• A successful way to grieve creatively with Helen Segal

    Grieve

    with

    Love & Kindness

  • I am an Intuitive Artist, Teacher, Counsellor & Creative Workshop Facilitator

  • Grieve with Love & Kindness!

    'Grief' - A scary word and one some of us often dare not admit applies to us. 'How can I be grieving? I haven't lost anything...' Oh but you have, you have... and your heart longs to express that, and to have it witnessed in a safe and empowering way, amongst an intimate group of people, who will allow you that space and time.

     

    Learning to grieve with love & kindness has given me back my life and I want to share that with you.

     

    On the day workshop and the new 8 week course, you will have the opportunity to explore the emotions and issues of loss, that you may be finding difficult. An experience, which in my experience is painful, but has been so worth it. In the words of Jon Kabat Zinn 'it's already here, you might as well feel it."

      

    Grieve with Love & Kindness offers you the chance to express your feelings though art and your creativity, amongst like-minded people, who understand what it feels like to suffer the loss of childlessness.

     

    It is an opportunity to explore feelings creatively. To have them seen and heard. I know the importance of this and I create an extremely safe place, for this to happen. It will be a place to learn and experience how the 'arts can heal' and how we can start to be compassionate about this stage of our grief work.

     

    You do not have to think you are creative to do this work, in fact a lot of the people I have worked with, have come believing they are not creative. By the end of the day, they have changed their minds and believe they are 100% creative.

     

    Please see the testimonials!

     

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    A successful way to grieve creatively with Helen Segal

  • Workshops

    On this workshop you will explore the emotions of loss in a creative way.

     

    You do not need to believe you are creative or feel you can create.

     

    The 'Grieve with Love & Kindness' day is for you if you are:

    • Grieving a loss (See Dates section for further information)

    • Overwhelmed by emotions

    • Feeling ashamed and/or guilty for feeling your loss

    • Feeling depressed and low

    • Not knowing how to start the grieving process / the grief work everyone is talking about

    • Feeling alone in this process

    • Not knowing how to have fun anymore.

    • Feeling stuck

    • Forgot that part of you that wants to play.

    • Struggling with relationships and friendships

    • Feeling lost in it all

    • Overwhelmed with anger and jealousy of others

    Over the day:

    • You will learn how to start to communicate your grief and loss creatively

    • You will learn how to withstand grief & loss, allowing the pain to be acknowledged

    • You will learn how to start to overcome blocks to creating and healing

    • You will see how art can heal and give us space for our emotions

    • We will talk about some of the theories of grief and loss

    • We will talk about Grief Work and you will set up your own grief routines

    • I will show you why it is important to stay in your heart with the grief process and why working from your mind does not always help this process

    • You will not be alone in your grief and pain (this can be difficult for some - but its an amazing experience and one which will help us move on)

    • You will be able to tell your story

    • We will talk about the question: How can we live with something that cannot be fixed?

    • You will bear witness to others pain – being aware that these feelings are precious – we do not have to hide them – we can honour them

    • You will start to understand that our pain is a gift to ourselves and others

    • You will be a part of a support system of others who are grieving and learn that there is no shame in this. In fact it is necessary to not be alone when in our grief
    • We will talk about how you can create your own grief club by networking. I will help you navigate and share positive network systems or help start up your own

     

    The Practical Bit

    • When: See dates.

    • Times: 9.30 am – 5pm

    • How Much: £105 which includes all materials

    • Lunch & Breaks: Lunch will roughly be between 1-2pm and is not provided. There are a few cafes nearby, including Cafe Nero. We’ll also take a morning and afternoon break of 15 mins

    • Where: Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL    5 mins walk from Holburn Underground Station. for more information about visiting conway hall please click  on this link https://conwayhall.org.uk/about/visiting-us/
    • How to book: click the PayPal button below, there is no booking fee. If you’d rather pay by bank transfer, please email helens797@gmail.com for my bank details.
    • How Many People: Maximum of 8 for an intimate and supportive atmosphere

    • Any other questions or if you want to have a chat with Helen: please email helens797@gmail.com to set up a time to phone/Skype

      I don’t bite, promise!​

    One to One Support

    My experience of grief is that we cannot do this alone. We need to be heard, seen and receive empathy. To find out more about how I and the healing arts can help you with your grieving process, call or email to set up a 30 minute complimentary clarity call, to identify your needs and wants at the moment.

  • Courses

    8 Week Grieve with Love and Kindness

    This is an opportunity to start / continue working and connecting creatively to your grief in a safe, supportive and empathic environment.

     

    I will teach a combination of writing, painting and bodywork and other therapeutic art activities to support the expression of grief.

     

    Where-ever you are with your Grief Work, this is a place of love and kindness.

     

    This group will form a continuing safe support group for this important time of grieving.

     

    The groups will consist of no more than 6-8 people.

