Alice Beese now fully qualified holistic massage therapist working from BS9 in Bristol.Read More
Just got back from a brilliant two week trip visiting friends in Boulder, Colorado and Ojai through to San Diego California via Joshua Tree and The Grand Canyon.
two days in Boulder with old friends from Unreasonable including a stunning hike to the Rocky Mountain National Park for some cold brews.
road biking; climbing up into the hills inland of Ojai until we ran out of water and were refreshed with delicious fresh orange juice from the pixie warehouse at the bottom.
yoga with Molly at Peak Power yoga.
surfing at C street on some boards lent to us by our good friend Chipper bro Bell who was retiring from 25 years on the front desk at Patagonia HQ in Ventura. and briefly meeting Yvon Chouinard was cool!
seeing the success of our friends sunglasses company Goodr going super well.
Joshua Tree National park. Spikey. warm. amazing climbing. went for a few walks scrambling up some killer rocks.
renting a van and driving 8 hours each way to see the deepest canyon on the planet. The best Christmas gift. such beauty, scale, magnitude, history, depth, colour. it was freezing though and snowed on Christmas - chilly to be cooking outside.
Back in Bristol to see in the New Year.
After a year of study, milestone assignments, case studies and over 100 hours of practice - I qualified in massage! I now have the best qualification in the UK - Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage, Physiology and Pathology from the prestigious Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork.
Monday night massage here in Bristol for £45.00 an hour. I’ll carry on working full time at Common Seas, and hope to create a 1:1 model with the massage business so that when you book one you pay it forward to someone less fortunate - undecided whether this group will be refugees, vulnerable women, homeless or another local organisation.
My new website is massagewithalice.com for those wanting more information.
I had the best two days with friends and family from far and wide, back in my home country Pembrokeshire celebrating the big birthday!
Saturday: Oakwood theme park - was always a good fall back option for Birthdays back in the day or a rainy day treat once a year.
Fish and chips. classic.
Masked ball party on Saturday night.
Sunday: Playing in the sea for ages at Whitesands - one of the beaches of my childhood, also where I skinny dipped on our wedding morning and lifeguarded as a teenager.
Just got back on Thursday night from a fantastic few days in the Swiss mountains in Klosters.
The Common Seas team were delivering four workshops at The Klosters Forum - an annual environmental conference to promote collaborations with the hope of accelerating and sparking new initiatives. This year it was all about... Ocean Plastic!
My role was booking all the team travel from door to door, preparing the workshop materials including worksheets and moderator notes, supporting the team to facilitate their sessions, moderating the groups, working with the event production team on set up and much more.
Got back to Bristol and straight into my Anatomy, Physiology and pathology class at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork - so spent all day yesterday learning about the respiratory and digestive system. Today we practised massage to aid both breathing and digestion so that was fun!
Spent 3 nights and four days with my fellow massage students! We did a lot of learning and massage but also found time to swim in this river at least once a day, went for a run, danced lindyhop and salsa, ate amazing food. Such a great course.
My oldest Do Lectures T shirt has 2008 on it. And I'm excited to have gotten to be invited to the tenth Do Lectures. I've volunteered at over 6 of the events, produced two of them in 2014 and 2015 at Campovida, USA and actually spoke in 2013 too about our 2,500 mile bike ride down the west coast of the states.
Anyway... was great to be back and see many old faces who I love dearly.
And in return for getting to be at the tenth anniversary? I massaged everyone - well it certainly felt like it had been everyone when Sunday night rolled around! 23 massages in a few days - I was so wiped out! But what a cool way to give back to the event that has been such a huge part of my life and created so many life changing moments. It makes me so full up and happy inside to be a part of The Do.
Started my new job last week with Common Seas full time in Bristol working with an amazing lady called Jo Royle.
Jo Royle has over 15 years experience spearheading global marine programs and sailing ventures through identifying critical marine issues, aligning senior experts and engineering solutions to reduce human impact on the sea. She founded Common Seas to design out marine plastic pollution and to enable fully documented fisheries.
