful healing with the aid of hypnotherapy and appropriate advice through counselling.

It was indeed refreshing and exciting to see so many medical doctors come together, approximately 900, with holistic alternative practitioners like myself, exchanging and sharing best practice for the wellbeing of mankind.

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Mary White of Cornelius Counselling and Monireh Ayoubzadeh at AIHM, San Diego

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Mary White of Cornelius Counselling and Monica Occhetti – AIHM Programme Co-ordinator at AIHM, San Diego

My stay concluded sharing experiences and ideas with my friend Monireh Ayoubzadeh, spiritual, healer based in San Diego, and a whistle-stop tour of the region before flying back to London.

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WEF 2017 Delhi Conference

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I returned to Delhi for my second visit on 8th May 2017 to attend the Women Economic Forum 2017 conference at the Pullman Novotel Hotel in New Delhi. This year focused on “Creating, innovating, understanding and driving the future”.

In my capacity as a Member of the Advisory Executive Council for Health and Wellbeing I was able to contribute at three levels over the course of the week. I took part in a plenary that brought together the members of the Health and Wellbeing Committee, and a discussion regarding our contributions towards innovating for health and wellness. ** I was particularly honoured to receive from Dr Harbeen Arora an award for “Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All” at the Plenary.

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I was also lead speaker at a workshop session “Stress, anxiety and fear : breaking free through hypnotherapy” and sharing the stage with Subashis Baneri, a businessman in India.

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During the conference I was very pleased to attend a workshop seminar given by Dr Sane from Mumbai, who gave an impassioned discourse on stem-cell research and the success achieved from this type of work. Dr. Sane is herself diagnosed with Motor Neurons.

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On the final day of the conference, I was delighted to be invited by Minal Potnis, renowned Face Yoga Practitioner, to a medical conference where medical practitioners presented their work in the area of anti-aging stem-cell solutions. This was a unique opportunity to witness some very innovative practices and developments across the globe and brought practitioners together to share their discoveries.

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I am still involved in this network of medical practitioners and await a further stem cell conference to be held in London from 3-5th September 2017 when I will be able to meet and discuss with a key presenter from India, Dr Prabhu Mishra (second from left in photo above), my work in the field of anxiety and depression and how this can help patients who are suffering from debilitating diseases.

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At the end of the conference I travelled with Dr. Satya Shah (on left in above photo), from University of Greenwich, to Ahmedabad at the invitation of Dr. Harbeen Arora, WEF Global Chairlady and Chancellor of Rai university, in my capacity as senior lecturer at the University. This was a very enlightening journey which took me to Ghandi’s Museum on the outskirts of the city fashioned much like an Egyptian pyramid. The experience of the re-enactment of Ghandi’s life was very moving and a beautiful memory of the trip.

Academy of Integrated Health and Medicine

I was fortunate, during the conference, to meet Monireh Ayoubzadeh, an empowerment and wellness coach from San Diego, California, US. I have, as a result, become a member of the Academy of Integrated Health and Medicine in US, which brings together a wealth of practitioners in both medicine and ayurvedic as well as holistic alternative approaches.

Myself, Esther Thane, Cloud marketing US; Minal Potnis, Face Yoga Practitioner, Mumbai; Monireh Ayoubzadeh, Empowerment and Wellness Coach, San Diego Cal

Myself, Esther Thane, Cloud marketing US; Minal Potnis, Face Yoga Practitioner, Mumbai; Monireh Ayoubzadeh, Empowerment and Wellness Coach, San Diego Cal

I will be attending the AIHM conference on 22-26th October 2017 and look forward to yet another fascinating journey and the opportunity to mix and mingle with 1100 delegates and speakers. It will be a unique opportunity to share the work that I am doing with anxiety, stress and addiction and I also look forward to being able to share my experiences with you as well as the innovative ideas and practices that I will be able to bring to my own practice.

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Breaking Free from Anxiety and Fear

This year’s Health & Wellbeing Live event at Mabledon in Tunbridge Wells will see Mary sharing her knowledge as one of the event’s Expert Speakers on Saturday 23rd September at 14:30-15:00pm.

With a plethora of qualifications and experience in counselling and psychotherapy, Mary shares techniques to relieve anxiety and fears and talks about stepping back from the world to regenerate spiritually. Anxiety and fear can be crippling, but it doesn’t need to rule your life.

