1. Living with a partner who has died
    Saturday 29th April 2017 - YHA Hartington
    We recognise and embrace the reality that even when a partner dies, they continue to be part of our lives. So we challenge the belief that a bereaved person's goal is to "get over it" or "move on". In this inspiring one-day event, you will discover how it is possible to develop a new kind of relationship with a partner who has died. Even though they are not physically present, they do not have to be left behind. The incredible bond between two people can continue to be honoured and integrated into everyday life going forward.
  2. Life after "the psycho": recovering your self
    Sunday 25th June 2017 - YHA Hartington
    "Psycho" is the label we are giving to people who are emotionally abusive in relationships, such as Narcissists, Sociopaths, Psychopaths and Bullies. Living or working with, or being related to, a "Psycho" is like being on a rollercoaster. Even after the relationship is ended, the survivor can be left feeling debilitated, scared, angry and confused. In this inspiring one-day event, you will gain insight about these relationships and how to heal from them and recover parts of the self that have been crushed.
  3. Living with cancer, the identity thief
    Saturday 23rd September 2017 - YHA Hartington
    Cancer and its treatments can change people physically, mentally, financially, spiritually and sexually, leaving them wondering "Who am I?" Friends and family can also find it tough to be faced with someone who has in some way lost their identity. In this inspiring one-day event, you will learn how it is possible to travel on this difficult journey while keeping a sense of self intact. And how one can adjust to a changing lifestyle and embrace the new person that emerges.
  4. The wounded inner child: steps to recovery from an abusive past
    Saturday 4th November 2017 - YHA Hartington
    Child abuse comes in many forms: physical, emotional, ritual, sexual, domestic violence and neglect. All can leave deep psychological scars. Feelings of shame, guilt, sadness, anger and pain live on in the maturing adult's "inner child". We recognise that the past cannot be changed. However, there is healing to be found in acknowledging the abuse and its consequences and learning how to satisfy the inner child's unmet needs. In this inspiring one-day event, you will learn how survivors can reach out to their inner child and embrace the recovery process.
Experience one of our unique training events in 2017 for only £85
Each event starts at 9.30am and concludes at 7pm - a long day packed with experiences designed to promote healing and learning.
Included in the price is:
  • a folder with course notes and list of other useful resources
  • drinks and snacks
  • a guided one-hour therapeutic "walk in the weather"
  • lunch

Deepening awareness

Creating opportunities

Transforming lives

Our events aim to bring into our awareness how particular experiences shape our beliefs, affect the way we think and feel and hamper our ability to cope with the challenges of life.   
Once we understand the forces at work in creating the situations we are in and our response to them, we can see choices and options open up more positive and effective ways of being.
Taking charge and trying new approaches to life and its challenges is not easy. At our events we pool our resources and identify how people can get the support they need through this difficult process.
Psychotherapist GILL SWEETING and Counsellor JANE BURTON both run busy private practices in Buxton, Derbyshire. They understand, from both personal and professional perspectives, that life is a journey that can sometimes be difficult to navigate, with stop signs, potholes, crossroads and hidden dangers that can leave us anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed, traumatised and even helpless.

Having known each other for many years, and worked together in a variety of therapeutic settings, Jane and Gill joined forces to develop the Heal And Learn Foundation as a way of offering an alternative style of education to people wishing to deepen their awareness and understanding, to create new opportunities for themselves and to transform their lives or help others to do so.

Quotes from feedback on our event "Living with a partner who has died' 29th April 2017

"I loved the title of the event and felt it couldn't have captured the aims of the day any better. It will really stay with me in my bereavement work."

"I would like to thank you for such an enjoyable, informative day"

"I really enjoyed the day, was nice to have some time for myself and discuss a topic I find interesting. It was a nice calm setting and quite relaxing. Also you bopth helped make it relaxing and enjoyable."

"Just thank you. I came out lighter and with more hope"

"The tips on how to move on 'with' were very helpful. Also the information on how the brain works was very interesting and helpful."

"The walk in the weather worked really well. We were able to discover more about each other at the same time as re-invigorating ourselves."

"I loved the workshop, thank you. You both did a fantastic job, loads of interesting content and new concepts to explore (much food for thought) and all produced while we were being entertained by the Sweeting/Burton double act. I'd recommend your workshops to other counselling practitioners (I already have)."

"Although it was a long and full day, the organisation was excellent. I felt that the training was delivered on plan throughout the day, while at the same time maintaining a very friendly atmosphere really supportive of learning. It never felt rushed or that the content was compromised for the sake of following a plan. I have attended many trainings and conferences. This aspect of the day was exceptional. Very well done."

"The section on mindfulness was useful, I enjoyed that and it is something I will take away when working with clients and for myself."

"I thought the venue was beautiful and perfect for training."

"Information on the healthy mind platter and emotional nutrition [was the most valuable] plus doing the stones exercise."


"I feel privileged to have attended previous training events hosted by Gill Sweeting and Jane Burton. Events that have been fun and inspiring. The opportunity to learn and develop in a very supportive and safe space. They are a great team, delivering sensitive and difficult subject matter, offering experiential, informative and reflective practice.

Their professional delivery is welcoming and engaging from the onset. I highly recommend Sweeting and Burton!!"
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.

(Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)