Wellbeing Event at Cowdray House

Cowdray House

Saturday 10th March 2018

A day of inspirational talks and music at Cowdray House.

Friday 9th March – Tickets for this event are no longer available to buy online or via the Estate Office.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the day will be Gillian Higgins, a leading international criminal barrister and meditation teacher.

The Speakers

Dr Mark Williams
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford.

An expert in the field of Mindfulness, Dr Mark Williams was a Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow in the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry. Working with a team, he co-developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to prevent new episodes of depression for those who are most vulnerable.

The title of his talk is: ‘Mindfulness and psychological science’. The talk will focus on how Mindfulness has a long history in ancient wisdom traditions and also finds support from modern psychological science.

Bryony Gordon
Telegraph columnist, features writer and author.

Bryony’s work in raising awareness about mental health issues has been widely acclaimed. Her bestselling book Mad Girl chronicles in a witty way her own battle with mental health issues.

She also interviewed Prince Harry in her first episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where he shared his emotional struggles after Diana’s death. Bryony recently received the ‘Making a Difference’ award from mental health charity Mind for all the work she has done raising awareness in this area.

Her talk is titled: “Why it’s normal to feel weird?” Bryony will share her story about coping with OCD and depression with warmth, humour and honesty.

Dr Brian Marien
Psychologist and motivational speaker.

Brian is a doctor of medicine and a health psychologist. He trained in cognitive and behavioural therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry and worked as a specialist in the Academic Department of Psychological Medicine, St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he was involved in teaching, research and clinical practice. Brian is also a Co-founder and Director of the Positive Group. The Positive Group work with a wide range of organisations to create ‘psychologically informed environments’ by providing insights into human psychology designed to benefit the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups.

The title for his talk is: “Psychological wellbeing: medicine’s blind spot.” This session will draw on the latest research from neuroscience, medicine, cognitive, behavioural and social psychology to highlight some of the main factors that have been shown to influence our physical and mental health.

We will also be joined by The British Pilgrimage Trust who will talk about their work. Find out more about BPT

The Schedule for the day: doors open from 9.30am

Start 10.00am: Introduction by Master of Ceremonies  – Dr Gillian Higgins
10.10am: Speaker, Dr Brian Marien
11.00am: Coffee Break
11.30am: Speaker, Bryony Gordon
12.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm: A musical interlude
1.50pm: Talk by British Pilgrimage Trust
2.15pm: Speaker, Dr Mark Williams
3.15pm: Close

The day costs £75 per person including VAT (£62.50 plus £12.50 VAT), to include access to the gardens, the full line-up of talks and music, refreshments and snacks and a nutritious and wholesome lunch.

There is ample parking and disabled access where required. This event is not suitable for children.

The venue for the event is Cowdray House, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AY

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