The following is a pre-event Q&A session with Mary and explores who, how and why she has become a highly regarded and much respected professional in the world of Counselling and Hypnotherapy not only in the UK but also internationally.

If you would like to attend the event and listen to Mary’s talk at 2-30pm book your tickets here.

Q1You cover many different types of therapies – what are the benefits of hypnotherapy compared to psychotherapy or meditation?

Hypnotherapy is similar to the meditative state in as much as one is transported into the hypnogogic state of semi consciousness which is hovering between wakefulness and sleep. This is a medium to treat many issues that trouble individuals and spoil their daily lives, mainly through anxiety, stress and fear that can manifest in many other disorders, from weight problems and phobias that may deteriorate into depression and addiction. Realising that these feelings are communicated via negative thought processes that dominate in the psyche, there is a need to have understanding through talking about them (counselling) then it is possible with the aid of the hypnogogic state to change those negative thoughts and feelings into positive behaviours. It has an immediate effect for those who desire the change and I use hypnotherapy also to help individuals find the peace, tranquillity and contentment that enables them to be more able to cope with the issues of daily life in a more relaxed way so that the anxieties are deflated. Psychotherapy is the area of analysis that enables me to decipher and bring to awareness any issues that are evident in the past or present that need to be treated in order for the transformation to occur. I encourage my clients to develop the art of meditation to practice at home as the benefits are manifold for maintaining peace and remaining grounded and this gives individuals the capacity to keep that calm demeanour through all kinds of challenges.

Q2 – How do you know which therapy is right for you? Does it depend on the person or the trauma or something else?

Individuals come to see me with a kaleidoscope of issues that are troubling them and I am able to decide, through discussion and analysis, which therapy treatment is correct dependent on the presenting issue. Once a particular issue is identified and overcome through the hypnotherapy treatment, then I use the hypnotherapy as a meditative and supportive tool to continue the work until the client feels sufficiently able to cope alone. I do have regular clients who continue to come to see me after we have resolved issues, such as addiction from drugs and alcohol, or acute anxiety that is present in their everyday lives, so that we can work together on the path of recovery of the energy fields, establishing and maintaining the equilibrium of inner peace.

Q3 – How did you become a therapist/what made you become a therapist?

My “raison d’etre” was a strong desire many years ago to develop my passion for psychology and to help individuals to enjoy a better way of life through becoming more aware of the channel and connection of mind and spirit that has an impact on bodily dis-ease, in order to give individuals a better quality of life. Hypnotherapy was not necessarily my aim when I set out on this path, but as a result of my research, I realised that this was such a powerfully beneficial medium to help open the channels for spiritual and mental transformation for inner contentment. Having lost my partner many years ago to addiction, I felt I had to try and help others who suffered with emotional difficulties and I am hugely gratified that I am able to do so. As a lecturer at university, delivering the psychology of consumer behaviour, this was a catalyst for change that ignited my interest and decision to research psychology, psychotherapy and counselling.

The hypnogogic state is a platform for developing inner peace and connection to the soul, our centre of wisdom that guides and directs us for a fulfilling life in the external environment. It is a meditative state that is easily learned by individuals through regular practise, to be able to find inner contentment. Constant exposure to the challenges of the external environment is like working 24/7 without a rest. It is important to take time out to recharge our inner energy fields (chakras) to create balance and re-energise and refresh our approach to daily living. To maintain a peaceful and tranquil approach to life means taking time out for nourishing the soul and spirit in simple ways such as a walk in the woods, by the sea or any water, which has an emotionally relaxing effect, or spending some quality time connecting with our inner wisdom, through meditation and yoga practice.

Q4 – Your talk at Health and Wellbeing Live is about relieving anxiety and fears through spiritual regeneration – tell us a bit more about the thought / science behind this.

The most exciting and uplifting experience you will every have is to find your “self”. Taking this path will transform your understanding of life purpose and help you to embrace the divine path of learning on a journey of discovery from darkness into the light.

