See below for an array of things I think are worth sharing / shouting about.
I hope you find something here that you enjoy, find interesting & benefit from. Please ignore anything that’s not for you.
This listings is made for the joy of sharing and supporting others.
Cards on the table – There is only one ‘affiliate link’ in this list, and that’s for The Vegan Kind, who I think are brilliant. If you happen to make a purchase on their website via my link, I’ll eventually get a few pennies. Thank you!
My other affiliate links are in a separate section below this list of recommendations, so you can choose whether to use them or not. Thank you 🙂
Listings are in reverse alphabetical order.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge. I highly recommend this important and informative book about racism. Relevant to everybody.
- Warning, Contains Advice! A free e-book for yoga teachers. A book of encouragement, advice and food for thought, for yoga teachers. Text written by me. E-book put together by Jude Murray.
- Village Harmony. Singing & music workshops, concert tours & more, worldwide. High standards of musicianship with a refreshing & informed mindset, ethos & worldview. VH has changed & shaped my life. If you enjoy singing & want to see the world, check out Village Harmony camps.
- Verba Vocal, a youtube channel of singing exercises that I think are quite good / helpful depending how you use them. They can’t replace one to one singing lessons, but can be a nice starting point for practice
- VH: Northern Harmony. High level performance group, formed from VH alumni, which tours worldwide. Mind-blowingly beautiful & diverse live music.
- The Vegan Kind. Online vegan supermarket run by a friendly small company with its heart in the right place. TVK make it convenient to go/try vegan, helping reduce & put an end to animal cruelty. Good rewards schemes & offers, & ‘surprise boxes’ you can subscribe to. Whether you’re vegan or not, do try it out.
- Unicorn Camps. “Vibrant, fun & peaceful events where children, teenagers & adults can find friendship, creativity and community.” I have taught, learned, laughed & healed on numerous of these, & highly recommend. Unicorn camps are also the birthplace of GLOW choirs.
- Tristram Plants. Gardens, flowers, plants and nature are undeniably good for body, mind and Spirit. Binsted & Walberton nurseries, created by Rosemary & David Tristram, grow impressive numbers of plants every year, & are now both led by Mike Tristram. Find out more on the website, & follow progress on twitter @TristramPlants
- Suicide Prevention Training, Resources and Help: Olly’s Future; Start The Conversation; Grassroots Suicide Prevention; Stay Alive App.
- Songbook. I’ve been writing songs for a cappella voices most of my life. You can purchase individual song packages, and songbook bundles, at my webshop.
- Samaritans 116123. Helpline open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Call when you need a kind and optionally anonymous ear, to talk about anything at all. They’re here to help.
- Red School. Period-positive resources to understand, embrace & work with the menstrual cycle. Healing and informative for anyone who menstruates or knows someone who does. Their ethos & resources also include menarche & menopause.
- The Natural Voice Network. My professional network: People who work/play with voice & song, & believe that singing is everyone’s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability. The network was founded by Frankie Armstrong. GLOW Choir is a Natural Voice Choir with the philosophy, ethos and practices of the NVN at its core.
- My Genderation. “Ongoing film project focusing on trans lives & trans experiences. Created by trans people, about trans people, for a much wider audience. Aiming to show trans people in a realistic way, to combat stereotypes, myths and misconceptions. To date, My Genderation has produced 80+ films, shown at film festivals worldwide, on Channel 4 (My Trans Story), the BBC (New Genderation) and online.” Fox and Owl twitter: @theFoxFisher & @uglastefania
- MindOut. Mental Health Charity supporing LGBTQIA+ people. MindOut’s team are all LGBTQ+ & have lived experience. MindOut offers support services, peer support groups, counselling, suicide prevention, training, info, advocacy, wellbeing help, online chat support & more.
- Mike South Photography. Brighton based photographer who loves to capture people’s passion in both digital and film formats, & to create lasting memories of special events. Mike did a photo shoot for me, which see you can see the results of here. Mike also provides landscape and architectural photography services, and has antique film cameras for unique photo opportunities. Mike has generously made most GLOW choir videos, helping capture wonderful community music memories. Contact: email@example.com
- Matilda Tristram – Comics and more. Preschool animation writer, author, illustrator & teacher, based in London. Matilda makes funny, moving comics about the lovely & the awful things in life. She’s written for children’s TV, published a graphic novel about being diagnosed with cancer while she was pregnant, written picture books for children, & makes comics and drawing guides for adults. I’m very proud to say she’s my sister!
- Made of Human / Secret Dinosaur Cult. Comedian Sofie Hagen makes thought provoking, hilarious, healing, badass work. Sofie’s ‘Made of Human Podcast’ (also called MohPod) involves a range of guests, chatting deeply and wittily about life. MohPod is about connection. Secret Dinosaur Cult is a deep & comedic podcast about “Dinosaurs And Daddy Issues,” & a million other things, by Jodie Mitchell & Sofie Hagen.
