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May I introduce Phil Turner?  For those of you who don’t know him yet, his approach to therapy supports two aspects of life, healing and growth. All therapeutic approaches support healing and all successful therapy will create opportunities for growth in relationships, work or creative pursuits. However, Psychosynthesis is one of the few psychologies that actively attends to both aspects. How does it work?  

Being Stuck or Lost

 Phil says: ‘Most of us experience feeling stuck or lost from time to time, and, unable to find clarity or confidence, we don’t know how to move forward.  

Few of us consciously choose to be stuck where we don’t want to be. The forces at work usually feel as if they are external; obligations to others, their attitude or treatment of us, or the misfortunes of fate and the pain of being stuck is sometimes so unbearable that we seek help.

In this situation the work of Psychosynthesis therapy involves building self-awareness to support the identification and processing of the unconscious blocks to movement that we may be holding onto in ourselves. This approach can bring about relief from pain (healing) and an experience of transformation (growth).

The writer and actress Anaïs Nin, who claimed that her life was transformed by therapy, described beautifully the moment when, finally aware of her power choose, she let go of her stuckness and experienced a sense of flowering. “And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”.

For me, supporting people at all stages of healing and growth has great beauty. I feel honoured and privileged to be with, and bear witness to, the pain, the courage, the healing and the growth of others.’


Phil is a Psychosynthesis counsellor, supervisor and co-founder of Cotswold Talking Therapies. You can contact him for appointments at the Isbourne via our number 01242 254321.


 Acupuncture can help with numerous conditions, whether these originate from a physical or emotional cause, are chronic or acute. This ancient practice can leave you with many benefits to add to your list of why acupuncture is a reputable treatment. 

Just a few of these benefits include:

  • Better sleep
  • Mental clarity
  • More motivation
  • Indigestion problems eased
  • Reduced pain
  • Migraine relief


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine with its origins dating back to first century BC. The western world has only recently got on board but now recognises acupuncture as a beneficial complementary therapy, so much so that doctors and nurses themselves are now training to be practitioners. It is a tried and tested practice that has been developed and researched over years to allow us to understand the body’s energetic balance.

If you are considering acupuncture as a form of treatment then trust the millions of others who have benefited enormously from this practice.

Whatever your condition may be, whether healthy or unwell we recommend you join our very own acupuncturist Anna Darrock for this popular, 100% natural treatment where each session will be tailored to you as a whole. The reason why acupuncture treatment is tailored in this way is because the practice views symptoms as the ‘branches’ of illness, not as the root cause, allowing the treatment to discover the reason for the condition, to help treat it in the correct way as well giving the recipient ongoing benefits.

Anna is highly recommended by her clients and is a member of The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).The BAcC is considered the leading self-regulatory body for the professional practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. Anna received her BA(Hons) by Oxford Brooks University after training with The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Warwickshire. Anna’s approach to this practice is of a high standard of care to each individual and person centered care so each patient reaps the benefits that he or she needs. 

30th November 2013,  10.00am - 5.00pm


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 This fun and friendly event will be especially exciting if you love animals. The Hay House author and Animal Communicator Pea Horsley will be here at 2.00pm to give an interactive workshop helping us todirectly connect and  communicate with our pets!


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Have you ever wanted to ask your dog what is it that upsets him? 

Or had a desire to quiz your cat how you can make her happier?

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Animal communication is a universal language between all sentient beings. It can be accessed by anyone with a love of animals. The fact is it’s not a gift, everyone can communicate with animals.

In this interactive mini-workshop, Pea Horsley will give you a taster of animal communication. It begins with an explanation of what animal communication is and the methods you may receive information. Then Pea will take you through some fun exercises to help open your mind and ignite the more intuitive, creative right hemisphere of your brain.

All participants will be taken on a guided meditation to experience life from their own animal’s perspective and to exchange messages with them.

The workshop will be followed by a signing of Pea’s book: Heart to Heart: Incredible and heartwarming stories from the woman who talks with animals.

Her second book, The Animal Communicator’s Guide through Life, Loss and Love, will be published by Hay House in June 2014.  

cost: talk - £10

What else is happening during the day?  Try some of these!  …  

T  Stands  T  Talks  T  Demos 

T  Spiritual Readings  T  Deep Tarot – talk

T Jewellery  T  Cards  T  Wishing Tree!  T  Stone Carvings  

T  Meditation  T  Crystals  T  Neals Yard  T Psychometry Demo 

T Beat the Christmas Blues in 10 minutes!  T  Healing Room T 


and FREE Therapy Taster Sessions: -  Singing  Art Therapy  Hypnotherapy  Massage  Crystal Healing  ..


not to mention the fantastic snacks and drinks in our new Café served all day by the award winning Sandwich Box team!  T



In addition to Dru Yoga, Power Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Tai-chi, Belly dance, Sit Fit! and Mindful Movement, the Isbourne is proud to diversify in its range of movement classes and hosts a challenging new physicality class: Fitness Pilates.

These classes, run by newly affiliated Isbourne Tutor and fully qualified Pilates instructor Zoe Whitmarsh, will take place every Wednesday, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, from Wednesday 2nd October.

For the moment Zoe only runs Fitness Pilates at the Isbourne once per week, but this may change in the future. These classes with limited room for attendance may fill up very quickly. There won't be room for everyone, so don't hesitate to book your place in advance and as soon as possible. For more info and bookings  CLICK HERE.


 What is Fitness Pilates? How is Fitness Pilates different?


Fitness Pilates is a modern, research-based group fitness class, created for the apparently healthy adult. 

Fitness Pilates utilises all of the principles and includes many of the mat work exercises of traditional Pilates, but with modifications, diversifications and updated exercise prescriptions to provide a controlled body conditioning program appropriate for the general public.

Fitness Pilates attacks the roots of bad posture by toning little-used muscles groups in the abdomen, torso, upper and lower back, while incorporating a slow breathing technique to energise the body. Fitness Pilates moves are also designed to work the muscles of the whole body (abdominals, lower back, thighs, buttocks, calves, arms, shoulders) and to gently lengthen them. The result is a body that is properly aligned and at less risk of injury. It is a no- impact class suitable for men and women of ages, levels and abilities, is a good way to relax and unwind and is also weight-bearing exercise so helps to prevent osteoporosis.


About Zoe Whitmarsh :

At the old age of 9 Zoe started gymnastics and loved it so much that she was soon entering competitions and winning some of them.  At the age of 15 she was a member of the GB squad and at 17 she was competing as a GB International Gymnast.

She never knew what Pilates was when she was a gymnast but she now recognises that the conditioning part of their practice was very similar to that of Pilates exercises done today.

Back in 2002 Zoe became an aerobics instructor and went on to gain qualifications in aqua, body pump, circuits, gym instructing and personal training.  Due to having various knee operations she decided to progress her career via the the mind/body route and has recently passed her Yoga Diploma and in 2009 qualified as a Fitness PILATES instructor.

Zoe also has qualifications in anatomy and physiology, First Aid and holds relevant insurance and public liability for teaching.




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