Newsletter June/ July 2013


“Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.” Brene Browne


Autumn Highlights:

Inner Child Healing

Our Inner Child workshop again celebrated the healing power of creativity and has happily given birth to the Inner Child Process Group Series, currently running on a Tuesday evening. This group will be repeated later in the year, for health professionals, who would like to experience their own Inner Child journey.

Individual Recovery Coaching Course

Module 1 was well-attended and has had positive feedback:

‘It was such a positive experience…the feeling has stayed with me and has started to rub off on others. David carries the core teachings across in such a way that you just cannot wait to see what comes next. Everything was just so fascinating.’ Derek Rocher

Module 1 has been a great learning experience for me on many levels. Not only did we learn about various coaching tools and techniques but also how the Recovery paradigm is so well supported by the coaching model. The learning environment was highly interactive and filled with energy and humour Some of our belief systems were challenged and personal reflection was called for. All-in-all I found module 1 to be transformational and I look forward to modules 2 and 3’. Lauren Joubert

Module 1 will be repeated 4th-6th July followed by Module 2 1st-3rd August.

Family Constellation Training

This exciting new training at Prospect Hill, took the professionals that attended on a rich experiential healing journey, that has inspired our practices and enriched our personal lives. Participants comment:

“I found the weekend amazingly powerful and I am incredibly excited about using this work and continuing on the process of learning…I am using the work already on a daily basis and both myself and my clients are loving it. On a personal level I have integrated the work and am beginning to see a shift in myself …” Renee Shearing

“It is hard to put into words the impact that this unbelievable and insightful experience has had on me. The insight, compassion and encouragement from Amanda was invaluable and with the support of the incredible group that I was privileged to be a part of, I have gained a huge amount of personal insight as well as professional guidance.” Lori Shifrin

We are planning another 3 Day Family Constellation Training Module with Amanda Gifford on 19th-21st July.

In gratitude,

Jean & Katy


Other happenings in June/ July….

NEW Family Program: for those living with another’s addictive/ self-defeating behaviour

Living with a family member, friend or colleagues’ addictive/ self-defeating behaviour is stressful and can be debilitating. Finding effective ways of coping is important for individual and family health. This 6 session topic-based program runs on Saturday am from 1st June 9am-12.30pm. Cost is R1200 for the series or R220 per person per session, R600 or R120 for each additional family member.

On-going Recovery Workshop Series

This experiential workshop series provides a gentle but powerful path to unfold the healing power of creativity. Topics currently include: Codependency & Boundaries, Inner Child Healing, Healing from Loss, Future Selves & Establishing a Personal Spirituality. Our next workshop: Shame & Resilience wlll take place on Friday 12th July. Facilitated by Jean Dixon & Katy Menell. Make a booking here.

Recovery Assistants’ Learnership

This part-time course provides an introduction to professional support for recovery from addiction. Next intake is Module 3 on Friday 5th July.

Mom’s First Group

A safe, non-judgmental, therapeutic support group for mothers. The group will run every Wednesday from 10-11.30am, starting 5th June..
Cost is R200 per group. Visit

Trauma Release Exercises
Frances has started to offer TRE (tension/trauma releasing exercises) for individuals. This is a body therapy open to anyone as a method of deep tension/stress release. It is a tool that is taught over 6 sessions and then practised at home. The results are phenomenal and mostly immediately effective. Reported benefits are: reduction in anxiety/ stress; releases stuck emotions; better sleep patters; reduction in body pains, aches and injuries; supports the process of recovery from addiction; improves energy levels; overall improvement to wellbeing. Frances 0820991830
Weekly Recovery Group
The weekly recovery group continues to run on Thursday evenings 17.3019.00 and is open to anyone wanting to find alternatives to self defeating behaviours such as addiction/ codependency. Frances 0820991830
Parent self-development Program

This 8-session program offers parents a supportive environment to address challenges and find creative solutions in line with their personal values. Facilitated by Jonathan Mitchell and Katy Menell. Next commences on Tuesday 30th July.

Adolescent Self-development Program

An 8-session program, offering a supportive space for adolescents to develop the skills to respond constructively to life challenges and address any self-defeating behaviours that may have arisen. Facilitated by Jonathan Mitchell and Desiree Martin. Next series commencing on Thursday 1st August.

SHIFT Girls’ Group

Girls Group provides a therapeutic space where girls can gain support in exploring their challenges in adolescence. The group engages in discussions, creative exercises and stimulating activities addressing issues such as self- esteem, peer relationships and dealing with emotions. It is a closed group for high school girls that runs for 10 weeks. It runs on Mondays from 5.30-7.30pm and the next group starts 22 July. Intake has started. See for more information.

SHIFT Open Group

Open Group is a space for young people to connect and give back. The purpose will be to keep the adolescents sharing and accountable to their peers as well as receiving feedback. This group is open to any high school boys and girls that want to give back whilst gaining weekly support. Open Group meets every Tuesday at 4-5.15pm. R50 per group. see for more information


Please note that our website is currently under construction and will be resurrected by Spring!

For more information or booking for any of the above contact:

(021) 761 9049 or