Thankyou to my particpant's for their feedback over the years. 

Two day peer support program partipants feedback: 

Dear Simonette

Thank you SO much! I wanted to thank you, not just for this, but for the training as well. The training has completely reinvigorated my passion for supporting others through a counselling framework and I don't have the appropriate words to thankyou for that.

Your gentle, empathic approach and ability to hold the group was wonderful and has left us all feeling lighter and more appreciative of each other, the organisation and our role as peer supporters.

Thank you so much and all the very best for all you do in the future. I hope our paths will cross again many times!

25th November,Leura Creativity retreat

Participant’s feedback

 I loved the meditations as it reminded me to meditate more.  You are very gifted in your meditation Sim.  Massage therapist was fantastic very intuitive.  Great fantastic feast for dinner,  Great best sleep for a long time.                                                                                   

My personal gains from attending the creativity weekend, Insights, time out, reflection, great hanging out in Nautre, lovely space, beautiful vibration.                                                                                       

 

Relevant topics discussed:  Very relevant for myself and my stage of learning.                                                                                                        

Attention given to the group: Brilliant                                                      

Facilitator demonstrated rapport and empathic understanding:  Always, Sim naturally has a warmth, connection kindness generosity and patience with others.

General Comments:

A wonderfully welcome weekend full of laughter, and appreciation for others, our differences and similarities                                            

Comments on your experience of the meditation and guided visualisations:  Wonderful meditation, I really enjoyed the guided visualisations and the imagery.                                                         

Comments of massage and therapist: Graham was very intuitive to the body and particular areas that needed healing.                      

Comments of the meals.                                                                     

So good! Dinner was a highlight.  Great food, great company, hilarious hosts.                                                                                           

Comments on the sleeping arrangements.                                           

I like that XXX  and I got our own space and own room, we giggled until we fell asleep it was joy you can’t buy : )

 

 

 

What were your personal gains from attending the Creativity weekend.?                                                                                               

I feel more relaxed, more open, more calm.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend                                                                                      

THANK YOU * 10/10                                                                                    

Account manager 30’s female                                                                   

________________________________                                                                

Structured daily activities well:  Yes                                                        

Relevant topics discussed: personal relevance:  I appreciation of meditation, relevant Yes.

Attention given to individuals in the group:  equal

Facilitator demonstrated rapport and empathic understanding:  Completely, Yes, warm, engaging and humorous.

 

General comments:  Very relaxing, affirming, encouraging and supportive.

 

Comments on your experience of the meditation and guided visualisations:

I could do it!! Normally meditation is tricky for me, but  this experience has given me confidence to try it more.

Comments on the meals:  Tasty Pastries!! For morning tea.

What were your personal gains from attending the Creativity weekend?

Self – affimation/ self acceptance

Appreciate self,

Lovely connection with other women,

Comfortable and engaging atmosphere.

Early childhood professional

 

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Structured daily activities well: Good mix of meditation/talking/creativity

Relevant topics discussed: personal relevance: “Presence” Yes – focus very relevant to my whole life

Attention given to individuals in the group: Absolutely!

Facilitator demonstrated rapport and empathic understanding: Very skilled @ encouraging participants to share and connect with each other

General comments: good – found it hard to hear at times, but I am hard of hearing!

Comments on your experience of the meditation and guided visualisations:  Terrific                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Comments on your massage:  Terrific

Comments on the meals: Lovely

Comments of the sleeping arrangements: Excellent

What were your personal gains from attending the Creativity week-end?

Relaxation, sharing and connecting with others. Re-focussing on what is import in my life THANK YOU Sim!                                                                                                                                                                        

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Structured daily activities well:  Attended Sunday morning processes:                                                                                                      

Yes                                                                                                                   

Relevant topics discussed: personal relevance:  Meditation, contributing in the circle

Attention given to individuals in the group:  Yes, Balanced

Facilitator demonstrated rapport and empathic understanding: Warm, engaged, “present”, interested

General comments: A delightful interlude

Comments on your experience of the meditation and guided visualisations: Ambience great, was aware of high distractability for me.

Comments on the meals:  Morning tea was perfect

What were your personal gains from attending the Creativity week-end? Reconnection with Self and like-minded women. Allowed creative expression, something I very rarely do or feel comfortable engaging in.

 

Senior Health professional and lecturer Medicine

 

Experiences with Simonette Therapeutic Visualisations
 
I had heaps of imagery, I saw the colour orange in the palm of my hand, the colour opened up to reveal an intricate orange fruit, then it became a flower which burst forth a spray of juicet. There were heaps of jewels, emeralds, and rubies on my coat.                                  
 
SJ: A coat of white feathers, with diamonds cut into the palm of my hand, emeralds, strung along the bottom of the hem. The story of my life was written in black on the quills of the feathers. RT: Most prominent was the white embroidered satin fabric, surrounded with emerald satin ribbon. Feathers were tied to a rainbow of ribbons. Black onyx, rubies represented the pain, stitching on the hem represented the different ages. Rainbow colours all around the collar. Embroided on the back of the coat was an owl.                                       
 
AM: The symbol of a heart with rainbow colours, a heart with a nail embedded in it, there was soft and velvet textured lining. I placed the coat in a beautiful place under a canopy of trees with white flowers. When I wore the coat I felt powerful and proud, a sense of unity and justice..EJ: The fabric was golden, thick velvet, with a green tassel positioned on the front above the buttons, representing my brother. The buttons represented Mum and Dad. There were pebbles in my pockets and they represented the experiences of my childhood. The fur lining around the neck was soft (not politically correct to wear fur, but it was fur)it felt warm and represented love and happiness. The hem representing all the new things to come to my life.
 
CM: A colourful jacket with many layers to it, the layers representing different phases in my life, an owl totem on the right shoulder. The next layer representing Marriage, birth of my children, divorce, working and discovering my self in therapy. To now, the present me, colourful and alive.This Retreat is for YOU!

Structured daily activities well:  Attended Sunday morning processes:

Yes

Relevant topics discussed: personal relevance:  Meditation, contributing in the circle

Attention given to individuals in the group:  Yes, Balanced

Facilitator demonstrated rapport and empathic understanding: Warm, engaged, “present”, interested                                                        

General comments: A delightful interlude                                                

Comments on your experience of the meditation and guided visualisations: Ambience great, was aware of high distractability for me.                                                                                                                    

Comments on the meals:  Morning tea was perfect                                

What were your personal gains from attending the Creativity week-end? Reconnection with Self and like-minded women. Allowed creative expression, something I very rarely do or feel comfortable engaging in.

 

Senior Health professional and lecturer Medicine                                     Structured daily activities well:                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Relevant topics discussed: personal relevance:

Attention given to individuals in the group:

Facilitator demonstrated rapport and empathic understanding:

General comments:

Comments on your experience of the meditation and guided visualisations:

Comments on your massage:

Comments on the meals:

Comments of the sleeping arrangements:

What were your personal gains from attending the Creativity week-end?                                                                                                                    

 

RESILIENCE AND SELF CARE STRATEGIES

SEMINARS PRESENTED TO THE FOLLOWING CORPORATIONS

Corporate presentations: Facilitator Simonette Vaja

Royal Australasian college of physicians

Dental association

Avant medical legal insurers

Banking sectors CBA and NAB

Non for profit organisations -

Lion Co - Sydney Olympic ParkMP:

Crown Castle - St.Leonards, NSW

 

National Art Gallery                                                                                       

Buddhist exhibition 2000                                                                             

Workshop - Open heart (metta) meditations 80 people participated. 

 

 

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