Hoffman Graduate E-newsletter | October 2018
Where inner and outer worlds meet with campaigner Polly Higgins
Polly Higgins, © Rupert Pessl
Author and barrister Polly Higgins gave up a lucrative legal career to campaign on behalf of the Earth. In 2010 she presented her proposal to the United Nations to criminalise ecocide causing serious loss, damage or destruction of ecosystems, including climate or cultural damage as well as direct ecological damage . Polly is a published author, charity CEO and a Hoffman graduate.

'I was very struck when I heard that Bob Hoffman’s vision was to spread peace in the world one person at a time. I really got that; when we seek inner peace it becomes untenable to go to war, internally and externally, personally and globally.
With each one of us that takes up the challenge, like drops in an ocean, the tide can change...

It’s a commitment, undertaking the Hoffman Process, and it’s a commitment to ourselves to gift time for our own self-development. That takes courage, and I’m proud to have done it.'

Read Polly's full article and watch her TEDx talk, 'Dare to be great' on our website here .
Polly's charity, Earth Community Trust is Hoffman's partner in delivering the Hoffman Scholarship Fund . The Fund provides subsidised Process places to applicants who can demonstrate how doing the Process will allow them to make a positive contribution to the community around them and to the wider world.
You can donate to the fund as an individual, an organisation or a group.
Embrace Jeopardy , says Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones
Hoffman graduate Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones may be known best as the firebrand entrepreneur behind food brand The Black Farmer, but success definitely wasn't handed to him on a plate. In his newly-released book, Jeopardy, Wilfred draws on his huge range of life experience, from 'poor, dyslexic, black youngster' in the Midlands, via the Army, the BBC and an untold number of 'kitchen nightmare' catering jobs, to award-winning farmer in Devon. He argues that in order to reach our dreams, we must abandon our our natural instinct for caution.

'Having a dream is one thing, but the courage to actually pursue it is something else entirely... We have a very strange culture around failure, which is seen as shameful and something to be avoided at all costs. In fact, there is a great deal of learning to be gained when you try things that don't work.'

'Jeopardy: the danger of playing it safe on the path to success', is available to order online here.
You can read an article by Wilfred on our website, here .
This Can Happen: mental health in the workplace conference
Mental health affects all companies regardless of industry. This Can Happen is a new event exploring corporate mental health, aimed at corporates from every sector. Its founders are Neil Laybourn, Zoe Sinclair and Hoffman graduate Jonny Benjamin (pictured).

Jonny and Neil’s story began a decade ago on Waterloo Bridge when Jonny was contemplating taking his life, and Neil, a stranger passing by, talked him down. The pair became a formidable team of mental health awareness advocates, and their journey has been chronicled in both a documentary and in Jonny's book ' Stranger on the Bridge'

The aim of the new one-day conference is to get colleagues working together and give each attendee practical strategies to tackle the impact that a poor approach to mental health understanding can have on a workplace. Free childcare is available and the event is accredited for CPD.

This Can Happen takes place at the O2 in London on Tuesday 20 November. For more info, click here

To read more about Jonny's extraordinary story, click here
Do you have a Process Story you'd like to share, either on our website or in our 2019 magazine?
We'd love to hear from you!
Either call the office on +44 (0)1903 88 99 90 or click to email: info@hoffmaninstitute.co.uk
Are you an Amorevore ? Visit Ibiza's new food and arts festival
Hoffman grads Patrick Holford, Jasmine Hemsley and Carina Cooper are among the guest speakers at a brand new Symposium in Ibiza taking place as part of the Amorevore Food & Arts Festival.

The aim of The Symposium is to uncover critical food issues and recognise innovative, solution-based initiatives. There will be solo talks, conversations, panel discussions, and debates based around a proposed motion that all visitors can join in with. Free to all Amorevore Festival ticket holders, The Symposium will be held from Friday to Sunday, 26-28th October from 10am to 7pm.

Amorevore Partnership Manager and Hoffman graduate Jo Brooks-Nevin says, ‘Amorevore Food Festival is a dream project and the type I've been looking for post my Hoffman Process - it's super authentic with an incredible global facing cast and crew who are fully on board with the festival and everything it represents. There's a whole lot of love for Amorevore and we welcome all Hoffies to become Amorevore Family too, for this year’s festival and future years to come!'

To find out more, email Jo, or book tickets directly from: www.amorevorefoodfestival.com//book-tickets
Spa for the soul: the Hoffman winter retreat
Come and join our fabulous rejuvenating retreat at Broughton Hall in the stunning Yorkshire Dales .

This five-day experience runs from 15-19 December and marries the intensity of the three-day Q2 with some vital body and soul relaxation.

Led by Hoffman facilitators Mairi Russell and Emma Ferguson, you'll be guided through Hoffman tools and techniques each morning and evening. 

In the afternoons, you'll be free to enjoy Broughton’s state-of-the-art wellbeing centre Avalon which offers heated swimming and hydro-massage pools, sauna and steam rooms, yoga, meditation spaces and one of only a handful of SomaDomes in the UK. Additional treatments are also pre-bookable.

