NEWS & EVENTS

This section keeps you up-to-date with the latest developments in Beyond Recovery’s work , in addition to giving you the chance to take advantage of the full range of courses, talks we offer, including our famous MindSpa experiences — a three day wellbeing and resilience retreat.

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NEWS

Although Beyond Recovery was only founded in 2014, we have already developed a wide range of work inside and outside of the criminal justice system and developed dozens of individuals committed to change society.

Keep up with our latest developments in the NEWS section.

EVENTS

Beyond Recovery is passionate about people seeing the infinite potential of themselves and taking inspired action for societal change. Why not get involved in our Wisdom Entrepreneurs or MindSpa programmes.

See the next course or event in our EVENTS section.

VLOG

Our founder, Jacqueline Hollows, regularly shares updates and key learning in a series of video newsletters. Follow the link below to get a unique insight into Beyond Recovery’s work.

See the latest newsletter in our VLOG section.

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5 days ago

Beyond Recovery Journal

Final day of the Understanding Human Mind conference in Bucharest. Alfie Chambers and I opened the day sharing a sweet conversation with the audience. We talked about hope and love and freedom and how we are already all the things we want to be. And how anyone can be trapped in the prison of their mind. The feeling was deep and the people moved as they recognised themselves in our sharing. The standing ovation we received was to me, a reflection of our connectedness and the fact that the people saw the truth of themselves and the hope for humanity.

Personally it was a joy to share with Alfie, always so deep, so real and so humble. I could have listened to him all day. Also a milestone for Beyond Recovery, my first memory of Alfie is 3 years ago. “Oh my God” Alfie said. We were sat in the big group room in Healthcare at HMP Onley. A quiet room, away from the noise of the wings where all the men live and work. Used as a therapy room, it was furnished with blue comfortable chairs and small wooden coffee tables. The water heater on the wall in the small kitchenette bubbled away keeping water hot for our tea breaks. The morning light poured in through the barred windows shining on the blue pen top on the floor in the space between us, as I stood at the flip chart, green marker pen in hand. Dressed in my navy work polo shirt and dark trousers with the obligatory key and radio belt hanging heavy on my hips, my red hair tied back as relief against the humidity of a room with 15 prisoners and 4 staff. I felt self conscious at the interruption. “What is it?” I said. And then I realised. Alfie had had an insight. It was the most evident realisation I had witnessed at that point in my teaching and I remember how he literally lit up from within. His eyes were shining, his face glowing. A fire started in his mind that poured its light into the room.

Fast forward 3 years and here he is. In Bucharest. Addiction free, physically and psychologically free, contented, generous, kind and loving and sharing with an audience of 100 as if he was born to it.

Grateful does not do my feeling justice. Thank you Mr Sydney Banks.
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6 days ago

Beyond Recovery Journal

Much love and connection in the room on the first day of the Understanding Human Mind conference in Bucharest. The speakers all shared from the heart and were kicked off beautifully by Dr Bill Petit, who made our hearts swell with hope and gratitude for life.

Favourite quote:
“we are not alive, we are life” Martin Jotov

The day was wonderfully rounded up by a Lomi Lomi massage to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary, I love you and our wonderful adventures my darling Rob Hollows
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7 days ago

Beyond Recovery Journal

A great start to the Understanding Human Mind 2019 Bucharest! Photos are a snapshot of old and new. Gorgeous speakers meal hosted by the graceful Loredana Popasav. I sat next to Bill Petit who entertained us with stories of transformation and times with Syd Banks.

#grateful #freedom
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1 week ago

Beyond Recovery Journal

Some moments burn an image into your mind so divine that they scorch.

Before I tell you about that let me give you some context. We met GG on the 4th March 2019 in one of our Beyond Recovery groups in HMP Nottingham. He never spoke a word for the first three days. Apart from his name. Slim as a rake and very contained in his grey prison clothes he sat still in his chair with his head bent so much his chin was on his chest. But he listened. He really did. In the second group he did he actually spoke. When asked he would answer and his answers proved he was listening.

