Spring to Life is a small company of professionals offering an outreach service for improving well-being to people of all ages, all walks of life, and their communities. We are:
Philippa Allenby – Director
Liz Wright – Director
Liz Wright has a background in teaching music to children especially young ones, which has given her an added interest in movement and dance. From there she studied Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K), a systematic process of redressing energy imbalances within the body, particularly those associated with emotional stress. She has created a programme based on an Edu-K Three Dimensional Balance that also incorporates some yoga, reflex work and visualisation. It is called Gentle Gym as it accommodates people with frailties and movement restrictions as well as those who can move around freely.
Liz has found the natural outdoors is a great place for learning through movement and spends much of her time running outdoor well-being sessions and family learning sessions with Highbury Orchard Community CIC, where she is a director.
Felipe Molina – Director
Felipe Molina is a practitioner within our eco-therapy programme, a Reading for Well-being practitioner and a project coordinator. He believes that people can find much personal healing through contact with nature in its many forms. With a strong interest in the new field of ecopsychology and ecotherapy, Felipe believes in the interrelationship between personal and planetary healing. His professional background is psychology and particularly psycho-social therapy and has worked in mental health for over 15 years, in a wide range of settings. His other interest is in community well-being and resilience. He has been involved in the development of Food Forest Brum and Mother Gardens projects. Outside of Spring to Life he is involved in Kushinga Community Garden – working with refugees and migrants growing food and connecting with local communities.
Dawn Theophilus – Director
Dawn is an integrative counsellor with a background in nursing. She adopts a ‘one size does not fit all’ approach and as such uses several models of therapy enabling adaptation to client’s specific needs, uniqueness and individuality. Dawn works with a wide variety of issues ranging from every day stresses to more complex issues. She works in several settings including GP surgeries and runs her own private practice. Her passion is people! Her aims are to enable people to grow, gain self-awareness, to empower people to become free to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
Fiona is a qualified counsellor who has been practicing for several years, and is currently working in a G.P. setting. She believes that sometimes, life can throw us challenges we had not anticipated, and at times like this, counselling can be a source of help. She aims to work with you in a secure and non-judgemental way to facilitate resolution to the issues you are dealing with. She collaborates with clients to set realistic goals about what can be achieved in counselling, and explore this in your time together. Fiona has worked with clients on a diverse range of issues including cross-cultural/racial and ethnic minority awareness, spirituality, work-related stress, anxiety, PTSD, domestic violence, sexual abuse, miscarriage and abortion, self-esteem, relationships, gender and identity.
Roland is hands on body worker and uses the Bowen technique and massage therapy. He uses a series of soft rolling type movements on precise areas of the body to trigger the body to repair, reset and rebalance itself to bring relaxation and wellbeing. He is also a fully qualified fitness instructor so can also offer gentle exercise sessions to compliment the body work.
Kurly is a 3 time shortlisted Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist – an active performance poet and rapper specialising in helping to develop self confidence, emotional literacy and reading skills. He has been a mentor and an English Teacher at a Pupil Referral Unit in Birmingham and now mainly works (freelances) in schools and various community organisations throughout the U.K.
Gillian has practiced as an artist and art therapist for over 25 years. She has offered ‘Art for Wellbeing’ sessions with Spring to Life since 2015 and enjoys working with individuals as well as small groups. Image ‘language’ comes before verbal language. Play, metaphoric and symbolic thinking are universal human behaviours which can be utilised as powerful problem solving strategies. Experimentation with art materials can help improve self-esteem and enable people to find new ways to express themselves and tell their stories. Art making can also help people to ‘stand back’ from and learn new ways to deal with challenging feelings. Emotional intelligence is about neither having to deny feelings or be overwhelmed by them.
“All art is the process of looking in and looking out.”
Roger Ackling (Artist)
Gillian is Co-Founder of Lever Arts a Birmingham based arts organisation which seeks to work soulfully with materials, people and places.
Lynda is an existential therapist which, in very brief terms means that she can assist with making sense of difficulties that we as humans face by mere nature of being alive. She understand that at times people need help to make sense of their reality by taking stock of their current position. Although her approach to therapy is philosophical, Lynda will walk with you on the most difficult stretch of your journey in an empathic, confidential, congruent and non-judgemental way. Lynda also has a passion for life so facilitates activities such as yoga, tai chi, salsa and activities that promote environmental sustainability and protection. Another passion is vegan cooking and she has established a project called Vegan Vybes, aiming to support local growers’ and share the creativity of this particularly vibrant and healthy cuisine. Ultimately, her road ahead appears to be an amalgamation of the two very powerful and beautiful mediums, that bring people together in a very healing way.
Jaci is passionate about working with individuals and with groups to improve their health and wellbeing. Believing there is a dynamic interplay between healing the body and healing the mind, she works intuitively to combine aspects of both for maximum impact. A qualified Dru yoga teacher, aromatherapist and massage therapist and meditation teacher, Jaci previously worked as a nursefor 15 years. With over 30 years’ experience in conflict resolution and group dynamics, she is also a mediator, group facilitator and trainer in communication skills.
Initially seeing them as separate aspects of her work, personal and professional experience has led her to integrate them in the workshops and sessions she provides and to encourage participants to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and to recognise the impact of their choices.
Relevant website: https://druyoga.com/yoga/what-is-dru-yoga
Amelia trained as a dancer before completing her Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP). Since then she has worked nationally and internationally with a wide range of clientgroups. Amelia’s approach draws from a variety of art forms alongside movement to initiate connections between the mind and the body. She enjoys spreading joythrough her work and helping individuals realise their creative potential.
For more information go to www.ameliasommers.com.
Calvert Lawson is a Midlands-based musician, youth worker and African percussionist. He is of Jamaican origin, enjoys working with young people and is experienced in working with challenging behaviours and special needs. He has delivered African drumming workshops for around 18 years in schools, at community events and at public gatherings and has worked as drum facilitator for a local authority in Wolverhampton for the last 8 years.
For more information go to: www.kalillodrumming.co.uk