Spring 2012

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26 family Beccy Golding on spiritual parenting, youth activism, energy-filled kids’ theatre and a comforting book to help children talk about their feelings

my generation

mother nurture to grow as a person too: to work on ourselves without blame or guilt. I want to support parents to find a peaceful, loving vibration.” So while there is plenty to involve the kids in, what Julia offers is “very much about the parents.” And, practically, what’s on offer? Birth preparation workshops (which include hypnobirthing techniques, exercises and chanting), parent coaching sessions (which can include Theta Healing, reiki or sound healing), monthly spiritual parenting meetings (sharing insights and support), monthly Babachant sessions (sacred music and meditation for parents and children) and a blog where Julia shares her thoughts and experiences. “I try to be an anchor,” says Julia, “I want to help put things into perspective. Everyone knows these things, they just have to remember.”


rom Germany via South Africa, India and London, Julia Jeremiah has finally settled in Frome and opened up the Healing House. Julia is a mother and qualified occupational therapist and is using her wide range of healing, meditation and therapy skills to offer parents ways to nurture their spiritual side. “It’s a reminder that we still have our own spirituality.” she says, “Feelings of stress are huge for many parents, we feel impatience, resentment, our kids demand our presence, but it’s important

www.healinghousefrome.co.uk Babachant facilitator course starts in September www.babachant.com

Why I Do What I Do… Narasser Gordon, 24 film-maker & activist

Describe what you do…

I do a range of different things. I am a budding film-maker, but I am also a community activist (I run an anti-gun and knife campaign called S.T.O.P., which stands for Solve This Ongoing Problem), I run a community film production company called 3domsouls productions, which makes films about issues that affect young people, and I am also the youth representative for Bristol West Labour Party.

of a problem, but once I am talking I am in my element)

What I’ve learnt about others is … that they like to take the time out to

listen to what I have to say and learn from my experiences.

When I was younger I was told … I would

Describe yourself in three words…

work with young people and I always said “No, I want to be an actress.”

When I tell people what I do they say…

Has it been a direct journey or a slow meander? Slow meander: it takes time to get

Determined, hardworking and understanding. “Where do you find all the time to do everything?” and I say I don’t sleep, so I make more hours in the day and this is why I am very protective over my weekends.

Something that might surprise you about my job is... I get to give talks and have meetings

the impact that you want from what you want

In 10 years time I’d like to be… a successful film maker and community activist travelling the world to help different communities.

with some very important people. In October I went to Norway to see the crowned prince and princess of that country.

If I wasn’t doing this I’d… be working in a job that I did not like. I love my job as no two days are ever the same.

I know it’s been a good day when… I’ve

If others want to do this I’d say… Do it,

come home and I am so tired that all I want to do it go straight to bed.

What I’ve learnt about myself is… that I

am good at public and motivational speaking (getting me to the front to speak may be a bit

nothing is stopping you apart from yourself

www.3domsoulsproductions.com Narraser’s blog from attending the ‘One Young World’ Summit in Zurich http://goo.gl/8v1hC Search ‘Solve This Ongoing Problem’ on Facebook


he Bright Ones is a beautiful, simple book designed to help 3 to 6-year-olds who might be living with domestic abuse. Like all good books for little ones there are repetitive patterns and rhythms to hook the imagination and, in this case, help Pixie Parvita, Sammy the Sprite and their friends understand their sad and angry feelings when they witness giants fighting in their garden. The kind woman who lives in the yellow flower helps them express themselves and feel safe again. The idea was developed by Alex Green and her colleagues at NHS Bristol’s Public Health Department, and written by Rebecca Barns, a Phd student at the University of Bristol, and illustrator Lindsay Barraclough. Rebecca said “Some children, particularly young children, may find it really difficult to identify their emotions and I hope that this book will help them to do this as well as them simply enjoying the book. Children should realise they are not alone and that there are lots of different ways of reacting to what has happened and that it’s okay.” A copy of the book, which also includes some useful resources and guidance notes, has been sent to every Children’s Centre and library in Bristol. Rebecca is currently looking for a publisher to distribute the book more widely, but in the meantime, if you would like a copy, please contact Alex.

Alex Green, domestic abuse health improvement worker: alexandra.green@bristol.nhs.uk tel 0117 900 2230

Know a young person who loves music but doesn’t want to perform? 17-year-old Abi Ward told me about Bristol’s New Generation Takeover (NGT). “I got involved through REMIX at Colston Hall where I attended Saturday songwriting sessions. In December 2008 the session leaders were asking for young people to volunteer to help run an event as part of the opening of Colston Hall’s new foyer space. At the start I stage managed the foyer space with the acts that were booked; the following year I programmed the local acts in the Hall’s 2nd space, and in September 2011 I programmed and managed all the acts performing in the foyer (programming is my forte!).” NGT run regular gig nights and “we’ve worked with Brisfest, Bristol Harbour Festival, Pride and the Eco Veggie Fayre, and last year some of us worked at Glastonbury Festival and took local Bristol bands and MCs to Green Man and Shambala.” I asked Abi what sort of person would enjoy volunteering for NGT. “Someone aged 14-25 who has a passion for the kinda behind-the-scenes stuff within music; someone who really enjoys marketing/promoting music and the arts. Pop along to a meeting and see what you can get out of New Generation Takeover and we’ll see how we can get you involved.” Abi also asked me to plug NGT’s big annual event on October 26 (so now’s a good time to get involved). “We’d love people’s ideas for headliners so send an email!” NGT meet every Monday, 5pm, at the Colston Hall. Email info@newgenerationtakeover.com, see http://newgenerationtakeover.com/ or find New Generation Takeover on Facebook.

all the field’s a stage T

heatre Orchard Project delivers theatre, dance, music, storytelling and moving image projects in North Somerset. For June half-term they’ve planned a tour of rural venues by Bristol Old Vic’s new family production; Wild Girl, about a feral child called Memmie. Theatre Orchard’s producer Becky Chapman told me “the production will be very physical with actors playing multiple roles. Everyone in the story is played by two actors, giving interesting opportunities for dramatic juxtapostion and physical inventiveness.” The hour-long performance, suitable for children aged eight and over, is followed by an optional workshop, led by the actors, which “will use drama and spontaneous writing or drawing to encourage dialogue between children and adults on the ideas and dilemmas explored in the play”. Wild Girl, written by John Retallack, will be showing at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, including the Paradise Lawn at Tyntesfield, Leigh Woods, The Lodge at Goblin Coombe, the Tythe Barn at Nailsea, and Pill Community Orchard.

Tickets: Adults from £7, Children from £5, Family ticket (groups of 4 including one

adult) from £20 (ticket prices dependent on venue) Dates: Spring Half Term 2012 Wed June 6-10 www.theatreorchard.org.uk, email beckytheatreorchardproject@gmail.com