FHT Nottingham Local Support Group

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Local Support Group meetings

Our face-to-face meetings are currently unable to take place due to Covid 19 pandemic.

We are keeping in touch with members and signposting to other zoom webinars including those that other Local Support Groups are arranging that members may be interested in joining.

We hope that when meetings can recommence the speakers who had been booked will be willing to offer a talk in our diary schedule.

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Think Like a Tree – your chance to review it

Seeking reviewers for Think like a Tree: The natural principles guide to life by Sarah Spencer

think like atree book

Sarah’s new book will be published on 1 May 2019.  Prior to that she is seeking people who would like a free advance copy in return for providing an impartial review.

What does reviewing involve?

  • You will receive a FREE digital copy of the book.
  • The review copy offered is an advance, uncorrected, proof (with formatting changes to be made), and is not for redistribution or resale.
  • Reading the book during April
  • Writing impartial review on Amazon on 1 May 2019
  • Providing me with review comments to use in publicity (optional)

How do I get my copy?

  • Send an email to sarah@thinklikeatree.co.uk and she will send you the link to download your review copy
  • Available in pdf, ebook or kindle (for kindle app)

Can I pass the ebook to my friends?

  • No, but if they would like to review the book then they can email me
  • Feel free to forward this email
  • Please tell your friends about the book after its release

Do I need to be an expert?

  • No, I would love each and every diverse perspective on the book.

Do I need to know anything about Think like a Tree already?

  • No, the book has been written to be accessible to everyone and to bring the ideas of learning from nature to the mainstream.

Do I need to be from the UK?

  • No, I am seeking reviewers from around the world.

When and where will the book be available for purchase?

  • 1 May 2019 the illustrated paperback will be for sale on Amazon worldwide
  • The ebook will also be available for purchase on Amazon and ebook stores
  • Priced at £9.99 for the paperback and £7.99 for the ebook

Can I support  the book and the great work that you are doing to help people reconnect to nature for the benefit of themselves and the rest of the living world?

  • That would be amazing!
  • Please tell your friends and family about the book and the courses
  • Share Think like a Tree social media posts
  • Consider joining the network of people sharing how we can learn from nature for happiness, health and wellbeing. Integrate the principles into your own work/livelihood.
  • Do you have contacts in the media or celebrities/influencers who may be interested in the book? Please let me know.

In offering to review the book you agree to your email address being placed on the Think like a Tree email list (unsubscribe available)

The book is a practical, personal development book, sharing how learning from trees and nature can help us live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives. The book shares the principles that all living things have in common for: finding purpose; growth and success; solving problems; building resilience; creating ideal conditions to thrive; developing positive relationships and leaving a legacy for the future.

Think like a Tree: The natural principles guide to life shows that, if we can reconnect with nature, we can benefit ourselves and the rest of the living world.

Book description
Think like a Tree: The natural principles guide to life

We associate trees and woodlands with harmony, health and vitality. And yet so often we struggle to experience these qualities in our everyday lives.

What if we could harness the wisdom of the forest for ourselves?

Think like a Tree: The natural principles guide to life, the first guide of its kind, reveals the underlying principles of nature’s secrets of success one by one. These natural principles evolved over billions of years – they are the rules and patterns that all living things have in common for: finding purpose; growth and success; solving problems; building resilience; creating ideal conditions to thrive; developing positive relationships and leaving a legacy for the future. At its heart is the observation that each one of us, just like each tree in a woodland, is unique and therefore we must navigate our own positive journey through life.

Author, Sarah Spencer explains, “I noted the patterns that I saw around me in the woods and applied them in my life to recover from chronic illness and to improve my overall wellbeing. By mimicking the ways nature is healthy and resilient I was able to heal myself and become happier and more fulfilled in the process. I now share the principles with others so they can use the principles and associated tools to put them into action, whatever their circumstances.”

Sarah Spencer lives on a beautiful smallholding in the National Forest in Derbyshire, UK. She has developed and used the Think like a Tree principles in her own life. Sarah lives with a rare chronic illness, and in 2015 she was confined to bed and in a wheelchair. She turned to the principles she observed around her in nature to design her way back to health. Her journey has now lead her to share her insights to help others via Think like a Tree courses, workshops and the Think like a Tree book, supporting adults and children.

The Think like a Tree network of facilitators from a wide range of disciplines, is now expanding the reach of this innovative approach to wellbeing for all.

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These seminars** are designed for practitioners working with holistic therapies who wish to increase their knowledge of cancer and how to support people through treatment and recovery. Spaces are limited to 12 practitioners. 

These public seminars§ are designed for anybody dealing with or helping someone deal with cancer. They will educate people about cancer and access quality information about integrative support during and after cancer treatment.

**Wednesday July 20th 2pm to 6pm

This seminar will look at the effects of cancer treatment on the individual physically and holistically and how to build a programme for support and recovery.

**Thursday September 8th2pm to 6pm

This seminar will look specifically at the underlying influences which can contribute to the development of cancer, how we can analyse those and what we can do to eradicate them.

§ These seminars will look in greater depth at the main individual cancers. We will look at how they function metabolically and what contributes to their development. Integrative Support through Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and Hormone therapy.Moving on to integrative strategies we can use to influence recovery.

