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Yes to Life events are aimed at raising public awareness of the choices available to those with cancer.

FInd out below what events we will be running in 2017. There is a mix of educational seminars; wellbeing workshops; evening talks and we've thrown in a day trip

 

Bookings for all our events will be available from 9 January 2017

Workshops 

Healing with Laughter Yoga workshop

Date: Saturday 22nd April 

Where: Holborn, London

Cost:  £10 Early Bird or £15 Standard

Lotte Mikkelsen is one of the countries leading experts in laughter therapy having run workshops for more than 10 years.  We are delighted she is going to run one for Yes to Life.

Laughing is found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, increase muscle flexion, and boost immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies. It also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.

Our lovely friends at the charity Hello Beautiful are hosting the workshop at their amazing new premises near Holborn.  Jane Hutchinson who started the charity after her breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 35 along with her friend Kevin have now created a support network for people that have been affected by cancer. The Foundation speaks openly about Non-Toxic Practice and how to live sustainably. Its great to be working with them and so excited to be using their new place.

Find out more about Lotte here

Find out more about Hello Beautiful Foundation here

To book your ticket click here

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Art Therapy Workshop with Elisabetta Fumigalli 

Dates: Saturday 6 May and Saturday 16 September

Where: Shoreditch, London

Elisabetta is one of Yes to Life's Helpline volunteers and is a cancer survivor. She runs art therapy classes and we are thrilled she will be running two clasess for us in 2017.  The first one in May will focus on painting and she calls her class 'Happy Cells and the Healthy Me'.  The second class in September will be sculpture using recycled materials and wood.

Tickets now available here

Seminars 

 

Date: Saturday 15th July

TIme: 9.00 am- 1.30 pm

Where: Jury's Inn Waterfront,  Brighton

Speakers: Andre Young Snell, Vision of Hope Clinic; Dr Britt Cordi, Founder of Live WheatGrass and Four times cancer survivor Elaine Godley

Lifestyle Choices and Cancer seminar 

Headlining the seminar will be Dr Andre Young-Snell who founded The Vision of Hope Clinic in Brighton in 2002 so that he could concentrate on helping patients using Integrative Medicine after a spending most of his career in the NHS.

His presentation "Faith, Love, the Mind & How to have strong Reasons for Living" will focus on a mental approach to cancer. He will talk about how to alleviate stress; turning the way we look at things into a positive wake-up call; having fun and laughing; having strong social support groups; and to how to distance yourself from negative people. Sharing his expert knowledge he will aim to give the audience tools on how to achieve these.

Joining Dr Young-Snell is the founder of LiveWheatGrassJuice, Dr Britt Cordi. Founded in 2009, LiveWheatGrassJuice is a family run business. Britt presents across Europe and the US as well as writing with nutritionists and wellness specialists. She will be presenting examples of what an anti-cancer diet and lifestyle looks like according to a recent large scientific review.Through demonstrating delicious power-packed recipes she will show evidence to support the importance of wheatgrass juice and how the superfood can boost the body's health and well-being. There will be live presentations and chance to sample juices during the seminar.

Four times cancer survivor, Elaine Godley has become a force in helping support people with cancer. A former CEO, she lectures and trains others on the importance of understanding how our behaviours affect our success in life and especially our health. Elaine was given 1 year to live with stage 4 cancer in July 2015. She beat it in 16 weeks from diagnosis. She will share extracts from her personal journey and provide insights on how understanding our own behavioural strengths can be useful in recovery from major illness and disease. Elaine is one of our Yes to Life helpline volunteers, a nutritional adviser and an expert in the DISC model of behavioural profiling.

There will be a Q&A session after each speaker and a chance to meet and chat over refreshments. Goody bags from Weleda will be given to all attendees. Recipes for juices will also be available from LiveWheatGrassJuice.

Click here for tickets: 

£25 Early Bird

£15 for Yes to Life Beneficiares

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Annual Yes to Life Conference

Date: Saturday 25th  November

Where: London

Check in again soon to find out more details

 

 

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Courses

Learning to live well with cancer - Mindfulness Course

We might not choose cancer but we can choose how we respond to the many challenges of living with it'

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a skill that anyone of us can learn that teaches us to pay attention in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity.

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges and helps us notice how physical sensations in the body, thoughts and emotions can feed into each other and how we become preoccupied with often worrying thoughts about the past or future. We discover how to be present with the pleasurable moments of our lives rather than caught up in fears and anxieties.

Mindfulness helps create the space to consciously choose how we respond to the stresses and the challenges of life that can be very empowering.  This maybe particularly welcome after a diagnosis of cancer when things may feel very much beyond our control. 

Is it new for people with cancer?

No, mindfulness based approaches have been helping people living with and beyond cancer for a long time.  The proven benefits are immense - reduced stress and anxiety, improved sleep quality, improved pain management, increased sense of well-being and increased immune function.

What is involved in the course?

The course is taught in eight 2 hour weekly sessions from 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm.  Please note there will not be a session on Tuesday 30th May (due to half-term holidays). 

  • guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices and mindful movement
  • opportunity to explore your experiences with these practices through group dialogue, to support learning and understanding
  • a short breathing practice to use in times of stress
  • theoretical teaching
  • home practice of meditations and weekly suggestions for ways of integrating mindfulness into daily life
  • CDs with guided meditation for home practice and weekly handouts to support learning

Optional one day silent practice session

There will be an optional one day silent practice session for people to join.  This will take place at the same location as the course and will start at 10.00 am and finish at 3.00 pm.  This session will take on Saturday 17th June 2017.  

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Talks

 

Ancient concepts to Modern Practice - How Chinese Medicine can play a vital role in supporting people with Cancer 

Date: Thursday 18th May

Time: 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm

Where: AcuMedic Clinic, London

Cost: £10 Early Bird, £15 Standard

Don Mei is the Founder and Director of China Life and will talk about the benefits of using Chinese Medicine as part of a wellbeing protocol for people with cancer.

To book your place click here

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Maximising Healing potential through lifestyle adjustments

with Silvia Grisendi PhD, DipNT

Date: Wednesday 5th July 

Where: London

After spending many years as a research scientist investigating the cellular mechanisms through which cancer develops, Silvia became interested in the naturopathic approach and now practicises as a registered Functional Nutritionist with a focus on prevention and support for chrnoic inflammatory conditions, including diabetes, allergies, immune conditions, cardiovascular disease, pain, and cancer.

Check in again for more details

 

 

Day trip 

 

Linseed Farm

Date: Saturday 10th June 

Where: Sussex

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