Venue this month: Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT (near Russell Square Underground Station).

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March 2017

1 March @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Speaker 1:

Banged Up: Universal Life Lessons from America’s Toughest Jails

Shaun Attwood

“Shaun’s story is the Manchester rave scene meets The Wolf of Wall Street and ends in The Shawshank Redemption” – Jon Ronson author of The Psychopath Test

Shaun Attwood ran multimillion-dollar businesses in the stock market and Ecstasy dealing until a SWAT team smashed his door down. Forced to go on an inner journey in Arizona’s deadliest jails, Shaun identified what it takes to get the most out of life.

At The Yes Group, Shaun is going to share his life-enhancing strategies with you. These include:

  • how to put a circuit breaker on negative thoughts
  • how to increase happiness by reducing the ego and helping others
  • how to appreciate the small things, as taught to Shaun by a Mafia hit man serving 141 years
  • how to overcome fear and build resilience
  • how to employ the wisdom of the ancient philosophers
  • how to rise from rock bottom to achieve any goal
  • how to use relaxation techniques to maintain performance

Having rebuilt his life from scratch, Shaun is now a bestselling author and public speaker, who does over 100 talks a year, inspiring tens of thousands of people’s.  At Yes Group, Shaun will be encouraging you to conscientiously transform your life.

Shaun is a speaker, author and activist based in London, who is banned from America for life. As an inmate in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jail, he used a tiny pencil sharpened on a cell door to write the first prison blog, Jon’s Jail Journal.

His writing, smuggled out of the jail with the highest rate of death in America, turned the international media spotlight on the conditions: dead rats in the food, cockroaches crawling in his ears at night, murders by guards and gang members.

I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, I became a stock-market millionaire.

But I also led a double life. An early fan of the UK rave scene, I threw raves and distributed Ecstasy in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy the Bull Gravano, who put a hit out on me. On May 16th 2002, a SWAT team knocked my door down.

Facing a 200-year sentence, I entered a lengthy legal battle. After two years of being held unsentenced, I was convicted of drug crimes. I was sentenced to 9½ years, and served almost 6.

I had only read finance books prior to my arrest. While incarcerated, I submerged myself in literature – reading over 1000 books, including many classics. By studying original texts in psychology and philosophy, I sought to better understand myself and my addictive personality. I credit books for being the lifeblood of my rehabilitation.

Released in December 2007, I continue to campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio – the boss of a jail where guards were murdering mentally-ill inmates. I keep Jon’s Jail Journal going by posting stories mailed to me by my prison friends.

In July 2008, I won a Koestler award for a short story, which I read to an audience at the Royal Festival Hall.

Banned from America for life, I presently live near London, and talk to student audiences across the UK and Europe about my jail experience and the consequences I faced by getting involved in drugs and crime. I have appeared on TV worldwide, speaking about issues affecting prisoners’ rights.

I am the author of my life story, The English Shaun Trilogy, which consists of Party Time, Hard TimePrison Time  and a self-help book, Life Lessons.



Speaker 2:

How to Make Relationships Flow

Louise Van Der Velde

Louise Van der Velde is an international sex and relationship expert, TV presenter and author. She is well-known for her regular appearances on TV and radio and her best-selling new book, Decent Proposal.

Want to know everything you need to know to have fantastic relationships?

Do you want to attract “the one” or optimise your current relationship?


Relationship expert and TV personality, Louise Van Der Velde, will share with you how to have this and more at this month’s YES Group London event. 

In Louise’s words:

“Relationships offer us a fantastic oppertinity for growth, be it through the feelings of love we crave and experience, or through the challenges we face. How can we embrace these opposites so we can flow with the souls truth, take the lessons we need and be happy and fulfilled in the oftern challenging area of sex and  relationships.  
My life story challenges societies model of happy ever after, loosing my husband 10 years ago turned my world upside. But on the very day he died my life took a different turn, one which showed me there is a bigger picture at work, and when we know how to surrender to the flow it all works as it should, for the lessons we need to learn. How do we take the lessons even from the lowest points, how do we love again.  
Conditional love vs unconditional love. I will be sharing tecniques we can use to approach relationships from the heart and soul, trusting the flow, rather than struggling with the mind, and expectations of how it should be. Everyone’s journey is unique. 
What are the common issues come up in relationships and how do we solve them? We know we can not solve problems at the same level we created them,  so why sex and in particular tantra excersises can  transform issues on the energy level and finally how to manifest into your life the partner(s) you really want. “
From this talk you will:
  • Learn how to have great relationships
  • Understand why you might have struggled before
  • Learn how to break these patterns 
  • Understand how to have soul centred sex and relationships and why that’s important
  • Be able to attract your twin soul.
Louise is a recognised personality from many TV shows and the media. Often having taken a controversial position on relationships, based on unconditional love. As well as conventional views on the subject.
Louise – also known as the Pleasure Professor – has counselled via the media for almost 20 years. She was the resident sex and relationship expert on ITV1’s Lorraine show with Lorraine Kelly as well as Trisha on Channel 5. She is in regular demand as an expert commentator on relationship issues on the BBC, ITV (This Morning), Channel 4, RTE in Ireland (The Saturday Night Show) and Australia’s Channel 7 (the Sunrise breakfast show).
This talk will be interactive and fun with you trying tantra tecniques for yourself. Experience is education anything else is just information!


1 March
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Holiday Inn London – Bloomsbury
Coram Street
London, (Russell Square Tube) WC1N 1HT United Kingdom
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