On Purpose Introduction:

Welcome to “ON PURPOSE” – a series of 10-minute mini-retreats about finding direction and purpose in uncertain times. Building on the popular 5 minute Tea Break Retreats, this series features interviews with an FT journalist, a popular author, a double head-banger from Amsterdam and more. Each poses a particular question followed by a short time to think and reflect. And all in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee – or your beverage of choice! In this short opener, Next Chapter Retreat’s founders Peter Hyson & Hilary Rowland introduce what you can look forward to.

Cul De Sacs:

In the first of our Reflections, with the help of FT journalist Jason Butler, we look at how the busy highways of our life can become cul-de-sacs, where we loop around endlessly trying to find the way out.

Jason Butler: The Full Conversation

The full conversation with FT journalist, podcaster, and speaker Jason Butler, where we cover highways byways, cul-de-sacs and living in a onesie! And building your own house…. Especially, we talk about his design to resign and the time he spent wondering what he’d do next.

Slings & Arrows:

In this ON PURPOSE reflection, we look at how ‘the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ and how our heroes and role models can help us fight back. And Sue Gray reflects on depression and her own hero, her 102-year-old aunt.

Sue Gray: The Full Conversation

In this conversation, I talk to SUE GRAY of HELP ME SLEEP about how bendy buses & head-banging in Amsterdam led to her developing ME and life-threatening depression. And how the example of her 102-year-old aunt and the prospect of another 50 of “this” inspired her to reconsider her life and purpose; and how her introduction to Mind Calm transformed her health and her outlook. 

We apologise for some of the video quality but hope you enjoy the audio!

Mid-Life Crisis:

The mid-life crisis is now as likely to hit women as men. In this reflection, I invite you to think about whether it’s inevitable and how to move forwards.

Matt Rudd: The Full Conversation

In this extended conversation, Sunday Times journalist & Editor MATT RUDD takes about (much more than) men’s mental health, hamster wheels, being authentic, taking control & wishing you could bottle it!

What makes YOUR heart beat faster?:

In the next of our ON PURPOSE reflections, I draw on some words from business leader Vida Barr-Jones as we wade through choppy waters, slippery mooring ropes and a shark to reflect on being passionate in business and helping people find their heartbeat in troubled times

Vida Barr-Jones: The Full Conversation

Peter talks to VIDA BARR-JONES, CEO of Focus7 Brand Agency, about purpose, heartbeat, legacy and being a fantastic Guru’s Mate!

A passion in a perfect storm:

In our penultimate ON PURPOSE reflections, I draw on the importance of having a passionate project in life, in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.

Neil Ben: The Full Conversation

BAFTA-nominated Producer & Director Neil Ben talks about film-making, surviving ‘the perfect storm’ of no work, no money and no support at the crossroads. And the impact of people who, with the best of motives, point us in entirely the wrong direction. Finally, he talks about the making of a film that will portray difference differently.

Would you want your Retirement speech to define your life contribution?:

In the next of our ON PURPOSE reflections, here’s a question; would you want your retirement speech to define your life contribution? Along with Stuart Bell CBE, we reflect on how others see us and about how those really important to us might describe us.  

Stuart Bell CBE: The Full Conversation

In this conversation with Stuart Bell CBE, we talk about the pressures of leading a Mental Health facility in the NHS and how proud he is of recruiting and retaining the best staff, in this Cinderella area of the NHS. We also talk about the importance of building relationships with academia and life pre-and post-retirement.

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