What better way to prepare yourself for the holiday season!!

Prices on the 5-day retreat start from £1,800 per person. Open to anyone who has done the Process including couples.

For more information and to book, click here.
Free your mind and the rest will follow...
Dancing Lemurs: back by popular demand...
Come and join our Hoffman 5Rhythms session and experience Gabrielle Roth's legendary dynamic practice in the comfortable company of other Hoffman grads.

Our session is run by our very own Hoffman grad and licensed 5Rhythms instructor, Catherine Gaynor. Come on your own, with a Hoffman buddy, or bring a friend whether they've done the Process or not. No prior experience necessary.

Date: Saturday 20 October 2018 (7.00pm-9.00pm)
Cost: £15 per person or £10 for concessions/unwaged.
Venue: Battersea Yoga Centre , London SW11 4TA

For more information and to book, click here
Don't pass the baggage on to your kids
Our one-day Foundations in Parenting workshop is led by Supervising Hoffman facilitator Eliza Meredith and parenting coach Michelle Matthews.

Our workshop f ocuses on the emotional nurturing of children through the early years (from ages 0-12) and how our own behavioural patterns impact on our role as their caregivers. Its learning will resonate with parents and carers, childminders, teachers, parents-to-be and grandparents, whether they’ve done the Hoffman Process or not. Come on your own or as part of a parenting couple – either way, you’ll find yourself gaining insight in the supportive company of a group of others facing similar challenges.

Date:  Saturday 27 October, 9.00am-5.00pm
Venue:   The Welsh Chapel ,   Clapham, SW11 1PQ
Cost:  £65 per person/£120 for two people.
Click here   for full information and to book.
Hoffman Ireland: new events in Dublin and Donegal
Did you know that we run the Hoffman Process in Ireland too? It's exactly the same Process - same facilitators, same learnings - just a different location. And it's a beautiful one; in January, the Irish Times rated Hoffman one of its top five retreat picks for 2018 (you can read more here).

To coincide with our upcoming Process in County Donegal from  10-16 November , we're delighted to be offering a series of support and information events in Dublin and Letterkenny. Click the individual links below for further details, or if you'd like any further information, email Supervising Hoffman Facilitator Jeremy Kynaston:  hoffman@hoffmanireland.com

For more details about the Process in Ireland, click here .
Hoffman-led regional support groups
Click here  for a full list of Hoffman-led regional support group dates.
These Hoffman facilitated evenings allow you to work on tools and connect with other graduates. 7.00pm-9.00pm

London : Violet Hill Studios, London NW8 9EB
Led by: Serena Gordon
For more information and to book, click here
Next date: Friday 9 November

Dublin : Brooks Hotel, 62 Drury Street, Dublin
Led by: Jeremy Kynaston
For more information and to book, click here

Sussex : The Healthy Living Company, Hove, BN3 8LH
Led by: Serena Gordon
For more information and to book, click here

Bristol HOURS, 10 Colston Yard, BS1 5BD
Led by: Eliza Meredith
For more information and to book, click here
Next date: Tuesday 8 January

Manchester : Save the date for a VERY special breakfast meet-up at All Star Lanes on Saturday 22 December, hosted by Emma Ferguson. Watch this space!
Closure: Re-experience the ceremony of integration
Click here  for a full list of Closure dates.
Closure evenings are held on Thursdays from 5pm and are open to all Hoffman graduates, regardless of where and when you did your Process. Celebrate with new Hoffman graduates, share your Post-Process experience and recommit to your Vision. Dinner at Florence House (including the infamous 'pavlova of love') is on us.

We love to see Process groups returning on their anniversary and welcome graduates who did their Process overseas.

11 October: with Jeremy, Eliza and Mairi
25 October: with Matthew, Janet and Emma
8 November: with Eliza, Mairi and Holger
15 November: with Jeremy, Holger and Maria (in Ireland!)
29 November: with Mairi, Eliza and Jeremy

Please  email and let us know  if you're planning to come to Closure. Remember that you cannot attend the Closure of a spouse or child, though we would love to see you at their Welcome Home.
Hoffman events for family and friends
*When a Process is on a Wait List, a place may still become available.
Ring the office on 01903 88 99 90 for details.
Information Evenings:

Information Phone-In:

Introduction Day:

Process Dates:
October 6-12: Wait List*
October 20-26: Wait List*
November 3-9: Available
November 10-16: Available: Ireland
November 24-30: Wait List*
December 8-14: Available

For a full calendar of Hoffman Process dates, click here.
October's Top Tip: Practise listening
Really listening when somebody is speaking is an art well worth practising. It brings benefits in all areas of life; most notably in relationships.

Today, if somebody is talking to you, listen to them and don't interrupt. Maintain eye contact and really try to stay present to what they are saying.

It does take practice! So start today and make it your mission to hear others more fully.
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