People come to learn Mindfulness for a variety of reasons; some are looking for ways to self-manage stress in the workplace,
Other people are looking for strategies to support them with anxiety and depression, to help prevent the recurring cycle.
Mindfulness can teach you ways to self-manage your physical and emotional reactions. But, don’t take our word for it!
The following testimonials give you an idea of the positive feedback we have received about the way we teach and, the benefits of mindfulness training and having a regular mindfulness practice.
Participants of MBSR Courses:
“Having read a few mindfulness books I just wasn’t getting the whole mindfulness thing […] Jo is very knowledgeable and dedicated to helping people to help themselves through sharing the content she has developed in an easy to understand way. I’ve now completed an eight week programme and have a toolkit that I can use on an ongoing basis to help me on my mindfulness journey.”
“I attended a Mindfulness Course led by Jo, and can definitely recommend working with Jo to anyone considering taking part. Thanks to Jo and the Mindfulness course, I learnt a lot about my thoughts, my worries, how to handle them and deal with the inevitable stresses of life that we cannot avoid, but can now plan for and know how to ease and lessen the negative impact when it affects me. I’ve been able to recognise the signs of stress and worry in my life, be aware of how I react to them and what I need to do to help me avoid or deal with them. I know now how to manage my thoughts, my breathing, listen to my body, how to understand the grounding method, and to the benefits of taking time out just for myself. Jo really does care about what she does, about you as a participant, how you feel, what your concerns and worries are, and how she can help you to use Mindfulness as part of your regular routine.”
“Gently eye (and mind) opening, Jo introduced exercises and disciplines that had initially small effects but built collectively into something compelling, affective and rewarding. I work in a pressured environment and used to battle blindly through stressful situations, not realising how worked up I was and how much it was impacting my ability to work effectively. Since learning the mindfulness exercises with Jo, I am now able to recognise when things are getting too much and head off a really bad day, by taking time out to quickly check-in with myself, have a short 10 minute practice and then continue with renewed energy and clarity of thought. I find I use the practical mindfulness meditation exercises throughout my day; on the train, in a quiet corner of the office, before I get up in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. It’s a small investment with far reaching impacts for me and I’d thoroughly recommend Jo’s approach and teaching to anyone looking to discover how mindfulness can work for them.”
MBSR Graduates who regularly attend the online top-up sessions:
“Usually when focussing on difficult situations that are coming up or have past, my mind races but this reflection felt a lot more controlled and my difficult situation ended up feeling a lot more manageable.”
“I truly think that it’s through practicing mindfulness that I am able to look at these situations in a different way and recognising that the feeling is a feeling, not who I am as a person.“
“I really enjoyed it tonight. It felt much-needed. I’ve not been giving myself as much time for my meditations recently, so I need to get back into my previous habits, as I notice now when I’ve not allowed myself enough time for it.”
Participants of Mindfulness Workshops & Retreats:
“What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I was originally skeptical, but I came out of Jo’s sessions feeling relaxed and stress free, with my mind totally uncluttered. This is a beneficial technique I will definitely use going forward.”
“I enjoyed a very relaxing 2 hour in the company of Jo, my daughter and best friend learning and practicing the art of Mindfulness. Before the session, I confess that I didn’t really know what to expect or what Mindfulness was all about and I felt a bit apprehensive and not convinced that it would be for me, but was pleasantly surprised at how easy I found it to ‘switch’ off and before I knew it, the session was over! After each segment, we talked about how we felt and what we had experienced, as each time, I found it had affected me in different ways. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is curious about Mindfulness, as I was, or just wants some peaceful ‘me’ time. Thank you, Jo. I will keep practicing!”
“I found the session very useful came away relaxed and happy. The breathing exercises were helpful specially with the sound how different sounds affect me. The exercises at the end walking and stretches were brilliant really made me realise how we don’t take time to embrace the simple movements. The poems were brilliant. Thank so much for helping me to realise that that it’s OK to take time out and embrace life. Love the singing bowl too.”
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our workshops, retreats and courses. Your testimonials are incredibly valuable to us.