Hoffman UK Graduate E-newsletter | July 2017
Mental Fitness, Emotional Resilience
With Kim Murray, founder of Happy Heads

In this month's feature, businesswoman Kim Murray shares her experience of dealing with her father’s suicide when she was seven and how the Process was the bridge into a whole new career.

"During the Process I was finally able to completely forgive my Dad for ‘abandoning’ me. I could understand how he felt and re-connect with him in ways I never thought possible. Your core beliefs develop in your formative years but they don’t have to be a negative blueprint that controls you. The whole experience was so profound that, a few months later I launched Happy Heads. My goal with Happy Heads is to empower people with simple mindful tools and techniques that build confidence, reduce anxiety and increase focus at work and in everyday life"   

To read Kim's article, click here and visit her website here: Happy Heads  
For more Hoffman Graduate Process Stories, click here

Hoffman in Harpers Bazaar
'Wonder Woman' Tara Ellison finds her truth

"Starting over was my aim when I attended a week-long retreat to deal with unfinished business. Hoffman was billed as “A week-long healing retreat of transformation for people who feel stuck.” I was going to be a challenge for them since I had a black-belt in self-defeating patterns. Maybe if I went back to the beginning, I could figure out where I went wrong.

Claiming your truth is a bit like having Wonder Woman’s magic bracelets: once you own it, nobody can hurt you with it..."

To read Tara's story in Harper's Bazaar, click here.

Photo credit © Tara Ellison

An invitation to Russell's bash
Transforming Anger  

On the Process, we use the principles of bioenergetics and cathartic release to work on the anger that we hold in our physical bodies - some of which has been held there since childhood. Participants often say that 'bashing' their most challenging family patterns leaves them feeling, lighter, happier and poised to use the tremendous energy reserve they've discovered to kick-start positive change in their life.

We have just heard that Hoffman Graduate and comedian Russell Kane will be hosting a new online programme called Rage Room on Channel 4's All 4. Participants are currently being sought to pitch the 'personal gripe, irritation or annoyance' which triggers them most. The winner will get to bash in 'the Rage Room of their dreams'

If you're between 16 - 30 years old and you'd like to apply, you can email Mighty Productions

or click here for full details.

Boarding: Surviving the Syndrome
One-day conference at Sussex University

Sussex University is hosting a one-day conference on Saturday 9 September for people who are suffering long-term emotional or relational difficulties as a result of their early boarding school experiences. The day is hosted by Thurstine Basset, director of Boarding Concern and  Psychologist Nick Duffel, Director of Boarding School Survivors. The line-up also includes Marcus Gottlieb, Olya Khaleelee, Alex Renton, Joy Schaverien and Anni Townend.

For full delegate information, including speaker info and booking Click here 

Visit the Boarding School Survivors website: www.boardingschoolsurvivors.co.uk

Who's behind the mask?
Adventures in identity, creativity and spontaneity 

Nurturing our capacity for play and challenging the false 'layers' we put between ourselves and the world are both essential parts of the Hoffman Process.

Hoffman graduate, Steve Chapmanhas developed his own ingenious workshop, 'combining ideas from Gestalt psychology with exercises from improvised theatre and classic mask techniques.'

Steve says; 'The workshop will use masks as a method of exploring personality, spontaneity and creativity. We spend the morning discovering new characters that lurk within us and the afternoon putting them in creative and often highly amusing situations.' 

Date: Friday 21st July
Venue: The Poor School, King's Cross, London, N1 9JY
Cost: £50 + booking fee. Numbers are limited so book early.

Click here for more information and to book. To visit Steve's blog 'Can Scorpions Smoke?' click here.

Reconnection Day
Saturday 15 July

'The dynamics of the group were amazing and I instantly had a feeling of warmth, belonging and love. It was good to refresh my memory with some of the tools used on The Process... The feedback from fellow graduates was also inspiring. I left the session feeling very much reconnected.' (HW, Hoffman grad)

Reconnection Days
offer you the opportunity to allow yourself an entire day to re-focus on your Process. In the company of other Hoffman grads, you'll be reminded of your Process insights and encouraged to refresh your vision, identifying and overcoming any blocks you may have to achieving it. Perfect if you've a life challenge ahead, or just as a Hoffman tool top-up and a treat to yourself. The day will be led by Hoffman teacher Sam Cotton (pictured).

Date: Saturday 15 July
Time: Arrive from 9.30am for a prompt 10am start. We aim to finish by 5pm.
Cost: £90 per person or you can invite a Hoffman Buddy at the discounted rate of £160 for both of you.
Venue: Artworkers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT

Click here for more information and to book

Closure at Oxon Hoath
Thursday 10 August with Jeremy, Mairi, Eliza and Sam

Do you remember your Thursday evening Closure dinner and that great feeling of being supported - by your Process group, by your teachers and by visiting Hoffman grads? Here's your chance to reconnect and revive that feeling by attending the Closure of a new flock of Hoffman geese in the glorious surroundings of Oxon Hoath in Kent.

Closure starts at 5pm prompt and there's no cost to attend. Dinner's included. All you have to do is call the office on (+44)1903 889 990 and let us know that you'd like to come along.

There's always at least one opportunity to attend Closure each month - the next is at Florence House on July 13. For future dates, click here.

Please not that it's not possible to attend the Closure of a spouse or child, although we'd love to see you at their welcome home.

Regional Support Groups

Manchester Support Group
Sunday 2 July, Rise Manchester
Led by Hoffman Teacher Emma Ferguson
Click here for more information and to book

Support Group
Tuesday 4 July, HOURS
Led by Supervising Hoffman Teacher Eliza Meredith
Click here for more information and to book

London Support Evening
Tuesday 4 July, The Welsh Chapel
Led by Hoffman UK co-founder Serena Gordon.
Click here for more information and to book

Brighton Support Group
Monday 17 July, Cornerstone Community Centre
Led by Hoffman Teacher Sam Cotton
Click here for more information and to book
Hoffman events for family and friends

Information Phone-In
Tuesday 11 July

Information Evening: London
Tuesday 15 August

Introduction Day: London
Saturday 16 September

Process Dates
July 8-14: Wait List*
August 5-11: Wait List* 

August 26-September 1:
Wait List*

September 9-15: Wait List*
September 23-29: Available
October 7-13: Available

*When a Process is on a Wait List, a place may still become available.
Ring the office on 01903 88 99 90 for full details.

For a full calendar of Hoffman Information events, click here
Hoffman top tip for July
Think about your friendships

Are you one of those people who lets friendships slide because you are too absorbed with work, family and all the other things jostling for your attention? If you are, put some time and energy into your friendships today.

Call at least one friend today who you have been neglecting. Have a chat and make a firm date to share some time with them.

Just one of 365 tips from the Hoffman Graduate Journal. Click here to order a copy online.
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