     

    Costs: £300

    Dates: see dates

     

    All materials provided. Participants will receive a sketchbook on their first day.

     

    To book or for further details: email or call helens797@gmail.com tel: 0779 0797972

     

    The 'Grieve with Love and Kindness' support group is for you if you are wanting:

    • a more ongoing safe environment to do some grief work.
    • to create a regular time for yourself to do some healing work.    
    • to experience some breakthroughs to processing Grief and your childlessness.  

    Over the 8 weeks you will;

    • Experience first had the power of the therapeutic arts and intuitive painting.
    • You will be able to talk about where you are with your childlessness 
    • become confident and trusting in using the therapeutic arts to express yourself. 
    • Explore any emotion that you want using the arts

    - Sadness

    - hurt

    - anger

    - jealousy

    - confusion

    - pain

    - loss

    - depression

    - numbness

    • You will be more resilient to withstanding yours and others grief and loss.
    • You will explore ritual and ceremony
    • You will know and understand how grief shows up in your body and have a personal experience of this.

    • You will not be alone in your grief and pain

    • You will bear witness to others pain – being aware that these feelings are precious – we do not have to hide them – we can honour them.

    • You will start to understand that our pain is a gift to ourselves and others.
    • You will be supported to confront your inner gremlin/s and find ways to start to regain your power by saying NO to them.  
    • You will start to explore your triggers and learn how to lovingly take care of yourself, in and out of relationships.  
    • You will start to think about your 'What's Next" 
    Starting: Saturday 17th November 2018
    (5 weeks before Christmas & 3 weeks after Christmas - 2 week break)
    Time: 10.30 - 1pm
    Where: Wallington, Surrey.
     
    Starting: Saturday 23th February - 13th April 2019 
    8 weeks consecutively
    Time: 10.30-1pm
     
    What my weekly students say!
     

    I decided to do Helen's course as I felt I wanted to process more of my grief at childlessness and I enjoy using art materials so it seemed a good combination. Over the eight weeks in a safe environment we explored different aspects of our grief and how to access our feelings using drawing, painting and clay. Helen introduced us to lots of different exercises- my favourite was using clay to express anger. It got messy! We shared some tears but also lots of laughter and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it felt to be part of the group and to bond with other women even over our sadness and loss. I felt more liberated and free at the end, as if I had released some tension and weight. Lighter somehow. I think using creative activities in a group setting helped me put some of the pain to rest.

     

    Gen x

     

  • Dates of Workshops & Courses

    A successful way to grieve creatively with Helen Segal

    Workshops

    Grieving the loss of childlessness.

     

    Date: TBC - 2019

     

    Time: 9.30 am - 5pm

     

    Cost: £105

     

    Location: Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL 5 mins walk from Holburn Underground Station. for more information about visiting conway hall please click on this link https://conwayhall.org.uk/about/visiting-us/

     

    To book click here

     

    Participants: 4 - 10max

    Courses

    Grieving from Childlessness

    8 Week Course - 2.5hrs a session

     

    Dates:

    Saturday 4th May - 15th June 2019

    7 weeks consecutively
     
    Time: 10:30 - 1pm
     
    Cost: 300.00
     
    Location: Wallington, Surrey
     
    Participants: max 4 people
     
    To book a place:
    email:helens797@gmail.com
    or
    Call 07790797972
  • About Conway Hall

    Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

     

    Conway Hall is owned by the charity Conway Hall Ethical Society and was first opened in 1929. The name was chosen in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway (1832 – 1907), anti-slavery advocate, out-spoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine.

    The room we will be using is at the back of the venue. Though plain, it is perfect to create in and has enough space for a small and intimate group of 8.

  • Testimonials

    Workshops

    Sandra, UK

     

    I was very anxious about attending the workshop as I am used to not talking about myself to anyone, not even friends or family. The workshop helped to see how grief (and not dealing with it/or knowing that I was experiencing it) has affected my approach to life for so long. My thoughts, actions were all coloured by grief. Confronting this has started a process of changing my thoughts and behaviours in a more positive way.

     

    Ruth,

     

    Helen is an inspired and inspiring course leader. I would recommend her courses highly. Thank you very much indeed.

     

    Beccy, Leicester

    Attending the workshop was an amazing experience. Helen was a really good tutor who was completely professional and worked in a very calm and patient manner. Having been through her own experience and learnt to deal with her grief using creative methods, she was able to relate to us and guide us through a variety of techniques to get in touch with our feelings. Each of them had their own value and I will definitely be using them again.​

    It felt very special to be in such a safe environment with women who all had their own stories but could all relate to each others grief around childlessness, we felt a common bond and there were tears but there was also a lot of laughter.

     

    MB

    Attended this wonderful day course with Helen. Met some wonderful women - we shared, we cried, we painted - took one more step in our healing paths together. Incredible experience with allowing, gentle assistance and guidance from Helen. Well worth attending.

