The Quiet Heart
Hello, I’m Gemma and I am the founder of The Quiet Heart, here in the vibrant and beautiful city of Bristol, UK.
I use acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, yoga and meditation to help you feel a sense of peace and connection with your body in your busy life.
Mainly, I help you slow down, find your own quiet place, and hear what your body is trying to say.
I have a private clinic at home where I use acupuncture, yoga and meditation on a one to one client basis. I also create and run wellbeing days in primary and secondary schools, and Bath University both for students and teachers. Managing and participating in retreats around the UK is something I do on a regular basis and I give talks about wellbeing, hold guided meditations and take people Forest Bathing. I also write and record my own meditations for Insight Timer and In the Moment Magazine.
I also volunteer in my local school where I teach yoga and mindfulness, and for a Bristol based charity Off The Record where I work in the local hospital children ward teaching wellbeing tools and mindfulness.
Who I work with
I am thrilled to be a part of the Middle Years Monday team, created but the wonderful Pip Wilcox. This is a online community for women in their middle years and I will be delivering live talks and advice to help support the group during our online gatherings.
A project that is dear to my heart is delivering a series of lessons on mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools in South Wales. I work alongside the talented Angela from Elemental Health who also trained me in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Recently, I have begun working with Bath Mind to deliver Wellbeing Workshops both to corporate clients and in schools. This is really exciting for me as Mind are a charity that align with my values and passion.
Septmember saw the end of the summer season of working with Vivo Barefoot and their educational project The VVagon. I had an amazing time at festivals and events where I delivered workshops on acupressure, yoga, mindfulness and forest bathing.
I’ve also supported Sas Petherick on retreats and created The Quiet Morning-Urban Retreat in Bristol.
My interest and passion for natural wellbeing began early on. I grew up foraging and helping my dad grow vegetables, cooking with my mum and learning about complimentary therapies/remedies from a young age. I spent much of my time in nature: helping my dad on his allotment, riding my bike, running, swimming or messing around on my family’s farm.
The outdoors and the Welsh mountains were my second home and we spent holidays climbing hills in trainers (it was the 80’s), combing beaches for scrapbook projects and swimming in the sea. I played the flute, rode horses, swam competitively, ran for most of my early adult life and started practicing yoga in my early 20’s. I was introduced to meditation when I was 21 and have been fascinated by the practice ever since.
After living in the US, London and Nottingham I moved to Bristol in 2013 and am so happy to be here; this city has a special energy.
I spent many years working in large corporations as a Business Manager and Human Resources Manager where I managed large teams of people and multi-million pound budgets. While in HR, my passion was Leadership Training and Development but I also worked in Brand and Business Development, and am a trained Business Coach and Psychometric Assessor.
Following a few personal tragedies in my early 30’s, I felt that the corporate world no longer aligned with my values and after an incredible holiday in the outdoors (of course) in Cornwall, I decided to resign from the corporate world and enrolled at Lincoln University to study a degree in Chinese Medicine.
I achieved a first class and was chosen as the student speaker at my graduation ceremony. This meant delivering a 15 minute speech to 1000 people which was a great honour, as well as a huge achievement, mainly because my daughter was only 6 weeks old!
Following graduation, I began a private practice in Nottingham and regularly contributed to a show on BBC Radio Nottingham called ‘Health Matters’.
One year later I moved to the gorgeous city of Bristol and set up a practice here which is now thriving. In my private practice, I work from home and have a beautiful treatment room. Think lots of lovely light, white walls and plants. I have a special interest in fertility, both pre and post-conception and have much success working with mental/emotional conditions. I also work in schools, create events and give talks to help encourage a state of wellbeing from living more harmoniously with the seasons.
First class degree in Chinese Medicine (BSC Lincoln University)
Member of the Bristol Acupuncture in Conception and Childbirth Team and British Acupuncture Council
Diploma in Meditation Teaching: British School of Meditation.
Accredited Mindfulness teacher: The British Mindfulness Association
Qualified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance 200 hours): Camyoga
Qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Qualified First Aider
Leadership Training with Mark Robb