Workshops 2019

Menopause with Grace

A series of collaborative workshops is being planned for 2019 with your well-being at heart. It is never too early or too late to begin taking care of yourself in preparation for menopause, to make for a comfortable transition through this stage of life.

Through multi-disciplinary practices such as yoga, mindfulness, nutrition and natural health, as well as skin care and makeup, the aim of these workshops is to educate and provide skills to empower you to continue to enjoy and embrace mid-life with confidence.

Read my blog on 3 ways to sail through menopause.

A Smooth Transition £44
Minimise future problems before, utilise practical strategies during peri-menopause and improve hormonal balance and well-being post-menopause.


Sunday 26th May 10-1
at Birchwood Yoga

With Homeopath, Practitioner of Natural Medicine, Health Coach, and Family Constellations Facilitator, Naphia Reggiani and Anneliese Wells.

Deepen your understanding of the factors and their causes that impact your health before peri-menopause, during peri-menopause and after menopause. Find your way more easily through the maze of often contradictory heath advice. Discover practical ways to protect your well-being drawing on the knowledge of naturopathic medicine, yoga and mindfulness.

Changes in oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels.
Menopausal or peri-menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, night sweats, dryness, flooding, weight gain, slow metabolism, loss of libido, hormone-related anxiety/depression/mood swings.
Adrenal, thyroid and other endocrine imbalances.
Digestive problems and gut bacteria imbalance.
Unresolved trauma – physical or emotional.

"Naphia’s Menopause Workshop changed my life for the better. Her huge experience and advice has been so helpful in understanding how our bodies change and it’s not all bad news. I’d very much advise you to attend.” JoJo B.

Anneliese’s yoga class will focus around pranayama that you can use daily to restore balance to the body; in particular the nervous system which works very closely to the endocrine (hormone) system. You will practice poses that help kick start the cleansing process and learn how to address overwhelm.

We hope to skill you with knowledge and give you options from which to chose your pathway to a smoother transition through menopause.

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A Time of Healthy Change £44
How to make the most of your menopausal transition; working in harmony with natural cycles.

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Saturday 15th June 10-1
at Birchwood Yoga

With Western Medical Herbalist and Storyteller Kym Murden
and Anneliese Wells.

Making the most of your menopausal transition can be a challenge in western culture. In this workshop you will be empowered to work in harmony with the natural cycles of your body and life. In Celtic traditions menopausal women were seen to carry the knowledge and wisdom that resources all life; indeed many would say it is when women move into their most fulfilling and powerful years.

Kym will explore biological and physiological changes in your body, weaving what that means on an emotional and soul level and reconnect with what empowers us. You will learn what to expect during the menopause; what is ‘normal’, how to recognise imbalances and what can be done to address them. What can help or hinder in terms of stress, diet and lifestyle choices, with a focus on herbal preparations you can make at home. Information on how to support your health now with regard to longer term well-being in your ‘elder years’.

Anneliese will address some of the physical challenges of the menopausal years and how to adapt poses to suit. As modern women, we tend to grasp at the pleasant, ignore the neutral and repel the unpleasant which perpetuates our struggles in life. We will seek to Let Go; cultivating Non-Attachment and instead acknowledging the arising and passing of experience at this time of change.

This workshop will be a mix of practical and creative ways to support the years of menopause that honours the power that comes with this time and beyond. We hope very much that you leave with confidence in yourself, knowing you will be leading the way for the women who follow; whether younger family members, friends or colleagues.

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Freeing the Spine £44
Enabling freedom of movement throughout the entire body.


Saturday July 13th 10-1

With Feldenkrais Practitioner Rebecca Meitlis and Anneliese Wells.

As menopause approaches, joints can be affected with stiffness. Women’s health guru Marilyn Glenville Phd states, “there’s nothing more ageing than seized up joints.” Low oestrogen increases the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis post menopause so maintaining a healthy spine is vital for ease of movement and it’s never too early to start.

“The adult spine is rigid and heavy and yoga (and Feldenkrais) consists in breaking bad habits and in re-educating the spine so as to bring it back to its original suppleness.” Vanda Scaravelli

Feldenkrais and Yoga are perfect partners in maintaining healthy joints. The focus of this workshop is to re-educate the spine so as to free the vertebrae and ease away tension.

Anneliese and Rebecca have planned a workshop where Yoga asanas are accompanied by Feldenkrais lessons so you can experience your flexibility and growing potential as a maturing woman.

As a Feldenkrais Practitioner Rebecca loves working with anyone who is interested in learning about themselves and how to enhance their lives whatever their challenges might be.

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Balancing Emotions £44
Using beautiful doTERRA essential oils in conjunction with Yoga.


Saturday Sept 14th 10-1
at Birchwood Yoga

With Aromatherapist and doTERRA product consultant Karena Rathbone-Ariel and Anneliese Wells.

Karena is passionate about working with essential oils to support people of all ages. At a time of life when emotions can be out of balance, essential oils can support you. In this workshop you will experience Yoga like never before, using oils in a whole new way to provide calm, relaxation and grounding. There will be oils you can add to your water, rub onto your skin, spray in your mouth for hot flushes and more. Karena believes in treating the body, mind and spirit and uses doTERRA oils in her own daily yoga practice.

For more on Karena and the doTERRA oils go to


The Wild Woman Meno-Miracle £54
A feast for the senses.


Thursday 17th October
11-2 at Spithurst Hub

With founder, plant grower and gatherer, distiller and maker at A.S APOTHECARY and Anneliese Wells.

Amanda has worked with herbs and homeopathy for many years developing truly effective, gentle, whole plant preparations that benefit both skin and spirit.

This will be a sociable, creative hands on workshop to make a wonderful balm specifically to alleviate the symptoms of menopause. We will be straining Calendula infused oil, grating our own beeswax, adding in specialist oils, mixing in a choice of essential oil blends to create a beautifully soothing balm. This method of making brings out the very best therapeutics in the final product. You will also be introduced to resins and plants suitable for therapeutic infusions to give you the confidence to experiment at home.

Anneliese will act in her capacity as a chef to offer you a seasonal lunch after the workshop.

For more on Amanda’s work and products go to


Thursday 21st November at Birchwood Yoga

With Make up Artist and Stylist Jane Mather and Anneliese Wells

Jane Mather has worked as a make-up artist and image consultant for many years, with a particular focus on women over 40. When working with make-up Jane’s passion is to create a natural, enhancing make-up look; one that camouflages but not masks!

“Beauty is not generic. Quite often the thing that makes you memorable is the thing that makes you different.” – Laura Mercier

Jane will be giving an anti-ageing make up demonstration, using makeup products and techniques designed for the more mature skin. As skin tone, texture and facial features change due to ageing and sun damage, so should our makeup palette. You will be able to see how to use products to enhance your natural looks and there will be the opportunity to ask questions relating to your own makeup concerns. I will be teaching an anti-ageing facial yoga session after which I will be Jane’s model!!

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