Many individuals fear their thoughts – the future, loneliness, difficult relationships, loss of loved ones and this can spiral into depression and in some cases sink further into addiction, and other means of “shutting out” overwhelming anxieties. I refer to it as “the eclipse of the soul” where the dark thoughts start to shadow the light i.e. losing the connection and no longer attuned to inner wisdom; negative thought feeds the black shadow which eclipses and slides into disease and illness. It is about regaining or finding anew one’s inner self – the heart is the soul’s messenger, so we must listen to our hearts. Illness, in fact, is an opportunity for self-reflection and provides a signal to take time out to contemplate troubling issues and find a way to resolve them. Hypnotherapy helps with the connection to self – going inwards and leaving the outside, external world behind for a brief period of total clarity of thought, to connect with one’s inner world for healing to take place. It is a beautiful and uplifting experience.

For more information contact:

MARY WHITE
Cornelius Counselling & Hypnotherapy
marywhite@corneliuscounselling.co.uk
01732 822 172 or 07990 981 004

 

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WEF 2017 London Conference and Beyond with Mary White

The latest WEF London conference was held from 31st January to 2nd February 2017 at the Bhavan Centre, Castletown Road, London W14 9HE. It was a very enlivened and interesting few days of fusion with women from around the world all gathered to support the theme for the conference this year “Awakening the Power Within : The Way Forward for UK”.

I was privileged to be able to partake and contribute on 1st February by leading a session titled “Mastering your Fear” and it was a very empowering session where I was asked to lead the group in meditation. Most of the delegates were keen to understand the principles of hypnotherapy in assisting sufferers to change their outlook through the hypnogogic state to a more meaningful and positive outlook which enables individuals to go forward with increased confidence and renewed enthusiasm.

Vinay Rai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Satya Shah, Principal Lecturer at University of Greenwich, Mary White and Dr. Harbeen Arora, Global Chairperson of All Ladies League & WEF

Left to right : Vinay Rai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Satya Shah, Principal Lecturer at University of Greenwich, Mary White and Dr. Harbeen Arora, Global Chairperson of All Ladies League & WEF

I will be returning to Delhi again on 8th May for two weeks. Firstly, to attend the Women Economic Forum 2017 conference at the Pullman Novotel Hotel in New Delhi that is this year focused on “Creating, innovating, understanding and driving the future”.

In my capacity as a Member of the Advisory Executive Council for Health and Wellbeing I am honoured to be able to contribute at three levels over the course of the week.

  • I will be partaking in a plenary to bring together the members and a discussion regarding our contributions towards innovating for health and wellness.
  • I will be leading a session on “Stress, anxiety and fear : breaking free through hypnotherapy” and sharing the stage with Subashis Baneri who is a leading businessman in India.
  • At the end of the conference I will be holding a round table discussion on Post Traumatic Stress : the problem of modern times.
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WEF UK Speaker in 2017

Following on from an inspiring week earlier this year at the Women’s Economic Forum 2016 in New Delhi I was thrilled to discover WEF are coming to London (WEF UK) for a smaller yet equally fascinating few days of lectures and debate. More information can be found by clicking here for the UK event and agenda.

This time I have been asked to speak on the subject of ‘Mastering Your Fear” that will take place between 11am and 12pm on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at The Bhavan in West Kensington, London. Location details are:

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

4a Castletown Road
West Kensington
London W14 9HE
United Kingdom
Email : info@bhavan.net
Phone : 020 7381 3086, 020 7381 4608
Fax : 020 7381 8758

Mary White of Cornelius Counselling in Kent speaks again at Women's Economic Forum UK 2017

Mary White of Cornelius Counselling in Kent speaks again at Women’s Economic Forum UK 2017

I will of course be sharing more information as the WEF UK event draws closer.

For more information contact:

MARY WHITE
Cornelius Counselling & Hypnotherapy
marywhite@corneliuscounselling.co.uk
01732 822 172 or 07990 981 004

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Goodwill to all…

For those of you who already experience stress in daily life, lurching from one week to the next in a frenzy of duties at work and at home, spiralling towards the prospect of Christmas can for some be a further addition to an already stressful existence.

When you can't see the wood for the Christmas trees

When you can’t see the wood for the Christmas trees

The extra work to make a memorable occasion for family and friends can sometimes dampen the peace and joy that we expect to feel on that magic day. Past memories play a part at this time as to attitudes towards what should be a time of warmth and love expressed to all, remembering those less fortunate and a time for giving.

“Christmastide: Goodwill to all men!”  An expression of positive anticipation we can all identify with.  Behind the surface merriment, as a new year dawns, is a natural time for self-reflection – looking back over the year and seeing what changes need to be made to nurture inner happiness and wellbeing for positive forward growth.

