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with love.


It’s all happening in 2019!

Hello dear friends,

It’s lovely to be in touch again.
I do hope you are keeping warm and well.

With the windy weather we’ve been having, Rumi’s words came to mind. He said “forget not that the wind longs to play with your hair”. Up here on the Blackdown Hills the wind is way more playful, I felt jet propelled across the fields this morning. I barely kept up with myself!

I had aimed to get in touch 4 or 5 weeks ago, but due to the poorliness of my very dear old dad, all my doing was put on hold. Sadly my dad has now passed on, or as dad would have warmly put it, he has met his thermodynamic equilibrium!
(as a scientist, dad connected deeply with quantum physics) x

So now after a pause, I’m gently moving forwards again.
Practicing self care, through my TRE, Yoga and Meditation has enabled me to be comfortable with the meeting of ‘all this’. It has been a blessing.
And as dad said after each visit to his bedside…” go off and enjoy yourself”….so with his guidance and encouragement… I will. x

Happily there’s lots new to share in 2019.

Filming a Short Documentary on TRE

I’m delighted that BBC Television Producer Ian Potts has kindly offered to film a short documentary on TRE with me. Ian and his wife Jill experienced the alchemy of TRE during our Mallorcan retreat. If you would like to share your TRE story on how TRE has supported your healing journey and be part of this documentary, please do get in touch. Ian will be aiming to shoot this in the early part of 2019.

8 week Supervised MBSR Mindfulness Course Beginning in January 2019

I have been expanding my own personal mindfulness practice over the past years and am deeply nourished by this practice as I follow the Teacher Training pathway via Bangor University in MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. This course follows the highly effective, robustly researched and endorsed programme developed by Dr Jon Kabat Zinn and David Williams of Oxford University. I’m so excited to be sharing this with you.

As my course is leading to an MA in MBSR, my journey as a teacher is being mentored and supervised. Although I have been teaching meditation for some years, my first 8 week MBSR course will be….well…my first!

So as a fledgling MBSR ‘teacher in training’. I would like to invite those who are interested in developing a mindfulness practice and who have experienced my way of teaching, maybe through past workshops, retreats or classes to get in touch if you’d like to attend the course. All I request is a donation to cover the room hire and course material…. And most importantly your commitment to ‘yourself’ to attend every week for 8 weeks plus an 1 day silent retreat which is part of this course.
The course will be held in Exeter at Exeter Natural Health Centre on Tuesday afternoons between 12.00 and 14.00 starting on Tuesday 22nd January.

**Mindfulness Orientation and Taster Experience

15th January 12.00 – 14.00

If you are curious about joining the 8 week MBSR Course you are invited to come to a 2 hour taster to really understand what the MBSR course involves in terms of your time and your commitment. It is a wonderful course that offers you a new way of meeting the world but it begins with your commitment to yourself.

More Weekend Residential Retreats – Just love them too. x

Join me at the stunning Sharpham House Estate

for an Early Spring Retreat of Gentle Yoga and Meditation
Although we have the whole of Sharpham house to ourselves, I’m keeping numbers small, to a maximum of 14 so that we can enjoy space and calm.

Weekend Retreat 1st – 3rd March 2019

Or for a summer retreat weekend at the special sanctuary of East Down from 12th – 14th July. Release Relax Renew.

Events so far for 2019

  • Saturday January 12th 14.00 -17.00 Shake it off TRE WorkshopTension Release Exercises
    Lotus Loft Exeter
  • **Tuesday 15th January 12.00 – 14.00 Mindfulness Introduction and Taster Experience
  • Tuesday’s from 22nd January **MBSR 8 week Course Exeter 12.00 – 14.00
  • Saturday 9th February 14.00-17.00 Mindful Yoga Mindful Meditation Workshop – Lotus Loft Exeter
  • Friday 1st -Sunday 3rd March – A Weekend of Self Kindness

Sharpham House
Gentle Yoga and Meditation Weekend Retreat

TRE Module One Training Course Bristol I am an assisting tutor on this training. If you are interested please contact

Saturday 30th March Workshop at the Lotus Loft Yoga Nidra for Managing Pain 14.00 – 17.00.

As always there’s Weekly Gentle Neurogenic Yoga Classes
Starting again in the New year from 7th January

And I’d love you to see you there:
Exeter Natural Health Centre for my weekly Neurogenic Yoga Class followed by relaxing into a Yoga Nidra guided relaxation. Tuesdays 17.30 to 19.15.
And in Topsham at the Estuary Clinic Monday’s from 12.30 until 14.00.
Presently Topsham classes are full.
Click for more about Neurogenic Yoga

May you be well, May you find ease, May you be healthy.

