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“MIND & SOLE” CONFERENCE IRELAND MAY 2019

It is so wonderful be invited back to Belfast , this time to give a talk as part of a” Mind & Sole ” conference on 18th – 19th May 2019. 

The two days will cover evidence-based talks and seminars by therapists, authors and speakers about the proven, researched scientific and neuropsychological benefits of touch and therapies within special/additional needs and abilities as well as in work with mental health issues and challenges.

Details to follow………

 

ADVANCED TRAINING NOVEMBER 2018 / ADHD, ASC & LD BELGIUM

It is truly an honour and joy to invited back once again to Brussels by Dr.Ed. Joanne Norris of ADHD,ASC & LD BELGIUM to give advanced trainings and talks over the weekend of 17th-18th November 2018.

I have absolutely loved delivering various conference talks and training programmes for this non- profit organisation in the past few years .  Those involved work tirelessly to bring so many resources , trainings and evidence-based information to English speaking families affected by ADHD, the autism spectrum , dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia so that the children and young adults with these different abilities can have the opportunity to achieve their full potential at school and be productive and included adults with full and balanced lives.  They also work extremely hard to reduce the stigma surrounding these special abilities and conditions and to enable these children to be heard and understood ….. people absolutely after my own heart !!!

I have met some incredible and dedicated parents, teachers, therapists ,speakers and other professionals, so many of whom have touched, inspired and added to my life and work each time I have been invited.  I truly cannot wait to be back there .

Details to be confirmed so watch this space ….

Belfast Talks and Trainings October 2018

I am so happy to share that I have been invited back to Belfast to run further trainings and talks in October for teachers, LSA’s , therapists and other professionals who work with special/ additional needs and abilities as well as those working or living with mental health issues, challenges and addictions.  Families and carers of those with additional or special abilities/needs are warmly welcome also. Details and dates to follow as soon as I have confirmed them ………

EXMOOR BOOK FESTIVAL 2018

I am so happy to share with you that I have been invited to give a talk at the Exmoor Book Festival which is running from 9th – 11th November 2018.

My talk will be at 12.30pm on Sunday 11th November as this is a very special day for me. I have decided to call my talk ” Finding My Yellow ” which is the title of the book I am currently writing. This will give a good background to my first book and journey – whilst at the same time bridging the link to my next book.

For more details please visit the Exmoor Store’s website here.

INSPIRATION and JOY !!

I am  SO proud !! My son,Ollie, who happens to have autism amongst his many other gifts, abilities and characteristics, the boy who was literally written off by his mainstream school when he was just 13 years old, has just completed his second year at his first choice university with a resounding FIRST for much of his creative writing and publishing degree. He has also finished his first anthology of poems, aptly named “Lungs”. The front cover has been designed by his older brother,James.

 

I never stopped believing in my boy’s voice and his gifts and now he is truly singing his song. All those authors to whom I sent Ollie’s work in desperation when he was so broken at 13 were right : that Ollie was indeed already a writer and to never let others define him.

Here is a poem Ollie wrote at 13, the year he was removed with no warning from top set English and told he would never be allowed to sit the higher paper . It was set as a Valentine’s Day challenge to write a love poem to a fly. It was also the year I was told that Ollie would ” never achieve “, whatever funding I managed to fight for.

I am the fume that lives in your clothes

I am an irritation of love beneath your skin

I come in swarms like a flock of birds

A mist to your eyes you see a plague of love in me

I am a grain of the dark skies scattered on the stars

Within you is the fly.

 

Now that very boy is a young man living his dream and touching a very real future where he can sing his song and touch the world, contribute to that world and achieve his full potential. He once thought his future had been removed when his dreams of reading English at university were removed when he was not allowed access to the higher English GCSE paper . Now that future is blooming and his chosen degree is more perfect than we could have ever guessed during those dark years of complete heartbreak.

Ollie has made lifelong friends at university during the past two years and plans to do a Masters once he has completed his degree after the third year !

He has learned how to live independently, in a shared flat in the city, manage his own bills and bank account, cook and do all his own shopping . He catches trains and public transport , can plan journeys and cope with changes of station if necessary. It has been a challenging year in some respects and a huge learning curve …. but also a MASSIVE triumph !!!  Ollie has thrived to such a degree that he has put forward his name again to be a ” peer mentor ” to help new first year students with different abilities to find their feet and have someone to turn to . He said he knows how the new students will be feeling and would love to help . ( and yet people with autism aren’t meant to have empathy ! )

NEVER STOP BELIEVING !! My ribcage actually hurts with the volume of pride I feel !