    Melissa

    Helen provides a very safe environment in which to experiment and offers new and different ways of thinking. The group provides support and inspiration – as you would expect. I was stuck and it has definitely released something in me that is allowing me to move on.

     

    Benedicte

     

    I am delighted I attended Helen’s workshop, it was incredibly helpful. I was able to connect to feelings buried deep inside me and express them, in a way I had not expected. We were a small group which I found great, it was easy to discuss and share. It was both relaxing (I felt relaxed and at peace the whole day) and invigorating (giving me the energy and courage to continue my own healing journey).

    Gen

     

    I recently attended one of Helen's day courses as I'd always enjoyed messing around with drawing and painting as a child and wanted to explore creativity again in a safe space. I was a bit worried about it as I hadn't any recent art experience and wondered what the other people would be like. I worried we might all sit round sobbing into our paints!

     

    Actually, the whole day was great. Helen structures it well and it felt like the right balance of exploring our feelings and creativity, having time for inner exploration and realising we all had common experiences as childless women. It also felt really safe and secure which means it was ok to be wild or messy or refined- what ever we needed.

     

    I left feeling energised and happy. I'd connected to a great group of women, I'd reconnected to a part of myself I hadn't used in years and felt inspired to do more. What better way to spend a rainy Sunday?!

     

    Anonymous,

     

    I felt Helen created a really safe space to feel.

    Connie

     

    Just wanted to tell you all about the wonderful workshop I attended on Sunday, run by our very own +Helen Segal. I nearly didn't go because I was feeling some anxiety about it the day before but am so pleased I went. I found it really helpful. It was a lovely, safe place for me to explore my creativity and let go of my perfectionist streak! And met some lovely women whilst I was there. Thanks Helen.
     

    Jenny Waite

    I was very nervous leading up to the workshop for a good week or so but that all melted away as I felt instantly welcomed and calmed by Helens' presence. Overall the Workshop helped me to open up and express my feelings both verbally and through the paint brush intuitively. It wasn't 'heavy' at all as there was a lot of fun, laughter, connection with fellow kindred spirits and my inner child didn't need much encouragement to come out and play.

     

    I enjoyed the entire day. it was incredibly healing & just nice to be able to share experience with people who 'get it'

     

    Thank you Helen x

     

    Bridget, London.

     

    The course opened my eyes to using arts as therapy and how one is able to express oneself or things going on in their life on paper.

     

    Jacquie, London

     

    Helen is a very patient teacher and even when I was struggling or challenged, helped me come to some sort of answer within myself.

     

    8 Week Course

     

    I decided to do Helen's course as I felt I wanted to process more of my grief at childlessness and I enjoy using art materials so it seemed a good combination. Over the eight weeks in a safe environment we explored different aspects of our grief and how to access our feelings using drawing, painting and clay. Helen introduced us to lots of different exercises- my favourite was using clay to express anger. It got messy! We shared some tears but also lots of laughter and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it felt to be part of the group and to bond with other women even over our sadness and loss. I felt more liberated and free at the end, as if I had released some tension and weight. Lighter somehow. I think using creative activities in a group setting helped me put some of the pain to rest.

     

    Gen x

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  • About Me

    We always strive for the best.

    I am a passionate Artist, Teacher, Girlfriend, Friend, Highly Sensitive Person and a Woman without her own children – oh and not forgetting a wild hippy at heart. I have been teaching Art for thirteen years and have been fascinated with the process of what stops others and myself from creating freely. I am absolutely enthusiastic about self-expression through the creative process and believe that everyone is creative, yes even the person that believes they aren't and thinks that they don't have a creative bone in their body. They DO!!!! Whether it’s through cooking, dancing, dressing, walking, business or even organising your day. We are all creative beings!!! A lot of us have been scared due to past negative experiences and our beautiful creative free child is just hiding away, waiting for us to make things a little safer for them to come out and play.

    For years I didn't believe that I was a creative woman. I surrounded myself with artistic people, dancers, writers and musicians. I was their mascot and spent hours building them up and encouraging them to do their work. ​Twenty years ago after a big change in my life, I found myself back in London, where I was born. I hated what I was doing; a croupier since I was 18. I had travelled and worked abroad and found that I had become negative and depressed.

     

    I knew that something had to change and so I left my job! I remember sitting on my sofa thinking, 'now what Helen?' I didn't know what I liked, I didn't know what I was good at and all the people around me thought I was totally bonkers. This was the start of a journey of personal discovery, as I had learnt that I was suffering from depression and low self-esteem.

