Workshops and Discussion Groups

Think about the morning workshops and which ones you might attend and register your interest – there are limited places so the early bird catches the worm as they say.

 11.00 – 11.45

  • Story Telling – Reflections and Emergent Purpose by Lisa Rossetti of Storytelling Within– Learn to tell your business or personal story in a fun and interactive session with professional story tellers
  • Faking It (Confidence) by Merryn Myatt & Sarah Perris of Perris-Myatt– Build your self confidence and stretch the mind in this interactive & fun workshop
  • Positive Thinking by Paolo Feroleto of pf Designs- Find out how mind mapping can help you think positively in both your personal and business life in this interactive session.
  • Increase your Energy and Reduce your Stress the Natural Way with Julie Silver of Optimum Health - Find out why what you eat and your attitude to food can affect your health and wellbeing.
  • Avoid the Journalist Spike by Sandy Lindsay of TangerinePR - Learn techniques to overcome the fear and confusion of dealing with journalists

Belly Dancing Taster – a taster session of this exotic dance with Rosie Sedgwick 12.00 – 12.45

  • Story Telling – Reflections and Emergent Purpose by Lisa Rossetti of Storytelling Within– Learn to tell your business or personal story in a fun and interactive session with professional story tellers
  • Networking Know How by Melanie Bryan of WhyNotChange– Ever wondered how other people get so much out of networking, find out how you can make it work for you.
  • Making Social Media = Sales by Steve Downs of Juice Digital - Find out how social media has revoluntionised marketing.
  • Increase your Energy and Reduce your Stress the Natural Way with Julie Silver of Optimum Health - Find out why what you eat and your attitude to food can affect your health and wellbeing.
  • Positive Thinking by Paolo Feroleto of pf Designs- Find out how mind mapping can help you think positively in both your personal and business life in this interactive session.
  • Belly Dancing Taster – a taster session of this exotic dance with Rosie Sedgwick

13.00 – 13.30

  • Meditation – guided session with the Monastery’s Alison Levesley, The Soul Coach
  • Tour of the Monastery – guided tour of the Monastery and its history.

 Consider which afternoon discussion group you want to join and register your interest.

 14.30 – 15.15

  • Africa - Marilyn Comrie OBE of Leadergen
  • Youth - Geoff Thompson of Youth Charter, Salford
  • Education - Elaine Fearnley of MBS
  • Environment – Anne Gilbert of Appleseed Consulting
  • Health - Maria Thornton Assistant Director R&D NHS Northwest
  • Changing working patterns - Sandra Fielden of MBS
  • Social equality - Kathryn Busby from the Equality Trust
  • Social Entrepreneurship - Melanie Bryan of WhyNotChange & Dawn Gibbins OBE of Barefoot

Other activities throughout the day include

  • Technology Zone – A place to find the answers to your technology challenges, learn more about LinkedIn, mobile working, Skype and Twitter.  Supported by MBS Technology Club, Google University and Brother UK. 
  • Speakeasy with Andrew Thorp & Eilidh Milnes – An ongoing open forum for individuals to share & listen to chunks of 4min speaking sessions from a variety of participants on a pic 'n' mix of topics. 
  • Oasis – pamper area with Shiatsu, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Health & Nutrition plus more
  • Quilt project – bring along your piece of cloth and help create a fabulous quilt of women’s lives
  • Book Exchange – bring loved books along and exchange with Oxfam
  • Handbags – wondering what to do with your unloved handbags bring them along to the Birdhouse Fund and help local women who are struggling to achieve their full potential.
  • Bras – lots of women are wearing the wrong size bra, bring along some of yours for recycling/donation to Oxfam; get measured and know your proper size. Hear the story of the bra and see our version of Pankhurst exhibition with items from the official Pankhurst museum.
  • Bike Right – have a go, overcome your barriers to cycling, find safe routes to cycle and lots more