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Be Inspired – Isbourne Open Day: alive with the sound of gongs!


Isbourne Open Day comes round again on Saturday 18th May (10am-5pm, entrance free) bringing the usual feast of taster holistic talks, workshops and therapy sessions and an eclectic array of stands to browse, where you can meet Isbourne tutors and discover more about what they offer, and enjoy a healthy dose of retail therapy.      

The wonderful news is that this Open Day will be introducing the sonic gong magic of Aidan McIntyre, who will give a gong talk and experiential mini-workshop (1.30-2.30pm; £10.00), entitled The Accoustic Ocean of Holistic Resonance

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“The Gong is a powerful instrument of transformation,” Gong Master Aidan explains. ”The Om tone of a gong creates total silence within and its feeling tones bring about a deep sense of well-being and ecstasy.

gongThe aura, nervous and immune systems are all strengthened and the inner voice of our higher consciousness is more easily heard. In this neutral stress free state of total body/mind harmony, happiness returns.”

Aidan will also be available for one-to-one gong baths throughout the day in the library, where you can kick back and bask in reverberating ceremonial sound.

Another exciting new element at this May Open Day will be Angel 

workshops for kids! And there will be kids’ craft and arts activities. 

Movement workshops include a “Sit Fit” workshop- 'The most fun you can have sitting down!' with Jo-Anne Hale and demos in Pilates with Pennie Shonk and Egyptian Spirit Belly Dance. 


The talks programme includes Sam Bloomfield’s enlightening explanation of “Empathy, the Way to Transformation” and Claire Seabrook’s helpful talk, “What are the Messages behind our Chronic Symptoms?”



A range of free therapy treatment tasters throughout the day include Craniosacral, Naturopathy, Hypnotherapy, Nutritional Therapy and Counselling.... 


And don’t miss the great Isbourne “Cake- Off” – the chance to decorate a fairy cake, with a prize for the best! 


Refreshments will be available in the Tea Room all day.


For more information call the Centre on 01242 254 321. 


For advanced bookings and more info re Aidan McIntyre’s Gong talk/workshop  






Was the banning of Graham Hancock ‘s recent TEDx talk a War on Consciousness?  

Graham Hancock, notorious investigator of ancient mysteries and new consciousness pioneer - who will present a fascinating talk Magicians of the Gods at Cheltenham Town Hall on 29th April, hosted by the Isbourne – recently gave a controversial talk entitled ‘The War on Consciousness’ at a London TEDx event.  The talk has subsequently been pulled by TED (the US online media giant)  from the TEDx Youtube channel in a surprising act of censorship, along with a talk by maverick scientist Rupert Sheldrake. 

In his talk, The War on Consciousness, bestselling author Graham drew on cutting-edge academic research to suggest that the emergence into fully-modern human consciousness, less than 100,000 years ago, may have been triggered by shamanism and visionary plants like ayahuasca. He criticised our society’s rejection of visionary and altered states, and criminalisation of hallucinogens like ayahuasca, saying he believed they could be a crucial catalyst for the further positive evolution of human behaviour.  By contrast, he highlighted our society’s alarmingly wide use of “anti-depressant” pills, “attention-deficit” pills, coffee, tea, alcohol and sugar to alter consciousness, around which industries are built, suggesting a society based on this consciousness was not working.

The video of Graham’s talk exceeded 132,000 hits on Youtube in the few weeks before it was pulled on 18th March. The controversy over TED’s censorship of the talk then quickly spread over the internet and hundreds of people have independently uploaded Graham’s talk to their own YouTube channels.  One of these video posts alone has already reached over 34,000 views in the past 14 days since the ban.

 Why was this talk too controversial for TED? 

Would the establishment feel threatened by the notion of these ideas becoming mainstream?

Watch the video here and decide for yourself!     


Graham Hancock gives a talk, Magicians of the Gods, at Cheltenham Town Hall on Monday 29th April, sharing his compelling new evidence in support of his theory of an advanced “Lost Civilization” that was destroyed at the end of the last Ice Age, 12,000 years ago. FOR MORE INFO AND BOOKINGS CLICK HERE

Be Inspired: Live in the flow using your intuition, says Becky Walsh  


When it comes to making a decision, how many times do you find yourself going over the same thing in your mind?


The likelihood is for an important decision it can be beyond 20 times. 95% of the thoughts you have are the same thoughts you had yesterday. You get stuck in a ritual of weighing up the pros and cons, asking friends and family for advice. Often this leads to even more confusion. Yet when it boils down to it, you knew the answer all along. Energetically it’s the same as using the accelerator on your car and then wasting that momentum by slamming your foot on the break. No more or less nauseating when upon reflection how many times have found yourself saying, ‘I knew that’.  Intuitive hindsight is often 20/20 vision, but sadly backwards.


