WHAT I DO
- AROMATHERAPY COURSES -
COURSES PROGRAMME - CONTACT
YORK; new contact details are
below. Post and phone messages are no longer being
forwarded from my former Sheffield address. I will
continue to be available to teach in Sheffield and
Chesterfield at certain times.
FOR ADULT EDUCATION CIRCLE DANCE
COURSES go to EVENTS
NB This page lists various courses
that I offer - not all will necessarily run at any one
time. Check the COURSES
PROGRAMME to see what is coming up.
WHAT I DO
I have been an Adult Education teacher since 1992. I
teach a variety of subjects relating to my profession
and my lifelong interests - generally around health,
personal development, politics and society, and dance
I teach introductory
Aromatherapy courses; in the past these have
included some for the WEA
(Workers Education Association). These are usually 10
weeks. I have also previously run WEA courses on "Looking After Yourself; Holistic
Health and Alternative Therapies" and Healthy Living; and a course
called "Changing Ourselves,
Changing Our World". This looks at personal
change (e.g. attitude, behaviour, health), at social
change (e.g. political, scientific, environmental,
economic), and at the links between them.
I am tutor for a WEA "Talking
Politics" course in Sheffield. Also available
for education providers is Current
Affairs. I can now also offer some courses on Green
and Environmental Issues. All those courses are
I have run WEA Drumming
courses in Easingwold and York. I may consider running a
non-WEA day event, open to newcomers and those with some
experience - let me know if you might be interested.
I also teach Circle Dance and International Folk
Dance - those classes are listed at EVENTS.
None of these courses are accredited - there is no
I am available on a freelance (i.e. private) basis as a
guest speaker, to give talks or run courses or workshops
of any length, from short courses up to a few terms, and
also for residentials and special interest holidays out
of area. For current courses open to the public,
see COURSES PROGRAMME. Please
contact me if you want to go on
my e-mail list for future courses.
See COURSES PROGRAMME
for anything else current. I can also run a course
privately at my house if there were enough people
available at the same time and day of the week.
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See COURSES PROGRAMME for
details of upcoming courses.
I have been an Adult Education teacher since 1992,
initially teaching introductory aromatherapy courses for
Sheffield University Division of Adult Continuing
Education. Other past aromatherapy work includes short
talks to many groups including Women's' Institutes,
Agewell groups, Depression Alliance, Homestart groups,
Mental Health Action Group Sheffield, and at Rainbow
Circle Green Gathering and Creative Crafts Camp; courses
at a day centre for people with long-term mental health
problems, and via the WEA for parents at schools in
Sheffield; and an aromatherapy holiday for Countrywide
I have led two short CPD (Continuing
Professional Development) " essential oils refresher"
sessions for Professional Aromatherapy Network in South
Yorkshire, and would be glad to repeat these for other
groups, e.g. other local IFPA or IFA branches.
I am now finding it difficult to find course providers
who will run, and can adequately publicise, aromatherapy
courses open to the general public. However, if you have
a ready-made group, e.g. you are a learning mentor in a
school and have parents who would like a course, then
the Workers Educational Association
may be able to run the course for you, with me teaching.
This especially applies if you are in a more deprived
area. This would mean, for example, that course
participants would not have to pay fees if they are on
means-tested benefits. Contact the WEA Yorkshire and
Humber regional office on 0113 245 3304 to find your
Courses - both aromatherapy and general holistic
healthcare and probably any other topic I teach - can be
designed to your requirements.
AROMATHERAPY Here is a
short publicity blurb for the 10-week introductory
aromatherapy courses I have run for the WEA;
"An introduction - no previous knowledge
required. What are essential oils and how do they
work? How do you use them? What health problems can
they help? Are they safe? We will also look briefly
at associated health issues. There will be a small
amount of simple massage, e.g. hands, face, if the
What essential oils are, storage and
shelf-life; how oils are produced, oil quality; how oils
work on the mind/body; methods of use - massage,
vapourisation, inhalation, baths; blending, including a
practical session; common uses and properties; safety
aspects; the holistic approach - dealing with causes as
well as symptoms; profiles of lavender, rosemary, and
tea-tree, and a look at some common uses of other oils.
Stress. Optional massage - hands, face, maybe feet -
usually maximum 2 or 3 sessions in a 12-week course, 2
sessions in a 10-week course.
The teaching style is informal, with
course members encouraged to ask questions and make
input. A wide selection of essential oils is always
available to smell.
HOLISTIC HEALTH This is the
publicity description for a 10-week WEA course; I could
also teach courses just looking at the various
alternative therapies, or omitting much of that to focus
on what one can do oneself e.g. diet, nutrition,
Yourself; Holistic Health - "How can you
help yourself to be healthy? How do lifestyles and
attitudes affect health? Can alternative or
complementary therapies help? We will look at diet and
nutrition, posture, relaxation, environmental and social
factors, stress, various complementary or alternative
therapies and other related issues. Your input and
experiences are welcomed."
