Hoffman Newsletter: Sept 2015
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Celebrating 20 years of Hoffman Welcome
This September, we celebrate our twentieth anniversary!

Hoffman UK founders Tim Laurence and Serena Gordon 
want to thank all of you who have been part of the growth of the Hoffman Process over the past 20 years. Read more below...

Also in this newsletter, you will find:
  • Hoffman on Radio 4 Woman's Hour
  • Tips on communication from Hoffman graduate Stephen Bourne
  • Latest information and dates for Hoffman events
  • And don't forget the monthly Hoffman Top Tip!
With love from The Hoffman Team  
20th Anniversary Celebrations Begin!

Students from the first Hoffman Process in September 1995
Students from the first Hoffman Process in September 1995
On September 1 1995, Tim Laurence and Serena Gordon ran their first Hoffman Process here in the UK.

Thinking back 20 years, even speaking about going on a retreat or personal development course was considered to be brave or barmy. But on 1 September 1995, sixteen people arrived to do the Hoffman Process at Fawley Court in Henley, a massive stately home designed by Sir Christopher Wren and run by a community of Polish nuns. 

As graduates know, it's vitally important that the Process venue offers a place of calm, safety, beauty and above all, good food. Sadly the cookery book proffered by Serena was rejected on the grounds that no-one in the kitchen read English. But even a lack of seasoning couldn't diminish the passion of the process. Tim had two very experienced teachers with him - Carmel Lee Paul who ran the Austrian Institute, and Cynthia Merchant from the US. For the next five years we tried a variety of venues before settling at Florence House in 2000, where the Process is still held today. 

20 years later, the Hoffman Process is now run twice a month in areas of outstanding natural beauty, and with excellent food and accommodation. The teaching team has expanded and continues to grow. The Hoffman office is beautifully run by Lynn Crescens Smith with support from Clare, Nikki, Susy and Tracy, and David Wallace, our new Managing Director, is steering Hoffman into its next phase.

Hoffman UK want to thank all of you who have been a part of our growth over the past 20 years. With your attendance, support and love we have helped bring the Hoffman Process to thousands of people. We are certainly doing our bit to help spread peace in the world. Here's to the next twenty years!

Congratulations to Hoffman graduate Eleanor Moran, whose new novel 'A Daughter's Secret' was featured on BBC Radio 4 this week.

On Friday's Woman's Hour, Jenni Murray interviewed Eleanor, and our own Nikki Wyatt about one of the key themes of the book - father/daughter relationships.

They discussed the impact that the relationship between a father and daughter has on the way a woman might perceive masculinity as she grows up and the issues that can arise when emotional boundaries are crossed.

To hear the interview in full, click here and select the chapter 'Difficult Father-Daughter Relationships' (25 minutes into the full broadcast)

Eleanor's novel is available to purchase here.

Stephen Bourne
Stephen Bourne's passion is communication. His role at the Centre of Excellence for Tendering and Negotiation at Janssen Pharmaceuticals involves teaching and consulting on practices developed at Harvard Law School. 

Stephen did the Hoffman Process in 2006, closely followed by his wife, and the tools he learned added an extra dimension to his work. In this article, he shares his tips about how to negotiate your way through life in order to achieve contentment and success both at work and at home.

"Negotiations aren't reserved for business. They happen every day with everyone around us. We negotiate our way through life from the nursery to the grave. Communicating effectively is a combination of the following: How you listen. What you say. How you say it and the energy and emotion behind what you're saying." 


Independent in Ireland

Jeremy Kynaston
Look out for an article about the Hoffman Process in the Irish Independent at the beginning of September.

Journalist Vicki Notaro has interviewed a number of Irish Hoffman graduates as well as Supervising Teacher, Jeremy Kynaston (pictured right). Thanks to all those who took part. 

If you are free on Tuesday 8 September, then come along to Brooks Hotel in Dublin for our Graduate Support Gathering. The gathering starts at 5.30pm, followed by an information evening at 7.30. Your presence is really appreciated at these events. 

