Wellness Centre, Just Be, is opening its doors for a day of mindfulness, reflection and self-care for families during the Holy Month. The team here want to give kids of all ages an opportunity to experience a range of activities that will indulge all their senses, enable them to learn more about themselves and empower them in their everyday lives. Workshops include mindfulness, yoga instruction, art therapy, brain mapping, coping with exam stress for teenagers, and the chance to relax, play in and explore the sensory room.
Founded by certified life coach and self-empowerment and behavioural practitioner, Nabila Ouanes, Just Be describes itself as a ‘universal hot spot for healthy whole-istic living’. Opened in 2016, the centre aims to, in Ouanes’ words, ‘connect both passionate professionals and seekers of wellbeing achieve balance and harmony in every area of their lives, gathering individuals of all nationalities, races, and faiths dedicated to bettering themselves and the world cultivating a conscious way of life based on holistic principles, ethical values and regard for life as a whole.’
Just Be’s holistic programs consist of workshops, trainings and classes inspired by a wealth of ancient wisdoms and traditions which approached health as a balance of the body, mind, spirit and the environment as a whole.
Ouanes continues, ‘Traditionally, when we lived in harmony with nature, we experienced optimum physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health - and long before penicillin or x-rays, healers had recognised the importance of emotional and spiritual well-being in achieving physical health.
‘And - as Socrates said in the 4th century BC, “The part can never be well unless the whole is well” - Just Be’s holistic take on wellness teaches this fundamental interconnection of mind, body, spirit and environment, just as it has for thousands of years.
‘Today, as we strive to meet the demands of our fast-paced lifestyles, we have unknowingly become detached from nature, breathing polluted air, eating unnatural food, drinking chemical-laden water, ingesting toxic medication, smoking cigarettes, using inorganic body and household products, absorbing electro-magnetic pollution and being exposed to continuous stress.
‘The disconnected and hectic lifestyles of our times have resulted for many in major imbalances in our physical health and overall well-being which are the root cause of most illnesses of our 21st century,’ Ouanes reveals.
Just Be Holistic centre offers a wide variety of alternative healing, self-empowerment and educational activities accessible to all, from yoga, martial arts, meditation, energy and sound healing to hypnosis, art and movement therapies, their programs aim to address mind, body and soul.
The Just Be Open Day for kids will take place on Saturday, June 3 from 10am to 5pm. Here’s a taster of some of the 40 minute workshops being held, for free, for your family to enjoy:
Spread your wings (English, French and Arabic language)
A fun, life coaching session for kids and teens that is a harmonious blend of proven life coaching techniques. In this special program, participants learn critical life skills for developing strong self-esteem and self- confidence; overcoming challenges such as fear, disappointment, and change; and learning how to create a vision for their lives, achieve their goals and make their dreams come true.
Led by: Leila Atbi, a Master NLP Coach, a certified Wisdom Coach for kids and teens, a certified Theta healing practitioner and a certified RSCI Master Hypnotist.
Bud to Blossom - Awakening the born healer in every child (6 – 10 years)
The bud to blossom process involves six simple steps – centering, balancing, integrating, expanding, awakening and healing, through which the child will learn to awaken the energies of love and compassion in their heart and transfer it to individuals and the universe. A simple yet effective attempt to make this planet a happy place for our children.
Led by: Leila Abti.
Five Keys to Happiness – self-empowerment (8 years+)
When a child struggles to remain constantly happy, you never know what is at the end of their tunnel. Lack of self- confidence, the feeling of being unloved, peer pressure, performance issues or perhaps more. It is time children know happiness is a choice. This is an interactive journey that provides access to the five essential keys to happiness for every child to make use of in their daily lives - love, gratitude, mindfulness, laughter and emotional wisdom.
Led by: Anuradha Kamath, an independent practice as an executive & holistic consultant, offering various alternate healing modalities such as hypnotherapy, reiki, sound healing, drawing analysis, access consciousness and Theta healing (www.anuradhakamath.com).
Animal intuitive communication (French and English language) (Age 9+)
Description: Animals don't speak our language, but their thoughts and emotions can be interpreted by using telepathy. The animal communication is based on the conviction that everything alive functions in its own bio-energetic field. Telepathy is natural. Everyone can talk with animals, as this is an ability that we all are born with, but for most adults it is dormant. Children, on the contrary, have telepathic power ready to be used.
Led by: Sabine Poncelet, a professional and experienced therapist, animal healer and communicator (www.sabinetherapies.com).
Letter us be creative (6-10 years’ and 10+ years’ groups)
Taster workshops on the different aspects of writing and how it can help children of all ages with homework, preparing for exams, distressing and doodling, in a time when we are less inclined to use pen and paper. She will demonstrate how going back to writing can help children in many ways in their daily school and home life, by being more creative.
Led by: Lama Tassabihji-Adra Lama, who holds a BA in psychology from the American University of Beirut with an emphasis in education and communication.
Tuning In: Identifying and Understanding your Emotions (7– 11 years)
The aim of this workshop is to actively teach kids how to identify various emotions through play activities to give children more confidence to channel their emotions in a positive manner. These activities will help them understand the impact of their emotions on themselves and others.
Led by: Sama Alansari, an educational performance practitioner and UK-certified clinical hypnotherapist with psychotherapy and counselling skills.
Life in motion (French and English language)
Awakening through the joy of movement and music, this workshop is about dancing to the rhythms of the world from contemporary jazz and classical to Latin and African beats. Children move through simple choreography and they learn coordination, balance, fluidity of movement, lightness and relaxation.
Led by: Rosa Personnaz Rosa, who has been teaching dance for 15 years to pupils from three to 87 years old. She is certified in Nia, Blue Belt, Zumba, Hatha Yoga, reflexology and reiki.
Decoupage with Desert Patch: The Art of Deco-patch (there is a fee for this activity)
Deco-patch is the art of decorating with paper. Using a selection of vibrant colourful papers children can create a unique and creative piece of art on an animal of their choice, incorporating many developmental skills such as fine motor skills to tear the paper, hand and eye co-ordination to apply the papers to an animal of choice and creativity in the colours selected and how they are applied. Children often find themselves totally absorbed in this activity and forget about the world around them.
Led by: Clarissa Dill, who has a Masters in child development in early childhood education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked with children for over 15 years.
Introduction to Conscious Parenting with Anuradha Kamath
Join Anuradha on this journey of laughter and tears through motherhood. After a PhD in errors at parenting, she decided the buck must stop at her. This talk is an introduction to a workshop that is all about contemplation on some profound questions we must ask ourselves. Anuradha explores whether we are trying to fill in our inadequacies through the achievement of our children. Are we trying to live our unfulfilled dreams through them? Are our children becoming our crutches for social acceptance? Do we piggy ride our children for emotional wellness? Do we realise that the journey of our child and our own are two different paths?
Led by: Anuradha Kamath.
Living Life from the Inside Out
The purpose of this talk will be to introduce parents to the notion that we all live our lives from the inside out and what happens on the inside, determines what happens to us on the outside - this not only affects our everyday lives but also the way we parent and relate to all those around us.
Led by: Yvette Sanchez, an experienced regressive hypnosis practitioner (www.yviesanchez.com)
Free (unless otherwise stated), 10am-5pm, Saturday June 3. JustBe Holistic Center, 102, Al Woushar street, Um Suqeim 1. Find out more or register your place at www.facebook.com/justbeuae or register your place at firstname.lastname@example.org (04 341 5751).