best six doctors and more…

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David Wolfe neatly summed the best six doctors for a happy and healthy human being.   We’ve got them all nailed (and some) at our forthcoming WoW Mallorca retreat, where we still have a few spaces.  A good friend thought  David had missed one out though – “Connecting with great people. Connectivity is so important for mental and physical wellbeing.”   We’d agree with that and clients each year testify that connecting with great people is a given at the wonderful surroundings at Son Ametler.

Are there other doctors you think contribute to your sense of wellbeing?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Another reason to love Robert de Niro…

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He does tai chi!  Ok, so it was for a film but he’s looking good.  Love the focus in his eyes, looking “upright, comfortable and relaxed” as my teacher also tells me to be. Anne Hathaway’s looking less so, but it’s probably part of her role?  Anyone know what film this is from?

I’m wondering if either of them fancy some more tai chi practise this autumn and would join us on our 11th WoW Week of Wellness in Mallorca – tai chi, walks, holistic therapies, sunshine, pool time, downtime, in stunning countryside.  A few spaces remain…

 

one world… one breath…

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Greeting the sunrise, WTCQD Day, Branscombe

Tomorrow is World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day (WTCQD).

The idea is a simple one.  At 10am local time, tai chi players across the globe will be doing their tai chi thing; in parks, beaches, woods, shopping malls, mountain tops, schools, gardens, offices, wherever!  Starting in New Zealand it sends a tidal wave of positive, healing energy around our world and to all people.

In 2015, over 80 countries joined in. Expectations for this year are even higher.

I’ve celebrated this day once on Exeter’s Cathedral Green, where 50 or so players from different tai chi schools played together, and some bloke on a bike memorably rode by, shouting “weirdos!”.  I remember laughing and thinking, “actually he was the odd one out!”

My favourite WTCQD venue remains up on the clifftop where we welcomed the sunrise over the sea at Branscombe beach.

You don’t need to be in an organised event.  Wherever you are, and even if you’ve never taken a class, you can join in.  At 10am, just stop and be still.  Standing upright, comfortable and relaxed, feel the connection beneath your feet into the earth, and from the top of your head up to the cosmos. Take a few slow, deep breaths in and out, think good thoughts.  Feel connected to your earth, your cosmos. Be part of that tidal wave of healing energy.

One World, One Breath.

And if you feel like you want more than a few minutes at 10am, join us in the Mallorcan hills, 8-15th of October, for a week of tai chi, therapies, walks and sunshine.

 

 

What to do with the extra day of the year?

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29th February – a treat of an extra day once every four years.  Use it wisely.  I’m planning a run first thing (a new year resolution that’s unusually holding, 2 months in) which will compensate for too much of the rest of the day on the computer.  Oh and I’m going to book some down time for later in the year.  I love having those treats in the diary to think about on the more humdrum, or cold and wet days.

And the good news is that we’ve extended the earlybird discount for our 11th WoW, Week of Wellness, so use this extra day to create a treat for yourself which will last much more than 24 hours once every 4 years, and with a great earlybird saving of £50 off per person.

Tai chi, therapies, walks, sun, good food and wine, conversation, stillness and peace, relaxation, mindfulness, laughter, wellbeing and so much more.

Checkout what it’s all about, our prices, the fabulousness of Son Ametler (award winning hotel) and what some of our clients have to say, and book via our contact page.

2015 prices held for 2016. Now booking!

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P1190172Before we’d even made it home to the UK, we had 3 bookings for our 2016 Week of Wellness.  Great forward planning!  And the great news is that we’re holding the 2015 prices over to 2016.  A WoW guest last week thought that it was “really excellent value for money”.  It will be even more so in 2016 with that price freeze.

What a wonderful week we had.  An intoxicating mix including a wonderful location, fabulous fresh food, energising and grounding tai chi, relaxing and soothing therapies, walks through beautiful and ancient landscapes, conversations and laughter with old and new friends, warmth on the skin, learning about ourselves and others, all contributed to the mix which ensures that guests truly feel they’ve enjoyed a balanced Week of Wellness with us.  The wonderful team at Son Ametler looked after us so well yet again.

2015 was our 10th Year. We’ve learnt a lot about ourselves during that time and also learnt from the dozens of people who’ve come to Mallorca from different continents and trusted us with their wellbeing. If you’d like to join us for our 2016 Week of Wellness, check out what its all about, prices and get in touch.  There’s limited availability!

 

The TED2015 conference in 30 quotes

So much inspiration at TED2015, felt the urge to share it! WoW!

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TED2015 featured more than 90 speakers, and more than 20 hours of talks. We turned our perceptions inside-out, saw some new technology, traveled to space more than once, heard astounding life stories, learned about unusual materials, rethought artistic expression and contemplated the divides of society, with an eye toward ending injustice.

In the end, this collection of quotes seems to encapsulate the incredible breadth of this conference. Enjoy.

“Being a scientist is like being an explorer. You have this immense curiosity, this stubbornness, this resolute will that you will go forward no matter what other people say.” —Sara Seager

“I’ve learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen.”—Dave Isay

“I believe that beauty is a basic service.” —Theaster Gates

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Happy International Day of Happiness (and Happy Solar Eclipse)!

wellbeing20th March is an auspicious day – not only a solar eclipse (don’t look directly at it), but also International Day of Happiness.  It seems like a great day to play some tai chi, take a walk on the beach, watch a solar eclipse with the right eye protection, have a massage, dance in wet grass, laugh with good friends, a random kindness to a stranger, a hug, some mindful breathing, a walk barefoot in the sand – whatever it might be to make you happy, and to share some happiness with others.  Such simple actions and thoughts can nurture your sense of wellbeing, and that of others too.

And it needn’t be on just one day of the year that we have a sense of wellness. Small moments each day can keep our wellness batteries topped up. What frequently happens though is that life and work gets in the way and we neglect our wellness for too long.

The perfect way to recharge your wellness batteries?  Join us on our Week of Wellness, a treat of a week of tai chi, holistic therapies and walking in beautiful rural Mallorca, October 10-17th 2015. On International Day of Happiness, make sure to book your Autumn Wellness recharge. Wellness at its best“.