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ISSUE 5 – SPRING 2015 Peter Hawkes


Amber Tokeley Features editor James Rand Terry Dean

Copy editor Team facilitator

Penny Goddard Area manager THREE COUNTIES NORTH Melina Williams Area manager HERTFORDSHIRE Caralyn Bains Area manager WEST CHILTERNS Trudy Fernando Area manager MID CHILTERNS Louise McDonnell Area manager SOUTH BUCKS Sophie Dubus Features advertising Donna Forbes Web master Rob Bentley

Bookkeeping & accounts

Angela Woodward Distribution co-ordinator Kirsty Wright Mark Cowie

Social media reporter Cartoonist


We are grateful for help with promotion, in particular from: Daniel Glasheen, Marie Knight, Jay Nolan-Latchford, Keith Ecott, Salva Malik and Sian Bentley-Magee.


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Welcome back

As the name of our website suggests, this magazine encourages you to make connections with like-minded people – to find the people that you resonate with – your ‘tribe’. The meaning of our lives comes from the relationships that we have, not only with our partners, but with friends, with work colleagues, with the world around us, and, most importantly, with ourselves. Much of our focus on the outer world can be on material gain:

homes, cars, possessions, technology. Sometimes it’s wonderful to escape this focus and to get back to nature: a walk through Chiltern woodland or hills for example. Our inner focus is often on the gratification of our five (or more!) senses. We might do this through music, food, art, massage or spirituality. This magazine celebrates those who help to create these experiences for us. Not only do they bring pleasure but they can also provide healing in an increasingly busy and confusing world. Read more on the page opposite.

CALL to work with us 01494 793000 We distribute to art galleries,

garden centres, gyms, therapy centres, bookshops, cafés, salons, surgeries, art and gift shops, libraries and diverse community venues, all across the Chilterns.

I hope you enjoy this Spring issue, Peter Hawkes Our area of coverage for issue 5

Our themes wellbeing

Complementary therapies Exercise and fitness Sport and leisure Holistic treatments Health and nutrition Children and parenting Weight management Counselling

green living

Farming and horticulture Organics Gardening and nature Herbalism Transport Eco products Environmental groups Local food

positive thinking

Changing perceptions Life coaching Diversity and equality Meditation and mindfulness Spirituality

Learning and education Relationships and confidence Philosophy and psychology


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is an independent group providing a beacon of positivity by connecting like-minded and heart centred people through words and images

(map with thanks to the Chiltern Society)

Art & design Crafts Theatre and drama Music and dance Comedy Photography and printing Film and cinema Festivals

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If you’d like some free magazines to display at your venue, please contact us and we’ll deliver. Please call 01494 793000 to subscribe at £15 a year for 4 issues, to cover postage and packing. Articles and advertisements can be placed by calling the same telephone number.

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