- ipse wilderness. Wilderness therapy! Guided transformative walking-talking journeys. Trips are themed to focus on different aspects of mental health and take place in wilderness locations around the UK. ipse wilderness is run by a good friend of mine, who couldn’t be more perfectly suited to this work.
- Health At Every Size, & other resources that are fat positive & body positive. If you’re interested in social justice, respect and equality, having a better relationship with human bodies, &/or physical and mental health, then check out these resources!
- Beat Eating Disorders
- Book by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor: ‘Body Respect, What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight.’
- Gem Kennedy, Body Liberation Coach
- Health At Every Size movement!
- HAES Slides about principles & why so may prevalent ideas about weight & health are damaging and false
- Militant Baker’s Body Positive Resource List
- Sixteen47 clothing by Dawn French & Helen Teague
- Sofie Hagen’s website, TED Talk, & book ‘Happy Fat: Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You’
- Your Fat Friend – incredible book, essays & social media
- Helping Hats. A friend taught me how to knit with just my fingers – known as finger-knitting – and I started making finger-knitted hats, and selling them to support good causes & earn a few bob. Email me if you’d like me to make one for you/a friend, & let me know what charity you want me to support. To see photos, see the Blog Post from when I started the project.
- GLOW Choir Brighton. Natural Voice Community Choir for LGBTQIA+ people and Allies to come together in song. All voices are welcome without auditions or judgement! Songs from around the globe in many moods and genres, all taught by ear. Come along and sing with us!
- Educate & Celebrate. Transforming schools & organisations into LGBTQIA+ Friendly places. Creating safe environments for staff, students, governors & parents to thrive. Aiming to enable everyone to be themselves without fear of discrimination. Increasing visibility around Sexual Orientation s& Gender Identity, changing and saving lives.
- Editors Three. Proofreading and editing for your novel, brochure, thesis or website, from three professionals who met while working for Time magazine.
- Ecosia is a search engine that PLANTS TREES as you search! Help save the planet by replacing your standard search engine with Ecosia.
- Do Your Om Thing. Yoga, meditation, podcasts and more from the down to earth, respectful, questioning, compassionate and unique human, Rosie Iles-Jonas.
- The Clare Project. A self-supporting transgender support and social group based in Brighton & Hove, open to anyone wishing to explore issues around gender identity. The website highlights Clare Project’s own activities, & also gives links to other trans groups & organisations.
- Cheeky wipes make washable re-usable period products, & related items. Their washable pads are comfy & beautiful. An initial purchase saves money long term and reduces waste right away. Cheeky Wipes make it easy to live more sustainably.
- Chris Brown Facilitates. Top quality trainer, embodied coach and consultant specialising in LGBTQIA+ inclusion, suicide prevention, mental health and wellbeing. Co-founder of the charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention. Chris Brown has a wealth of experience and expertise that have benefited many, and she continues to do great work via zoom in Covid-19 times. I’m proud to say she is also my partner.
- Bi Pride UK. Award winning charity for Bi+ identified people, supporting people who experience attraction beyond gender, and/or identify within the Bi+ umbrella. I’m proud to have been part of starting up this project, fueled by negative experiences of biphobia & by the excitement of meeting incredible people who share a similar vision for Bi+ visibility, rights & events. What the team have gone on to do with this project is incredible. Thank you Bi Pride UK team!
- Art Explorations. This is a gallery of some art I enjoyed making and felt like sharing. Content warning! This art contains nudity, religious & mythical imagery, blood, wounds, creatures, & magical symbolism, in a big bizarre beautiful melting pot of playfulness. PLEASE DO NOT VIEW THIS GALLERY IF any of these things would be inappropriate or upsetting for you. Thank you! However if this content sounds appealing, safe and suitable for you, then do dive in and enjoy some art.
- About Balance. Yoga & wellbeing studio, run with community values at its core, & emphasis on affordable holistic wellbeing. Run by Effie.
Thanks for taking a look at my recommendations list. Please find further recommendations below, including affiliate links. Thank you if you choose to purchase through these links: I hope you will find something that you like.
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* I will not get much even if you do choose to purchase through them (a few pennies, eventually): so really just choose to look at what interests you.
* Astrol Light: Bringing the beauty of the moon and stars into your home, for relaxation, atmosphere and ambience. I got one of these on sale as a gift for someone: I’ll let you know how they like it!
* The Vegan Kind. Online vegan supermarket run by a friendly small company with its heart in the right place. TVK make it convenient to go/try vegan, helping reduce & put an end to cruelty to animals. Good rewards schemes & offers, ‘surprise boxes’ you can subscribe to, plus good recyclable packaging and sustainability initiatives. Whether you’re vegan or not, do try it out.
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