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Warm greetings with the very best wishes for 2018 to you!

The main story

I hope 2018 will be successful in so many ways for you! As I am so passionate about what I love doing and because I have seen such positive changes in people’s lives happening, I aim to continue to help you to create an extraordinary quality of life.

2017 was another very good year for Solution Ways – I am super grateful for being able to deliver the work that I love doing, and I thank you so much for working with me. It all has been fantastically rewarding and sometimes also quite challenging. I have been doing quite a lot of work with rather larger groups, using the solution focused progress plan for team- building in 2017. One of the team-building workshops I delivered, was at a beautiful retreat centre in London (Jamyang Buddhist Retreat Centre). I look forward to working with them again in March. I also want to give a HUGE thank you to the businesses and charities that have worked with me for over a few years now –  I thank YOU for your enthusiasm, dedicated work, and your trust in me. I especially want to thank Kerry Smith Architects, Montrose, for asking me back to deliver workshops in team-building and progress focused training, you guys absolutely rock and it shows! I also want to thank the charity Forget Me Not Club, Banchory, for allowing me to work with their staff, carers and service users for quite a few years now – I really appreciate all you do.

The Yoga programmes are a huge part of my life. It keeps the work/life aspect in balance for many people, including myself. I teach the Yoga and meditation classes at the Pilates Hut, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, Inchmarlo, Banchory. Attending these classes are excellent for stress-management and are very helpful in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Feel free to discuss with me if you are thinking of joining and have any questions around this. Thanks so much everyone of you who join the weekly classes and retreats. It is such a pleasure passing on what I have learned on the yogic path and to witness you develop your own practice. I have found the more I practice, I seem to realise how much I still am learning. Every day is a new beginning for me too.

I also thank the teachers, especially Swami Samarpananda, Swami Omkarananda, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Venerable Angie Muir for being so kind in giving support and spiritual advice in how to practise yoga, meditation and mindfulness and how to include this in training programmes.. Going to India in 2017 was one of the highlights for me and it has certainly deepened my understanding of yoga and meditation on many levels.

I continue to deliver the Solution Focused Talking Therapies, such as Life Coaching and the Business Coaching Programmes, all being in the solution focused approach. Bookings can be taking for appointments at The Banchory Health and Therapies Practice, Phone: 01330 825333.

The Solution Focused Wellbeing Plans are also still part of the team building in the corporate and third- sector programmes – these programmes help to prevent‘burn-out’, support the highest performance in the workplace and includes a toolkit in how to maintain a healthy state of wellbeing on the individual level.

With every best wish for a super healthy and joyous 2018,


Claudia van Zuiden, 
CEO and Director of Solution Ways and Founder of Om Shanti Yoga Scotland
‘A Holistic Solution Focused Practice – Coaching, Consulting, Wellbeing and Performance Training’.  

Upcoming events

I am really happy to share the latest upcoming events with you – you are invited to all of them. Often, I hear from people, these events to be life-changing and certainly, life-enriching. I hope some of these are of interest to you too:

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“ DETOX and FOCUS on my Life- Purpose Retreat”
Date: Saturday 27th January 2018
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Venue: the Pilates Hut, Inchmarlo, Banchory
Costs: £35 pp

This workshop/ Mini – Retreat will include Meditation, Pranayama, Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

At this workshop/ Mini-Retreat, you will learn some helpful meditation tips and get a chance to practice them. Also, you will be shown how to relax the mind more when it is really busy with many thoughts. These techniques are really beneficial for stress management and generating vital energies. 

This will be a class of gentle yoga for BEGINNERS and ADVANCED practitioners.