The problem is that what you knew intuitively right from the very start has no words. It’s not a knowing that you can calculate in the brain in your head, it’s more an inner knowing, which is all too easy to overlook and discount. At school we are taught to have reason and logic behind our answers. So we often don’t trust our intuition has answers with no-words.  The intuitive knowing comes from one of two other brains. This might be news to you, but yes, medically you have three brains - one in your head, one in your gut and one in your heart.


Gut Brain: Embedded in the line of the intestines is the enteric nervous system, with hundreds of millions of neurons – one thousandth the number in your brain. In the medical world this network is termed the ‘second brain’ and controls the gut function. Gut neurons communicate with the brain through the vagus nerve which runs from the base of the brain to the chest and abdomen.


Heart Brain: Your heart has its own independent nervous system. Like the gut there are at least forty thousand neurons (nerve cells) in the heart. This is as many as are found in various subcortical centres of the brain.


When you learn to trust your intuition, you can act on the information it is giving you, instantly. By doing so you are cutting out a large amount of stress, worry and even anxiety out of your life. In fact, your life speeds up. This doesn’t mean you get older faster, what it does mean is that you get more done in your day with more energy to do it. You start to live in flow with the universe as you are in direct communication with it. By living in flow and movement you’re not wasting your effort trying to control your life. Only your ego believes it is driving your life, every other part of you knows that when you let go of the idea of ‘I’, you are in flow with the truth and you are at one with everything. You don’t just know it, you feel it! Your body is made up of multiple ways of knowing.


In this modern age, when we are bombarded with information, you can cut through right to the clarity of what is true for you.  What’s more is when you start trusting your intuition, you are able to make good decisions about other people, allowing you to open your heart bravely and make connections closer than you ever thought possible.


However, here is the small print: living intuitively is like living at altitude, just because you know, you have to be willing to act on what you know. This is why I wrote the book ‘You Do Know – learning to act on your intuition instantly’, because, in the flow of life, you are fast, beautiful and courageous.




Becky Walsh gives a talk at the Isbourne on Monday 11th March entitled, ‘You Do Know: Act on Your Intuition Instantly’.  For more info and bookings CLICK HERE!


She also gives a workshop  ‘You Do Know: Act on Your Intuition Instantly’ on Saturday 23rd March.  For more info and bookings CLICK HERE!


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Indian Yoga and Meditation Master Yogi Ashokananda, who gives a talk in March exploring the meaning of Enlightenment – advocates finding the stillness at the centre of your being, and recounts how he regularly visited the hubbub of London’s Oxford Street in search of his!


             As our world becomes increasingly frenetic it becomes even more important to find your stillness within. When we go on a retreat or to a peaceful place, it’s our surroundings which are quiet, not necessarily us; but actually it is more important to find the silence within you, where you are now.

We already live in such conflict with life through all the religions, constantly separating, classifying and labelling everything. The body is viewed as an object rather than a part of you or as your place of existence.  I saw many people meditating and having to come outside of their body to meditate - they were not staying in the body, but meditation happens in the body.


I grew up in a rural village in North India, which had a simple, natural and basic way of living. There was a lot of nature around. The silence and stillness I experienced in the surroundings, during the evenings once the sun had set, was profound. If one person made a sound it would echo. I would see animals engaging in their own activities without noticing anyone around them so I could see a physical expression of a centeredness which to me expressed the sense of a larger force at play in the world.

I was introduced to yoga as a young child by my grandfather who kept a mat near him every time he practised and one day he said to join him in the practice. From then on I made yoga and meditation part of my life because I saw the difference of how it affected my life.

I don’t see the meditation or yoga I do as a prescription for my life or something I can discuss at a dinner party, it’s not a hobby horse, I integrate the essence and the practice of yoga and meditation into my life and live it along with everything else.

On my first and second visit to London I felt overwhelmed and drained in the evenings because I had not experienced a big metropolis like that before. I spoke to my teacher describing to him the hectic lifestyle of London, and he said to me, “You don’t know how to meditate”. I spent weeks looking for the busiest place in London and I discovered that Oxford Street was it. I set myself a task of trying to meditate on Oxford Street at a peak time.  I found myself a spot and stood and tried to meditate. I didn’t sit because I didn’t want to make a show of what I was doing or attract attention to myself.  I went there every day for many weeks until I was able to find the silence inside me again in the midst of all the noise and activity. When I heard the peak of silence, all the noise disappeared. I couldn’t hear a single word around me. Then I found that the peace was within me, it didn’t matter what was outside.

Yogi chakrasana-300x300This is known as swadharma – finding the centre of yourself, your self religion. From this place I feel centred to share my experience; to help others heal on any level whether it is to ease physical discomfort or emotional or spiritual pain.


Yogi Ashokananda gives a talk for the Isbourne Centre on Friday 22nd March entitled ‘Enlightenment – its meaning and all it entails’  (7-8.30pm).  For More Information & Bookings CLICK HERE  



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