Hello Julia. Can you start by telling us a little bit about what you do in relation to peoples’ wellbeing?
Hi there. Good question. I see potential and opportunity in people and life all the time. I love seeing people open to their potential, expanding their hearts and minds to unknown places. Currently, I am supporting clients through challenging life phases as a hypnotherapist, I hold meditation classes and on a slightly different note teach green smoothie workshops as well as selling smoothies at public and private/business events. I am slightly obsessed with greens - they stand for everything I love - beauty, nature, life, energy, joy.
When did you first find yourself attracted to, or involved in the wellbeing field? Did personal experience lead you?
I think of wellbeing as a patchwork blanket that wraps itself around all of my life. The colours and details in the pattern revealed at every phase.
Just after school I went to Africa to help build houses, I worked in homes for disabled children and the elderly. I studied occupational therapy in Germany and then worked in South Africa in a squatter camp assisting nuns and looking after children. I came to England, studied psychology, worked with teenagers in West London whilst exploring spiritual practices and studied every possible healing modality I could get my hands on. After another year of travelling around India and Thailand, I came home and worked full time as a therapist and healer. As a hypnotherapist and theta healer, I saw up to 8 clients a day whilst teaching workshops and retreats on weekends. More travels, being over-worked and the birth of my boy made me crave the countryside, so we moved to Somerset. Here I got very ill. Now this is a story in itself, I have written a blog on it on my website for those interested.
In a nutshell after dealing for a few years with parasites, I was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of rheumatoid arthritis, to the point where I wasn’t able to move. A radical lifestyle change followed, focusing on the nervous system and a clean plant-based diet.
Julia Jeremiah: Wellbeing Hero
After a lifetime of travelling and learning new methods of healing and teachings to pass onto others, Julia Jeremiah, theta practitioner, hypnotherapist and Reiki master, presented a Well-Being Expo at the Cheese and Grain this October. She tells us about her life and work, and lets us into a secret: there is no wonder cure, though we can all find something that works.
Top to bottom: Julia Jeremiah/Meditation retreat/Green smoothies
In your experience, what is the number 1 treatment or activity most people are missing out on that you think would enrich us all?
We have a theme for this year’s Wellbeing Expo: “Be Your Own Hero”. In my opinion, there are times where the “one cure or answer” for all has been proven to fail scientifically and experimentally. The current movement in the wellbeing field is to find out what works for the individual person, to leave a space of comparison and take a balanced head/heart approach to finding out what works. The cure for one is the poison for someone else. Responsibility lies within each and every one of us for our own wellbeing. This doesn’t mean we must do it all on our own, but we must find a support system that works for us and learn to trust our intuition when that needs adjusting or changing.
Despite the aims of healthier lifestyles and de-stressing that wellbeing practitioners have, do you think there might also be a spiritual side that attracts people?
Now that is a tricky question as the term “spiritual” can mean different things to different people and almost always is connected to a personal experience. The Oxford Dictionary tells us “Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things”. And with that definition in mind, we hope to inspire people at the wellbeing expo beyond the physical world. I personally believe that body, mind, and spirit cannot be separated and even by looking after ourselves on a physical plane and/or by stimulating our mind, overall we all strive to thrive. Thriving, feeling at ease and centred with yourself, will mean for many people, a spiritual experience.
The Well-Being Expo in October at the Cheese and Grain features a wide variety of practitioners and information on how to positively affect your life. What highlights can we expect?
We are rather excited about a stunning stage line up on our free stage. We have some fabulous people such as Louisa Love from Frome who sings sacred chants with local musicians, Chloe Goodchild an international singer and innovative educator who is the founder of The Naked Voice from Bristol, Tim Chalice from Bristol, a passionate Kirtan player, Candida Valentino and Michael Ormiston the UK's most experienced Mongolian Khöömii (Overtone) Singers, Queen B from Bath with her silent disco and much more. Most of them will do workshops as well! We will be adding to this fantastic line-up in the weeks and months to come.
And before we wrap up, can you tell us a little about your famed green smoothies?
Smile-well, they embody everything I believe in and love about life: they are delicious to the moon and back, they hold pure life energy and make you feel fabulous, they are beautiful and radiate pure joy. I sell them at public events and for people to enjoy at private/ business functions. I also host green smoothie workshops to educate people on the power of greens. I get a lot out of watching people find new energy from this vibrant source and I love to pass on what makes me happy.
Do you think the various aspects of physical and mental wellbeing, from a healthier lifestyle to taking part in activities such as meditation or therapy, have gained ground in the public consciousness?
Looking at the amount of magazines, features in papers and blogs as well as the fast growing amount of “natural products” in mainstream supermarkets I cannot but assume that a proactive approach to wellbeing is weaving itself through public consciousness. A lot of research is being done in the field of meditation. Those who practice meditation, research has demonstrated, are happier and calmer than their counterparts who don’t, so it’s no surprise that many high-stress businesses are catching on and making meditation a part of their corporate mission. Some of the major companies are leading the way in promoting on-the-job meditation (Apple, Google, Prentice Hall Publishing, Nike, AOL Time Warner, Yahoo, Deutsche Bank to mention a few).
EDITOR'S NOTE: The WellBeing Expo took place at the Cheese and Grain on October 23rd 2016.