Forthcoming Events

Yoga Workshop for Children

Group of children doing yoga.

Introduce your little ones to the benefits of yoga!

  • Boosts childrens’ self-esteem and confidence
  • Strengthens the mind-body connection
  • Promotes feelings of inner peace, calm and happiness
  • Teaches relaxation skills to help children de-stress
  • Helps children develop focus and concentration
  • Assists balance and co-ordination
  • Enhances physical flexibility

Anna Kowalski of Yoga Paws leads this workshop for us in the lovely, safe surroundings of Sunshine Barn near Ashbourne. Anna is fully qualified to work with children, has loads of experience and has been DBS checked. The workshop is for children aged 6-11.Read more

The next workshop will be held in the Spring  (date to be advised shortly).

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Relaxation and Rejuvenation Days

Relaxation-DayBrighter Futures Personal Growth is offering you the opportunity to spend a day in a small group (max 10 people) relaxing and unwinding at Sunshine Barn, near Ashbourne.

The next Relaxation and Rejuvenation day will be in the Spring – date to be advised shortly.

 These wonderful days, which start at 10am and finish at 4.30pm, involve:Read more

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Childrens’ Therapy Groups


Tame that Temper! – an anger management group –   will offer children and young people the opportunity to develop a range of skills for expressing their anger in positive and safe ways. It is aimedRead more

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I Am the Greatest!  – a group for those with low self esteem or lack of confidence – will offer children and young people time and space to explore their view of themselves and provide activities designed to boost self-esteem and self-confidence thereby encouraging participants to feel good about themselves. Each participant will have an assessment meeting before joining the group, and a feedback meeting for parents/carers at the end of the group.

Each participant will have an assessment meeting before joining the group, and a feedback meeting for parents/carers at the end of the group.

The cost for each child, which includes the assessment and feedback meetings, 5 sessions of group therapy, all materials and refreshments is just £365.

This group runs for 5 weeks from 5.30pm to 7.30pm each week, or over 2 days in the school holidays.  Dates for 2016 tba shortly.

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Workshops and Training Events for Counsellors and Coaches

place-holder-imageIn 2016 we will be running a number of in-house workshops and seminars for counsellors and counselling students in the beautiful training room here at Sunshine Barn

Building a Successful Private Practice – date to be advised shortly – during this one-day workshop, Frances will share the story of how she built Brighter Futures from a part-time practice into the thriving business it is today. Participants will be offered the opportunity to enrol on a programme of further monthly seminars commencing in 2015, which will offer more in-depth teaching on the business side of being a self-employed coach/therapist – the really useful stuff they leave out of practitioner training!!

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The Healing Power of Animal Assisted Therapy – new date for 2016 to be announced shortly – this workshop introduces counsellors to the benefits of incorporating an animal into therapy sessions with clients, and explains all the factors to bear in mind for anyone wishing to work as an Animal Assisted Therapist.  Further 3 day in-depth training with AAT specialist Kathryn Kimbley of Humanima CIC will hopefully be available at Sunshine Barn again in 2015 for any participants who wish to incorporate AAT into their practice.

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An Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique – new date for 2016 to be announced shortly – this one-day workshop gives counsellors and coaches an opportunity to learn more about Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as ‘tapping’) and how it may help their clients, as well as the opportunity to experience it for themselves.  For those wishing to take this further, professional training will be available at Sunshine Barn later in the year, with one of the UK’s leading EFT trainers.

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Working Creatively with Children and Young People – new date for 2016 to be announced shortly – this introductory workshop is aimed at experienced practitioners and students who are interested in developing the skills necessary to work therapeutically with children and young people.  Drawing on her 20 years experience in the field, Frances will share information on a range of factors to consider when working with this client group, as well as some techniques she uses in her own practice.  For those wishing to take things further, Frances will be running an in-depth programme of seminars commencing later in 2014 covering all aspects of working with children and young people.

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Self-Care for Caring Professionals

A-Soft-Place-to-FallStarting in May 2014, Brighter Futures Personal Growth will be holding bi-monthly ‘Self Care for Caring Professionals’ experiential days at Sunshine Barn.  These days are designed to give participants regular opportunities to unwind and de-stress in beautiful, private surroundings and provide a ‘soft place to land’ for all caring professionals who want to be nurtured themselves every now and then. For more information, please see our Self Care for Caring Professionals page.

The cost of these self-care days is just £95 per person, fully inclusive. To book your place on the next day contact us