Jo led The Pew Charitable Trusts, Global Ocean Legacy campaign; securing the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve. A recognised ocean sailing skipper, she worked with a team to design and build the Plastiki - a 60-foot catamaran made out of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, which she skippered across the Pacific, drawing global media attention to plastic pollution in the ocean. As well as working Nike, Hewlett-Packard, L'Oreal and Inmarsat, her work has been featured in the BBC, National Geographic, Vogue, Time and TEDx. Jo was awarded the Geddes Environmental Medal and holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Society from University College London.
Common Seas gets out there to discover and explore challenges facing people and the sea. We spot the issues and align experts to engineer systems, products and policies that improve social and economic value, whilst creating a resilient ocean.
So, this is Adam, he's the in house guy at The Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork to help us learn all the bones in the body. My massage course is going well. It's a 11 month long Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage and I'm about half way there. We're meeting every month atBCMB to learn from our tutors and then over the month in between each gathering we practice a lot - and study, write our milestone assignments and submit our Anatomy, Pathology and Physiology homework. It's good to be learning again - and with so much variety in what we've been learning about. Next month we have a 4 day residential in Hereford with all the students. Should be fun - organic veg from their garden, swimming in the river - and lots and lots of massage
A simple website I made on Wordpress and a logo, posters and postcards I designed to promote the Balsall Heath Cooks - a new community collective of ladies in Birmingham, launching their enterprises in the world of food!
- Three large scoops of Balsall Heath’s finest cooks
- A bucket load of experience
- Add a squeeze of creative genius
- And a pinch of imagination
- Stir in some stories
- A dollop of laughter
- Bake for 3 hours and enjoy
In London on March 1/2 and Bristol on March 15/16 Wild Labs put on two design sprints, where 30 creatives came together to come up with some fun and out of the box solutions to Ocean Literacy. No one knows what Ocean literacy is (it's the knowledge of your impact on the ocean and the oceans impact on you) and people don't really know what to do to be an ocean literate person even if they wanted to.
I helped curate both of the gatherings which took place over 24hrs, at Saatchi & Saatchi in London and then again at Home in Bristol whose spaces were generously gifted to the process. In the build-up to the event I booked the venues and worked with the venue hosts, arrange pizzas, beers, breakfast and lunch, pub reservations, got some swag done, lots of phone calls, the odd train to Bath and London to meet the team, made the event booking website (splash.that is great by the way for any event organisers reading this), then handled and processed all the incoming applications, emailed with all the participants, started a Slack group for chatting post-event, got all the materials printed, bought all the stationary, hosted the events and then arranged all the thank yous messages and a few gifts afterwards. All in 10 days work.
The outputs of the design sprints will be coming soon, but to stay in the loop you can sign up to the newsletter here or follow along on twitter and instagram @wearewildlabs
1 - Matt and Laurence chatting over an idea.
2 - Stage 1 brainstorm
3 - Stimulus for the sprint
4 - Shaping the idea
5 - Swag
6 - Playback - "feel the power of the ocean - in this case, a vibrator made from ocean plastics." Yes, it's been done before by MTV but this is even better.
I'm also working with Wild Labs at the moment. In advance of two 2 day design sprints in London and Bristol to prototype some solutions to 'save our seas' we are gathering perspectives from people across the UK to discover what does Ocean Literacy mean to you... Please take a moment to complete the survey, it shouldn't take 5-10 minutes of your time and would be really important to us. Click the image below.
So you may have read in my CV and Work about my work with Civic. I've been there for two months now and am loving it and have learned so much. It's challenging, interesting work and I feel very humbled to be working with the international team all trying to make change 'cheaper, better and faster' - that's their mantra.
We (Civic) built a digital platform to help people from around the world share their learnings and collaborate on models of social change.
We're testing it at the moment with a network of communities who are all working in disaster-affected areas - from the Syrian refugee situation in Jordan, the droughts of Northern Kenya, the slums of the Philippines to Bangladesh. In each of these countries is a wild and wilful team of folks who have set up innovation labs to help the local community develop their ideas, prototype solutions to whatever challenges they face and scale them up. We would like to see the labs uploading their process and methodology and the communities sharing what they have done and how they have done it all with the hope of replicating these models in other countries worldwide.
