Wellbeing and team building workshops for individuals, community groups and businesses.
Flo is a collaboration between teachers of mindfulness meditation, Iyengar yoga, voice and creative writing. Our day long workshops offer sessions from these four disciplines. They direct attention to the present moment and help us access parts of ourselves that may be dormant or neglected. No previous experience is necessary for full participation in the sessions, which are designed to refresh the whole person. The mixture of the four disciplines offers a unique blend of practices with surprising and unexpected results. We also offer different combinations of the disciplines, bringing together practices to explore their relationship more closely.
The sound of the water says what I think. Chang-tzu, 4th century.
Creative writing allows us to explore our past, present and future, to look at life imaginatively and to find new ways of expressing ourselves. Unlocking our own imaginations and taking a step outside our everyday thinking leads us into new possibilities for self-development and understanding. The ideas and words we find in the session can be shared with the group, or they can remain private, but whatever we choose to do with them they give us a voice – they give us our own voice.
“mindfulness is to pay attention, in a particular way, in the present moment, without judgement” Jon Kabat - Zinn
Mindfulness meditation brings us more directly in touch with our everyday lives, as we learn to become aware of our bodies and minds. Over time this allows us to become less reactive and more responsive; to live less on “automatic pilot” mode, and more able to steer our lives in the direction of peace, connectivity, creativity, and joy.
Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world. The system of balancing body, mind and spirit, was formulated by ancient yogis, who realised a way of using all our inner resources to live in harmony with ourselves and the world. The Iyengar method introduces a carefully graded programme of asanas (postures) followed by pranayama (breath control). Practising yoga can help you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It develops a firm foundation for health and wellbeing.
'I shall be happy if my work helps people to achieve peace in body, poise in mind and tranquillity in the self.' BKS Iyengar, Time magazine, 2004,
Singing stimulates the release of endorphins - our feel good hormones in the brain; bringing a sense of joy and connection with ourselves and those around us. Creating and playing with sound releases tensions, unblocks inhibitions and brings a group of people together in creativity.
“There are no wrong notes, only interesting harmonies”
Dr Adam Strickson is Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Writing at the University of Leeds, where he teaches the popular MA in Writing. He is particularly inspired by literature from other cultures, especially India and Japan. He is a published poet and has been poet in residence at Ilkley Literature Festival.
Stacey Ash has been an acupuncturist for almost 30 years, with a particular interest in stress and mood related conditions. Stacey has been teaching mindfulness over the last 4 years, having attended the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher training with Bangor University.
Claire’s passions in life is yoga, Iyengar yoga, which she has been practising and teaching for over 20 years in the UK. Claire is known for her clarity and precision in her teaching of the postures. Claire has studied with BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Abhijata Sridar Iyengar, both in India and the UK.
Gill Bond studied at Dartington College of Arts, and has been teaching singing and voice workshops for 20 years, as well as being a creative practitioner of performing arts in her own company, Satellite Arts.