Developing communities

Transformation, what does it mean, in terms of training or self-development? For some it could simply mean ‘re-framing’ but for me it’s much more than that; something changes form – from being one ‘thing’ into another. In workshops, participants are taken on a journey, individually but in a group; each person’s trip will be different […]

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Confidence is a combination of knowledge, understanding and skill, put into action. To be truly confident we must have certain knowledge and skills to perform a task, or be confident in carrying it out, even if we make mistakes. They understand ‘process’- why we have it and why we use it, comprehending the value of […]

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Open Letter to; The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon Katy Clark MP Kenneth Gibson MSP Margaret Burgess MSP Margaret McDougall MSP Dear First Minister, I appeal to you both as a woman and in your political capacity as First Minister for Scotland to save the vital services of North Ayrshire Women’s Aid – the largest of […]

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WW II – Woman’s War II As we approach the full moon in October 2014 and I reflect on all that’s happened in the past month, I’m further intrigued by the message from the ‘Woman with the Staff’, referred to in my last post, A Woman’s War. I’ve been acutely aware of the inspiration and […]

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It’s been a tough week with harsh outcomes, so a time of rest and reflection was called for – and it’s all only now, making sense to me. My thinking goes back to the Grandmother’s Fire Ceremony held in Roslin Glen by visiting Native American Grandmothers, where a woman guardian of the Templars spoke gently […]

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The Golden Buddha

by Lesley

There is Buddha peace and wisdom within all of us – … the secret is to find and retrieve it. There’s an old story about a clay Buddha in Cambodia, which was obstructing the construction of a new road. The tale tells of this statue being covered in thick clay to disguise it from marauders, […]

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I recently attended NHS certificated training on ARBD – Alcohol Related Brain Damage – because some of my clients have been, or are affected by it and my interest lies in understanding ARBD and its symptoms. Initially I thought it would inform my workshops better – in fact, I was so shocked by the presentation, […]

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I could cry – not only because of sadness but with frustration and anger at how disposable people have become in the world of charity and business. It’s Friday night and I should be out enjoying myself at the end of a busy week – but instead I’m at home feeling concern for the clients […]

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In May of this year I was asked to deliver a Team Building firewalk for residents of Forres, a small town in the north of Scotland, near Inverness and very close to a friend’s permaculture project – so it made sense to combine my trip with a visit to Ludwig’s perma-farm. Earth Ways is a […]

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The other night as I was drifting off towards sleep, I found myself laughing (audibly) at one of Aliya’s comments on a thread of conversation which somehow turned into a mini swear-fest. This in turn, allowed me to think of an incident she’d quoted on a similar (maybe the same) thread on Facebook – reminding […]

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