3-5 Day Residential Conductive Education Courses for Individuals with Parkinson’s at Passford House Hotel & Respite Retreats

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Photo by A. Elliott Senior Conductor and Co-ordinator. Heart shaped cloud over the nearby Setley Pond.

3-5 Day Residential Conductive Education Courses for Individuals with Parkinson’s at Passford House Hotel

Give value to your health and wellbeing by taking it to an all new level through our  classes specifically designed for individuals with Parkinson’s, while also experiencing the joy and tranquility of staying at Passford House hotel on a bed & breakfast basis in the beautiful New Forest UK.

The Conductive Education Programmes will take place in the mornings and will prepare you to fully enjoy the rest of the day. You will be able to experience the difference in your wellbeing when you start your day as Professor Pető intended when designed the programmes specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s.

Residential Conductive Education Courses are scheduled for April, May and June.



April 4th-6th 2016

April 18th-20th 2016

May 2nd-4th 2016

May 16th-18th

June 6th-8th 2016

June 20th-22nd 2016

PRICE: £485 per person

 2 nights B&B  

3 Days 3 hour programme including movement classess /mentoring and coaching.

For a 4 night stay and 5 day programme please enquire separately.


I am inviting you to participate and enjoy this programme, but most importantly, use it! In order to attain the well being that you desire and deserve you must weave the philosophy and the practise you will learn during this retreat into the fabric of your everyday life.

We welcome you to an incredible journey- a journey in which results and emotional rewards go hand in hand.


Respite Retreats at Passford House Hotel

Restore your energy, get creative with activities we offer if that is what you desire or just enjoy your ‘me’ time in a beautiful setting.

Please note that this is probably the first and only respite facility in the world  in a hotel setting.

Our ‘Respite Retreat’ is the ultimate home from home experience with added luxury of being on holiday and fully supported.

One of our fully qualified and experienced staff members is allocated just for you to make your stay safe and enjoyable along with  hotel staff to ensure that your are comfortable.

Arrive as guests, enjoy the peace and quiet of the New Forest surroundings and relax in front of the log fire on cold and rainy days.

Stay in superior, ground floor rooms, leading to the courtyard garden with easy access to leisure facilities, swimming pool, sauna and gym.

Combine your stay with our tailor made and individualised rehabilitation programmes specifically designed for people with neurological conditions.


Respite Retreat

1 night £440 Full board (Arrival at 10.30am and leaving at 1.30pm next day)

Includes light lunch on the day of your arrival, evening dinner, breakfast and a light lunch on the next day before you leave.

3 nights £1190 Full board

5 nights £1760 Full board

Please complete this form to register your interest:


Looking forward to meeting you and ensuring you that you have a truly enjoyable, creative and relaxing  ‘me’ time with us!



Conductive Education and Parkinson’s

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Please find links below to the article Published in Parkinson’s UK magazine.

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Bhanu Ramaswamy physiotherapist contacted me last year to help her with the article she was going to write up for Parkinson’s UK magazine about Conductive Education.

I was very excited that Conductive Education will be featured in the magazine as many people found great benefit from attending the classess, but there are many who have never heard of Conductive Education.

Bhanu was approachable, knowledgeable and lighthearted. It was great to connect with her.

At that time I was working at Paces Sheffield setting up their adult services at their new initiative the  Personality Development Centre, hence the acknowledgment at the end of the article.

The article gives an inkling about Conductive Education, but has been heavily edited by the professional advisory team at Parkinson’s UK head office.

Still we are in and I am very pleased and proud!

We are also going to present about Conductive Education on the World Parkinson’s Day event in Bournemouth at Pavilion Dance South West on Sunday 17th April.

Please find more about our services at http://www.szathmarytc.com



Countdown to our Conductive Education Retreat in Netley Abbey

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Hampshire, Netley Abbey, Interior

Netley Abbey appears to have been a popular place for the Austens to visit. This is a quote from Claire Tomlin’s “Jane Austen A Life.”

Even in ruins, the abbey continued to be influential, inspiring Romantic writers and poets.


“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” Jane Austen

I am busy making last minute arrangements for the 2015 Conductive Education Holiday Retreat for our children most of them who have been with us since they were tiny and now teenagers and grownups 16-25 years old.

We will have a very precious addition to our group from Germany a young lady, who is joining us first time!

My daughter Sophie and our trusted driver Tony will be waiting for her at London Heathrow and driving her down to Netley Abbey.

The excitement is growing daily as I am going through my list of things to do before collecting the keys on Saturday afternoon to open the doors of the big house we are renting that will host a variety of activities, including family meals for all our children and adults who have been with us over the years and will be visiting too!

I love sharing it with everyone who would like to see how one can run Conductive Education Retreats in style and beauty with as much fun as possible!

We are the first and only one, at the moment, but I hope that we will inspire others to experience the joy of giving this opportunity to children and adults whose lives are effected by neurological conditions.

As Evita my friend and coach would say:

What else is possible?

                    How does it get better than this?

                            How does it get even better than this?

              How can I have fun with this?

: )))

              Attitude: You haven’t seen anything yet!

Ps. As I was writing this post I had a text from Alastair the owner of the property, thanking me for booking and giving me all the necessary codes to access different parts of the house, finishing with “the pool is warm, hope you have a lovely break!”


