Healing Workshop for Women Facing Fertility Issues/Involuntary Childlessness

Healing Workshop for Women Facing Fertility Issues/Involuntary Childlessness

Dates: 25th, 26th, 27th May 2012 Friday evening 7.00pm-9pm, Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm.

Venue: Jamyang Buddhist Centre, The Old Courthouse, 43 Renfrew Road, London
SE11 4NA http://www.jamyang.co.uk/.

Well priced overnight accommodation available at Jamyang.

Facilitator: Gill Tunstall, MBACP, MA Integrative Counselling

This workshop is for anyone who has experienced infertility, failed fertility treatment, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, premature menopause, secondary infertility, stillbirth, neonatal death, or unwanted childlessness–whatever the cause, including lack of a partner.

The workshop aims to continue and develop the innovative work in this field of the therapist, Meredith Wheeler, (http://www.meredithwheeler.org/). The intention is to allow participants to explore their emotions, and to open up the possibility of moving on in their life.

• Some may need to acknowledge feelings of grief and loss and this can help women to feel lighter and calmer.
• Sharing feelings and experiences can alter the perspective of participants on their own story. This process can provide clarity for those difficult decisions on what the next step might be.
• Links may be forged during this process that could form the basis of valuable supportive networks offering a route out of isolation.

The longer term benefits may take various forms:
• Some people may come to terms with childlessness and decide to stop further treatment.
• Some people may decide to undertake further treatment, but in a new spirit.
• Some people may reconsider the possibility of adoption.

Although the focus of the workshop will be on shared experiences and emotions, there will also be an openness to finding ‘ways in’ to people’s feelings by creating art or using meditation techniques. The emphasis will be on expression rather than ability - no prior experience is necessary. Care will be taken to create a safe, compassionate and healing atmosphere.

Fees : £200 (lunch and refreshments included) or £190 Early bird before 15/3/12. Limited places available.

Some bursaries for unwaged or low-income individuals. Financial issues should never be the factor preventing anyone from taking part.

For further information and a registration form contact Gill Tunstall: gilltunstall@gmail.com or tel: 07825 581 148. http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/gill-tunstall

Quotes from women who attended a previous workshop

“I feel so much better after last weekend. My brain has got room to deal with life again and I can talk with other people about their problems without feeling like my head’s going to explode! I feel more like the old me again - such a lovely feeling.”

“It was so good to meet other women in the same situation as me, to talk and empathise, as I’ve felt so isolated and different from friends and family. I think hearing someone else’s story also helps put your own into perspective. Also, when you tell your story and people accept you and don’t judge you, it helps you stop judging yourself.”
“I am me again! I know I can now focus on the future. For the first time in over 2 years I have had a very enjoyable weekend - without feeling like I have my burden of “infertility” clouding my mood. Finally been able to relax - all part of letting go I guess!”

“Just thank you so much to Gill and the staff at the temple - a wonderful place, a wonderful experience and with wonderful women!”