Cultivating Resilience for Professionals

23rd April 2022

Recognising that cultivating self-care is of paramount importance in high-pressure working environments, we are offering a dedicated day to support professionals to expand the ability to adapt, withstand difficulties and recover.

During the day ‘Cultivating Resilience for Professionals’ on 23rd April we will introduce ways in which you can begin to build your own resilience and more effectively deal with pressure, including:
  • Self-care techniques to aid in deep rest and relaxation
  • Developing team-based skills through honest and open communication
  • Engaging in reflective practices
  • Seeking and utilising sources of support
  • Developing self-efficacy skills such self-awareness
  • Being vigilant and alert to risks as well as monitoring any potential indicators of burnout
  • Positive confrontation techniques including acknowledging other points of view, being aware of emotions and actively listening

Schedule to Include:

Forest Bathing with Liz Dawes

A nature connection practice to enhance both physical and mental wellbeing. Forest bathing is proven to reduce stress hormone production, improve feelings of happiness and free up creativity, as well as lower heart rate and blood pressure and boost the immune system.


Lunch with Broughton’s House Chefs ‘Yorkshire Nourishment’

A warming, nutritious, plant-based lunch to nourish the mind, body and spirit, full of locally sourced, natural ingredients.


Resilience Workshop with Dr Elyse Baril-Guerard and Liz Dawes

Dr Elyse Baril-Guerard will discuss causes of burnout and strategies to prevent it including the importance of building personal resilience separate from your work life. We will open a sharing circle where topics can be bought up for discussion and a safe space will be created for personal reflections. We will also explore mindfulness exercises to support your personal practice and daily life.



An opportunity to deeply unwind within the exquisite, state-of-the-art Pool Suite at Avalon Wellbeing Centre which includes a 20m Clear Pool (low-chemical indoor pool) and hydro-massage pool with beautiful views of the adjacent woodland, as well as the organically designed sauna and steam rooms where so can truly relax your entire being.


The Broughton Sanctuary is delighted to be hosting this ‘Cultivating Resilience for Professionals Day’.  Set within the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the 3000-acre Broughton Hall Estate is a wondrous mix of rolling meadow pastures, ancient woodland, heather moorland, wild reservoirs and meandering rivers.

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  • 23rd April 2022
  • Arrival at 9:00am for 9:15am start
  • End: 5.30pm
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What to bring

  • Outdoor clothing: warm layered clothing, walking shoes or boots, full waterproofs
  • Indoor clothing: loose, comfortable clothing
  • Swimming costume
  • Water bottle


£150.00 per person.
For those with limited income, please get in touch to enquire about our concessionary rates.


For all event enquiries, please contact Liz or Elyse: |

To book please email Jay:

Places are limited to 15 attendees.

About the facilitators

Liz Dawes

Before becoming a director of Thrive in Nature Ltd, Liz practised as commercial real estate lawyer for 11 years and knows very well the pressures of working in stressful organisations.  She also knew that a career-for-life in law was not for her, and deciding to take a leap of faith, Liz changed track. From London, she moved to Brighton where over the course of two years, she trained in, and then taught mindfulness to individuals and workplace groups. Although this new direction was rewarding, Liz still felt something was missing. And so, for the following four years, she went on a journey of self- investigation, attending numerous personal development retreats and courses in Nepal and India until a chance meeting with a Californian film director introduced her to the practice of forest bathing. During her Forest Therapy Guide training, Liz knew that supporting people to remember their connection with Nature was her calling. And now, as the in-house Forest Therapy Guide at Avalon Wellbeing, an ANFT Trainer and Mentor of Guides, and a Member of the ANFT European Council, she offers forest bathing walks, nature and meditation retreats and team-building away-days at the Sanctuary at Broughton, Yorkshire.

Dr Elyse Baril-Guerard 

Elyse is a medical doctor with 14 years of experience working in the NHS and the Public Health System in Canada.

Graduating from medical school at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada in 2008, she subsequently completed a family medicine residency programme at the University of Ottawa. An adventurer at heart, Elyse worked in rural and remote areas of Canada, before moving to England.  She initially worked in Emergency & Hospital Medicine for a while before returning to General Practice in 2014.

Passionate about helping people improve their lives and reach their full potential, Elyse believes people have the power within themselves to create the changes they desire. Her role as a health and lifestyle coach is to guide people on their journey to the rediscovery health, looking at all aspects of their life.

Elyse trained in General practice in the UK and currently works at a local GP practice. She has additional training in lifestyle medicine, nutrition & health coaching. She has a keen interest in holistic & natural ways of approaching health, including plant medicine, and how this can be integrated with more traditional medicine.