Welcome to our summer newsletter. Better weather seems to have finally arrived and the sun is finally shining. We have some great therapies to offer you from holistic facials to a detoxing colonic hydrotherapy. Our focus article this month is on Meditation. We have classes starting here at the Clinic on Wednesdays evenings from 13th September. For those special presents don’t forget our gift vouchers or come and browse through the books on offer.  Have a happy summer!!!

Book of the Month

Having lost her way at thirty, Marla abandoned a frenetic, addictive lifestyle to seek a new direction. A chance encounter pointed her towards the East..Nepal – a mountainous kingdom that beckoned with visions of Shangri-La, and India – a vast and exotic land where she experienced ten days of Noble Silence in a Vipassana meditation course that would forever change her life.  Stepping out of an expected life into an unimagined one, Marla traversed the landscape of India and trekked into the Himalayas of Nepal, only to discover it was the inner journey that would illuminate a path to self-knowledge, wisdom and peace. Brimming over with warmth and humour, Walking Still is a captivating tale of one woman’s solo journey that transports the reader to unexpected places and reveals insights that touch us all. 

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Try this summer menu!

Chilled Pea and Mint Soup




450g bag frozen peas

800ml hot water

1 tbsp vegetable bouillon powder

Small handful of chopped fresh mint





Tip the frozen peas into a blender and pour over the hot water from a kettle. Leave the peas to defrost, then reserve 1 tbsp peas. Add a handful of mint and the vegetable bouillon powder to the rest. Blitz until smooth, then chill. Serve, drizzled with cream and scattered with chopped mint and the reserved peas.


Andrew has been on the spiritual path for most of his adult life.
In pursuit of spiritual knowledge, he has attended many retreats in the UK, America and India. In 2002, he received training in the foothills of the Himalayas.

He teaches meditation and spiritual philosophy to groups in the UK and internationally and trains meditation teachers. He is an independent teacher and although influenced by the teachings of the Himalayan Masters, he considers his work is that of a ‘
Wisdom School’, seeking knowledge and understanding from many traditions and teachers.


He attended a 500-hour yoga teacher-training course and is a Reiki Master.  
As part of his service to the community, he teaches meditation at The Fountain Centre at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust and at Mila Yoga Centre in Godalming.

A qualified lawyer, he has mostly withdrawn from professional life and directs most of his time to teaching and study of the spiritual path. He lives with his two teenage daughters in Guildford and is presently keeping fit by cycling the Surrey Hills.




“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” 
Jalaluddin Rumi


I am often asked to explain meditation.


The best way to start to understand meditation is to understand that people are trapped in their minds! They are trapped in the future, with hope and expectation. They are trapped in the past with emotional baggage and regret. They are trapped by the fear of the void that exists within the heartwhen we are disconnected from each other and more importantly from our own selves; deep down we all yearn to be connected again.


Meditation is the process of releasing yourself from this prison, a ‘get out of jail card’. It is the journey to becoming conscious and arriving in the ‘Present Moment’.  It is unlearning all the bad habits that keep us trapped in the mind.


How is all this achieved? Actually, it isn’t that complicated and the process shouldn’t be secret or mystical. After 30 years of practice and application of the principles of meditation, the basic mechanics are clear and simple to me and I love sharing them. In fact, just ask me and you won’t be able to shut me up!

What is the process? By simple exercises I redirect your attention away from the activity in your mind. I change your energy field by changing mine first. I bring calmness to your mind by achieving deep calm within mine. I open your heart by opening mine. Meditation is the combination of guiding your attention to specific places and simultaneously changing your energy field. All this can be easily taught first by example and then by passing to you the techniques and knowledge to achieve this yourself. Then you begin to get mastery over your inner workings and your life. However, I am not a ‘guru, and I cannot do your work for you. What I can do is empower you on your own unique journey, so that you are able to hear the guru within.  Is there a catch? Only one just like the film ‘The Matrix when Neo is invited to take the red pill, once you have experienced real meditation, you can’t go back to an ordinary life



Castle Street Hypnotherapy Lecturer awarded Advanced Diploma


Castle Street Hypnotherapy Lecturer Deborah Pearce has been awarded the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD) by the prestigious Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Centre (CPHT).  The AHD has been accredited by the NCFE as having measurable learning outcomes that have been benchmarked at level 5 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Accreditation Framework). It is at an equivalent level to a Foundation Degree.

To qualify, practitioners need to have at least 3 years’ experience after gaining their Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), itself a highly regarded qualification within the profession. They also need to attend post-qualification CPD training courses on subjects as diverse as Hypnotherapy for Childbirth, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Obesity, Psychoneuroimmunology and a range of other related topics.


As well as meeting these criteria, Deborah also participated in the Clifton Practice Research Programme, gathering evidence of clients' progress via specially written software.  

Deborah explains, “In addition to the ongoing training and the practical experience of helping hundreds of clients over the years since I first qualified, I also prepared a comprehensive portfolio of written evidence for evaluation by external assessors. It was hard work, but like anything worth doing, was immensely satisfying.  I am delighted that I can now put the letters ‘AHD’ after my name”. Deborah qualified as a clinical hypnotherapist in 2008 and since then has built a thriving practice.  She co-founded the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and is a qualified supervisor. 


In 2015 Deborah became a lecturer for CPHT and established the Guildford CPHT satellite school with fellow hypnotherapist, Sharon Dyke. Together they deliver a 10-month (1 weekend a month) Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course here at the Castle Street Clinic.

Further details of CPHT’s training can be found at:, or ring 01483 338960 or 07939 840788

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