Embrace the Change – A day dedicated to the Menopause – 22 October 2022


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Embrace the Change – A day dedicated to the Menopause 

10.00 am to 4.30 pm

led by Andrene Alejandro, Sandra da Silva, Tina Rogers and Helen Saunders

About Embrace the Change

A day designed to educate and nurture you through your individual menopause, providing tools and pointers to support you through your  journey in a safe and secure environment at beautiful Whistlewood Common.

We start the day with introductions and exercises to check in on where you are with your current menopause journey. We will then move on to experiencing breathing and yoga techniques with Sandra, followed by grounding practices with Tina who will share with you her individual journey to improve her health. We will then invite you to journal  noting down where you are, what you are experiencing and what you are looking for.   Andrene will then share with you Herbal helpers aimed at easing your experience through the menopause.

We then break for lunch which will be provided by Katherine Parrish who will design a vegetarian menu packed full of all of the ingredients that would support and nourish you during this particular time.

In the afternoon you will be invited to join Helen and Andrene on a slow, gentle Forest Bathing walk consisting of invitations designed to connect you to nature and those around you for your wellbeing. You will finish the walk relaxed, having collected materials to design a special nature inspired representation of you, your life and what is important to you using Forest Therapy techniques to facilitate this experience.

We will end  by reviewing your day, checking back in with where you are and looking at next steps to help you to smooth your journey through this particular stage of life.

£75 including all refreshments and a delicious lunch


Your Guides

Andrene Alejandro

Andrene is the founder of National Forest Therapies based in the leafy East Midlands.

Andrene’s long career as a Children’s and General Nurse is supplemented by a holistic and preventative approach to healing. She is trained as a Breastfeeding Advocate and Lactation Consultant as well as being a volunteer for the La Leche League. Her work in this area led her to train as a Biodynamic Cranialsacral Therapist. She has a keen interest in herbal medicine and wild foods that she shares with those around her.  She is also a strong advocate for natural skin and body care as a Weleda Wellbeing Advisor.

Andrene’s interest in connecting individuals to nature for their wellbeing led her to train as a Certified Forest Bathing Guide and to go on to train in Forest Therapies.

​Andrene’s website: www.nationalforesttherapies.com

Sandra Da Silva

Sandra started her Yoga journey in 1998, initially to counter the effects of a sedentary job.

It worked wonders on many levels and she wanted to learn more.

A short stay at the Vivekanada Ashram in India where yoga is used therapeutically inspired her to become a teacher.  She qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher in 2007 and has continued to learn ever since and teach this amazing system that integrates body, mind and spirit leading to a state of balance and well being.

The practice combines breath and movement, using yoga postures and breathing techniques.  An approach that leads to increased strength, flexibility, and better posture.  It also encourages balance, both internally and externally and promotes feelings of relaxation and ease.

Yoga is a vehicle for transformation, self-discovery and self-improvement, opening us up to our full potential. It has certainly helped Sandra to cope better with the ups and downs of life.

She believes that Yoga has much to offer everybody, regardless of age, gender or ability and that is why she teaches, hoping that the yogic tools that her students pick up on their yoga mat will help them in their life.

Tina Rogers

Tina runs TLR Therapy and is a qualified Occupational Therapist. She has over 20 years experience mainly in the NHS but more recently in the MOD.

After being given a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in 2016 she learnt how to gain a deep sense of wellbeing, and loves the opportunity to share this knowledge with others.

She feels privileged to have been able to support her clients to create happier, healthier and more rewarding lives and loves the work she does.


Helen Saunders

Helen is passionate about facilitating nature connection for all. She is a fully trained Forest Bathing Guide through Nadur – Centre for Integrative Forest Therapy. She has a background in complementary therapies as a homeopath and is currently a Board Director of Whistlewood. For Helen: “Nature guides me whilst bringing me peace, stillness and nourishment for my body, mind and soul”.

Her Forest Bathing walks follow the University of Derby’s “Five Pathways to Nature Connection” – a research-based approach to Nature connection through the pathways of Senses, Beauty, Meaning, Emotion and Compassion. Forest bathing is supported by years of research from Japan, America and other parts of the world.

Katherine Parrish

Katherine loves sharing her love of colour through her vegan and vegetarian food. She is looking to serve our guests fresh wholesome locally brought ingredients where they are literally eating the rainbow and getting a wide range of vitamins and minerals for optimum health benefits. She finds cooking a very creative way of caring for peoples well being and loves the happiness it brings.

“I see more and more how the food I create really does feed mind, body and soul”

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