Alice Beese now fully qualified holistic massage therapist working from BS9 in Bristol.Read More
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Quick 50 mile spin with my brother to Tintern Abbey and back. Made good time and got back with 1 minute to spare before dashing off to pull pints in the pub all night. Not bad considering I didn't get back til 3am from a #girlsnightout!
I mentioned in an earlier post, that I got a sweet job (wahoo!) - I'm working with the small team at Good For Nothing (GFN) to help the GFN community take off.
I am super excited about a new collaboration we have with the folks at Boston Tea Party. Part of their Making Things Better initiative is they genuinely want to have a positive impact in the communities they serve. And we are a network of individuals who are giving the gift of our creativity, talents and skills to local projects and groups in their neighbourhoods. So the two movements go hand in hand. Boston Tea Party get to directly support the act of doing good for nothing by hosting the get togethers and Good For Nothing have a hub in a city and can jam on issues and challenges in their area whilst sipping on a flat white = brilliant!
We're launching in Bristol on the 13th June, Bath on the 14th and then Exeter on the 27th and Birmingham 29th June. If you live in one of those cities and can come to check it out and get involved it would be great to see you there.
One of the things I'm working on at the moment is a creative generosity network called Good For Nothing. Essentially it's a network of individuals worldwide who donate their skills and talents, whatever it is they are good at, to a local social change project, for nothing. Zilch. The take away is the relationships they build and the simple joy of being able to do something impactful, for free, for someone else. Take a graphic designer, an architect, a lawyer and a physcologist who meet first Friday of the month to help a local homeless charity to redesign their communal space. Or a web developer, personal trainer and a care worker who give an hour of their skills once a week to assist a project in their city dealing with food waste. Limitless applications and ways to do good for nothing.
These Good For Nothing folk form groups called chapters which are nestled in progressive cities all over the place. That said it all went a bit quiet for a while and a new partnership with ethical cafe Boston Tea Party could mean that's all about to change.
Next month we are launching Good For Nothing in four Boston Tea Party (BTP) Cafes in Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Birmingham. These launch parties and working with the team at BTP is one of the reasons they asked me to join the team, but also to ensure that the chapter leaders in each city are supported with the resources we provide, making it easier and more accessible to grow the Good For Nothing community.
Quite a cool job right?