I realise it's a long time since we wrote a newsletter, but at last I am sitting down long enough to begin. If you are not already aware, Ron has decided to retire from Recovery training. He will still do the odd guest appearance, but since his heart attacks 2 years ago his health has not been so good - he has a working diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia.
At the moment, this means he has lost all ability to work with figures and most short-term memories disappear after three days. He is also unable to travel alone anymore as he easily gets lost. However, being Ron he has far from given up!
He has decided to live with dementia, but also try to keep himself recovered as much as possible. He uses one of his voices to remember things and does regular neuroplasticity exercises. He also is still able to write and uses Dragon Dictate to enable this as he finds keyboard more difficult.
He is still Blogging and Vlogging and has joined DEEP, as user-led organisation for people with dementia. He is working on some AI Programmes with Amazon Alexa to keep himself independent so I can carry on working. He also still travels with me sometimes and can support people with Skype.
Working to Recovery will carry on alongside my new venture, Midwife of the Soul
. At the moment I have a Facebook page, but eventually will have email and a website.
I am available for Recovery and Hearing Voices training and in November returned from a successful 3-week tour in New Zealand, before that Italy and America. However, I would love to be working more in the UK over the next few years. Last week, we visited Seoul, gave some lectures and hopefully they will be taking peer work, recovery and hearing voices network forward in South Korea. Our Peer Training
and Working with Voices
books are now translated into Korean - which is very exciting.
In March last year we were lucky enough to be invited to Hong Kong to introduce people to hearing voices work. They now have several groups going and it was a fantastic few days, where we were very well looked after and there was a lot of enthusiasm for the training - Working with Voices
is now available in Hong Kong Chinese.
I also ran my first Midwife of the Soul
course with Alison McCabe, called Return to Innocence
, this was a female only residential couse mixing group work and visits to sacred sites and nature on the Isle of Lewis. We hope to repeat this course in May 2019.
I was able to complete my Diploma in Practical Spirituality & Wellness
and become a Spiritual Companion. I am able to deliver the Spiritual Wellbeing Programme
, train groups on spiritual and emotional wellbeing and work with individuals. I would particularly like to work with people who have a spiritual crisis or emergence and can do this using Skype.
Preparing for Recovery from Psychosis: A Family Approach - February 2019
For this year, I have already arranged a Recovery from Psychosis residential course for families, people with lived experience and workers. There are still places available, if you are interested follow the link below, it's all inclusive and there is also a couple of days extra for sight-seeing. It is February 2019.
Creating Safe Places for Recovery
- One-Day Seminar
- March 2019
Over the last couple of years there has been a resurgence of interest in crisis houses & recovery houses and different ways of providing support for people who find hospital admissions traumatic.
So it is a great pleasure that I announce a series of workshops around the UK on "safe places to recover". I will be running these workshops with Alison McCabe who has a wealth of experience in setting up and running the famous Anam Cara Crisis and Recovery Services in Birmingham during the 1990's - it ran very successfully for 8 years. I will also bring my wealth of experience of working on various recovery house projects and supporting people on their journeys.
Dates and venues are listed below:
For those interested in Ron's currents ideas and story, he has written the first book about his experiences of memory loss.
, starts on the day he was diagnosed as having mild cognitive impairment. The book explores the beginning with his fightback against dementia, his attempt to redefine dementia as something to be lived with like hearing voices and more importantly his need to be a victor over dementia and not a victim. It also includes some very thoughtful poetry and ideas.
which have been reduced to book size at a very affordable price. Some of the books are also available on Kindle and Ron hopes to do audible versions this year.