    When I look back at that time, I didn't have a plan until later. I really was living a day at a time. I entered into personal therapy. I began to play again and started to trust that each action I was taking was bringing me closer to what I was meant to be doing in my life. I enrolled onto a course, which took me towards teaching and working with children with learning disabilities. Within that year I learnt I as dyslexic and I really wanted to explore my own creativity. I joined a part-time course in drawing and the rest is history. I began to believe that 'everyone needs to feel and connect to their own creative force.’

     

    ​After my degree course, achieving a 1st Class Degree in Design and my Teacher Training in Leicester, journeyed to Aylesbury. There I spent a very happy five years teaching Art and Textiles and creating my home. It was a place I thought I would settle for the rest of my life, but it seemed not to be. I met my partner in the summer of 2007 and after two years together and a bit of commuting, I was asked to make a big decision to move down to London, and to try to start a family. In 2010 I moved, it was one of the largest decisions I had made in my life, it felt right, though my fear lived next to me for quite some time.

    In 2014 I decided that I wanted to combine my creative, teaching and personal development work together. I enrolled on an Integrative Art Therapy Foundation Course and today I am personally working towards completing my Diploma in Child Counselling using the Arts. I continue to be aware of my blocks and overcome them. I learnt about the Intuitive Painting Process and connecting to our Point Zero through Michele Cassou’s books and website. I have also taken Chris Zydel’s online Painting with Fire courses and feel privileged to have been mentored by her. This way of creating is truly remarkable. It is one of the most powerful therapeutic tools we can use to hold, love and heal ourselves.

     

    I truly believe that Art Heals!

    In 2015, I chose to let go of a life long dream of becoming a mother after two rounds of IVF and lots and lots of heartache. I knew that I had been avoiding that grief for a while, and I knew it was time to let go of the dream. I was so grateful I had the tools to express my pain, depression, sadness and the masses of anger within me.

    I turned to my creative practises with GUSTO! I painted and wrote regularly. I used ritual and shared my expression on the Gateway forum and with safe individuals who were able to listen, encourage and love me through my Grief Work. I let go of others that couldn’t do this. I started to feel that something was shifting within me. I was so grateful I had an outlet for my grief and I had not hidden it way within me, knowing that this just makes me emotionally and physically ill. It was not a comfortable process, however, slowly but surely the pain started to subside. I started to notice that situations that used to trigger an emotional response within me had disappeared. They are not all gone, but it feels a little more manageable. Today, I am starting to feel so much stronger within myself and I am thinking positively about the future in such a more loving and compassionate way. This is a true miracle, from the place I had once been.

    Why I do this

     

    I want to pass on the tools that I used to support myself through this process. Encouraging you to walk and ride through tough times using the creative arts and your intuition. Moving out of isolation with love and kindness helps! Connecting helps!

    I truly believe that creativity heals. It helped me move forward in my life. I want everyone who is finding life difficult or overwhelming, who are finding it hard to breath at times, who feels lost and alone, to have a way to express themselves in a loving and safe way. Art truly Heals! It helps regulate ourselves, grounding in life and who we are.

     

  • My Experience

    • Qualified Art & Design Teacher 
    • Post Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts
    • Experience in using the Arts as a therapeutic tool for Rituals / Ceremonials for 20 + years 
    • Diploma in Child Counselling using the Arts
    • I have 20+ years being in my own therapy process
    • Knowledge of Neuroscience -  understanding how the brain works. 
    • I have been running workshops for over a year with extremely positive  testimonials.
    • I work with companies using the Therapeutic Arts to aid team building and personal development.
    • I use all my own creative tools to support my own grief work with love and kindness.
    • I am EMPATHIC and am endorsed by Jody Day.  “ Helen is a wonderful teacher and mentor and can be both gentle and passionate in the way she inspires you. Having got to know her well over the last year, I can hand-on-heart recommend her, and her work, as a way to connect deeply with yourself in a non-judgemental, fun and creative way. Her work is priceless! xxx ” Jody Day on Dec 2, 2016.
    • I have completed both of Jody’s courses Reignite and Plan B this year.
    • I have been a member of Gateway for 5 years
    • I have completed the Grief Method and attended an 8 week course here in London to understand this method.
    • I am completely and utterly passionate about how the healing arts supports with love and kindness the journey of grief.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Resources

    Mindful Mediation on Grief by Hannah Stang

    A wonderful website dedicated to grief. Free mediations and an online course available http://mindfulnessandgrief.com/meditation-for-grief/

     

    Melody Beattie Grief Club Forum 

    This a great site full of resources about grief as well as an on line forum which you can join.

    http://melodybeattie.com/books/grief-club-secret-getting-kinds-change/

    A beautiful post by What's your Grief, explaining the craziness of grief!

     

    Grief Makes You Crazy

    Whether the loss was sudden or you were able to anticipate it, as soon as you understood and accepted that someone you love was dead or dying you began the grueling work of grieving. If ever a rationale for temporary insanity…

    WHATSYOURGRIEF.COM

     

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