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Live & free event for Facebook
Saturday May 12th & June 9th 10am-12 pm

‘Absent Father, Angry Father’ focuses on boys who were raised without fathers and healing the psychological issues it can create.

Vast amounts of research and many horrific statistics tell us that boys raised without fathers are more likely to drop out of school, more likely to develop addiction problems and more likely to be incarcerated. Much of the psycho-analytic literature implies that the quality of the attachment is linked to maladaptive patterns or disturbances.

What is the good news? Well, w
e have created a free space for people to be heard.

In this workshop we will have a rare opportunity to explore the legacy of ‘absent father, angry father’ on our psyche, and ways in which a better understanding and processing can illuminate both our internal process and raise hope.

We will use this confidential space to bring a deeper understanding of our fatherless childhood; whether it is through abuse, rejection, or anger. We will explore how we embody violence, addiction, fault, toxic shame and anger. And how this keeps us from fully functioning and being fully integrated and intimate in our lives. Most importantly we will develop a compassionate way forward around this important issue.

Rules for participation :
      1. Facebook is an public open space. Please be mindful of what you say.
      2. This is not a therapy group but we simply come together to share thoughts or ideas around the issues of faithlessness.
      3. Please be respectful of how you use this limited space and what you do with peoples’ disclosures.
      4. Please take care of how you use your own information and disclosures.
      5. You must be over 16 to join the discussion.

You can sign up to the event via our Facebook Page

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Forgiveness Empowerment is a one day course, focused around specific issues. ‘Absent Father, Angry Father’ focuses on boys who were raised without fathers and healing the psychological issues it can create.

Vast amounts of research and many horrific statistics tell us that boys raised without fathers are more likely to drop out of school, more likely to develop addiction problems, more likely to be incarcerated and to have altered brain structure. Much of the psycho-analytic literature implies that the quality of the attachment is linked to maladaptive patterns or disturbances.

In this workshop we will have a rare opportunity to explore the legacy of ‘absent father, angry father’ on our psyche, and ways in which a better understanding and processing can illuminate both our internal process and raise hope and awareness through the forgiveness model.

We will use this confidential space to bring a deeper understanding of our fatherless childhood; whether it is through abuse, rejection, or anger. We will explore how we embody violence, addiction, fault, toxic shame and anger. And how this keeps us from fully functioning and being fully integrated and intimate in our lives. Most importantly we will develop a compassionate way forward around this important issue.

Aims:

  1. Learn about the forgiveness model and research into the impact of fatherlessness.

  2. Hear about and learn from real case studies.

  3. Gain better resilience, coping skills and support.

  4. Learn to practice the quality of forgiveness meditation for your father and ancestral lineage.

  5. Obtain a deeper understanding of the impact and effects of a fatherless upbringing.

  6. An opportunity to take part in a research questionnaire and a post interview.

Presenters:

William Fley

William has developed, the mindfulness network for people of color, ‘Project MBBT’ and ‘Forgiveness Empowerment’ retreats, and has an MA in race, culture and ethnicity from Birkbeck College, where his dissertation researched ‘Higher Education and the Equality Act 2010’. This looked at the attainment gap in higher education. William has also taught at the University of Brighton and the University of London.

Qualified as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist from Roehampton University, William initially worked in the NHS treating bereavement and trauma and working with victims of crime, before setting up a private practice. He moved to the New Forest in 2010, and is continuing his development at Breathworks and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.


Schedule:

10:00 Doors open. Coffee

10:15 Welcome, introductions, aims and objectives

10:45 Latest research

11:45 Coffee break

12:00 Forgiveness model and approach

12:30 ‘Facilitation of our narratives ’ (group process)

1:00 Lunch break

2:15 Silent meditation

2:30 Mindful movement & energy shifting.

3:00 Group discussion (1)

3:45 Coffee break

4:00 Group discussion (2)

4:30 Forgiveness meditation

5:00 Dedication & close.

5.00-5.30 Please stay for coffee

Please bring food to share, personal cushions/mats etc


We welcome people from diverse backgrounds who want to learn and share the benefits of the forgiveness model & working with fatherlessness. Please note this is a non-political, non-religious organization and we apply the forgiveness model as a better response to trauma.

We also honour the space for dealing with issues relevant to the BAME communities, but welcome any members of the LGBT, disability, race and ethnicity communities. If you are struggling financially and would like to benefit from attending the workshop please inform us.

Please note some of our workshops will be closed to men only for the purpose of working with a deeper understating of the issues at hand.

This workshop gives you 6 hours of CPD, or 16 for the weekend retreat.

Upcoming event information

Venue: Top Floor, St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, London SW15 2JQ

Dates: July 14th(Putney), July 29th(New Forest).

Time: 10:30 am- 5pm

Price:  £90(non-members), £60(members).

To make a booking for the event through the Paypal link below. Simply state which course and date you would like to book, as well as the name of the person who will be attending and pay the price listed above. If you wish to make an enquiry about an event, please use our contact page.


 

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What impact do the undertones of racism, oppression and being classed as ‘other’ have on the BAME community? How does it affect our mind, body, and our confidence? Are we even fully aware of it?  Our families as well as ourselves may suffer but rarely discuss it. Why is this, and what would it look like if we could tackle these issues by bringing them to light through mindfulness? 

This is an opportunity to spend the day in a safe meditative space, addressing these situations relevant to our communities, and receiving support that is unique to MBBT.

We are a group of black and ethnic minority teachers addressing the lack of mindfulness-based services in our communities; and equipping those communities with tools to handle and alleviate the stresses unique to their background.

These retreat days will provide a meditative and unified space to speak our truths to enable us to release, heal and grow.  We invite you to come and share your stories, or just listen to those of others.

The day will include walking and sitting meditation, discussion, mindful movement and practicing noble silence.  Also mindful sitting, dharma reading and mindful movement. And will end with a peaceful and inspiring dedication ceremony for all participants to take part in.   

 

We are not affiliated with an institution, religion and have no funding .

Please bring food to share, personal cushions/mats etc

Upcoming event information

Venue: Top Floor, St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, London SW15 2JQ

Date: 8th September 2018

Time: 10:30 am- 5pm

Price:  £30

To make a booking for the event through the Paypal link below. Simply state which course and date you would like to book, as well as the name of the person who will be attending and pay the price listed above. If you wish to make an enquiry about an event, please use our contact page.


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The New Forest is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside. We are delighted to host the first annual people of colour retreat in the New Forest as part of the mindfulness network for people of colour.

We would like to provide this space to re-boot, rekindle our meditation practice and recharge. We are placing the emphasis on having a full 48 hours of being well-fed, getting good sleep, Live music,  good company, and enjoying meditation and walks.

Our aims and themes for this weekend will entail walking and practicing mindfulness amongst the tall trees and walks along the coastline. The New Forest is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside; just 2 hours from Waterloo and 30 minutes from Southampton and Bournemouth.

We welcome members of the BAME communities to this not-for-profit event. All our teachers are volunteers and we do this because we love bringing meditation practice to our communities. Please pass on the word – only 19 spaces on the retreat!

“If we want to find peace and prosperity in ourselves we need to create it for others.” William Fley

Event information: Venue: ‘Foxlease’, Clay Hill, Lyndhurst, New Forest SO43 7DE

Date: October 5th -7th
Time: From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
Price: £150 (£90 subsidised rate based on needs and availability; £60 students)
To make a booking for the event through the Paypal link below. Simply state which course and date you would like to book, as well as the name of the person who will be attending and pay the price listed above. If you wish to make an enquiry about an event, please use our contact page.





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