If it gets to the point of not being able to see the wood for Christmas trees please get in touch.

For more information contact:

MARY WHITE
Cornelius Counselling & Hypnotherapy
marywhite@corneliuscounselling.co.uk
01732 822 172 or 07990 981 004

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Meditation. Namibian style.

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I have an affinity with and desire to go to the desert periodically to soak up the space, expanse and experience being and introspection. This is akin to yearnings for the sea and its mesmerising effect for meditation. The silence of the vastness and stillness in the desert, which lives, yet time stops in space as one connects with the inner self, realising in the solitude, how we are all connected in the  breadth of the universe.
Reflections of how this living desert diminishes the importance of material needs in the northern hemisphere and one’s spirit blends with its limitless boundary to find total peace and tranquillity washing over.
An opportunity to connect with the powerful energies in the desert by meditating that can be a fulfilling revelation of the peace that surpasses and travels beyond this dominion. Sossusvlei spans more than 55 kms and meets the Skeleton Coast in the west. The poignancy of the light and shade highlight the continuous evolution of darkness of the night into glorious light of the day – a true “yin and yang” experience!

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The Sossus Dune Lodge nestles in the expanse of nowhere with a soft backdrop of pink shaded mountains in the distance – a truly meditative place near the Sesriem Canyon (six ropes). The Deadvlei area is reached by jeep and a long walk ahead, to a breathtaking panorama that awaits the eye. Black tree trunk remains rise out of the caked mud – these are hundreds of years old to be witnessed and admired still, against the backdrop of the red iron sand that comes from the Orange River in the East and gives the river its name.

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The journey to Etosha Pan Game Park was long and took most of the day, but well worth the wait to witness the wealth of game easily found at the various natural and manmade waterholes across the 200km breadth of the pan. Winter is high season as the Pan is dry and therefore more opportunity to relish the beauty of the bush. A different, but equally nourishing experience that humbles; an opportunity to observe the behaviours of the various species together and study their sensitivities: how the graceful giraffe hesitates at the water’s edge before drinking, showing her vulnerability.

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The rhino family journey to join the herd of elephants – the reliance on the males to lead the family safely to the water’s edge. Herds of wildebeest mix with the trusting, spritely springboks and gemsboks. The Pan itself is white, flat caked mud and eclipses into the distance, no end in sight.

The limestone dust works its magic as it rises above passing jeeps and settled on the vegetation like snow in mid winter. A passing elephant receives the white dust coat, blending further into the environment.

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Sunrise and sunset: the dawning of the new day experienced from the top of a dune, or spied through the greyness of the trees is a magical dawning. As the bush rests we see the setting, westerly sun sink slowly behind a dune to reveal the glory of the star-filled, velvet sky.

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An experience not to be missed – “let me come again to wonder at the beauty of Africa and connect with mother nature, reach out to our universal consciousness and listen to the silence”.

For more information contact:

MARY WHITE
Cornelius Counselling & Hypnotherapy
marywhite@corneliuscounselling.co.uk
01732 822 172 or 07990 981 004

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A spirituality trip to Coonoor, South India

The journey to Coonoor was not without its problems, but once I arrived, after five hour delay at Chennai airport, in Coimbatore, there was a beautiful drive up into the lush Nilgiri mountains where the slopes are covered with tea estates.

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Mary White of Cornelius Counselling in the Nigiri Mountains, India

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Mary White of Cornelius Counselling and Surekha Kothari

I stayed on the Glendale Plantation at the home of Surekha Kothari together with other guests, Dr Newton Kondaveti and Dr Lakshmi of Life Research Academy, Hyderabad who would be giving a workshop on relationships, at the Coonoor Club on 15th September 2016.

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Left to right, Mary White of Cornelius Counselling, Surekha Kothari, Dr Newton Kondaveti and Dr Lakshmi in Canoor, India

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Left to right, Mary White of Cornelius Counselling, Dr Newton Kondaveti, Dr Lakshmi, Neerja Malik and Surekha Kothari at Coonoor, India

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High up in the mountains, where the air was fresh and clean, we assembled in a pergoda in the Sim Gardens which was a perfect, tranquil setting for meditation and I enjoyed the opportunity to fine tune meditation skills under the tutelage of Dr Newton.

