Over 30 years of empowering people to realise their potential and lead fulfilling lives

Hi, We are the centre for emotional education.

We are a small dedicated group of people committed to helping people express who they really are, discover what they are really capable of, and make a real difference in the world. 

Starting with the work of Jean Bond in the 1980s, we have created a theory and method of working with people that really works. 

We created and ran a centre for emotional education in Atlow in Derbyshire, England for over 25 years. 

We developed the first ever academic qualification in emotional education in the world with the University of Derby. 

Collectively, we have authored numerous books. 

Our work has been featured in places like TEDx, the BBC, and the Sunday Times. 

We have worked with organisations like the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Big Lottery Fund, and the National Youth Agency.  

But most importantly, we have worked with thousands of individuals on our courses that has resulted in fundamental changes in their relationships with themselves, with others, in the work they do, and what they have decided to do with their lives. 

This course was one of the best things that happened to me. It allowed me to feel ‘normal’, accepted, safe, loved and that I could trust people again

Sarah, Course Participant

Where it all began

Jean seemed to have it all, a good job, a good house, a good husband, but deep down still felt that there was something missing, that there must be more to life than this! The problem was that she did not know what that ‘more’ was. 

She was introduced to a personal growth course that changed her and how she saw herself and the world. Already being a University lecturer, this life changing experience set her off on a new path to teach people something very different to what is taught in schools and Universities. 

She developed her own personal growth courses that addressed the serious problems with the ones that you mostly come across. She wanted to put compassion, connection, and courage at the heart of these courses and it turned out to be hugely successful. 

Since then she has taught thousands of people and helped them overcome feeling stuck, trapped, alone, stressed, anxious, insecure, fearful, and not good enough. She has helped them to find their real selves, discover their unique talents and passions, and realise their potential. Her courses have been the foundation for people to live more authentically, have more satisfying relationships, and live more fulfilling lives. 

Jean and Tim set up the Atlow Mill Centre for Emotional Education, developed an academic qualification in emotional education, and set up a training programme for new facilitators of her work and courses. Matthew, Joanne, and Jade have all been taught by Jean and gained the academic qualification. 

The business moved online and so became the Centre for Emotional Education as it no longer had a physical building in Atlow in Derbyshire, England. But the work continues and continues to find new ways to make more of an impact on people’s lives. 

You can read Jean’s story of how it began here

It was like being handed the keys to a prison cell and being released… it has completely changed my outlook and behaviours

Lisa, Course Participant

So what is emotional education?

Life is lived through emotions, yet we get next to no education on emotions.

Emotional education is a method

If we want to know about who we really are, express ourselves sincerely, live without pretense, develop deep and meaningful relationships, and experience life to the fullest, then we need to become educated about our emotions. 

Emotional education is a theory

Equally, if we want to know when to trust our feelings and when to not to, what our limitations are and how to push our boundaries, and how to make the most of our lives, then we need to become educated about our emotions.

Emotional education is a process

Emotional education is the process by which you become self-aware, discover your real self, develop the skills to transform your relationship with yourself and others, and find meaning, purpose, and direction in life.

My life is almost unrecognisable, and for the better

Anna, Course Participant

Who We Are

Jean Bond, Founder and Mentor

Founder of Atlow Mill Centre for Emotional Education | Author of Behind the Masks: Discovering Your True Self | Educator | Researcher

Tim Jennings, Founder and Mentor

Founder of Atlow Mill Centre for Emotional Education | Systemic Family Therapist | Educator | Researcher 

Joanne Barry, Course Facilitator

Emotional education facilitator | Educator | Registered counsellor  

Jade Murden, Course Facilitator

Emotional education facilitator | Educator | Community activist

Matthew Gibson, Director

Educator | Researcher | Author 

It has helped me to be myself in more settings… it has helped me to be a genuine person

Jeremy, Course Participant

"What I have learnt through attending the courses has been nothing short of transformatory"

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