|Simon Cole: "I am a senior-accredited practitioner, a professional member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and have worked in counselling and therapy for over 30 years. I trained at Newcastle University and the College of Ripon & York St John (Leeds University), being awarded a Masters in Counselling with distinction. I also studied transactional analysis for a year, and relationship counselling with Joseph Zinker.
"As well as working with the Samaritans, I have worked professionally as a counsellor, in drug and alcohol intervention services, primary and secondary care in the NHS, as a course director for counselling diplomas and have maintained a regular private caseload of counselling and supervision.
"I practise meditation and I have a personal and professional interest in the integration of the mindfulness and meditation, with the sense of presence in relationship expounded by Martin Buber... the possibility of these providing a channel of spirituality in all of us."
"Coming to France, we wanted to create a place for therapeutic rest and change, grounded in the insights of Carl Rogers and echoing the philosophy of RD Laing. I believe that we have achieved that here."
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Janet Cole: “I was a teacher since the advent of comprehensive education and it was - still is - something I believe passionately in. My maxim was from one of my first tutors – “don’t stand there talking about something when the student can be doing it!” It stood me in good stead for 35 years. One important thing I learnt early on is that we all learn by teaching. My philosophy has always been to say 'yes' and accept any challenge or opportunity offered. I started teaching physics and ended up as Head of ICT and responsible for the schools Learning Resources Centre, which was appropriate because I have always loved reading and books.
"Here I enjoy working in the garden - it will never be tidy but it is a wonderful haven for our guests as well as the bees, butterflies, birds, squirrels and bats. Since we have been here I have been developing my herb garden – a must for a lot of the dishes I cook, all based on locally sourced products.
"It’s good to be able to provide the right kind of surroundings for guests to feel at home in and I enjoy cooking for people: our meals times are an important part of the day, a time to relax and share our different experiences.”
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