This year our summer course will take place in a stunning property which is situated in an exclusive, gated development, within 100 acres of conservation woodland, in a delightful southern Hampshire village. This impressive, detached residence is set in three acres of grounds, complete with a lake and an indoor heated swimming pool. We will have 2 more students joining us than last year and one of them is coming from abroad!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”– Mark Twain

It has been our long held dream to be able to offer Conductive Education in a residential retreat setting. To create possibilities for individuals and groups to access Conductive Education programmes within beautiful surroundings that lift people out of their ordinary lives, nourish their senses and nurture their souls while providing the essential consistency which is the heart of the Conductive Education System. This dream had become a reality 3 years ago. Since then we have been having a fantastic time running retreats in different beautiful locations in the UK and abroad.

We search for places which are unique and provide our participants a holiday of a lifetime, while strengthening their commitment to their health and well being by being able to access and utilise the philosophy and practice of the Pető System.

Although this course is now closed we would like to invite you to participate in and enjoy our future retreats. Give yourself the gift of well being in stunning locations. But most importantly, use what you learn with us! In order to attain the well-being you desire and deserve you must wave the philosophy and the practice you learn during our retreats into the fabric of your everyday life. Please send your interest by e-mailing me at judit.szathmary3@gmail.com.


Mandy’s Tandem Skydive- for Project Stand By Me on the 29th July 2015

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Project Stand By Me

Project Stand By Me is my lifelong dream and vision that I have kept in my heart for over 35 years!
Ever since I became involved with Conductive Education at the age of 18 when I started my training at the Pető Institute, I had a strong desire to create an outstanding service in an incredibly beautiful environment providing a seamless provision from childhood to adulthood for children and adults with neurological problems and for their families .
‘Project Stand By Me’ is the legacy of the life work of Dr András Pető, a Hungarian Physician (1893-19670). A reminder of his outstanding ideas and the significance of their existence in the world of humanity.
Our aims are to preserve the qualities and unique features of our work, following our heartfelt calling to help, guide and lead humanity to become more, against all the odds.
Project Stand By Me is a community of like minded and light hearted individuals who have a calling and a desire to bring their special gifts, qualities, talents and wisdom to the project, ultimately creating an amalgamation of supporters and partners to manifest a powerful mastermind.

Everybody needs someone to stand by them. This project is the platform for experiencing and enjoying the power of giving, receiving and paying it forward.

Please read about Project Stand By Me here: Project Stand By Me ♥ final 1

Mandy Skydive


On the 29th July 2015 Mandy Elliott will be taking part in a tandem skydive, dropping almost two miles out of the sky to raise sponsorship for Project Stand By Me.

Please sponsor Mandy if it is close to your heart what Project Stand By Me stands for and offers!

It is your time to show your support.http://www.youcaring.com/project-stand-by-me-365361

Project Stand By Me provides empowering solutions and creative lifestyles for people with neurological disabilities. Please visit http://www.projectstandbyme.com for more information.

To achieve this, Project Stand By Me is currently in the process of securing funds for a building where the project will be based. All money raised from the skydive will go towards a building where Project Stand By Me will be based.
A £25 sponsor will buy a brick for the building. All sponsors names will be engraved on a special plaque on the building.

Thank you for your support on behalf of our team at Project Stand By Me.

For the future generation to come!



Conductive Education Summer Adventure in England 2015.

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Please click link for a sample of one our English holiday adventures specifically designed for a 25 years old young lady. Her parents’ wish was to send her to England and give her a gift… a holiday of a life time. English Summer Adventure 2015.

Of course every day is about learning independence while having fun and experiencing life  with many different and exciting expectations, demands, experiences and structures. : )

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”– Mark Twain



  1. Reflecting the elegant nature of the hotel’s architecture The Ritz London has a dress code in different areas of the hotel as follows: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie (jeans are not permitted) for afternoon tea in The Palm Court and for lunch and dinner in The Ritz Restaurant.

Merry Christmas from Conductive Education Richmond

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Merry Christmas from Conductive Education Richmond

(Please click on link above to view PDF file)

Classes are held in the Norman Jackson Family Centre, Hampton from 11.00 pm-2.00 pm.

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The Richmond Conductive Education project is generously supported by:

         Tel: 020 8560 0000

Next Conductive Education Course in Romsey

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Course Dates:

23rd October

6th November

13th November

27th November

4th December

8th January

22nd January

29th January 5th February

The classes are held at the Jubilee Hall, Timsbury. 


 For further information or if you would like to join the group please e-mail me at  judit.szathmary3@gmail.com 

 Conductive education is a specialised rehabilitation system, which was created and developed, by Dr András Pető a physician and pedagogue in the mid 1940′s in Budapest, Hungary.


By regular attendance conductive education can help with:

 Bradykinesia (slowness of movement)

 Dyskinesia (side effect of medication)




 Lack of facial expressions



The Pető System:

 Improves concentration

Improves strength and stamina.

Improves health and general well being.

Improves mobility, co-ordination, dexterity and fine manipulation.

Improves breathing, speech and communication skills.

Increases motivational levels.

Increases self-esteem and boosts confidence.

Provides natural pain relief for muscle spasms and joint pains.

Contributes to significantly reducing stiffness by maintaining and improving range of movements.

Increases independence.

Delays the need for hospitalisation/nursing care.

Provides training and guidance for family members and carers.

Provides a comprehensive support system for the whole family.