Patricia Foster McKenley is a London based Writer, performer, creative/ICT education consultant, qualified Life Coach, workshop facilitator and certified Reiki Practitioner. She has worked for the BBC, Apples and Snakes, in UK and USA schools and with many London Libraries. She has also worked internationally in Jamaica, Gambia and in Europe.
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Anti-Bullying Week in England is from the 16th – 20th November 2015. It is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The theme this year is ‘Make a Noise about bullying’.
I am an award-winning poet, Sable Litmag Poet-in-Residence 2014-15 and a qualified holistic Coach.
For over twenty years, I have been committed to raising the self esteem and confidence of girls and young women through coaching , literacy, creativity and digital media.
I currently use my poetry film ‘Lips‘ in powerful coaching sessions and workshops to help combat the epidemic that is bullying in our society. We also explore ideas of identity.
Visit the web page to learn more about the making of the film, then scroll down to view the YouTube video: http://t.co/BKEAwu1yFQ
For coaching or workshops with girls and young women, contact Patricia Foster on YouAreYou.firstname.lastname@example.org or
News From YouAreYOU founder, Award-Winning Poet, Sable Poet-In-Residence and Holistic Life Coach Patricia Foster
I am extremely excited to share I will be one of the international facilitators and speakers at the incredible 3rd annual
Every Woman Inspired 2015 conference,
to be held in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
18 & 19 October 2015.
Tickets going fast!
‘If you are a woman living in Jamaica, The Caribbean, USA or The UK, who is looking to be inspired and empowered, why not attend this year’s event.’
Creative Education Consultant, Tutor and Holistic Coach for Sensitive, EBD (Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties) Pupils
Is your child emotionally sensitive and slightly overwhelmed by the school learning environment?
Does your child require an educator or education environment which holistically supports their emotional sensitivity?
Is your child labelled ‘shy’, ‘introverted’, ‘misunderstood’ or even ‘disruptive’?
Does your child become over stimulated and agitated by busy surroundings, preferring a calmer, relaxing, more sedate learning environment, supportive of their emotional needs?
Does your child have any unrealised creative gifts or talents and need a empathic educator to help them realise their potential?
About YouAreYOU Founder Patricia Foster
YouAreYOU founder Patricia Foster is a DBS (CRB) checked, Creative Education Consultant, Qualified Life Coach, Certified Tutor, Workshop Facilitator and Certified Reiki Healer, with over 20 years tutoring, training and mentoring experience. Patricia delivers empowering workshops and tuition through the mediums of
Patricia prides herself on the fact she has worked with young people from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of learning abilities. She is renowned for her very empathic, patient and intuitive approach to educating and promotes creative education as a tool for healing and emotional well being within a young person.
She is also Sable Litmag Poet-in-Residence, an Award-winning internationally published poet, writer, performer, trained actress and dancer, who has toured the UK, parts of Europe and Chicago.
Contact YouAreYOU for rates and a FREE consultation to discuss your child’s learning needs. YouAreYOU also works with: • Independent Schools,
• YOTs (Youth Offending Teams),
• Home Educated Pupils
and will happily come to your home/is available for home centered tuition.
Can also provide tuition via Skype for local and international pupils.
As somebody who is committed to empowering girls and young women through coaching, as well as creative, literary and holistic approaches, I have so much time for Serena Williams and her sister Venus. I would cite them as two of my favourite role models, especially when needed to counteract the sometimes negative images, representations and portrayal of women that we currently see in the media.
It is therefore very frustrating to see the unnecessary, negative press Serena and Venus sometimes receive, whilst having professional dry spells and even when they win grand slams.
As a vegan and ‘raw foodist’ myself, according to an article on ‘Examinar.com’ holisticnewsletter (http://www.examiner.com/article/serena-williams-shifts-to-raw-foods-diet-to-support-her-sister-venus), I’m aware Serena followed a raw vegan diet to support her sister Venus, who was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome, reported in the Washington Post on April 27 2013. Venus was already following a raw food diet (eating unprocessed, uncooked vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds juices and smoothies) and in solidarity with her sister, Serena became a raw vegan also.
Serena had also taken the time to heal from a recent life threatening illness herself. She has therefore been to the brink and back, overcoming adversity, personal family tragedy and negative criticism from the press to get back to what she does best; winning!
Recently, I spent an afternoon at a lovely, well respected bakery in Dulwich, south London, with a group of young ladies I had been teaching on The Virtue Programme, an education and personal development course dedicated to building confidence and self esteem into the female leaders of tomorrow. The trip was to expose them to the positive experiences they can gain and more nutritional options open to them, if they don’t choose from the popular high street fast food eateries. By the end of the programme, I could already see them acknowledging how powerful they are and what goals are possible for them to achieve!
Like Serena and Venus, these young ladies too can overcome any obstacles they are faced with, as well as override criticism and negative comments to be winners in life.
This French Open win is testimony to the fighter, determined woman and high achiever Serena Williams is!
As she begins her Wimbledon 2015 campaign, let’s hope the media focuses on how awesome and totally inspirational she is to women and hold her up as a true role model, especially to our young girls!
