East Wing Practice

Compassionate Caring Community

Welcome to East Wing

Located in the heart of Westbury, East Wing is created by the community for the community. It is a space for counselling and psychotherapy, meditation and study.

We have organically developed throughout the years to include healing in its widest sense. We highlight three principles: not knowing; bearing witness; and compassionate action. Together, these inspire the possibility of staying open without holding fixed ideas. It means we stay open to possibilities.

This allows us to fully bear witness – to both the joys and suffering in the world. This in turn cultivates the intention to engage in compassionate loving action towards both our self and others. All our events and services are offered on a donation basis.

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The Ecosattva Project – working with the climate emergency. For more information please email contact@eastwingpractice.co.uk.

About

A brief history of East Wing

East Wing began in October 2013 as part of the Buddhist chaplaincy work of Dr Jan Gentaku Mojsa (a local Westbury resident, psychotherapist and Zen Buddhist novice priest). Jan trained at Upaya Zen Center with Roshi Joan Halifax, Roshi Bernie Glassman and other teachers. We are now part of the Breadloaf Mountain Zen Community with Sensei Brian Joshin Byrnes. Like the Zen Peacemaker Order, East Wing has a simple intention – to be of service. We place relationship at the heart of our work. Our work continually unfolds. We collect food for the food bank for members of the community who require a hand at difficult times. We offer therapeutic support through our counselling and psychotherapy service. We also offer mindfulness meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and Reiki as a resource of well-being and help at times of anxiety and stress. We are home to an organic food co-operative where we are able to work together to offer affordable and sustainable food. We see our community as far and wide. Since 2016 we have delivered aid to refugees in Calais. For those more specifically interested in Buddhism, we have a regular sitting group – The East Wing Sangha – a community of spiritual friends who meet every fortnight on a Sunday afternoon. Details of all of these and other events at East Wing can be found in the website and also on the ‘What’s On’ banner. Check out our Facebook page too.

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Counselling & Psychotherapy

We're here to listen

East Wing offers free and low cost counselling and psychotherapy for people across the community. We also have a counsellor who is specially trained in working with young people. Our practitioners are committed to psychological healing and mental ‘wealth’.

As a team we work together as a co-operative and as such support each other’s development as accomplished practitioners. We see pain and suffering arising not only from within but also through social injustice and poverty. For information about the team working at East Wing please see their details below.

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Sitting Group

East Wing Sangha

Kyodo and Gentaku

The sitting group meets every 2 weeks on a Sunday afternoon between 3 and 5pm and is usually led by Buddhist priests Kyodo Sinclair and Jan Gentaku Mojsa. Our format for the afternoon is simple. We engage in meditation for an hour – both sitting and walking.

This is followed by a discussion, inspired by an essay or article chosen for its interest and study point. They often focus on compassionate engagement and how to apply some of these ideas in day to day living. The group (or Sangha, as it’s known in Zen) is continually engaged in a number of compassionate community projects. If you would like to be on our mailing list please email us.

Courses

Courses & workshops

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is simply about raising our awareness of what we are experiencing right here and right now.

Taking time out of our busy lives we sit, notice our breath, our thoughts, what we hear around us, the sensations within our bodies without striving to change anything. We do this with kindness and compassion towards ourselves.

Many people who practice mindfulness say they feel better equipped to deal with the ups and downs of life. They experience life fully, as it is. It can help us to manage stress and anxiety, improve our relationships and boost the immune system.

We offer an occasional one day ‘Mindfulness Saturday’. This is a good introduction to using mindfulness for well-being. We also offer 8 week Mindfulness Courses. On Monday evenings, a group sits regularly to help sustain weekly practice.

Listening Skills

Tai Chi

Yoga

Equine Therapy

Reiki

Practitioners

Who's who at East Wing

Jan Mojsa

Jan Mojsa

Founder
Jan is an experienced psychotherapist and teacher and first became interested in Buddhism in 1991. She has practiced within both Tibetan and Zen traditions.
Anne Newing

Anne Newing

Counsellor
Anne has been working as a counsellor for many years in Westbury and Trowbridge.  She trained in the 1990s at Wiltshire College and since then has been working in private practice and a number of agencies.
Susie Atterbury

Susie Atterbury

Counsellor
An experienced therapist trained in psychosynthesis, I work with young people at Crosspoint in Westbury, as well as welcoming adult clients at East Wing. My work embraces ecotherapy, and I am training to facilitate The Work that Reconnects (Joanna Macy).
Jenny Joyce

Jenny Joyce

Counsellor
I believe we have within us the wisdom and strength we need to work with life’s difficulties. Sometimes we need some help to find those inner resources. I’d support you to explore issues and relationships in a safe, accepting space. I’m an experienced counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Sheridan Forbes

Sheridan Forbes

Yoga Instructor
Sheridan is an Ashtanga yoga teacher with many years experience. She is the owner of Ashtanga Yoga Bath and visits East Wing once a week.
Steve Desport

Steve Desport

Counsellor (Trainee)
Steve is completing a Bachelors degree in Counselling from Roehampton University through Waverley Abbey College, a Christian focused integrative training. Steve has an interest in sport, music and literature – and people!
Anne Tottingham

Anne Tottingham

Tai Chi Instructor
Anne practices homeopathy, reiki and tai chi. Anne comes to East Wing once a week to run a tai chi class.
Grant Morris

Grant Morris

Psychotherapist (Trainee)
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist in training. I am committed to providing a safe and non-judgemental space in which to explore difficult or complex thoughts and feelings, and to bear witness to how it is and what it means to be you in the context of your life. I will work together with you, with the aim of enabling you to live life more fully.
Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams

Counsellor (Trainee)
Hayley is a counsellor in training and is completing an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling at Wiltshire College. She works from an integrative perspective and offers both short term and longer term counselling.

Organic Shop

Vegan & organic shop

The food co-op arose out of our wish to mindfully share resources through buying organic produce in a sustainable way. We have a fortnightly pop-up shop where anyone can order and purchase items at cost price. This means that quality organic food is affordably available.

We also share recipes and ideas on how to cook and use vegan food. Contact us for more information on opening times and also if you’d like to initially sponsor items.

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Contact

get in touch

East Wing Practice
The East Wing
35 Church Street
Westbury
Wiltshire BA13 3BZ

Phone: 07940 937267
Email: contact@eastwingpractice.co.uk