LIVING In May 2012 I taught a course at a day
centre in Leeds for people with mental health problems.
It used some of the material from the Holistic Health
course above, but was altered to suit the client group -
we spent more time on diet and nutrition, and stress,
for example; but we spent less time on alternative
therapies, to reflect that fact that all learners were
on benefits and unlikely to be able to afford to visit
therapists. Also most of the group had little prior
knowledge of such things as meditation and yoga, so we
started from a different baseline.
FOR ADULT EDUCATION CIRCLE DANCE &
FOLK DANCE COURSES and other dance classes, go to
Aromatherapy - York. Not
running in September 2013.
WEA courses (Workers Educational Association);
vary slightly between WEA branches, so see details for
each course; fees from Sept. 2013 vary from £61 to £70
for a 10-week course (i.e. a little over £3 per hour),
or free if on means-tested benefits, or Working
Tax Credit and income under approx. £15K. Some other fee
remission may be possible (not for York branch) if
household income under £15K but not on Working Tax
Credit - this involves an application to the WEA's
Discretionary Learner Support Fund, but this has been
restricted since Sept. 2009 (due to cuts in government
funding) so cannot be guaranteed, especially for those
who have claimed before. There is also a limit to how
many claims per year you can make to this fund. As of
2011-12, there is more likelihood of being able to claim
for Chesterfield branch courses than for Sheffield ones.
We usually take a one-week break at
COURSES NEED A MINIMUM NUMBER OF
PARTICIPANTS in order to run - usually 12. So if
you cannot get to the first week, please let me know
beforehand that you intend to come later, and if you
only find out about a course after week 1, contact me to
find out if there is a place for you, in case the course
is full or cancelled.
Talking Politics -
SHEFFIELD (I am considering running this course -
or something like it with a wider focus on society,
environment, ethics, general current affairs, etc. -
privately in York. Please contact me if you would be
NB - NEW VENUE
A discussion-based course looking at
current political developments and issues in the UK and
world-wide. Topics are usually suggested by the class.
Thurs. 10 a.m. - 12 noon, 11 weeks
starting 9 January 2014,
Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4QZ, tel. 0114 223 0223.
No meeting February 27 (half-term). Last meeting March 27.
There is parking on-site unless the venue has a major
Cost £71.50 full, or FREE if on means-tested
benefits, or Working Tax Credit and income under £15K
approx. See above for full details of
fees. Ongoing group - newcomers very welcome. Enrol online
or at first meeting - but let me know in advance if you
We need to have 12 enrolments by session 2, so if you cannot
get to the first week please contact me to check the
Past topics have included; austerity; Greece and the Euro;
Syria and the wider Middle East; overseas aid; the NHS;
the European Union; the financial crisis; Russia; devolution and Scottish
independence; policing; the USA under Obama; socialism and communism; the politics of
food; climate change; Afghanistan; the coalition
government; the Alternative Vote referendum; immigration;
civil liberties and human rights; energy, inc. nuclear
power and green alternatives; politics and oil; Africa;
globalisation; "is radical change possible in UK
politics"?; education; the MP's expenses issue; and
A Question Of Health - YORK
2.10.13 sorry, this course is
A discussion-based course. What is health? Whose
responsibility is your health - yours, doctors', the
government's? Pharmaceutical industry, private vs. public
healthcare, complementary therapies, the role of science,
the NHS, safety issues, etc.
Weds. 7 - 9 p.m., 5 weeks starting 25
September 2013, Quaker Meeting House, Friargate,
York YO1 9RL. NB earlier publicity said this course
was for 10 weeks - sorry, my mistake!
Workers Educational Association course. Enrol for term.
Fees for 10 weeks £31, or FREE if on means-tested state
benefits, or Working Tax Credit and income under £15,276.
for full details of fees.
This is a discussion-based course - a chance for you to
debate the issues, and to listen to the views of others.
We will be looking at general principles of health, with a
smaller amount of the politics of health as well - it is
not a course on how to live healthily. There is scope for
the class to choose some of the topics, or to choose how
long we spend on some of them. Some other topics that I
have considered include “choice”, health in other
countries and cultures, life or death choices, animal
testing, recreational drugs, the scientific method and its
limitations, and issues specific to men or women, class,
ethnicity or locality.
1) Enrol online www.wea.org.uk/yh - click on the "find a
course" box. Pay by card. Or...
2) At York Explore (Central Library), Museum St., on Tues.
and Fri. 10 am. -12 noon
3) Ring the WEA Regional Office 0113 2453304. Pay by
card or cheque
4) By post - see WEA York brochure. Pay by cheque
5) Enrol on the night, pay by cheque or cash. But contact
me first to let me know you are coming, and to check that
the course is not either full or cancelled.
- Feel The Rhythm! - YORK.
No dates fixed for
10-week drumming courses at present. Enquiries
welcome from individuals or groups.
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