As individuals, we are ALL created uniquely beautiful. Some of us have gentle dispositions and are therefore misunderstood. Some of us are extremely sensitively wired and are therefore misunderstood. Some of us will NEVER fit into the mould of acceptable looks, or acceptable past times. It’s about having patience with and being accepting of others, instead of demonising them…because they are not like you!
“Speaking out against harsh, critical words may be a huge challenge.”
Some of us have not developed the communication tools to express our thoughts or feelings, so may have difficulty in responding to harsh words or criticism, or are unable to articulate the inner pain connected to these harsh words. Speaking out against harsh, critical words may be a huge challenge.
Some of us may feel unsupported, because we are unable to find the right person to express our innermost thoughts and feelings to, without the fear of our expressed feelings being thrown back in our faces.
There is a saying “hurt people hurt people”. Research has shown that those who are unhappy within, or are in pain themselves, may sometimes lash out or bully others, therefore hurting their intended target too.
I performed poetry at a recent ‘Loose Muse’ women’s writing event and a courageous young lady shared her own, deeply personal experiences of being bullied and subsequently wanting to take her own life. She mentioned also that in the area of south London where she resides, suicides among teenagers, in particular GCSE and A Level students were at a ridiculously high number. This was not just due to the pressures of life, but also about how some are made to feel by harsh comments and treatments by others.
I recently read a Facebook post, which outlined the final Tweet posted by a young man, tormented over the years about his sexuality. He was commonly referred to as “a loser, freak and fag” and used this to describe himself in his last Twitter message. He felt he had done the world an injustice and therefore took his own life.
Without the right support and understanding from others, when will people cease to remove their inner pain, torment and feelings of being misunderstood by taking their own lives?
Some of us will never be accepted, because we are moulded and act differently.
How can those of us who are emotionally stronger step in to help prevent bullying and help support and encourage those who are being bullied or misunderstood?
In my coaching, workshops, talks, as well as through my writing, I have focussed on this, as I have also been bullied and victimised by others. I therefore choose to use my art and holistic and well-being tools to help stand up to this. Writing and coaching can be useful ways to express pain, as well as feel accepted and valued within.
I am now a certified Reiki practitioner! I am thoroughly pleased, as I love the benefits of Reiki Healing, as well as delivering it. I also receive an incredible sense of wellbeing, as does the recipient. For me, and for many others, Reiki is a wonderful healing tool, especially welcome within our increasingly busy lives.
Reiki finds its origins in Japan and is a way of directing Universal Healing Energy to a client through a healer/practitioner. It has mutual, positive benefits for the client as well as the healer. It also promotes relaxation, wellbeing and reduced stress, as well as healing on many levels (emotional and physical) in recipients.
The Reiki Healing tradition was developed in Japan by Dr. Usui and allegedly brought to the West by Mrs Takata. Many Reiki practitioners and scholars have identified parallels between traditional Christian healing and Reiki. For further information about Reiki practices, visit http://www.reiki.org/
I can safely say that I have experienced many positive changes during my Reiki journey thus far. I have also received much positive and startling feedback from recipients of my Reiki healing sessions.
It is possible for you to also experience positive changes and shifts in your life!
For an increase in Wellbeing, relaxation and reduced stress, see how we can assist you. Contact Patricia at YouAreYOU for Reiki healing sessions on:
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I’m very excited to share I will be a part of the widely anticipated Family Matters Tour. I’ll be reading alongside amazing fellow writers, as well as great friends.
Please find further info below:
‘Family Matters’ is a unique showcase of true tales written and performed by four of London’s best-loved writers: Agnes Meadows, Patricia Foster, Janett Plummer and Linda Shanovitch.
Based on astonishing stories drawn from their own families, the ‘Family Matters’ show illuminates the ways in which we are all connected. It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster ride, as the cast reveal their family secrets, examining the ties that both connect and bind us.
Here are the tour dates for you:
Thursday 23 April – The REAP Centre,
5 Oakridge Road, Downham BR1 5QW, 6pm-8pm. This will be a work-in-progress rehearsed reading as part of World Book Night – previewing the full show on May 27. Free – pre-booking is not required. www.thereapcentre.com
Thursday 7 May – Riverhouse Arts Centre,
Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2PF. Performance 8pm – 10pm. £8. Box office: 01932-253-354 or buy tickets online at www.riverhousebarn.co.uk
Monday 11 May – Loose Muse Winchester
@ the Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. £5 on the door.
Thursday 21 May – Burgh House & Hampstead Museum,
New End Square, Hampstead NW3 1LT, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. £8. To book, call 020 7431 0144 or buy online @ www.burghhouse.org.uk
Wednesday 27 May – The Library @ Deptford Lounge
9 Giffin Street, London SE8 4RJ. 7pm – 9pm. Free! To book a place call the Albany Box office on 020 8692 4446
Thursday 10 June – Family Matter performance at Loose Muse @ The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX. 8.00 pm, £6.00/£5.00.
Really looking forward to meeting you on the tour.
Patricia Foster: YouAreYOU founder, Sable Poet-in-Residence, Award-Winning Writer and Performer.