He kept turning up, each time, he stood a little taller, he shared a little more. I noticed his bright blue eyes and the way his mouth would occasionally turn up ever so slightly at the corners with the most fleeting of smiles. Aged 21 GG has been in care since the age of 5 and in a number of prisons since the age of 15. An angry unhappy young man, he would get into trouble and fight all the time. A bad record in prison for smashing up his cell and for inappropriate behaviour, he had many security ‘marks’ as someone who was a danger. By the third group he had got himself onto a business studies course in Education, suddenly determined to ‘turn my life around, I’m still young, I can get a job and have a family’.

By group five GG was stopping behind to tidy up and participating in small spurts in group, they way he described thought one day had another man gain a huge insight into his own problems. GG landed a job on the wing with the substance misuse team and is now looking after the group room and responsible for taking the names and details of other prisoners who want to do our group.

A couple of weeks ago I took him to the resettlement day with me. He talked, briefly, to anyone who came to our stall and declared sincerely to me that “I’ve thought long and hard and all I want to do is help others”. I introduced him to the music man who comes onto the wing once a week to teach the guys music, writing lyrics and the technical side of music. “Might be interesting for you GG” I said. This week I learned he had signed up and started to learn to play guitar.

GG and the music teacher came to borrow the computer in the office that I’m working in with my colleague, Dani. Apparently GG is learning so fast he has already covered all the material they have so they needed to download more. Once they had left the room, I finished off my work and decided to head over to the staff mess to get coffees “I will be back in a minute” I said. I was standing on the landing on the second floor of block D in the prison. Freshly painted light blue walls and grey doors, the area looked bright and cheery. About the size of a football pitch with a big square cut out of the middle, the area serves as a hallway to the offices, toilets, kitchen, interview room and group room. The cut out square has railings all the way round and looks down onto the first floor where the meal server and front gates stand still and functional in their metal and steel. The place seemed eerie with most prisoners out at work or locked behind their doors. Along the walls new signage and inspirational posters hang proudly. At one end of the landing the big iron double gates, securely locked, guard entry to the rest of the wing, and an abandoned vacuum lies curled up in the corner. At the opposite end of the landing, two double seater blue sofas sit underneath the windows with a small coffee table in between where a crumpled biscuit wrapper lies next to an empty coffee cup. GG is sitting on the sofa, his blue Beyond T shirt emphasising his blue eyes and at odds with his grey prison sweat pants and brown boots. His blonde head is bowed in deep concentration at the acoustic guitar between his slim hands. His tutor sits next to him also in deep concentration, hands ready to demonstrate the next chords on his matching guitar. The late afternoon sun pours through the barred windows creating a gentle glow around both men and my heart fills with a sweet and sour joy. “OK” says Dani as the door clicks behind me.
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Every day love. I went to the garden centre and bought a hanging basket and a twig trellis. When I got home I found that just 30 mins previously my husband had been in the same garden centre and bought exactly the same hanging basket and trellis. We had not planned to buy these or discussed it.
Love bonds Rob Hollows

#saturday #love #garden
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TESTIMONIALS

What I love most about Jacqueline is her unwavering passion and enthusiasm for the work she does and the people she works with. Jacqueline is dedicated to supporting not just the vulnerable but anyone who walks into her life. She’s a very genuine, very warm lovely woman and I’ve learnt so much about myself, about business and about working with others through working with Jacqueline.

Anna Debenham

Three Principles Coach/Trainer

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I have worked with Jacqueline as a facilitator on the training we do in Prison in Onley, Rugby. I have loved working alongside Jacqueline, she has a wonderful ‘can-do’ attitude which is infectious. She encourages and develops us. Her work has had amazing effects on the prisoners and the staff and many of the staff already comment how much positive effect the work has had on the prisoners and their attitude day to day.

Susan Marmot

Three Principles Practitioner

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Beyond Recovery are revolutionising the way we understand and treat addiction and mental health. I can’t say enough good things about the incredible work they are doing, and this is just the beginning! Jacqueline is an inspiration. I am proud to be associated with Beyond Recovery and it is a delight and a privilege to work with her.

Paul Lock

Founder, Innate Thought

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