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Moving On For Mental Health Panel Discussion

Sun 12 May 2024





11am - 11.30am

Moving On For Mental Health Panel Discussion

This discussion brings together three peers highly experienced in working with movement as a healing force. They will share their thoughts, ideas and personal experiences on the benefits and challenges to mood, physicality and well-being, alongside the different approaches each of them takes. There will be time for audience questions and guidance on starting points for different people.

With panel: Alda Gomez of Dance Your Life, Nick Taylor of Devon Tai Chi Centre and Caspar Walsh from Rite to Freedom. Hosted by Cathy Towers


Alda Gomez merges Western research with ancient Eastern energy traditions to cultivate transformation. As a Dance Awareness facilitator, Alda integrates extensive experience as an energy psychotherapist in private practice into her conscious dance creation. “Dance Your Life” is influenced by biodanza, five rhythms, and epigenetics, and more.

Her mission is to empower individuals and create a ripple effect of positive change in the world.


Nick’s Tai Chi experience spans nearly 30 years, under the guidance of tai chi GrandMaster Liming Yue – “a journey of discovery that is just as powerful now, as it was then”.

Nick teaches regular in-person classes in Teignbridge and Torbay, including specialised seated classes, groups for NHS patients with Parkinson’s disease and post-pandemic online live streaming classes throughout the UK. He has a substantial lineage in Tai Chi, culminating in the award of 2nd Duan Wei from the Chinese Health Qigong Association – the real deal.


Caspar founded Rite to Freedom in 2008 initially to support disaffected young men undergo a rite of passage through wild nature and myth. His personal and professional journey through addiction and trauma recovery over 35 years helped developed this vision to widely support those in recovery,including emotional, mental and physical health.

Caspar has written four celebrated books, drama documentaries, BBC radio short stories, a Guardian column and more. He is an award-winning filmmaker – there will be a showing later today.


Cathy Towers is active in areas of confidence, play and personal growth through the tools of improv, public speaking, body and psychological therapy. She hosts a show on Phonic FM called Speaking Out

This event is part of Bloom Festival
Bloom Festival is a day of free activities to promote good mental health and wellbeing. Bloom is here to encourage and enable discussion, raise awareness of local support services and to utilise creativity as a tool for self-expression.

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