Edinburgh 2019

We are very excited to be bringing the Connective Parenting Conference to Edinburgh on 21st September 2019.

When and Where?

The Conference is taking place on Saturday 21st September at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel.  We have a section of the hotel just for the conference so you don’t need to worry about trying to find your way around.  There is plenty of parking available on site.  Alternatively there is a tram stops about 0.5 miles away and the train stations are accessible via the tram or taxi.

The hotel address is 111 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8NF

  You can find all the details for the hotel here.

The day starts with registration from 9.15am and finishes at 4.15.

9.15  Registration

9.45  Welcome

10     First Workshop session

11      Morning break

11.30 Second Workshop session

12.30 Lunch

1.30  Third Workshop session

2.30  Afternoon Break

3       Fourth Workshop session

4       Time for general discussions

4.15  Finish

The workshops

We have a great selection of workshops taking place at the conference – there’s something for everyone. When you book your ticket you’ll be able to book the workshops that you want to attend.  They are on a first come first served basis, so book early to guarantee you can attend your first choices.

Managing Meltdowns

In this workshop we’ll be looking at how to manage the meltdowns in a way that reduces their occurrence over time. You’ll discover what to do and what not to do in the moment and after they’ve happened. You’ll leave with practical strategies you can start to implement straight away. The workshop is suitable for parents with children of any age or need. Led by Sarah Fisher 

Child Sleep Issues

Little Sleep Stars typically works with children up to the age of 6 years, although methods are suitable for children who may be chronologically older with delayed aspects to development. The workshop will briefly cover the science of sleep but focus on common challenges around bedtime and waking through the night including how to support children who exhibit anxiety-related sleep issues. Led by Lauren Peacock

Helping your anxious child

This workshop will look at how you can help your child when they are feeling anxious.  We will look at how anxiety affects the brain and share ideas to help them manage their feelings and express their thoughts, to reduce the anxious feeling. Led by Esther Seymour-Shaw

How to Use Mindfulness and EFT To Gain Control of your Emotions

A hands-on interactive workshop to learn how to control your emotions. Helping you to remain calm and change your perspective, no matter what the situation.  EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping) The workshop is suitable for parents with children of any age or need and will help both parents and children. Led by Lindsay Inglis

Freedom through Laughter 

A workshop where you will laugh away your stress. Laughing is easy when life is going well, and you are feeling great. But often in these gloomy moments, laughing is the last emotion on your mind. Laughing is free. Readily available anytime, anywhere. Learn how to use laughter to recover from difficult moments. Led by Lindsay Inglis

Parenting Teenagers

Adolescence is such an important phase for parenting. Yet many parents can feel worried and powerless. It can be a rewarding, yet challenging, time and research shows that parenting confidence goes up towards the end of Primary school and takes a dramatic dip in teenage years. This workshop will help deal with challenges and provide tools, strategies and understandings that lead to a calmer, happier, family life. Led by Karen Sieben

Managing Stress 

In this workshop we’ll be looking at:
  • What is stress and where does it come from
  • The filing cabinet analogy of brain management
  • How stress affects our body and emotions
  • Simple strategies to reduce our stress levels at home
  • Activities to be used with our children (aged 4+) to support emotional intelligence and resilience
Led by Karen Sieben

Strategies for Children with Sensory Differences

This workshop will look out how sensory differences can impact on children with regard to everyday activities at home, at school and in the community. We will look at the seven sensory systems – touch, proprioception (body awareness), vestibular (movement), hearing, vision, taste and smell). There will information on strategies that can help children and parents cope with difficulties in these areas. The content of this workshop is suitable for parents of children in the age range 0-18 years. Led by Maria Doherty

Improving Wellbeing in Children & Adults with Flower Essences

In this workshop you will learn about the benefits of flower essences for improving mental and emotional wellbeing in children and adults. Find out what flower essences are and how they are made. Learn about specific essences that can promote self-confidence and self-esteem, reduce fears and worries and help the individual cope with change, loss or grief. Hear how flower essences can help support you as a parent by improving your energy and promoting your own wellbeing. Led by Maria Doherty

Understanding Anger 

In this workshop, we’ll uncover why children (and adults) get so angry, why they don’t seem to be able to handle their feelings and why they still take it out on us, even when they don’t want or mean to. I’ll show you how I find the root cause of anger and techniques to change it and help children (and adults) deal with their hurt feelings to find their inner calm. Led by Esther Seymour-Shaw

Looking after you

The parenting journey can bring up many mixed emotions and we can easily fall into judging ourselves.  Self-compassion helps combat our self-criticism and feelings of  worthlessness and supports us to be kind to ourselves whilst honouring and accepting our humanness.

 This workshop explores:

-What self-compassion is

-The importance of self-compassion in our parenting and family life

-Explores self-compassion exercises and techniques so you have a toolbox of ideas available to you when you need them

Led by Karen Sieben

Raising  your presence

Do you feel like your child ignores you?  Maybe they don’t want to spend time with you and make that very clear.  The opposite might also be true that they never want to leave your side and it feels a little suffocating. In this workshop you are going to discover how to change that, whichever issue you’re struggling with.  We’ll look at how you can build the relationship so that they want to spend time with you (even teenagers!) and are comfortable without you at their side 24/7. It’s appropriate for parents with children of all ages and needs. Led by Sarah Fisher
You will need to choose one workshop to attend in each session, which you will book when you buy your tickets.  Spaces on each workshop are limited and booked on a first come first served basis.
Session 1 Understanding Anger Managing Stress Child Sleep Issues Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Session 2 Helping your anxious child Parenting Teenagers Managing Meltdowns Improving Wellbeing in Children & Adults with Flower Essences
Session 3 Understanding Anger Looking after you Child Sleep Issues Strategies for Children with Sensory Differences

Session 4 Helping your anxious child Managing Stress Raising your Presence Laughter Yoga


“Fabulous day.  I loved the structure as it gave me time to think between each workshop and I wasn’t rushing from one to the next.”