Hormone Related Breast Cancer

14 July 14.00 to 18.00

Prostate Cancer
11th August 14.00 to 20.00

Ovarian Cancer
15th September 14.00 to 20.00

Bowel Cancer
22nd  September 14.00 to 20.00

All seminars will be held at the Medela Centre in Derbyshire.
Price £40.00 each including refreshments.
The Medela Centre is conveniently located 10 mins from junction 29 of the M1 and 15 mins from Chesterfield and Alfreton Railway stations .

Medela centre, Coney Green Farm, Market Street, Clay Cross Derbyshire S45 9NE Tel: 0114 360 8188

Please contact Hayley@canceroptions.co.uk to book your place.



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Therapists wanted for Treetops Pamper Day – Sunday 28th February 2016

Posted by FHT Nottingham LSG on behalf of Treetops Hospice Care

This is a fantastic event and we always have brilliant feedback from everyone who comes. However, we wouldn’t be able to do it without the kind support of the volunteer therapists helping us raise awareness and fundraise for the Hospice.

Treetops - calling all volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering as a therapist at this event, please contact Hannah – details below.

You will need to complete the Treetops PAMPER DAY Therapists booking form

The treatments we do are Reiki, Reflexology, Manicure, Pedicure, Facial, Indian head Massage and Neck and Back Massage.

The event runs from 9-4.30pm, with the first treatment at 9.30am. You can choose to either work the morning which treatment slots run from 9.30am to 12.30pm or the afternoon from 1pm until 4pm. Or all day!!

There will be 5 clients in the morning and 5 in the evening, unless we manage to get a lot of therapists, then we can reduce this amount. As you are volunteering your time to us, you can choose when you take a break, as long as you let your client/ next client know.

We break for lunch at 12.30pm, where we provide complementary food for both customers and therapists, this will be a buffet type lunch, if you have any special requirements please put them on the booking form.

As a registered charity we are largely self-funded and rely on support like yours within the local community. Treetops Hospice Care provides free respite and palliative care for adults in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It costs £3.2 million a year to run the hospice and the majority of that money comes from charitable donations and fundraising events.

In 2014 we opened the new Cheetham Centre on the grounds of the hospice, which will make a perfect venue for the treatments so we hope to make this the most successful event to date.

We wanted to let everyone have the date nice and early before diaries start getting booked up, so hopefully you will be available.

Without YOU we wouldn’t be able to put on this event and raise vital funds for the hospice.

I look forward to your reply.

Best wishes”

Hannah Taylor

Community & Events Fundraiser (West), Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire, DE72 3SS

Tele: 01159 496931



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FHT Joint LSG Co-ordinator of the Year 2015

Exciting news!

Jayne and I are extremely proud to be the winners of the very first

“(Joint) LSG Co-ordinator of the Year”

It was hard to keep the news to ourselves, but we were sworn to secrecy until the awards were announced on the weekend of the FHT Congress.

Jacky went to the FHT Training Congress and Gala Awards Dinner at the Holiday Inn at Stratford-on-Avon on 5th/6th September  2015 to receive the award from Paul Battersby, FHT Vice-President, and was pleased that Caroline Bradley, Ros and John Elderkin and Julie Payne joined her to celebrate in fine style.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists awards ceremony 2015

Jon Critoph FHT Outreach Manager, Caroline Bradley, Jacky Huson, Ros Elderkin, Julie Payne

2015 Awards LSG Winner Jacky Huson HC Linda Jacobs Paul Battersby2 LR

Jacky receives the award on behalf of herself and Jayne Newsome from Paul Battersby, FHT Vice President


The certificates and trophies



“This award is for an LSG Coordinator or Joint-Coordinators who have supported the FHT, local like-minded members, other therapists and the public, through meetings, events and other activities. It goes without saying that ALL of our coordinators do a fantastic job, but this award was introduced so that those attending local meetings could show their gratitude for the support their own LSG coordinators provide, all on a completely voluntary basis.
From the very first LSG meeting held by Jacky and Jayne back in 2007, the group has continued to enjoy a wide range of talks, activities and support provided by these two coordinators.
Just to give you a flavour, they have arranged for industry experts to present to the group; shared and celebrated the achievements of individual group members; arranged treatment swaps; organised therapy taster sessions at local events and festivals; provided talks and demonstrations at local colleges and libraries; organised trips to exhibitions and conferences, and training opportunities especially for the group; and organised social events, including trips to a meditation garden and an annual Christmas meal. As practising therapists in their own right, Jacky and Jayne are both highly motivated and an inspiration to the group.”

Jacky and Jayne say “It is a tribute to the continued support of members which encourages us to keep striving to run an active Local Support Group in Nottinghamshire.
We both fervently believe that having such a network is very important for therapists to feel part of the bigger (in fact, biggest Complementary Therapy professional) organisation.
To be able to regularly meet other like-minded therapists, share information and continue our professional development in a convenient location, helps us feel supported and less isolated, as many of us may work alone.”

The Federation of Holistic Therapists awards ceremony 2015

Our delicious dinner was accompanied by, very strangely – a growing number of bottles of wine!!
Also on our table was Paul Battersby, his wife, Linda Jacobs (commended FHT LSG Coordinator – just after one year in operation) and a fellow member, plus our Nottingham cohort, accompanied by John Elderkin a stalwart supporter at meetings and events