Officials had ‘crystal healing for beginners’ classes to beat work stress – while also having a wellness session available called ‘It’s all about me’
- Whitehall officials got a ‘crystal healing for beginners’ session
- Minister says it’s ‘hocus pocus b******s you’d expect in LA’, not Whitehall
- Other classes were ‘It’s all about me’ with a focus on ‘being kind to yourself’
Civil servants were offered a “crystal healing for beginners” session to relieve their work stress, it turns out.
The classes available earlier this month included a two-day wellness program called “It’s All About Me,” which focused on “being kind to yourself.”
Another event was titled “Turning Negative Thoughts and Language into Positive Affirmations,” according to the Guido Fawkes website.
An afternoon session called ‘Time to Unmind’ aimed to provide staff with ‘tools, training and exercises to support your mental well-being’.
Officials were offered a ‘crystal healing for beginners’ session to relieve their work stress, it has been revealed [File photo]
The day started with an hour-long counseling session for immigrant colleagues.
The “Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Healing and Deep Relaxation” was an interactive lesson on the alternative therapy that claims crystals and semi-precious stones have healing properties, but has no scientific basis. Famous supporters include Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry.
A minister told the Guido Fawkes website, “This is hocus pocus b*****s you would expect in LA, not Whitehall.”
A spokesman for the Cabinet Office, which circulated the list of activities, said: ‘Like most major organisations, the government agency organizes events aimed at improving the well-being of staff.
“We carry out additional due diligence to ensure that our in-house staffing offer is appropriate and value for money. The hearing in question has cost the taxpayer nothing.’
The ‘Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Healing and Deep Relaxation’ was an interactive lesson on the alternative therapy that claims crystals and semi-precious stones have healing properties but has no scientific basis
Yesterday it emerged that an anti-racism trainer had been recruited to give lessons to officials despite making anti-Semitic statements in the past.
Mizanur Rahman led a session at the Cabinet Office in 2019 titled An Inclusive Britain. But in 2014 social media posts, he likened Israel to “white supremacy.”
In 2019, the Home Office was criticized for spending nearly £3,000 sending officials to a recreation of the TV game show Crystal Maze.