Growth and Resilience Conference

15/10/2019 7:30 am

As part of a programme of events celebrating the 25th year of Rowans Hospice providing care for people in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, we invite you to join our Growth and Resilience Conference.

Hear inspirational public speakers, take part in practical sessions to improve your resilience, and enjoy a performance of “Both Sides Now”, a play by national playwright Brian Daniels specially commissioned by Rowans Hospice Trustees to mark our Silver Jubilee.

Find out more about the day’s activities and how to book below.

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Conference Aims & Opportunities

As a Hospice, we pride ourselves on the compassionate care we offer to our patients, their family and carers. We are, however, aware that to provide this high level of care and understanding, our practitioners need skills and resources to maintain their own resilience. At times we can all feel that resilience is low, so the aim of this conference is to help people working in emotive areas such as palliative care to recognise this, and restore their own sense of resilience.

There is also the special chance to join us for an early morning yoga session and breakfast on the day. On the evening before, keynote speaker Ted Bowman is hosting a meal and pre-conference discussion, with accommodation available at the venue and in the local area. See booking options below to include these special extras in your booking.

As it is an opportunity to take some time away from the pressures of work and focus on restoring your own sense of wellbeing, we encourage you to wear casual clothes and leave your technology at home.

And, as this conference will enhance your personal skills, we are currently exploring options for Continued Professional Development accreditation. We welcome you to join the conference even if you don’t work in this environment but would like to find out more about resilience.

The Programme

9.30am… Registration
10am…… Welcome and Introduction
10.10am Key Note Speaker: Ted Bowman – Resilient Compassion
11am…… Coffee, networking and Resilience poster exhibition
11.20am Key Note Speaker: Dr Gemima Fitzgerald, panel and audience discussion
12.45pm Lunch
2pm…….. Breakout sessions
3pm…….. Refreshments
3.10pm.. Both Sides Now – a play by Brian Daniels Followed by a facilitated discussion
4.20pm.. Closing Summary

Breakout Sessions

Please click on each title to find out more about what you can expect from each session, and information about your session leader.

1. Mindfulness
2. Yoga
3. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
4. Self-Hypnosis
5. Harp playing
6. Spiritual Meditation

Conference Packages

Option 1: £135

Monday 14 October – shared supper and after dinner talk and discussion by Ted Bowman.

Tuesday 15 October – Optional yoga session and breakfast, followed by full day of conference activities. Accommodation must be booked separately with Park Place (rates from £25).

Option 2: £110

Tuesday 15 October – Yoga session and breakfast, followed by the full day of conference activities

Option 3: £100

Tuesday 15 October – Full day of conference activities only.


All options include light refreshments and a buffet lunch on the day.

How to Book

To book, please download a Booking Form and return to or telephone 023 9225 0001. Payment can be made in cash, by cheque or we can invoice you or your organisation.​

Staying overnight?

Accommodation is available at Park Place and must be booked directly with them by telephoning 01329 833043. There are also a range of hotels and B&B options in nearby Wickham Centre or Fareham. Suggested alternative accommodation can be found here.

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The Venue

Set in 18 acres of beautiful grounds, Park Place is a fine old Georgian house close to the Hampshire village of Wickham. This idyllic rural English setting is home to a small community of Indian Roman Catholic nuns who run a thriving pastoral centre for people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs who are interested in spiritual matters.

In addition to the courses, retreats and concerts organised in-house,  Park Place welcomes guests from the UK and beyond, in addition to serving the local community of Wickham. Park Place is part of the new pastoral area of Our Lady Star of the Sea, within the Catholic diocese of Portsmouth.

  • 15/10/2019
    7:30 am - 5:00 pm



Winchester Road, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5HA, United Kingdom


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