If you want to change your relationship with alcohol, then accepting that there could be a problem and booking yourself on a workshop is actually the hardest part of the whole journey.  Once you’ve found your people, and discovered how to make those changes, you are well on your way to a whole new life.

One woman came along to a workshop and couldn’t believe what a small group we were.  She was expecting a big hall with at least 100 people complete with motivational speakers – oops!  Another woman had a sleepless night worrying that she would have to ask Hotel Reception where the “How to Stop Drinking” course was.

So, to make that difficult first step just a tad easier for you, here are those FAQ’s:

In 2015 it became apparent that I would need to stop drinking. I tried to do this alone but it was hopeless. Every time I failed my self esteem would plummet. I decided I had no willpower which was a serious character fault. I looked for help. I went to AA but it was not for me. I thought about rehab but it seemed too drastic. Eventually I went to the UK where I found a one day workshop which enabled me to quit drinking. I returned to SA and as I became more secure in my sobriety it occurred to me that with 25 years of experience in training and development I could design and facilitate my own workshop.

That’s how New Beginnings was born and now more than 1000 people have attended our workshops. Many of those people now play an active part in our growing community and as Sober Buddies and are busy helping others to thrive in their alcohol free life.

We limit the sessions to just 15 people as we want to create a supportive and relaxed environment.  Although we have a lot of content to share we encourage interaction and discussion.

We begin the day with introductions and ask people to talk about their relationship with alcohol.  These “shares” are entirely voluntary but we find that people usually open their hearts which creates a powerful bond for the day.

This is what one lady at our last workshop said about the shares:-

“I never imagined that the workshop would be such a profound and deeply moving experience. The sense of connection and safety within the group enabled me to be vulnerable and trust a complete bunch of strangers with my fears and shame.  I am deeply grateful to you for the wonderful opportunity you created.”

Since the pandemic we have switched our workshops to Zoom.  To be honest we were nervous and we wondered how we could replicate the personal bond we had been creating during the face to face workshops.

We were pleasantly surprised and as an added bonus we are attracting people to our workshops from all over the world which is enabling us to build a truly international community.

We start with intros and shares, then talk about how we need to change our mindset rather than to rely on willpower. We remind you how damaging alcohol is for your brain and body via presentations and a video clip. The afternoon kicks off with a motivational talk from someone who has given up drinking and is experiencing the benefits of sobriety.

Then to the heart of the workshop which is the “toolkit” – 15 tried and tested techniques/strategies to help you make the changes you want. We end the session with some action planning and an alcohol free bar. Check out this guest blog from Jo who came along to a workshop a while ago and takes you through the day.

If I had to describe a “typical” workshop participant then it would be a woman in her 40’s with a successful career and a family. The stress of juggling a career and family led to a couple of glasses of wine a night to relax. Those glasses gradually became a bottle – 7 bottles of wine a week plus a bit more at the week-end. I would not describe most of the people who come along as “alcoholics” – but they are probably “almost alcoholics” as described in this podcast.

Career wise we see journalists, lawyers, CEO’s, executives and entrepreneurs as well as some stay-at-home moms. We even get people from the wine trade, including one wine farm owner who is now happily alcohol free! We usually have a couple of guys at workshops but it’s mostly ladies (not that the guys complain). We also see quite a few married couples and they usually do very well as they are able to set joint goals – here is a guest blog from one of those couples.

It is that fear that keeps so many of us trapped for years. We say just come along to the workshop with an open mind and listen to us busting all those myths around alcohol. Spoiler alert – drinking alcohol is not an essential part of a fulfilled and happy life – whatever the liquor industry may wish you to believe. We do realise that the “f” (forever) word is a scary one so we set workshop participants an objective of 100 alcohol free days after the workshop.

After 100 sober days you will feel completely different physically and mentally – and will be in a better place to make the decision regarding what to do next. The majority of people are loving the way they feel and are ready to commit to another 100 days, and then another – until it becomes the new normal.

It is that fear that keeps so many of us trapped for years.  We say just come along to the workshop with an open mind and listen to us busting all those myths around alcohol.  Spoiler alert – drinking alcohol is not an essential part of a fulfilled and happy life – whatever the liquor industry may wish you to believe.  We do realise that the “f” (forever) word is a scary one so we set workshop participants an objective of 100 alcohol free days after the workshop.

After 100 sober days you will feel completely different physically and mentally – and will be in a better place to make the decision regarding what to do next.  The majority of people are loving the way they feel and are ready to commit to another 100 days, and then another – until it becomes the new normal.

You will have created your personal action plan during the workshop. This will cover your reasons for making a change, together with the people who will be able to help you and the tools you are planning to use. Approximately a week after the workshop you will be entitled to a one hour individual recovery coaching session to finalise your action plan and set you on track. This cost of this session is included in your workshop fee.

The workshop will have given you a new mindset, tools and motivation.  Now it’s all about implementation so if you are not already a subscription member we will be recommending that you sign up.  That will bring you into our warm and welcoming community who will help you to stay on track.

It makes even more sense to become a member BEFORE the workshop as then you will benefit from a R250 members’ discount on the workshop.

Monthly membership is just R75 and you can join up here.

Last year we did a survey of people who had attended our workshops.  We discovered that 44% of the respondents had stopped drinking completely and 31% had cut down – meaning 75% had changed their relationship with alcohol as a result of the workshop – yay!  93% said they would recommend the workshop to a friend and indeed many of our bookings come from personal recommendations.

If you want to read some personal testimonials then please click here.

Please see the latest dates on the “Workshops” page on the website.

Our workshops are always oversubscribed so the workshop fee is non refundable but can be transferred to a different date.