• Therapeutic Knitting - yarn

    Trailblazer Interview: Betsan Corkhill and Therapeutic Knitting

    Betsan Corkhill is the founder of social enterprise Stitch Links. Betsan was a senior physiotherapist before becoming frustrated with a system which didn’t allow her the time to work with patients as she needed to, especially for long term conditions. Her work led her to Stitch Links.

  • Trailblazer Interview: Aviva Gold – Creativity, Healing & Art Medicine

    Aviva Gold has been an art therapist, a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and an artist. Today, and for the past 35 years, she has grown into an art medicine woman.  She’s taught her transformative Painting from the Source method worldwide, in the past 35 years she has taught at major workshop centres in the world such as Omega, Findhorn, Mana retreat, Kripalu and Esalen.  She has taken Painting from the Source teachings to England, France, Canada, New Zealand, Ecuador, and Italy and is currently creating a source retreat in Oracle, Arizona.  Click to tweet – Aviva is a true, global wellness trail blazer and I’m honoured she’s joining us for…

  • Guest Post: Beautiful Things to Do…from an Artsy Perspective!

    I hope you enjoy this fabulous guest post from June, one of our amazing Trail Blazers in the Wellness Trailblazers’ Cafe.  A huge thank you to June for sharing her arty suggestions with us here. See you next week, darlings. Grace xx 1. Draw what you see: I’ve been inspired by a visit to the David Hockney exhibition in Saltaire where there was a sequence of artwork on a big screen where he had drawn the view from his window using his iPad. It doesn’t have to be digital – it could be a pencil drawing with highlights done in coloured pencils, or using pastels or paints. 2. Artistic endeavours are a good excuse to…

  • Trailblazer Interview: Amy Zellmer

    Amy Zellmer is a Professional Photographer, Creative Business Coach, Writer, Traveler, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survivor. I first met Amy through our work together in my Soul Detox Sessions and have been blessed to know of her amazing work – from her gay marriage advocacy – to her inspiring photography for many years. I am delighted to be interviewing Amy about her work as an advocate for people living with traumatic brain injury. We talk about: – What Traumatic Brain Injury is and how we can support someone with it. – Amy’s healing journey and her her experiences with the Huffington Post. – Travelling to Washington as a TBI…

  • Having a Bad Day? Head Here…

    Bad days happen. Sometimes you know why you are stuck and struggling, but don’t see how to change it. Other times you can’t see a reason for your mood, but still can’t get out of it. I know what that’s like, and I’ve made a list of tiny actions to shift your energy, your thinking, your perspective and hopefully shift your mood too. I hope these tiny actions make your day, (however dark) a little brighter. (Click to Tweet!) * Wear a hat, because hats change perspective and make nearly everything better. * Watch a duckling running. * Read something that makes you smile. * Wrap up in a soft quilt with…

  • ~ Behind the Scenes ~ My TEDx Talk: Dreaming BIG…and Being Invited

    You read that headline right, friend. I am on my way to becoming a TEDx speaker. (Click to Tweet!) Like, officially. (Yeahhhhhh!!!) Come May 9th of this year, yours truly will take the stage at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury to give a Ted talk, on a theme near and dear to me: Misfits and Pioneers. To say I am thrilled to pieces would be a huge understatement. Pause. Rewind to 2013. I sat my writer-speaker self down and wrote three lofty goals: To be featured on the Huffington Post To speak at TEDx, and To sell my Healing Boxes in hospitals. These goals seemed next to impossible. Unachievable. Especially, the…

  • Trailblazer Interview: Esmé Wang & Creativity in Healing

    Esmé Weijun Wang is a writer and speaker. Her site, at esmewang.com, is where she provides resources for artists, writers, and makers seeking to build a creative legacy. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she attended Yale, Stanford, and the University of Michigan, went from intern to Assistant Editor for an international lifestyle magazine, and was a writer and editor at ModCloth before launching Esmé Weijun Wang Productions. Author of the book Light Gets In, Wang has written for and about in The New Inquiry, Salon, the New Yorker Online, the New York Times, and Clementine Daily. I’ve admired Esmé’s work for many years and I’m delighted and honoured to share this interview.…

  • Disability Creativity: Co-opting Clothing for Accessibility Part 2

    Living with disability can ignite creativity – at least it has for me in terms of my wardrobe. Check out Disability Creativity: Co-opting Clothing for Accessibility Part 1 – Outerwear here. Companies design clothes for people with disabilities, however, most of those clothes are what I imagine the companies think ‘elderly’ people will wear. But I’m sure most of us will value style and self expression, as well as comfort, at every age. (Click to Tweet!) Clothes that work for your body and life can be challenging to find. Maybe you need Velcro, not buttons, or perhaps things that are easy to pull on and off, or don’t get caught…

  • Disability Creativity: Co-opting Clothing for Accessibility

    Peek inside my wardrobe and you’ll see the evidence of a life spent in pursuit of adventure. From wetsuits and jodhpurs to ski wear and jewel-bright dresses. But the mix is misleading – they’re all ideas I’ve borrowed from other disciplines to make living with disability and dressing for wheelchair use easier. What’s neoprene got to do with life on wheels? Read on… I’ve lived with disability for 13 years and learned to get creative. Disability doesn’t have to mean dismal dressing. (Click to Tweet!) I’ve yet to find disability clothing brands that suit my sense of style, so instead I’ve co-opted clothes from other areas that work for wheelchairs…

  • In Defense of Doing Nothing

    I feel it too, the passing of time. The frustration of physical limits. Mounting achievements by your friends and loved ones, when simply getting out of bed feels like climbing a mountain to you. I know you want all those good things – love, joy, fulfilment, achievement and that’s why on any good day, in any space, reprieve or opportunity you get, you launch. It feels like you haven’t got the luxury of slow-and-steady so you run at life in any moment you can, pushing, pushing, pushing to achieve those long held goals. Doing is an addiction. (Click to Tweet!) When we are doing we feel momentum, we feel like…

Accessibility