Into the Future - Healing Life with Therapeutic Touch|
Dr Chery Ann Hoffmeyer PhD RN
Diane May RN
Reflections on the TT Advanced Workshop and Conference by Jane Hall
The Brahma Kumaris Centre had a wonderful ambiance. The energies which are finely
tuned by the constant processes of meditation, and the emphasis on compassion and
peace upheld our workshops and conference. It was like being 'at home in TT',
we almost seemed to float on bed of supportive energies. Several people
suggested that this would be a wonderful venue to have an ongoing retreat - perhaps
an Australian Indralya!!|
What a great time we had with Chery Ann Hoffmeyer - she not only presented
Advanced Therapeutic Touch, she embodied it. The main focus of advanced level course
was the deepening of our practice and our lives. Chery Ann guided us through the
Deep Dee process in a 'simple' easy and elegant approach of asking questions as we
encountered the field going deeper, being open, allowing the answers to flow back to
us at the appropriate time. Chery Ann encouraged in us an attitude of curiosity,
and demonstrated how to continually stay on center, alert and aware while going
deeper and deeper. She reminded us of Dee's words that 'TT is not for Sissie's'
it takes courage to engage with ourselves and others at that level. We explored
research and theoretical bases of TT and any number of issues and questions that
arose during the 2 days.
As for Diane May's Intermediate workshop - someone who participated must write in
more detail of those delights - the participants I spoke to were ecstatic.
During the Conference both Chery Ann and Diane May presented a wonderful approach to
TT which was true to our inheritance from Dee and Dora yet open and flowing, allowing
room for changes and shifts in consciousness and awareness. They demonstrated how
the core processes of centering, assessment, rebalancing and evaluation, combined
with compassion and the clear intent to work within the TT framework can accommodate
the use of modalities such as sound, as well as other modalities. Chery Ann emphasised
the value of reflection and journaling of TT practice and any other modalities we may use.
She presented her approach of keeping a separate journal for each modality, then focusing
on one or the other over a period of time.
We all felt the new energy and life which has flowed into Therapeutic Touch internationally
and nationally. It's as though we have shifted gear, and with Dee's blessing - she sent a
signed copy of her book 'Living the Therapeutic Touch' and messages of support and love.
Let's take this wonderful energy and run with it into the following 3 years until our next
Therapeutic Touch - Retreats
Retreats offer us time out to care for ourselves, deepen our Therapeutic Touch practice and share with each other.
There are opportunities to take quiet time out alone, to give and receive Therapeutic Touch, and share the energy
of the group during workshops.|
"Retreat at the beach"|
Retreat 2017 - Portsea, Victoria
The inspirational Diane May, RN. was our International Guest Speaker presenting
"Healing Presence to Healing Moment".
Jane Hall presented "Connecting to the Quantum Fields: TT and Distance Healing".
Lainie Rawlins facilitated a mindfulness art project starting with a meditation,
collecting 'gifts' from the beach and producing a take home 'moment in a jar'
Margaret Graham guided us through meditation.
"Exploring TT from an Australian Consciousness"|
Retreat 2015 - Northern Territory
"On Sunday we drove out into the National Park area of the N'Dahla Gorge, over
river ways and creek beds and through just stunning countryside, and high rock faces, the colours
were incredible and our photos don't do the area justice. The walk into
the Gorge was absolutely incredible and again profound healing and
release work was felt by all, the connection to the land was so powerful
and beautiful. The walk was so fantastic and the wildlife so wonderful,
the rock faces were amazing, and some beautiful visions and healing
was presented to us. This was a fantastic morning".|
"Three weeks after our return from Alice Springs, Gerry (Milton) confirmed, 'life is getting back to
normal'. I agreed - but then reflected: life was indeed returning to 'normal', but for me, it would
never be the same".|
"Despite this return of 'normal' back in Melbourne, remnants of the
retreat remain. A few specks of bark, 3 miniscule gum nuts, and a tiny
stone continue to catch my sight and tempt my touch, and the beating
heart of the land that made them (country) seems to beat within me. I feel I share their energy, and
having been to 'their place' - they share mine. And I am not the 'same' as I was before I stepped off
the plane and into the ranges and gorges of Alice's immense, golden arms. I set off as tourist but
was embraced by country as having come home".
"I had a fabulous time at Ross River on the TT retreat. There were places and
experiences that I found to be really extraordinary, such as feeling a profound
connection to the land, and sensing a powerful energy from the trees, rocks and
spaces in the environment. It was great to be able to share such a space with
everyone in the group. We also had a lot of fun! Thank you Sue for sharing your wisdom,
and arranging this, and thanks to Jane and Marg who together with Sue,
Gary and Bruce, made it happen."|
"The common theme of our conversation was the importance of being centered, grounded and
present in the heart. And then, suddenly, we realized. Here we were, right now, in this very moment,
in the centre of the country, grounded in this tiny cave, and in the very heart of the land. Our
intent had manifested for our group in the reality of the environment we were in.|
There was a feeling of having received a TT treatment, not from each other, but from the very land
The power of the desert had bestowed a special gift to renew our spirits, the spirit of our TT Practice,
and the spirit of TTAA."
The above reflections are exerts taken from TTAA's newsletter, TT Vibes Spring 2105 edition.|
"Taking a moment to pause, reflect & rest before Winter sets in..."
TTAA's biannual retreat in 2014 was held in coastal Balnarring Beach at Victoria's
beautiful and diverse Mornington Peninsula.|
The Committee opted for a three-day retreat this year, given the resounding
feedback from the last retreat about taking our time and having the option of enjoying a
longer time away from our respective "dailies".
Each day offered meditations, opportunities to share Therapeutic Touch, and time for self.|
Day 1 included Complementary Therapies with Jenny Cameron, Bio feedback with Gerry Milton,
Mindfulness with Jane Hall and Art therapy with Maria Cincotta.
Day 2 offered Aboriginal bush teachings and learning with Sue Gregory,
Munay Ki with Gerry Milton and Virginia Kingsford, and chanting with Steve and Jan.
Day 3 included 'Divine Healing Hands' with Trevor Allan, a link up with Diane May in Canada
and a spoon bending session.
"A Therapeutic Moment in Time: Nurturing the Healer Within"
There were several labyrinths to explore during the retreat.The outside labyrinth enabled a
journey to the centre of oneself in the midst of nature.|
Candle rolling was another activity. We rolled our intention
for the retreat into plain beeswax candles. These were then lit from a candle carrying
the energy of past TT conferences and retreats from within Australia and Internationally.|
"Stepping into the stillness - with Therapeutic Touch"
Reflections of the 2009 Retreat
"A special weekend sharing with people of like minds in a wonderful peaceful environment.
The energetic experience was very powerful and one felt oneself being in a very different
compassionate space as we participated in the activities and shared TT and other healing
"This weekend came at a time where I really needed to take care of myself and reflect.
I have come away with some clear directions of where I need to go/what I need to do on leaving.
I enjoyed the diversity of modalities, as well as the TT and the willingness of all to share
knowledge, Skills, thoughts and inner being. Thank you."
"Wonderful, inspiring and reenergising my love of TT."
"The retreat provided me with a safe, nurturing environment in which to explore and validate
my spirituality. The team of TT practitioners have been wonderfully supportive. I now have the
confidence (through affirmation) to pursue understanding my gift."
"The retreat has been a great heart connection, a reminder of just how precious TT and its
message is for this day and age. This is what we need to tend our souls and psyche and our
bodies. This is what we need to help us correct all that is."