The day of the workshop was attended by about thirty delegates and was a fascinating approach to developing and maintaining positivity in our kaleidoscope of life relationships.

Days were spent soaking up the peace and tranquillity of this place while planning and exchanging views on the spiritual journey and life’s meaning.

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The peace and tranquillity of the Nigiri Mountains, Coonoor, India

As we know, everything in our lives has a reason and this journey further clarified for me, direction, meaning and purpose for my work.  To sum up, the vision was clearly evident in our discussions, as follows :

“The purpose, on this spiritual path, is to impart knowledge of spirituality as opposed to man-made religions and rituals. These are, however, a very important part of our spirituality.  Each one has a soul encased in the body that is its temple, and is of prime importance.

It is about the discovery of meta physical phenomena and the eternity of the Soul, setting one free from external influences, developing contentment and enlightenment through a dedicated journey of growth and spiritual understanding; making our lives more meaningful: Imparting guidance on the path of life and the light that leads the way.  Therefore, offering practical knowledge and coping skills to implement it in daily lives; this can only happen if we try and apply the laws of the universe to ourselves.”

For more information contact:

MARY WHITE
Cornelius Counselling & Hypnotherapy
marywhite@corneliuscounselling.co.uk
01732 822 172 or 07990 981 004

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Soulseekers 2016 Early Bird Offer. Save 15%.

Book by 25th July 2016 and save 15% on our first Soulseekers Spiritual Retreat on 15th September 2016 in Coonoor in the Niligiris region of south India, near Coimbatore.

It will be a unique opportunity for spiritual learning and recreation.

Soulseekers 2016 Early Bird Discount

We have two renowned speakers,  Dr Newton Kondaveti and Dr Lakshmi from the Life Research Academy in Hyderabad,  who will be opening the retreat followed by a series of workshops hosted by international speakers over the four days.  It offers delegates the opportunity to develop their self -knowledge and partake in practical and independent activities as well as daily meditation practice, lifestyle awareness and the opportunity to detox the mind from external influences of the material world in this natural setting.

Dr Newton Kondaveti (India) : Radiant Relationships

Surekha Kothari (India) : Chakras (earth and divine)

Cynthia Gonzalez (Dubai) : Sacred Sexuality

Darlis Mayes (USA) : Akashic Record

Dr Mamta Trivedi (India) : Ayurvedic diet and yoga

Mary White (UK) : Harnessing Positivity and Mandala Art

Our intention is for this to become an annual event in various locations around the world.

There are only 48 places available and it is filling up rapidly.

Download the Soulseekers 2016 leaflet for more details:

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For more information contact:

MARY WHITE
Cornelius Counselling & Hypnotherapy
marywhite@corneliuscounselling.co.uk
01732 822 172 or 07990 981 004

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Soulseekers 2016 takes off

Mary White and Surekha Kothari launch their new venture #Soulseekers

Mary White and Surekha Kothari launch their new venture #Soulseekers

Download the Soulseekers 2016 leaflet for more details:

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I am very excited to announce that together with Surekha Kothari, a fellow hypnotherapist in Chennai, India, we are launching our first Soulseekers Spiritual Retreat on 15th September 2016 in Coonoor in the Niligiris region of south India, near Coimbatore.

We have two renowned speakers,  Dr Newton Kondaveti and Dr Lakshmi from the Life Research Academy in Hyderabad,  who will be opening the retreat followed by a series of workshops hosted by international speakers over the four days.  It offers delegates the opportunity to develop their self -knowledge and partake in practical and independent activities as well as daily meditation practice, lifestyle awareness and the opportunity to detox the mind from external influences of the material world in this natural setting.

Dr Newton Kondaveti (India) : Radiant Relationships

Surekha Kothari (India) : Chakras (earth and divine)

Cynthia Gonzalez (Dubai) : Sacred Sexuality

Darlis Mayes (USA) : Akashic Record

Dr Mamta Trivedi (India) : Ayurvedic diet and yoga

Mary White (UK) : Harnessing Positivity and Mandala Art

Our intention is for this to become an annual event in various locations around the world.

There are only 48 places available and it is filling up rapidly.

Download the Soulseekers 2016 leaflet for more details:

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For more information contact:

MARY WHITE
Cornelius Counselling & Hypnotherapy
marywhite@corneliuscounselling.co.uk
01732 822 172 or 07990 981 004

 

 

 

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