Wishing you the best of times for 2019
With love

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Mindful Yoga, Mindful Meditation Workshop

Mindful Yoga, Mindful Meditation Workshop

The Lotus Loft Yoga Studio

February 9th 2019

2.00 – 5.00pm

In order to balance our never ending ‘to do’s’

Let’s turn towards our ‘to be’ list

This workshop explores the space of ‘being presence’ in each moment.

I invite you to meet and experience yourself and yoga in this place of mindful presence.

We will meet stillness, movement and meditation through the gentle lens of mindfulness.

£30 Booking essential.

Contact Jo on 07714253992 or

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TRE Workshop

Shake it off Naturally!

TRE Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises


With Jo Hamilton


Saturday 12th January 2019

2.00 – 5.00pm

The Lotus Loft Yoga Studio

Top Floor, Southernhay East, (corner of Barnfield Rd), Exeter, EX1 1QP

Come and learn how to release deeply held tension, safely comfortably and with ease.

  • Healing Trauma
  • Both Physical and Emotional (without having to talk about it!)
  • Releasing Stress
  • Reclaiming Health

Learn how to reactivate your instinctive tremor mechanism and feel the release!…not just for a day but every day.

Jo will be introducing you to TRE through simple easy to do exercises that re-activate our instinctive tremor mechanism. This is natural, accurate and deeply restorative. When we activate the tremors in this relaxed calm way, it  makes our journey to balance and emotional release enjoyable and relaxing. It is typically described a pleasurable relaxing, some say meditative experience as we trust in our bodies deeper visceral intelligence to restore us…and it will.

We will complete the afternoon melting  into a nourishing guided relaxation in the form of Yoga Nidra.

£35.00 booking essential

Contact Jo Hamilton on 07714253992 email:

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It’s all about feeling better Newsletter May 2018

An Audience With His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Hello dear friends,

So good to catch up with you again. I trust that life is treating you well.

Just enjoyed an outdoor savasana…relaxing into comforting scented grass…yum! ….and looking up to the blue skies saw the swallows return. Summers arrived!

I’m feeling truly grateful right now and delighted to share some wonderful news.

I’ve been juggling a few elements this year, and so far I’m delighted to say I can put one of the balls down! Negotiating for my darling son Matthew’s final year at his very special college has been truly challenging. Yet today I had confirmation that Matthew will be funded for his final year……This is huge and wonderful and amazing. THANK YOU LIFE…and Devon County Council!

Another dream came true for Matt and I this year. We had an audience with His Holiness The Dalai Lama!

My trip to India with Matthew was rich and beautiful, it was moving in every expression of the word. From the times when Matt shone with his open celebration of life through times when his light was eclipsed by autistic discomforts… both lifted love to a new place.

Our trip was life changing. Having with us the amazing community of folks who shared our India retreat with such generosity of spirit, and then to have an experience that will remain with Matthew and me always. We were blessed with an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. To be met with his extraordinary pure love, tenderness and deep understanding was nourishment for the heart.

So here’s to sharing more times with you as we head into the summer.

Join me for a breather

The June retreat is FULL and I’m looking forward to meeting some of you there.x 

BUT Wheee!  There’s space on the September weekend retreat 7th – 9th!

And some spaces left if you’d like to join me and the lovely Raki Lyons for a week in the sun at La Serrania Mallorca 29th September – 6th October. This is an opportunity to feel truly pampered in one of the worlds top retreats. Featured in Condé Nast Traveller, Harpers & Queen 100 Best spas.

For more information about this retreat please click La Serrania Retreat Mallorca

And for Devon click Release Relax Renew Retreats.

Or..  join me at my Weekly Neurogenic Yoga Classes – Yoga and Shake


 Exeter Natural Health Centre for my weekly Neurogenic Yoga Class followed by relaxing into a Yoga Nidra guided relaxation. Tuesdays 17.30 to 19.15.

And in Topsham at the Estuary Clinic  Monday’s from 12.30 until 14.00. Booking is essential due to limited places.

Oh…and REALLY IMPORTANT.. I THINK...duh! (not being a techy) on the subject of subscribing to my newsletters…..I have a feeling with the new law you may have to subscribe again if you’d like to continue to receive them…I’d love to stay in touch with you.

I aim to keep my newsletters to only 3 or 4 a year, so phew to that!

Hope to see you soon

Wishing you warmth and moments of pause.

With love



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Bay FM Radio Interview


Bay FM Radio Interview

Just had a great experience being interviewed on radio! I was invited to talk about TRE and Trauma Release on BayFm Radio in Devon with Howard James. If you’d like to know more about TRE and Shaking it off Naturally, you can listen to the interview here.

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