They are called DEPP Innovation Labs (Acronym 1 - Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Program) which is a 3-year project with Start Network and CDAC Network (Acronym 2 - Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities) who are at the help. ThoughtWorks is the innovation partner and RIL (Acronym 3 - Response Innovation Lab) are also part of the process. Each lab has it's own partners too - from the IRC (Acronym 4- International Rescue Committee) to Adeso to Plan International. So there are many many partners and stakeholders to consider, plus the vast and diverse community themselves! It's quite mind boggling really!
My job has been to onboard the community, develop a content strategy, curate content that the labs will find helpful, and basically do whatever I can to help the platform to become a diverse place to source solutions from.
Yesterday I was in London meeting with the team who are working on this project, and Start Network has their office at Save The Children -it was quite fascinating being in a space like that and getting to glimpse into that organisation as well.
In December I booked a surprise holiday for Ross's Christmas present (to him and to me! ha!) and the day before we left Bristol airport I announced we were going skiing, he was pretty surprised (again) to then see 17 of our buddies at the bar as we were waiting to board our flight!
Learning to ski was hard. But SO much fun.
Onion soup was amazing.
Lost and found my phone thanks to the amazing man on the bubble lift and a fellow British tourist.
Morzine was a cute little town and we went skiing in Les Gets too - bit more choice
Although we're being 'mostly Vegan' we ate a few pastries which were yummy
I love being in the mountains, the sense of scale and natural beauty is always breathtaking.
Will definitely try skiing again especially as now I can go down the Red slopes - not bad for 4 days learning (plus a quick session in the Rocky Mountains when were in Boulder Christmas 2016)
This one most definitely goes down as the biggest year for me yet in terms of learnings, travel, relationships and work. I've been to Portugal, Cornwall and Devon, cycled to Edinburgh, cycled to Copenhagen (solo in Feb), completed Ironman Wales and the 90 mile Velothon in Cardiff, ran a 36 mile ultramarathon with my friend Zennor in Austria, moved house three times, worked with 5 different jobs, went back and forth to Pembrokeshire like a yo-yo and went to three beautiful weddings. My grandpa passed away last month, my friends have had babies and gotten pregnant and my sister got engaged. I've also been to gigs and concerts including Matthew and The Atlas, Michael McIntyre, Van Morrison and The White Buffalo, done courses in Photoshop, pottery, joined a choir, kickboxing and been to two different dance clubs - Afrodance fusion and a swing dance intensive course.
I've made a bit of a habit of reflecting on the year that's been on New Year's Eve. And this year was no different. 31.12.17. Fresh start tomorrow and 2018 brings plans for many more exciting adventures, more weddings, more triathlons, new work, exploring a side project, spending more weekends with friends and family plus I've signed up for a level 4 diploma in holistic massage too.
I put my photoshop skills and memory to the test and took a trip down memory lane, this is the result!
So Brit from Boulder, Colorado came to stay after they finished their Unreasonable program in London the last two weeks. We did lots of nice things including walking around Bristol seeing the Christmassy sites, eating delicious roast winter veg soup, had mince pies and mulled wine on the sofa, watching a Miracle on 34th street, went running in Leigh Woods in the snow and collected some holly, ivy and pine to make a Christmas wreath.
My solidwool baubles arrived too and are beautiful - they collect the waste material throughout the year and at Christmas, they create some limited edition baubles to put the material to good use. Cut and laser etched by Cut by Beam in Cornwall, painted by hand and finished with a black Twool string made from Dartmoor wool. think they're sold out already.
Two weeks into my new job working with Civic I found myself waking up in Indiranaga in the heart of the urban Indian sprawl Bangalore or Bengaluru. I was there for just 4 nights, there to listen to some amazing stories of work in the humanitarian sector - specifically around disaster and emergency provisions in The Phillipines, Kenya, Bangladesh and Jordan, but also to deliver a one hour session on who Civic are, what they do and how the digital platform our team has created will help them to better collaborate and share their models of positive social change so they can be replicated across the sector and beyond.