Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Halcyon Life programmes for?

Halcyon Life programmes were developed for the Corporate market, and particularly for professional services organisations with IP-rich employees, who wish to ensure the health, wellbeing and resilience of their management teams and staff. Due to their personalised nature, they are also perfectly suited to private individuals.

What do Halcyon Life programmes cover?

Halcyon Life courses cover all of the critical areas of healthy living including fitness, diet, stress management and sleeping well in order to provide a very healthy, resilient and balanced individual who is able to perform at their very best, both professionally and in their personal lives.

What is different about Halcyon Life programmes?

Halcyon Life programmes offer a totally personalised, holistic and pro-active approach to health improvement. We provide access to the best trainers, dietitians, coaches and therapists during each programme (and on an ongoing basis if required) to make small, pro-active and incremental changes which over time provide significant improvements in health and wellbeing. We also provide personalised monitoring and support in the weeks after each programme to provide support and encouragement to ensure success.

How many attendees are there on Halcyon Life programmes?

In order to allow a highly personalised and tailored approach to be taken, Halcyon Life programmes normally have a maximum of eight attendees on each programme.

How do I contact you?

The best way to contact us is via email which we will normally respond to by the next working day. You can find a simple ‘Contact Us’ form here which can be used to ask questions, make comments or to request us to call you back to discuss our programmes in more detail.

Where are your programmes run?

Our programmes are normally run at ‘Greenlands’, Henley Business School’s beautiful conference centre on the banks of the River Thames just outside Henley. However, they can either be run in another suitable location of your choice or on-site, in a modular format to suit your requirements.

Why 'Halcyon Life'?

The name ‘Halcyon Life’ comes from the Greek story of ‘Halcyon Days’. According to Greek mythology, the Goddess Alcyone daughter of Aeolus, and Ceyx, son of Eosphorus the Morning Star, angered the gods by sacrilegiously calling themselves ‘Hera’ and ‘Zeus’. This angered Zeus and so while Ceyx was at sea, the god struck his ship with a thunderbolt. Ceyx appeared as an apparition to Alcyone to tell her of his fate and she threw herself into the sea in grief. Out of compassion for them both, the gods turned them both into halcyon birds, which were named after her.

The myth is described by both Ovid and Hyginus who also make the metamorphosis the origin of the term ‘Halcyon Days’. These are the days in winter either side of the shortest day when storms supposedly never occur. These were the days each year when Alcyone, as a kingfisher, laid her eggs and made her nest on the beach and during which her father Aeolus, god of the winds, restrained the winds and calmed the seas so that she could do so in safety. Hence the modern meaning of the phrase which means a period of peace and tranquility.

What was the inspiration for 'Halcyon Life'?

Halcyon Life was established by Paul Heywood when ill-health forced him to leave his position as an IT Director in the City in 2015. Previously diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2009 he has researched the causes of the disease and healthy living in general. Paul has put what he discovered into practice and with the assistance of doctors, trainers, dietitians and complementary therapists, has slowed down the progression of the condition and improved his health significantly. Convinced that this knowledge would have helped him to prolong his career, providing this experience to others, helping them to improve their health and wellbeing and enabling them to perform at their very best was the inspiration for ‘Halcyon Life’.