ALL levels welcome – booking ESSENTIAL by email:
By mobile: 07766710259
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/156290485129734/

16 Guidelines for Life Level 1 Training

Date: 24-25th February 2018
Venue: Solution Ways, Inchmarlo, Banchory, Scotland, UK
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Cost: £135 pp
Concession: £125 pp

Learn how to:
Increase emotional resilience and confidence
Improve relationships
Achieve a greater sense of well-being and purpose

The 16 Guidelines for Life:
How we think -How we act – How we relate to others – How we find meaning in life

Practical tools inspired by Buddhist philosophy for making life better whether your greatest challenges exist at home, work, community or the world beyond. The 16G workshop is suitable for people of all ages, beliefs and cultural traditions.

Facilitator: Claudia van Zuiden

Bookings by Email: solutionways@hotmail.co.uk
For information visit my website and/or visit: www.16guidelines.org
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967628066820815/


International 16 Guidelines Retreat Gathering
(International facilitators and Speakers)
Open to all who have attended a 16 Guidelines Level 1 workshop.

I will be facilitating Yoga classes in the mornings and will facilitate a workshop on ‘16 Guidelines and Yoga’ at this retreat.
Date :24th-28th August 2018
Venue: Vajrayogini Institute, Marzens,France
Cost : 180 € plus accommodation
For information :16attitudes@gmail.com



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16 Guidelines Level 1: Toolkit for a Happy and Meaningful Life


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Hi everyone – I am so excited to share the 16G workshop with you in Scotland! Ever since I did my 5 Tibetan Yogas teacher training with Dekyi Lee Oldershaw (10 years ago in January, time flies!) I have been integrating the 16G in my personal life. Dekyi Lee is the co-author of the 16G book and a board member of the Foundation of the Development of Compassion and Wisdom. A few years ago, I decided to take the Pathway to become a worldwide accredited facilitator for the 16G as I believe it is such a practical and hugely beneficial toolkit for life skills and am really serious in sharing what I know about it all.

I have invited you to this event to let you know that this event is happening on the 9th and 10th September in Findhorn, Scotland. If you are unable to attend, then please keep the 16G workshops in mind. I will organise more of the 16G workshops in the UK, and there are possibilities for Nepal and India also. The 16G is is a worldwide programme, hence I let some of my Nepalese and Indian friends know as some of you showed interest in the 16G for Leadership programmes.

If you are unable to attend this event could you please help me and share this event with your friends too? As always, I so appreciate your support as we continue to make a ripple in the big ocean to deliver a creative, compassionate and mindful education programme in the world.

With gratitude and kindness,


Click here for the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life Level 1 workshop FB page event

Happy New Year from Solution Ways

The best wishes for a abundance in happiness, good health and joy for 2016!  Here is the link to the latest SW Newsletter:

Best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and joyful 2016.

Happy New Year to you from Solution Ways, Scotland, UK!

Firstly, best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and joyful 2016.

Secondly, I want to share with you that it was really good for me to continue to be working with a solution focused mindset, even in the sometimes most difficult problematic situations. I truly benefit in thinking/ living and being my life in this way. I also find that this sustains my energy levels much more healthily, and that I can stay focused on what helps me to live a meaningful life rather than feeling stressed or overwhelmed in a very hectic world.

Because of this, I am also really looking forward to again another great year working together with you. I look forward to continue to supporting YOU to maintain YOUR life as good as possible and to help to make YOUR good dreams and visions to manifest with ease.

In 2015 Solution Ways continued to offer:

  • Therapy/ Coaching Consultations
  • Training in Solution Focused Interventions and Communications
  • Solution and Progress Focused Business Coaching
  • Solution Focused Leadership Training
  • Solution Focused Interventions Workshops
  • Team Building Workshops
  • Meditation Classes
  • Yoga classes; Hatha- and Five Tibetan Yoga’s
  • Reiki treatments
  • Reiki Practitioner training
  • Art for ‘heArt and Mind’ classes (individual and group sessions) in:

~Mandala painting
~Therapeutic craft workshops

It was great to be working out of the Space at the Creamery, Craigmyle, Torphins and other ‘pop-up’ offices in Scotland. However, it looks like I will be even more ‘on-the-move’ in 2016, as the interest in Solution Focused Approach in coaching, therapy and counseling is becoming more and more popular in business and personal coaching/ training. We will continue to update you about further developments about this process.

