Weekend Workshop for People facing Fertility Issues or Involuntary Childlessness–Mar 22/24 2014–London (UK)

Healing Workshop for People Facing Fertility Issues/Involuntary Childlessness

Dates: 22nd – 23rd March 2014, Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm.
Venue: The Bonnington Centre, 11 Vauxhall Grove, London
SW8 1TD http://www.bonningtoncentre.org.uk/

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 : £180 or £160 Early bird if full payment made at least 4 weeks in advance. 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. www.gilltunstallcounselling.co.uk

Quotes from people 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 …. a wonderful experience and with wonderful women!”

Memorial Ceremony–London (UK) 29 Mar 2014-for people who have experienced loss due to fertility issues or unwanted childlessness

Give Sorrow Words– A Memorial Ceremony for Fertility Losses

29th March 2014, Sat 3.00pm (Note change of time from earlier posting!)

London SW8 http://www.bonningtoncentre.co.uk/

Facilitators: Gill Tunstall (MBACP) and Sally George (ARC, Antenatal Results and Choices)

This fertility loss service is open to anyone who has experienced infertility, failed fertility treatment, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, premature menopause, stillbirth, terminations for medical reasons or otherwise, neonatal death, or to anyone who has experienced unwanted childlessness– from whatever cause, including from the absence of a suitable partner.

You are welcome to attend, either on your own or in the company of a partner, or of a close friend or relative.

This non-denominational service is open to people of all faiths and none. It was first developed by the psychotherapist Meredith Wheeler and two other British women who has had many years’ experience in this field. The service consists of music, readings and participatory ritual. Attendees will be invited to light a candle for the missing child, or children, in their life.

More information on the background of the service can be found at this link: http://www.meredithwheeler.org/?page_id=82

The service lasts for about an hour.

The service hopes to provide an opportunity for painful, and often unacknowledged, experiences of loss to be mourned in the company of sympathetic people with similar experiences of their own. The intention is to help to provide some liberation from the weight of unexpressed feeling, and to offer the possibility of peace and resolution.

There is no cost if you wish to attend.

Please contact Gill Tunstall (www.gilltunstallcounselling.co.uk) if you would like to book a space.

Your participation is welcome! Ask Gill if you wish to take a more proactive role in the service by reading a poem or appropriate text of your choice.