We work with specialised and highly qualified teachers and therapists from a range of backgrounds who are experienced in working with and treating people who have, or are recovering from, cancer. Together we create and deliver programmes of treatments and activities designed to support you at all levels – physical, emotional, mental and at your core.
Meet the therapists and teachers who will be working with us this year.
I specialise in yoga for people with limited mobility and disabilities, and have been working with physiotherapists and carers to provide support to chair and bed bound clients. I have trained to teach yoga to people with cancer, which I believe is a precious tool to support cancer patients through the physical and emotional challenges of treatment and recovery.
I took up yoga in 1995 and obtained a British School of Yoga Diploma in 2005. I enriched and deepened my practice at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, India, and have also explored Jivamukti, Anusara and restorative yoga amongst others.
I am a registered Senior Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist I have been teaching since 2002, and love encouraging others to realise their full potential through yoga.
Having qualified as a yoga therapist in 2005, I have also witnessed the healing benefits of yoga and am passionate about promoting vitality and wellbeing through yoga too. I have considerable experience in using yoga to assist in the healing process and pain management of a large variety of ailments and conditions. In particular, after accompanying close family members through their cancer journey I saw how some symptoms associated with cancer and its treatments were alleviated and how much relief and support yoga can offer. To deepen my knowledge I followed the 'Yoga for Cancer Survivors' training with Laura Kupperman, and I now run weekly classes.
Marianne CassI am Dutch and before moving to England with my husband and three boys in 2001, I lived in France and Saudi Arabia.I started practicing as a Reiki healer in 1999, and went on to expand my complementary therapy expertise by training in Swedish and Aromatherapy massage, reflexology, and different healing modalities, including the 4-year Barbara Brennan School of Healing. In addition to my therapeutic skills I have also studied Psychology at the Open University from which I graduated in 2010. I also work part-time caring for disabled children.I have been a regular therapist at Puyssentut since 2014. During my sessions with the guests, my aim is to support and guide their healing process and have experienced great satisfaction from their positive personal experiences during their stay at the retreat.
I met Angela, Dirk Karel and the family whilst living in Amsterdam when Puyssentut was still the seed of an idea. When I’m there, Puyssentut is like an eternal springtime, I see guests arrive, often not knowing what to expect and unfurling like a new flower as they get to try yoga, meditation, therapies, and holistic food for the first time. During the week I see a revived light in their eyes as they share their experiences with the crew and other guests.
I have fifteen years of experience in the healing arts, my skills are grounded in Shiatsu, Focusing, Counselling and Yoga. My approach to treatment is led by you, the client, which is especially fitting at Puyssentut where guests are on their personal journey and needs can change daily. A session together is an organic route to finding balance; we might explore physical aches and pains with gentle Shiatsu and acupressure points. Where appropriate ‘Focusing’ can reveal deeper meanings behind sensations and emotions that arise. Often, we find that a long-forgotten part of the body needs to be invited home by offering acceptance and reminding it to breathe. As a Counsellor I am able to hear your story and safely hold the space for whatever arises.
I look forward to meeting you at Puyssentut and being another ray of sunshine on your healing journey.
Tel: +44 7484839238
Being grounded in a variety of approaches to health and well-being over the past 16yrs, enables me to provide a truly holistic experience for each client. I am currently studying for an advanced qualification to teach yoga to people with cancer and have a background in Swedish, Remedial and Hydrotherm massage, Clinical Aromatherapy (with a specific focus on cancer), Reiki, and La Stone Therapy.
I worked for 8 years in the Oncology Department at London Bridge Hospital, England, where I guided patients in the use of complementary therapies to help deal with the stress of diagnosis and subsequent treatments. Along with a colleague, I developed a post-surgical scar massage technique that is beneficial on both physiological and emotional levels.
I currently work at the Life Centre in North London giving massages and Dr Hauschka facial treatments and I will shortly be running yoga classes for people affected by cancer.
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I am a reflexologist and masseuse, with my own practice in Drunen, the Netherlands.
My passion is working with terminally ill people and people with cancer. Since 2014 I have worked 2 days a week in an oncology ward in a hospital. I find it very touching to see how (very sick) people respond to a massage given with attention and love and when seen for who they really are. In this environment people relax and in that relaxation they can heal as a human being.
Before becoming a therapist I was an officer in the Army Medical Corps and I studied Health Care Management at the Erasmus University, the Netherlands. I am married with three teenage children.
I am a Restorative Movement and Mindfulness Teacher, from Scotland. I have been using principles from my training in Pilates, Yoga, Biomechanics and other complimentary programmes over the last 10 years, to work with people who have been affected by Cancer - supporting them to build confidence, restore function and improve movement.Having worked with my own body in recovery from Breast Cancer, I understand that side effects, such as neuropathy, pelvic floor disorder, kyphosis, physical or emotional holding patterns etc... are equally important; and offer guidance through Postural Analysis, Mindful awareness and Movement Re-patterning.
Having lived in Nairobi, London, Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong, I bring with me a global mind-set and conceptual link between Yoga and social and economic issues. In the midst of being a carer to my ailing in-laws, both of whom suffered from Cancer, Yoga brought a new direction and purpose to my life.
I have taught survivors at the Hong Kong Cancer Link Centre, the Life Centre in London, and run private sessions for individuals or groups in my home studio and other local community centers. I was the first resident yoga instructor at Puyssentut, and am always delighted to support this venture feeling very privileged for the opportunity to share my gift of yoga. My classes bring explorative yoga posses, pranayama, chanting, meditation and yoga-nidra. The aim being to nurture the mind and body to cultivate an inner peace, to deal with equanimity for whatever life brings its way.