Wednesday 30th November, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Sante, Perth

A company’s culture built on the wellness of its team is a thriving one. Wellness isn’t just about physical health, although that is a crucial element. It’s also about giving options to employees that encourage them to nurture their body, mind, heart and soul. During this event we’ll be hearing from Catriona McCaw, Mindfulness Teacher at and Philly Alexander Cancer conqueror and Business Owner as we learn more about the importance of health and wellness in business.



Sante Wine Bar and Restaurant, St John’s Place, Perth PH1 5SU

Sante Wine Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of Perth. Next to the famous St John’s Kirk, the building dates back to the last century. Sante is an ideal and relaxing venue for the people of Perth to come and sample the best of Scottish products cooked in a Franco/Iberian fusion style cuisine. Sante is open every day from morning ‘til late serving coffee, lunch, dinner or just an after-work drink.


We’ll be enjoying a delicious pescatarian buffet, and refreshments prepared by Sante’s chefs.


£12 Members / £13.50 Non-Members


Philly AlexanderPhilly Alexander

Cancer Conqueror & Business Owner

Home-Based Business to Home-Based Health

Natures’ Pharmacy – A Journey of Discovery

Over the last 18 years Philly Alexander has built a successful home-based business spanning 19 countries from her residence in Invergowrie, near Dundee.  3½ years ago, her life was turned upside down when, by an amazing turn of events, she was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer which had progressed to Stage 2 with 2 tumours in her left breast. Her medical team told her that she would have to have a mastectomy followed by the relevant cancer treatment.

A chance conversation with a friend and business colleague opened her up to the idea of the ‘Science of Food’ and a naturopathic route to deal with her breast cancer and, after 3 months of intensive research, she made the choice against all conventional medical advice, to delay any type of conventional treatment and put together her own ‘Cancer Protocol’.  Within 7 months she only had 5% of one tumour left and after 12 months she was completely cancer free.

Philly would like to share with you some of the critical components that she believes can help anyone to take more control of their Health and Wellness.  For her, cancer is like a ‘Perfect Storm’ so knowing, understanding and eliminating some of the potential contributory factors to chronic diseases – just makes sense!


Catriona McCaw – Mindfulness Teacher at

Catriona’s background is in mental health nursing, working latterly in Perth with the Scottish Dementia Research Network. She left the NHS in February this year, and after some travelling is focusing on delivering mindfulness training in Perthshire.

Catriona first came across Mindfulness in 2001 when it was introduced to NHS staff. She felt something from her training but didn’t really know what it was. It wasn’t until after 2007 when Catriona took a retreat on the beautiful Holy Isle on the west coast of Scotland, that she really felt the benefits of mindfulness, and began practicing on a regular basis.

Catriona completed 2 years of mindfulness studies training with Aberdeen University, and began teaching in Perth in 2013 at Perth Yoga Studio where she still teaches. Catriona is particularly interested in the kindness and compassion component of mindfulness, and its relevance to every aspect of our lives.

Catriona lives just outside Pitlochry with her partner Andy and a few chickens.

“Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. By being fully present in this way – not forcing things or hiding from them, but actually being with them, we create space to respond in new ways to situations and make wise choices. We may not always have full control over our lives, but with mindfulness we can work with our minds and bodies, learning how to live with more appreciation and less anxiety.

Making mindfulness a frequent aspect of daily life requires training and a lot of practice. If you’re motivated, a fresh perspective can begin to emerge and extend to the whole of your life – when we start practising mindfulness, we’re embarking on a journey that helps us live life more fully, to really be alive”.


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