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.
The Quiet Heart is a wellbeing business for real life. Through my work, my intention is to help you feel that wellbeing is attainable and practical; that it’s possible to feel a sense of peace, clarity and connection to your body in your busy life.
After a long career in Human Resources and Leadership Development, I changed my career to align with my values. I returned to university to study Chinese Medicine and following this, trained as a meditation teacher and youth mental health first aider.
I divide my time between seeing patients on a one-to-one basis from a treatment room at home, writing about wellbeing and running my own urban retreats. I also give talks, teach meditation and work at other retreats and workshops. I also work in schools, teaching young people tools to support their mental health and wellbeing, and I act as a Local Authority School Governor.
My interest and passion for 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.
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.
To read more about my life story have a look at this blog post on State of Liberty.
Happening this year…
2018 is a really exciting year for me and I’m keen to share some of the work I’ve been focusing on behind the scenes.
I am launching The Quiet Heart Urban Retreat, which will be a morning session of seasonal wellbeing, meditation and movement. It’ll be held at a secret location here in the beautiful city of Bristol with limited spaces and incredible free gifts. Details to be announced soon.
This year I will launch a free e-course designed to help you understand and apply the basics of Chinese Medicine philosophy to your life. This will be followed up later on in the year with a more thorough course to help you learn the finer details of each season in Chinese Medicine and how it relates to your body and wellbeing. You will be given access to special meditations movement and guidance to help you apply this wisdom to help you hear what your body needs.
I am also launching a ‘learn to meditate’ course that will be available later in the year.
My Projects (also see events page)
My work with the lovely Sisterhood continues with 3 events planned for this year. I will be running a meditation and seasonal living session at the Spring Self Care Event in Bristol and am really excited to be running meditations at the Summer 4 day retreat in France. Sisterhood is such a great space for women to come together, to switch off and connect with each other, while learning a new skill or just relaxing in the surroundings.
I am thrilled to be working with Lizzie at State of Liberty which is a wonderful new concept due to launch in April 2018. State of Liberty is on online retreat aimed at helping you create sustainable wellbeing in the comfort of your home, based around the seasons. I am the seasonal, meditation, mindfulness and sleep expert for the retreats and have created some meditations and guidance to help you live more mindfully with your body and the natural rhythm of life.
My great friend Sas Petherick is a constant source of inspiration for me and we have created a retreat, in beautiful Somerset which combines her incredible work on self doubt and my work on wellbeing.
A project that is very dear to me is Catalyse Change, where I am on the advisory board as the wellbeing/resilience specialist. This is a wonderful social enterprise that is working to empower young women from all backgrounds to enter a career of sustainability through inspiring them and delivering training to give them the skills they need to enter this competitive workforce. Apart from the ongoing work with the advisory body, I deliver sessions at the Bootcamp and at dedicated training days held here in Bristol.
First class degree in Chinese Medicine (BSc)
Member of the Bristol Acupuncture in Conception and Childbirth Team and British Acupuncture Council
Accredited meditation teacher. British School of Meditation.
Accredited mindfulness teacher. The British Mindfulness Association
Qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Leadership Training with Mark Robb