TRAINING DAYS/TALKS for SPECIAL YOGA – Supporting Special Children with Special Yoga

I am absolutely full of joy and energy and feel so immensely privileged to have been invited to run two training days for Special Yoga Limited, a truly wonderful and inspirational organisation who take their work with special children worldwide.

Jyoti Jo Manuel, the founder, trained with me earlier this year and I shall be training under her to further my own work with special children in October by her kind invitation. Our approach and support of these incredibly special children is so similar and so complimentary.

I shall be running the training day from the Heart Centre in Bournemouth, Dorset on Friday 31st August 2018 –  with a later day in the planning stages for London due to high demand! For more information or to book your ticket, please visit the Special Yoga website.

I shall also be giving a talk and trainings on 10th February 2019 in Wiltshire as part of a four consecutive weekend retreat programme organised by Special Yoga for their Special Yoga level 2 train the teacher programme – more details to follow…

Do check out the valuable and incredible work they do at SpecialYoga.org.uk.

“I love Giuliana and her amazing work. So happy to have her beautiful teachings and presence again. For yoga therapists, teachers and alternative therapists working with autistic kids, this day will give you some really useful tools and info.” – Jo Manuel, Founder.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE COMMUNITY – UK CPD/CONFERENCE 30tH JUNE 2018

*Update: An inspiring, valuable and tremendous day of teaching, learning and sharing was had by all! For more information about the day, please visit the Indian Head Massage Community’s website. 

I was so thrilled, proud and truly honoured to be asked again by Mary Atkinson and Amy Taylor of the prestigious Indian Head Massage Community UK to give a presentation and workshop on 30th June 2018 at their conference and CPD event.

The day was to “welcome top guest speakers from the industry to offer insights, inspiration and information to promote the best practice for Indian Head Massage therapists. The idea was to share knowledge of taking nurturing massage to areas previously not considered; to think outside the box and to learn and grow alongside each other, sharing knowledge, proven experience and ideas.”

I was just so gorgeously delighted to be a part of something so special and planned a heartfelt, passionate, moving talk that will get people thinking (I hope!), followed by a very interactive, exciting workshop. It was such a privilege to be included. Thank you Mary and all the team!


EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT SCHOOLS – Leadership Programme in Scotland

On 15th – 17th September 2017 I was invited by Dr Martin Williams ( such a massive honour ! )  to Fife in Scotland where I gave a talk and ran a workshop as part of the launch of an Emotionally Intelligent schools leadership programme . Dr Williams spoke so engagingly about the huge importance, impact and value of emotional intelligence and how “EQ” is as important, if not more so , than IQ : something that has also been so close to my own heart and experience and something I’ve long wished to see within schools and the workplace.

 

The head teacher of Lochgelly School, Carolann Penrose, had worked closely with Dr Williams for the outcomes aimed at for the weekend and I was just so thrilled to be part of it. It just lights me up to meet doctors, teachers and other professionals who all deeply care for the child, the ” wet cement ” that we are all shaping and to know that there are really forward thinking schools out there who understand that an emotionally intelligent school will be a more productive and inclusive school  – which will ultimately produce better results . This message then filters into the workplace where employers now are increasingly looking for EQ as well as IQ….

 

By also encouraging self care and self nurture, we all do a far better job of providing the very best , professional, quality care for the children and young adults we are growing.  With all the pressures teachers are now under, this couldn’t be more important because if teachers are able to nurture themselves, they’re then able to nurture those in their care.  When we are aware of and growing our own EQ, we can then help the children grow their’s .

 

This launch  weekend was just totally inspiring and motivational. It was so  gorgeous to feel myself growing even more on a personal and professional level  as I listened to Dr Williams’ extensive knowledge and experience –  and also the heads,deputies,  teachers and other staff who were all so passionate about what they do. I was so moved to be able to share this special time and to bring my own work to the table too, that I did actually cry when I left Edinburgh airport …! I felt part of something so valuable, important and trail blazing. I’m confident that this is just the beginning……

 

Out of all the ( many ! ) photographs I took throughout my trip, my very favourite is the one of the knitted bicycle cover because to me it summed up the weekend …. all of  our colours, all of  our gifts, all  of our abilities – however different or special , all of our voices are so important for transporting us into a rich, full, inclusive and emotionally intelligent future .