The mindfulness based therapy group a Glastonbury Natural Health Centre is continuing this Autumn and is open for new members.

The group will be meeting every Monday evening in September from 5pm-730pm and Saturday 21st 3pm-5.30pm.

For more information contact Lynn Shorthouse : 0777 953 5562



We are delighted to announce the starting of a new mindfulness based therapy group facilitated by Lynn Shorthouse on three Saturdays in June with a plan to continue on Monday evenings. You are welcome to come to one or all of the groups which run from 3 to 5.30pm.

Reacting – Reasonating – Responding

Resonating within heart field you affect everything and at same time being affected by everything.
The group and the body is a continuous interconnected system in which every subtle change in one person affects all others in the group.
Through a combination of mindfulness, therapeutic reflection and dialogue, this allows us to listen more deeply to the constantly changing processes within our bodies, hearts and minds.
Where we can encourage each other to free ourselves from psychological patterns which obstruct our experience of inner freedom.

June 15th

June 22nd

June 29th

For more details Contact Lynn Shorthouse on : 0777 953 5562








Sophie Knock our Homeopath & Flower Essence practitioner has left the clinic on extended maternity leave. She had planned to come back in January but  has very sensibly decided to give the lovely baby Felix a whole year with her at home and is now planning to return to work in October – possibly working from home.  We are all very sad to see her go but wish her all the best. After October she can be contacted for appointments on 07826191769

We now therefore have a vacancy for practitioners needing space on a Monday or a Tuesday. Call Jane on 01458 833382 for more information.



Andrew our nutritionist & herbalist is starting to work one Saturday a month in Bridport, starting on the 15th December.

This will be at the Back to Work Clinic, 54 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NN
The clinic has a quiet and secluded room down the passage by the side of the Dorset Pedlar shop in South Street. There is free car parking in South Street for up to an hour, and the South Street car park is just across the road from the clinic (located just as you turn off South Street into Church Street).

For those of you unfamiliar with Bridport, its about 5 minutes drive to the Dorset coast and the beaches and harbour at West Bay. There is also a regular market held on Saturdays in the three main shopping streets of Bridport, including South Street. This is a large and popular market with a wide range of traders, including an organic vegetable stall. Bridport also has four health food shops.

Please contact Andew directly ( not the clinic if you would like to make an appointment to see him there. For more information about the Back to Work Clinic have a look at the website:

One day (six hours CPD)  for health practitioners With Lynn Shorthouse

Sun 2nd December 2012   10 – 4
Venue: Taunton at

The day aims to increase your awareness of yourself and your client and amplify and cultivate your capacity to pay attention to everything in your relationship with yourself and others.   We will practice listening from the Bramavihara’s; natural states of Grace, which can only be know through relationship. Experience in many such groups has shown that it is possible to offer deep work quickly in the six hours we have together. We will explore: going slowly, resourcing with an attitude of enquiry, permission to have range of feelings, intention of doing no harm, separating observations from evaluation, and needs from requests.

We are incredibly resistant beings; we have survived our experiences before, during and after birth.  One of the best things we can do as practitioners is to hold that resilience, strength and health.  On this day you will learn more of how to listen to your body and other people’s using the subtle art of touch.  It will include demonstration of craniosacral treatment; a guided body scan on yourself and practical sessions with other participants.

Led by Lynn Shorthouse who trained at Karuna in 1994.  She has run CPD and supervision workshops and courses for over five years. The day will include influence from Lynn’s training in Therapeutic Supervision, with Robin Shohet’s of the Centre for Supervision & Team Development.

The venue is a welcoming and beautiful space, as befits the day, and is close to Taunton Station. For directions please see:-
Cost: £55 Incl. refreshments (not lunch) Max. of 10 participants
For further information please contact: or 07779 535562


A lovely bit of news from our homoeopath and  flower essence practitioner Sophie Knock. Sophie gave birth on October 6th to a baby boy-  yet to be named –  born at home. Congratulations to Sophie & Tim who have their hands full with 4 boys!

Sophie will be on maternity leave from now till January. We wish them all the best –  getting to know the new member of the family.


A report from  our Craniosacral Therapist Lynn Shorthouse on a special journey to Ladakh that she made earlier this year.


Ladakh or ‘Little Tibet’

An inspiration for our own future

“Centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are under threat from the pressures of Western consumerism.”  Helena Norberg-Hodge first published Ancient Futures in the 80’s which introduced me to ecological issues and inspired me to visit Ladakh one day.  Twenty years later my youngest son George returned from a tour of India, including Ladakh, and told me I must meet the Ladakh grandfather Tashi Rabgyas with whom he stayed.  When George’s own grandfather died last year he left one thousand pounds for each grand child.  George and his brother Ed. said that they wanted to use their inheritance to take me to Ladakh to meet the family.

The main road to Leh from Manali is billed as the second highest and most dangerous road in the world.  We travelled over this road by bus to reach Leh, and remembered those who did the journey on foot or horseback as we passed some on bicycles.  Somewhat nervously equipped with warm clothing in case the vehicle broke down,  we also carried bananas and coca,  a homeopathic remedy for altitude sickness. The scale of this part of the journey was epic and impossible to convey in words.

On arrival, through the magnificent Leh gateway we finally emerged from the bus and I was left with the bags to drink Chai whilst George and Ed. went to find the Ladakhi grandfather’s home.  In a surprisingly short time they escorted me and the bags to the family, where George was greeted like a prodigal son.  As his mother, I received more tea and a really warm welcome.  We were to “hot – bed” in the family’s spare room for the next week.  I was able to go on an uphill climb to the Skanska Gompa early morning and so usually went to sleep not long after sunset; whilst my sons often walked into Leh old town in the evening and then joined us for freshly made flat bread at breakfast.

One of the first things that struck me on my arrival in Ladakh was the wide, uninhibited smiles of the family we stayed with.  On the afternoon of leaving my home for Bristol and Heathrow some strong sensation made me run around my garden gathering seeds, naming, sealing and finding a safe place for them in my very small backpack.  The family referred to me and the mother in the home as “Amelay” (as we are both mothers) and she was delighted to receive the seeds from my garden.  As we left she gathered seeds from her garden for me.  Her identity appeared directly linked with the close bonds with her family and community which are reinforced by the Buddhist emphasis on Interconnectedness.  The family’s attitude to life and death seemed to be based on an intuitive understanding of impermanence and a consequent lack of attachment.  Rather than clinging to an idea of how things should be, they were blessed with an ability to actively welcome things as they are…………………………

I had the privilege to experience another, saner way of life.  I experienced living with neither waste nor pollution,  where the community was healthy and strong, and the adolescent son of the family was never embarrassed to be gentle and affectionate with his mother.  The respect that this family offered me as I practised meditation each morning changed how my sons saw me; and the journey gave me a much better understanding of the exploring and excellent young men who are my sons.

Healing happened in this intense and short journey both at the personal and ecological level.  By leading the simpler lives of a low-carbon society, we draw nearer to the abundance of peace, freedom and true community.  Leaving me with the question: what does simplicity mean in our complex world – is it a lifestyle option, or is it more than that?

To quote the Dali Lama on Ladakh “No matter how attractive a traditional rural society may seem, its people cannot be denied the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of modern development.  However, development and learning should not take place in one direction only.  Amongst the people of traditional societies such as Ladakh’s there is often an inner development, a sense of warm’ heartedness and contentment that we would all do well to emulate.”

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