Feel the Feelings

Change your thoughts – think more postive – you become your thoughts – thoughts become your destiny. But what if it’s not about your thoughts?

I got stuck and for some time I wasn’t sure how to become unstuck.

The answer was simple, ‘I need time and space with myself‘. The reality has been harder to achieve; fighting my own default to continue to help others and ignore my own needs, and having this default reflected back from others that haven’t been able to hear my words. Its really not about anyone else, its about me having quiet time to preserve my mental health.

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Who let the dogs out

Self Selection & Essential Oils Workshops for dog and their humans now running at Furzedown Farm

We held our first workshop for dogs and their humans recently. Humans learnt about the physical and emotional uses of essential oils, grass powders and clays, and why a dog may select them. After the theory, the dogs were invited to self select any of the oils on offer.

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In Gratitude: August Catch Up

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them represented a day of the week and began to post me a photo of something they are grateful for this day for a whole year. We started last month. Since my first request for volunteers three more people joined up and we doubled up on Fridays, Saturdays and more recently Sundays. Read original blog

We catch up with our ten volunteers three months into a year long photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week. This month some of our group members ask each other questions about the challenge and we catch up with what they have to say…

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Reiki Healing Exchanges

Our first group of Reiki II practitioners will now be offering Reiki exchanges at Furzedown Farm to help gain their hours for certification. If you would like to help them and fancy some healing too, this blog is for you…

HUMAN REIKI/HEALING EXCHANGES

Our first session will be on August 14th, at 1900 to 2100hrs for human/human reiki exchanges.

Reiki lying down outdoors in the shade
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My Journey with Oils

How did I get into Essential Oils for Animals?

I had just left teaching with stress related illness, had to quit renting my home and decided to finally set up my Animal Behaviour business. I had studied BSc Hons Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare), before I embarked on a PGCE in Secondary Science. I returned to my first passion, of working with animals. I figured if I wasn’t going to ever find paid work with animals, best create a job and afford to rent again. I stumbled upon a website doing Essential Oil Therapy for Animals and was hooked. I went to Cambridge to do a zoopharmacognosy workshop with Caroline Ingraham in 2010 and then embarked on a diploma in Essential Oil Therapy with Karen Bourdon/Menzi and the rest is history.

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Healing with Oils: A catch Up

A few weeks after our first essential oils workshop at Furzedown Farm we catch up with our group to see how they have got on offering oils and herbs to their horses.

Essential Oils Workshop for Equine Owners
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Goodbye, farewell, adios – it’s all about endings…

I have moved home about 45 times so far…Army child, Army soldier, and then I seem to have continued the theme but moved more since leaving the forces. It doesn’t make endings easier, just gives me more experience with them. I exit with kindness and grace…thankfully as some tyrant bosses I went on to work with again! As Karen indicates in this blog, you have a moment in time with people. Some accept this and let go when its over. Some find it harder and stay in touch until that moment you both realise its only that moment you had in common. A rare few are lifelong friends and it seems I can pick these relationships back up as if no time passed between when I finally get any free time.

I have noticed that it is always easier to leave than have someone leave. If they leave, I am left with the memories being constantly reminded of their absence as I continue my work as before. Eventually the void gets filled with something new. When I leave I have the stimulus of something new and this keeps me occupied and perhaps delaying the emotional feelings, which come eventually. If I am not enjoying the new chapter, I used to go back like the Great Gatsby and try to repeat the past, then I realised life moved on without me there.



Embracing the present is good advice, as is embracing your feelings on goodbyes and endings. Feel them and they are released.

New Leaf Counselling

How are you with goodbye’s?

Saying goodbye is the hardest thing that most of us do. Endings by definition are final and are therefore something that most of us find difficult.

“How lucky I am to have something that makessaying goodbyeso hard.”

So with theendingof my time in Somerset just round the corner I have been saying goodbye to people that I have become close to -new friends and colleagues, people that I see every-day– and- of course -the clients that I have worked with over the last few years.It is tough, but I feel ok with the sadness that this brings.

Relationships end all the time and most often we don’t have the ability to choose how to end relationships. People stop turning up, stop responding to communications. People fade away, people move, or other things happen that prevent the relationship from ending the way…

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In Gratitude: July Catch Up

We catch up with our nine volunteers two months into their year long photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week.

We also welcome one more volunteer to the team who joins us on Sundays from the ‘Northern Hemisphere’. His photo is featured above and we will catch up with his progress in August.

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them represented a day of the week and began to post me a photo of something they are grateful for this day for a whole year. We started last month. Since my first request for volunteers three more people joined up and we doubled up on Fridays, Saturdays and more recently Sundays. Read original blog

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Healing with Oils

Highlights from our first Essential Oil Therapy for Equine Owners Workshops at Furzedown Farm, Weymouth.

What is Essential Oil Therapy? Its a bit like aromatherapy for people, but its for horses. It does not involve massaging oils into the body as horses are far too hairy for that kind of thing. Besides your horse would probably not appreciate being placed up on a massage table.

Horses will inhale essential oils with one nostril or two, they may show a Flehmen response to work an oil further into the body. They may indicate they want to lick the oil, sometimes using the front of the tongue and sometimes using the back. All different methods of entry into the body which help them heal and balance any issues.

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Grateful for Sunday

Today we welcome another contributor to Sunday for our In Gratitude/Grateful for photography challenge. Read original post here.

I AM SUNDAY NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

I am a 60 year old married man with 4 grown children. I served for 31 years in the military and was first diagnosed with depression in about 2002 with 4 years left to serve. If my illness had been diagnosed years earlier and I’d had treatment then, my kids might have grown up stronger and not suffered quite so badly with their own mental health issues in adult life. Then again, if I hadn’t grown up in a dysfunctional family environment with both parents being alcoholics, I might have known what ‘normal’ was and been stronger myself. I do still suffer bouts of depression and anxiety and I suspect I always will. The anxiety is fairly new to me; I have a number of physical health issues and I think they have made me feel more vulnerable, so maybe that’s normal as you get older. I have never really got on with years of CBT, perhaps I just wasn’t ready to get better. The counselling from Georgie and introduction to Transactional Analysis has been enlightening, sometimes emotional and a little scary, but definitely helpful. After three weeks of trying to get going, I finally accept the challenge.

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