BHMA Conference - A Celebration of Change-Making - British Association for Holistic Medicine & Health Care
Loading Events

The BHMA is forty years old (1984-2024): where will healthcare go next?

This is a hybrid conference see below for more details. 

Our Autumn celebration will bring together BHMA founders, today’s activists, creatives, innovators and the upcoming generation of change agents.

We will be

  • Appreciating holistic developments and healthcare at its best
  • Sharing concerns about current problems and the challenges ahead
  • Seeing with new eyes: turbulent times as opportunities for creative change
  • Considering how to act for ‘deep adaptation’ both personally and collectively

Knowing that health, social justice and climate justice are intertwined, a more sustainable and compassionate approach to health and social care is possible. But first we need to tell new stories.  Because everywhere, industrial medical systems face entwining crises of cash, care, cure and commitment. Burnout is widespread.  It’s clear our ways of thinking about humankind, planetary health and healthcare need to change.

Obsolete narratives hold us in the past: redundant systems stagger on until better ones arise. Creativity and innovation are already transforming how we think about, teach and practice healthcare. The future – though it’s unevenly distributed – is already here.

Draft Programme for the in-person event at Penny Brohn UK:

Time Event Speaker
930 Arrive & refreshments
1000 WELCOME Dr Antonia Wrigley
1005 Morning keynote – BHMA origins  and relevance today Prof Peter Reason
1035 The struggle to innovate in the NHS TBC
1105 Social Prescribing.  The Frome project Dr Tim Rigg
1135 Refreshments & movement
1200 Developing holistic medical education & sustainability Prof Trevor Thompson
1230 Integrative Medicine Dr Elizabeth Thompson
1300 LUNCH – Soup & Salad
1400 BREAKOUTS (experiential and practical)
.      Practical Resilience with meditation & chair yoga Prof David Peters & Dr Thuli Whitehouse
·      Student session Prof Louise Younie
·     TBC
Art display throughout
1445 The WEL project for chronic disease Dr David Reilly
1515 Practitioners & students how can we start flourishing Prof Louise Younie
1545 World Cafe – move around 7 tables with one presentation topic on each + refreshments
1715 Plenary and takeaways
1735 We need a new story & closing thoughts Prof David Peters & Prof Paul Thomas
1800 End of conference
1810 Short AGM with appointment of new trustees BHMA Members
1830 Reception and fellowship awards
1900 Dinner   (with a short entertainment by our patron)  TBC
2000 Address  TBC
2100 End and networking


Price Category Price
*In-Person – go to bookings page
Early Bird & Member rate (until May 5th or sold out) £75
Student £25
Standard £95
Donor £120
Live Stream – go to bookings page
BHMA Members (password in newsletter & MN) £40
Early Bird (+ reduced price options for 2) £50
Student (+ reduced price options for 2) £15
Standard £70
Donor £100

* currently closed to general booking – we will notify you in our newsletter when this is open, or join waiting list via the live stream bookings page.


Go to Top