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HeartTouch

Mindfulness & Compassionate Touch Training for Anxiety, Emotional Pain & Trauma.

A transformational training for Experiencers of Emotional / Mental Distress as well as those caring for them: Clinicians, Psychotherapists, Bodywork Practitioners, Couples & Family Members.

As well as facilitating personal transformation and self learning, this workshop explores the embodied foundations of co-regulation and care suitable for assisting people experiencing any level of emotional distress, up to and including complex trauma.

Bonnington Centre, 11 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1TD. March 24th 10am to 5pm - visit The Bonnington Centre

Anthony teaching HeartTouch in London September 2022

Embodied Mindfulness is a way of being in which you are fully connected with your body and you feel safe.

Your mind is quiet and present to your experience of life happening that moment and your heart feels warm and open to yourself and to those around you.

This is a state of well-being and good feeling.

We will explore together how mindfulness & touch based connection practices can help us to move closer towards this state of well-being whether as an experiencer of challenging states or as someone who cares for people in these situations.

We are not looking for 'cures' or 'fixes'. Whatever our 'role' we are learning to be with ourselves and to be ourselves. Just as important we are learning to be fully present with others.

As we transform the way we relate to ourselves, our experiences and the world, symptoms which distress us may also change.

Along the way everyone involved will enhance their capacity to hold safe space for others.
And this will touch everything we do in life from then on...

The Vision:

The Oak Tree at Poulstone Court Retreat Centre appeared in some of Anthony's Inner Journeys

The HeartTouch project is about inspiring and empowering people to facilitate HeartTouch groups with those they resonate with and care about in our society.

Groups may form of diverse nature and membership, located in community spaces or in psychiatric services and serve people in distress or not.

The simple act of connecting authentically through compassionate touch with another human being nourishes something in the soul that makes life worth living.

I hope people with lived experience can play an equal role alongside specialists with bodywork or psychological training.

About Anthony:

Anthony Fidler

I had my own journey first with anxiety, panic attacks and mild depression while in my final year at Cambridge University in 1991.

This continued during my work as a financial auditor, where I experienced chronic stress and then as a software programmer where I went into a meltdown of physical and mental fatigue. A serious breakdown / burnout.

Despite massive efforts to heal myself, this journey continued in 2001, with me entering non-ordinary states, we can say spiritual psychosis perhaps.

After an 8 month period in the psychiatric system, I came off anti-psychotic medications and took personal responsibility for my own well-being. This journey continued for the next 8 years with me going in an out of challenging non-ordinary states until I stabilised in 2010.

Over time I've become a qualified Mindfulness teacher, Tai Chi & Qi Gong teacher and have been teaching since 2015. I am also an experienced student of the late Akinobu Kishi , the founder of Sei Ki and teach his amazing touch therapy in my own way. I've spent twenty-five years exploring these fields with total dedication.

I found my own ways to recover and live a full life and now share what I learnt with others experiencing extreme states, trauma, broken nervous systems or simply chronic stress situations and misery.

Click here for more on Anthony's background and experience

Pricing & Details:

The event is being hosted by Anthony Fidler.

This workshop is open to anyone who at times experiences anxiety, emotional pain, trauma and what may be considered psychosis by some.

It is also open to those who support people experiencing challenging emotional or mental states: clinicians, psychotherapists, bodywork practitioners, mindfulness teachers and family members.

Couples wishing to enhance their capacity to connect and support each other through times of stress and distress are also very welcome.

Nb. Therapists: Please leave your hats at the door! In this work we are all just human beings with our life journeys, difficulties, beauty and pain.

Nb. Experiencers: I request people experiencing serious difficulties to book a short personal appointment with me , so we can 'get to know each other', before you attend the workshop. This in itself is a therapeutic process! I charge £25 per 1/2 hr.

A trauma-informed group experience is something we will all share responsibility for creating together. Even so as with any deeper work, I cannot say without meeting people how they may cope with the experience. Hence the online chat option. For some people 1-1 work may be more suitable.

Workshop size: Places are limited to 8 so please book early to be confident of attending.

Pricing: *Early bird pre Feb 24th

  • Fee: £90, Early Bird: £80
  • Couple Fee: £160, Early Bird: £140
  • Parent with Experiencer Fee: £125
  • Concession Fee: £45, limited places

Nb. There are some concessionary price places available for those in an unwaged / low waged situation. Please contact me to discuss.

For those requiring a pre-workshop 1-1 chat I will charge £25 / half hour for this. I know from my own experience this can make a big difference anxiety wise before entering a group.

Cancellation / Refunds: 50% when notice is given at least 1 week prior to the workshop.

Places are limited to 8 so please book early to be confident of attending.

Registration Process:

The event is by invitation. The application process is as follows:

  • We request that people apply by contacting us
  • Then once we confirm there are places available, complete the application form
  • We will then come back to you and may suggest a short online 1-1 session or you can request it if you wish.
  • We will then confirm your place on the workshop once you've paid.

Nb. The intention with the application form is to provide an opportunity for you to communicate personal needs so we can hold the space well for you. It also allows you and us to reflect whether you are in a good enough 'space' to benefit from the practices being offered with the support we will have available on the day.

Non-experiencers, please be patient. It feels appropriate to ask all attendees to complete the forms if any do, but answers may be succint as appropriate. It is an opportunity to reflect on why you wish to attend the training and communicate this with me along with any personal needs.

Pre-workshop 1-1 sessions, while adding cost to the workshop are invaluable in my experience in terms of allowing us to establish a personal resonance before you enter the group environment.

Thank you, Anthony.

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