Penny Brohn UK

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Psycho-Spiritual Care for People Affected by Cancer

With guest speakers Dr Lauren Macdonald and Rosie Ellis, founders of Essence Medicine.

In this session, Rosanna and Lauren will discuss the concept of psycho-spiritual care and look at the importance of this type of care no matter what stage of illness someone is at. They will also speak about studies which have looked at the positive impact of psycho-spiritual support/practices and offer some practical tips that you can take away from the session. The session will also include an experiential component which will be a meditation or visualisation exercise.

Rosanna Ellis has been a hospice nurse for the last six years. She has an MSc in Palliative Care, is a teacher of yoga nidra and is training in systemic constellation work. Rosanna is passionate about the importance of psycho-spiritual and holistic care which lead her to co-found Essence Medicine, a non-profit organisation which provides online group programmes, training and in-person retreats.

Lauren Macdonald is a medical doctor passionate about providing whole-person, holistic care. As a stage IV cancer survivor, she has first-hand insight into existential distress and understands the importance of psycho-spiritual support when faced with a life-threatening diagnosis. She is co-founder of Essence Medicine, an organisation proving psycho-spiritual support via programmes, training and in-person retreats. She is also a clinical research fellow at The Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London.


There is a new zoom link for the Resilience Room sessions from the 16th of May onwards. If you would like to attend, you will need to register using the new system, then you will be able to book on. Thank you for your understanding.

Join us for this informal, interactive series of talks and group discussions led by one of the Penny Brohn Integrative Doctor team with regular guest experts. We will focus on topics related to keeping you resilient, supporting your immune function and other innate health-restoring mechanisms, using a range of strategies to reduce the impact of cancer and cancer treatments, and helping you Live Well with and beyond cancer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe that everybody should have equal access to the practical, emotional and social support they need to live life as fully as possible with the impact of cancer.
These sessions are made possible by your generosity. They are run entirely on a donation basis. There are no set charges, we simply ask you to give what you can - if you can.

If you are having difficulty booking or need more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Booking Guide.

You can also contact our Client Support team by email or call 0303 3000 118.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about how to join the session.

We use Zoom for our online sessions. You can download Zoom for your PC/Laptop or find it on iOS App Store or Google Play.

Zoom have created a video and guidance on joining a session.

For the comfort and safety of everyone joining our online groups we have a few room rules we ask everyone to observe.

  • Try and arrive on time for the start of the session if you can, if you do join late please mute yourself on entry to avoid disturbing others.
  • In general it makes for a better group experience if people can see each other, but do feel free to turn your video camera off if you are not feeling up to being visible that day
  • Make yourself comfortable and join the meeting from your favourite cosy space, but if your video camera is on, please check what can be seen by others. Although pyjamas are fine if you’re currently bed-bound, do dress in a way that is appropriate for a group gathering.
  • Please keep yourself on mute unless you are talking, especially when there may be distracting noises in the background.
  • Take part in discussions and question-and-answer sessions, if you want to, but please listen to others and help the meeting host to ensure everyone has time to speak if they wish. The group lead may suggest using the hands up icon or typing questions into
    the chat box.
  • If group participants share personal stories and sensitive information, please treat this as confidential and avoid disclosing anything outside of the group without their permission.
  • Should a group participant share information that raises a concern for their personal safety, we will follow this up privately in line with our safeguarding responsibilities.
  • Technical failures and internet problems are quite common with online platforms, if the facilitator or another participant experiences problems please be understanding.
  • In the unlikely event that a group participant says or does something inappropriate in a session, we will immediately remove them from the room and may take further action.

Thank you.

Advice given by Penny Brohn UK does not replace advice given by your healthcare professional or medical guidance.

Online group meetings are not suitable for discussing individual medical treatments or concerns, please note that we offer integrative doctor consultations and other therapeutic support by phone or video consultation for Penny Brohn UK clients requiring tailored advice and support.

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Mon May 16 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am

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