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 am a Chinese medicine practitioner, mindfulness teacher, mental health first aider and coach. I create events, work in schools, give talks and have a private practice where I use Chinese Medicine, mindfulness and seasonal living guidance, to gently encourage a state of balance between the mind and body.
Through my work, my intention is to help people feel a sense of peace, clarity and connection to their body; to hear what feels right.
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, at an allotment, on my bike, running or swimming.
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 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 Training and Development but I also worked in Brand and Business Development, became a 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.
After an incredible holiday in the outdoors (of course) in Cornwall, where I was able to reflect and think about my life, 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. 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.
Current Work and Projects
Alongside my private practice I work with the wonderful Angela from Elemental Health to deliver mental health awareness to children in secondary schools as part of the PHSE curriculum.
Teaching mindfulness skills is also a big interest of mine as I’ve experienced first hand, the benefits this has on our mental and physical wellbeing. I thrilled to be working with the lovely Lizzie at State of Liberty as the mindfulness expert for her online retreats, which is a new and very exciting concept launching 2018.
The ace Sas Petherick is a constant source of inspiration to me and I am delighted that she’s asked me to work at her fabulous Sacred Rascals retreat. I’m going to be the therapist as well as talking about living more harmoniously with the seasons and I cannot wait. Sas and I met at the beautiful Lou Archell’s Sisterhood retreat in June this year where I was the therapist and also did a slot on living with the seasons. This is another event not to be missed if you like good company, great workshops at an incredible location.
Member of the Bristol Acupuncture in Conception and Childbirth Team and British Acupuncture Council.
Qualified with The British Mindfulness Association to teach Mindfulness in Primary and Secondary Schools. 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR)
Qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Leadership Training with Mark Robb