Feels good to know we are through winter, and the signs of spring are all around us. This can be reflected in the picture at MISA EWNI too! There has been a lot of work and change going on behind the scenes, and after some serious ‘pruning back’ – the signs of new growth and brighter days are strong. The website redesign is complete (minor tweaks still occurring) please do take a good look and let us know how it works for you. The Croydon office has now closed and Sarah – our amazing administrator is working on a self- employed basis to help cut costs. We have also switched to a lifetime membership policy to create a feeling of inclusion among members and to reduce hours spent on following up renewals.
We have also offered free places to people supporting refugee children and families on recent trainings. We know what a difference the programme can make to people who are suffering. More news on this to follow.
Included in this newsletter are articles from Justine Merton who survived the terrorist attacks in Paris and has renewed her desire to work with MISP- an incredible account also an update from MISP in Tanzania and MISP Trainers Training in Thailand.
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Thanks so much for continuing to support the essential work of spreading connection, inclusion, compassion through respectful touch
Kate Norfolk, MISA Chair & Director
To refresh or not
On November 13th last year my fiancé and I were upstairs on the balcony at Le Bataclan enjoying a gig by ‘The Eagles of Death Metal’ when the venue was attacked by terrorists. We were extremely fortunate and managed to escape via a hatch in the ceiling onto the roof and then into an apartment at the top of the building where we hid, along with others, for the next three hours until we were found by armed police. We saw the worst of humanity that night but we also saw the best – acts of kindness & compassion to complete strangers, without which we might not have survived.
Since that night I have been horrified and upset by the way in which the events have been used to whip up an atmosphere of distrust, suspicion and hatred. I feel that I owe it to the memory of those who died that night to promote a positive message of hope and love; to show that we aren’t defeated or afraid.
That, for me, is where MISP comes in. I originally did the training back in 2012 but, due to personal circumstances, hadn’t implemented it; however, its philosophy of using nurturing touch to promote values of respect, empathy & connection seems more important now than ever before. MISP may not be the panacea to all our ills but it certainly seems a good starting point to me and so I have returned to the MISA family with a renewed sense of passion and commitment.
As Robert F Kennedy said: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Every child we teach as MISP instructors is another tiny ripple of hope sent forth into the world. Together we can make the difference and bring those walls of fear and hatred crashing down.
Justine Merton, MISP Instructor.
Update from Tanzania, East Africa
Like many other natural healing alternatives, MISP integrates well into an overall wellness plan that might include various benefits for children and their family.
I continued running training sessions at schools and at private venues for groups of mothers.
It’s been an interesting experience to see how mothers and children found a new way of bonding together and spending quality time together.
I also trained a group of teachers in Myworld preschool. This wasn’t only beneficial to the team as a bonding or ice breaking activity but also laid a path for the children to experience positive touch in their little time they spend at school.
Thank you to the MISP team. Sakina Teja, MISP Instructor based in Tanzania.
Trainers Training in Thailand October 2015
In October Carol Trower (MISA EWNI Director and International President) and I had the pleasure of joining the international training of trainers in Bangkok Thailand. We were supporting the intensive week as Trainer Advisors and have continued to support several of the trainees through the next stages of the process. All in all there were 12 trainees from 4 different continents – and a real feeling of MISP spreading globally. It was a wonderful week – to actually spend some face to face time together and of course share respectful touch. There are amazing things happening all over the world and the MISP family is growing at a pace. The International board are about to release a newsletter and we will make that available on our website.
Kate Norfolk, MISP Trainer, MISA Chair & Director.
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