Socials / events
Over the years we have run classes in a range of therapies: yoga, yoga nidra, meditation and an “exercise” class combining various therapeutic approaches have been our regulars (run weekly or fortnightly) and for these we try to use a location central to our “patch” - most recently Finsbury Park.
From time-to-time members organise “taster” sessions of other therapies which have previously included Reiki, laughter yoga, Feldenkrais and a voice movement workshop.
Whenever we can we buy tapes and/or CDs of the current therapy to offer to housebound members, either to keep or to borrow from the library.
Stillpoints (meditation site, aimed specifically at people with M.E/C.F.S)
Aug 2006 newsletter – article on where to find yoga for M.E in north London
We hold regular socials in several cafes across north London. In the summer months we meet at outdoor venues to make the most of the warm weather.
Sometimes we have other events such as theatre trips, outings or parties at member’s houses. As with everything we do everyone is encouraged to muck in if they can, so any member is free to organise and add events to the diary.
When we have a willing volunteer to arrange them we sometimes have talks. Topics have been varied - for example Emotional Freedom Technique (Jane Rees), the work of the Optimum Health Clinic (Alex Howard), ex-members’ stories of recovery from M.E. and the use of Mind/Body therapies (e.g. the Lightning Process) in the treatment of M.E.
The “Recoverers” talk was held in the summer of 2006. One of our speakers, Anne Marie Grafton, noticed a common thread to people’s stories of re-entering the “well” world and was inspired to set up the ‘Wellies Network’, a blog/discussion website for those on the road to recovery. She also now writes a regular column in our newsletter.
We know that not everyone can make these events and so always try to make sound recordings for those who can’t.