If you know someone interested in hearing more about the Process, then invite them to come along at 7.30 or forward them this newsletter, using the forward email link at the bottom. 

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Information Evenings
Information Evenings:  
Tues Sept 22, Wed Oct 21 (London)
Tues Sept 8 (Dublin) 
This event provides the opportunity to meet Hoffman teachers and Process participants, ask questions, hear people's experiences and decide if the Process is right for you. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Regent's University, London NW1 4NS 
The event is free and there's no need to book.
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Introduction Day:
Saturday September 26 (London)
Led by members of the Hoffman teaching team, this 'stand alone' workshop is for people curious to learn about the Hoffman Process and what to expect from this week-long residential course.The day is experiential and you will hear about the origins of the Hoffman Process and learn several Hoffman techniques. The day costs £85 which is deducted from the Process fee on registration. Booking is essential as places are limited. There is no charge for Hoffman graduates attending with family or friends.  

Information Phone-In
Information Phone-Ins:  
Tuesday September 15, October 13
Join our free monthly Conference calls to find out whether the Process is right for you. Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm.  
These calls are led by a member of the Hoffman team and often include previous course participants who can help answer your questions. You can call from anywhere in the world with a local call charge.
For any questions about the Hoffman process, call 01903 889990 or email us 

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Life is not set in stone
September 12-18, Florence House, E. Sussex
September 26-Oct 2, Florence House, E. Sussex
October 10-16, Florence House, E. Sussex
November 7-13Florence House, E. Sussex
November 21-27Florence House, E. Sussex
December 5-11Florence House, E. Sussex

To book online, or for further dates, click here.
(FULL = Wait list in operation, call the office for updates.)  

To read articles about the Hoffman Process, click here.
To order a Hoffman magazine, click here.

For any questions about the Hoffman Process, call 01903 88 99 90 or email us.

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Reconnection Day
Reconnection Day: Saturday September 12 
Rekindle your vision, clarify your direction and remind yourself how the Hoffman tools can be used on a daily basis. Invite members of your Hoffman Process group and reconnect the Hoffman way.
Time: 10.00am - 5.30pm
Venue: Art Workers' Guild, London, WC1N 3AT
London Support Evening: Friday September 18
Led by a member of the Hoffman team, the evening will give you the chance to release some Hoffman energy, revisit some tools and meet up with other Hoffman graduates. 
Venue: Battersea Yoga Centre, London, SW11 4TA
Time: 7.45-9.45pm
Support Call
Support Call: Wednesday September 23
Emotional Intelligence at work
Ever had the feeling that just under the skin of your adult self lurks a hurt eight year old?
This call will be led by supervising Hoffman Teacher Matthew Pruen.
Time: 7.30pm
Q2 RefresherQ2 Refresher: October 23-25
3 days to remind yourself of your Process.
The Q2 allows you to build upon your Process work, providing an opportunity to explore some of the areas, relationships or challenges that need a bit of tidying up. 
You can come alone, or with members from your Process. 
Use the weekend to reconnect and set new visions and intentions for the future. 
Venue: Florence House, East Sussex 

The Hoffman Journal The Hoffman Post Process Journal 
A handy journal that provides you with a reminder of the Hoffman tools and techniques 365 days of the year. Start any time and keep Hoffman with you by your side.
Find out more and order here

For any questions on the Hoffman Process, please call 01903 889990 or email us 

Hoffman Monthly Top Tip

Do something different... 
Stretching out of our comfort zone and into new behaviour keeps us moving, alive and sharp. How often do you find yourself on autopilot doing the same thing again and again simply because you can't be bothered to change? You do the same things every morning, go to work the same way, think the same thoughts, see the same people....

What can you do to challenge yourself today? What would be uncomfortable or difficult or new? 

Start with small things and see how it feels.  

Until Next Month...
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