“Not only have I learnt a lot today, it’s been great self care.  The food has been lovely and it was good to be able to talk to others who understood my issues”

“I was worried about turning up alone, but I needn’t have been.  I was greated by a friendly face at the registration desk and introduced to other parents.  I felt very welcome.”

The workshop leaders

All of our leaders are experts in their fields.  They will be available during the breaks as well to talk to you, so if you can’t get to their session you’ll still get the opportunity to talk to them.

Sarah Fisher

Sarah is passionate about supporting parents to help them transform their family’s lives, whatever challenging behaviours they be experiencing.  As a single adoptive mum she understands the difficulties of parenting, particularly with the added complexities of additional needs and trauma. She is an NVR and Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) Practitioner and uses both approaches in her work with parents.  The NVR approach supports the child’s development and helps parents build strong, connected relationships with their children.  RTT helps parents to release their own worries and concerns, empowering them to be the phenomenal parents they already are.    www.sarahpfisher.com

Maria Doherty 

Maria is a Flower Essence Practitioner and works from her home in Edinburgh as a complementary therapist. She has worked with flower essences since 2008 and uses ranges from all over the world including Bach, Australian Bush Flower, Alaskan and many other ranges. Maria has an Advanced Practitioner qualification in Flower and Vibrational essences and is a member of the British Flower & Vibrational Essences Association. Maria is passionate about enabling people to achieve wellbeing through complementary therapies. She has qualifications in Reiki, Metatronia and Indian Head Massage. Maria also works part -time as a paediatric occupational therapist.

Maria Doherty

Maria works in the Children & Young People’s Occupational Therapy service in NHS Fife. She also works at The Edinburgh Practice with children and young people.  Maria has worked as a paediatric occupational therapist since 1986. She has worked in Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland. Maria has specialist experience with children with a range of developmental issues such as Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia), Autism, ADHD, sensory difficulties and other developmental conditions. Maria aims to enable children to participate as fully as possible in everyday life and empowers parents with the tools required to support their child to achieve their potential.  

Esther Seymour-Shaw

Esther Seymour-Shaw is a Rapid Transformational Therapist, working mainly with children, helping them turn their lives around in as little as 1 or 2 sessions.  I work with children on anything from anxiety, lack of self belief, children who are bullied, eating disorders, sleep problems, agoraphobia and dyspraxia, to sports/exam/theatre and educational performance. Sessions are highly successful in pulling out the root cause of issues and changing their beliefs, empowering children to reach their potential with a very quick turnaround. I love watching children achieve anything they want to achieve, just by changing their outdated beliefs!

Karen Sieben

Karen has been a primary school teacher for the last 24 years but now works as a life coach.  As part of her work she has supported families with their relationships and teenagers with their self-confidence and friendships. Karen has two teenage girls and has experienced being a single mum for a number of years.  Her style of parenting has changed, especially over the last two years, and she is passionate about helping families develop greater connection, peace and harmony. www.aurora-lifecoaching.co.uk

Lindsey Inglis

Leaving school, I went into Nursing and became fascinated with anatomy and physiology.  I continued studying as I raised my family, qualifying in Hatha Yoga, Usui Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Energy Healing, using EFT and Mindfulness-Based Inner Repatterning in my practice in Edinburgh.

I became a Laughter Yoga leader in 2018 and I’m currently studying kinesiology. I regularly run workshops for creating Vision Boards and Facebook live video challenges to help people build their confidence in every aspect of their life.

These workshops and daily challenges run alongside an online course focusing on Mindfulness in everyday life.


Lauren Peacock

Little Sleep Stars is owned by former tired mummy Lauren Peacock. The realisation that children can learn to sleep well without being left to cry was a one that changed life for Lauren and her family and ignited a passion for child sleep, ultimately prompting a career change from lawyer to child sleep consultant. With the most up-to-date, evidence-backed training underpinning her work, Lauren uses only gentle methods to equip parents to teach their little ones to reach their sleep potential in a way that is not an ordeal for either parent or child. www.littlesleepstars.com

Ticket Details

Early Bird Tickets are available until midnight Monday 2nd September.  They cost £75 each. From Tuesday 3rd September tickets will be £95 each.      

What do you get with your ticket?

Refreshments throughout the day.

A hot lunch prepared using local ingredients.

Savoury and sweet snacks in the afternoon.

A goody bag full of resources and information.

Your choice of 4 workshops.


Book your tickets now!



 What if I change the workshops I want to attend after I’ve booked? It may be possible to change the workshops after booking, it will depend on availability.  Email enquiries@sarahpfisher.com if you want to change.  You can only request to change workshops once.   My partner can’t make it, does that matter? No, it’s absolutely fine for you to come without them. I’m worried about coming by myself. That’s totally understandable.  Turning up someone where you don’t know anyone can be daunting.  If you’d like us to arrange for someone to meet you email enquiries@sarahpfisher.com and we’ll arrange it for you.   Are tickets refundable? No, but if we have a waiting list we will off your ticket to those on the list.   You we pay for tickets via invoice? Yes, please email enquiries@sarahpfisher.com for details.  
Can you cater for dietary requirements? Yes.  Please just let us know at least 7 days in advance.  (you can include it on the booking form)   Is there parking at the hotel? Yes, there is plenty of parking.   Is it suitable for all parents? Yes.  There are a selection of workshops so you can choose the ones that suit you the best.  Some are age or need specific, other more general.   Can grandparents or others who look after children come? Yes, absolutely!  Anyone is welcome who is interested in the workshops available.

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