Last year Solution Ways also delivered more training in Solution Focused Approach Post Traumatic Counseling in Nepal, after the country was hit by two devastating earth-quakes. We managed to donate nearly £6000 to people in need Nepal because of very kind donations by many of our family, friends and Solution Ways customers. Thank you all so much for your immense generosity.

“My advise for a great 2016 is: Stay focused on developing and maintaining your personal strengths and inner qualities, learn from what went well in your past success stories and be gentle and compassionate with yourself and others.”
If you would like to stay updated about the latest news on workshops etc. by Solution Ways then please let us know by replying to this email.

You can also find and follow Solution Ways on: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and on our blog: www.solutionways.wordpress.com

Thank you again so much for all your interest, support, custom, likes and recommendations.

Your feedback, stories and ideas is truly appreciated; so thank you so much for staying in touch.

With every best wish,Claudia van Zuiden, Director and CEO Solution Ways,
Solution Focused Practice for A Meaningful Life.


Scotland, U.K.

Phone: 07766710259
E-mail: solutionways@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.solutionways.wordpress.com
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The Hive

What is the Hive?

The Hive is a support network and platform for business women, women entrepreneurs, women in leadership roles, women who are looking for inspiration to continue their creative and productive ideas and any other women who feel that they might benefit of actively participating in this group.

Being part of this networking group we can call upon different strengths of others too and we will then network with women we actually know something about. We can then offer something in return of our strength, service or product, which will encourage mutual sharing and supporting each other.

How can that help a woman?

Feeling less isolated
Gaining more confidence
Getting business advice
Getting out of your own ‘rut’
Getting inspiration
Free advertising
Social Networking, such as Facebook

We can pass on our directory, such as who we have found helpful to work with or who worked for/with us. Somebody will always know somebody.

We aim to have some structure in every meeting and will have some time for ‘other stuff’ to talk about too. We will have themes for meetings, as we are all busy, so we’ll know what we will be attending and we will focus on the next theme also.

We encourage you to share advice, such as one women stated at the first meeting, that she has never advertised her business, in thirty years. Worth by mouth has been her strength. Which was helpful to hear for some other women.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting! Please invite your friends if you feel they want to be there too!

Meetings and events are announced on the Facebook Page:

The Hive

Next event:

The Hive Business Women Network Lunch Event

Transformation Yoga: Five Tibetan Yogas Sessions

Transformation Yoga….is this for you?

Transforming 5 Afflictive Emotions to Five Wisdoms through Yoga, Movement and Meditation. You do not have to be a Buddhist Practitioner or have any previous experience in Yoga or Meditation.

If you would like to book your space or would like more information about this event, feel free email me:

Friday morning sessions. Start: 14.08.2015 for 4 weeks.

This will be a class of gentle yoga for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

Cost: £35 for 4 weeks.

Event page: Five Tibetan Yogas Sessions with Claudia van Zuiden

Photocredit: http://www.doyouyoga.com


The Space at The Creamery

Craigmyle road, AB314HP Torphins

Please support the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, Scotland UK

Please help us to support people who are affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. As you know, the death toll continues to rise with 4,800 confirmed dead. The United Nations estimates that 8 million people have been affected throughout the country through lack of shelter, food and water, and access to medical care.

The Impact

By donation to this CAUSE your money will go directly to the people who need it!

I have previously worked in Nepal with the people who are coordinating these different humanitarian projects we are hoping to support. We totally trust that your money will go to where it is needed most, such as hospitals,

Your donation will make a direct impact on someones life so please give what you can!

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are not able to contribute,  that doesn’t mean that you can’t help:

  • Please get the word out and make some noise about this campaign.
  • Please use the Indiegogo share tools when you do! Thanks so much!

Here is the link: