– Mo Keegan – Workforce Development Manager
I recently attended the 8-week Breathworks mindfulness programme with Mindfulness Liverpool. It was facilitated by Dave Spencer and Andrea Cygler, who are both exceptional teachers. Joining the group and not quite knowing what to expect I was immediately welcomed and soon started chatting with the other delegates. I was amazed at the different walks of life we all came from (solicitor, sports coach, teacher, counsellor, probation officer, receptionist, etc), all with one common aim – to learn how to quiet the mind and focus in the busy world we all live in.
Dave has a calming aura and just being in the room with him supports your wellbeing. He has exceptional skill at making mindfulness become real, and supporting you in encompassing it into daily activity/life to make a difference. Andrea is an excellent teacher and is able to make the concepts come to life by putting them into context with stories from her own life. They both excel at listening and the ability to answer any question that is posed.
I got such a lot from the programme, as well as some well needed “me-time”. In my whirlwind life this practice has enabled me to be calm, and much more focused, in both my work and at home. Mindfulness Liverpool provides a safe place to learn and practice mindfulness, you will leave feeling relaxed and with a positive mind-set. I will certainly be sharing these concepts in my working life to help others, as well as continuing to use it myself to stay in the moment and enjoy the here and now.
– Lynsey McGrath – Mindfulness Teacher
I attended Dave Spencer’s Mindfulness for Stress course as part of my own personal development, and also my CPD (Continuing Professional Development). Being a teacher of Mindfulness myself, I wanted to develop my own knowledge deeper, and see how others delivered the concept. I have to say that I was amazed at the amount of information and inner wisdom that I gained from this course.
Both Dave and Andrea were brilliant in their approach. Mindfulness can be a challenging concept to deliver, yet they did so very well and made it enjoyable, informative and very easy to take on board. I would recommend anyone, for professional or personal gain, to attend this course.
– Clive Cook – BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist
With an understanding of psychological interventions, and some experience of practicing mindfulness, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I gained from both the theoretical knowledge and practical elements of this course.
The course content, supplementary readings, group discussions and professional delivery from David and Andrea allowed participants to engage and achieve everything they expected from the course and more!
– Jenny Walsh – CBT Therapist
I signed up for the Mindfulness for Stress course with the aim of learning new techniques to incorporate into my work, but I gained so much more than that! Dave and Andrea provided an opportunity for both reflection, and new learning, within a supportive environment, along with excellent course materials to help deepen our practice.
The sessions were invaluable, the teachers were inspirational and I really enjoyed my time with the group. Since the course ended, I have continued to practise mindfulness and fully intend to develop my skills further.
– Jan Canter – Solicitor
I found this course deeply fulfilling, particularly in the way it combined the theory of mindfulness with real practice. I would go as far as to say it has certainly provided me with some vital tools for life, which I am now using on a daily basis.
The world we now live in is far more complex, and in many ways more difficult, than it has ever been. Proper coping mechanisms to deal with the stress which is around us, especially in the work place, are so much more essential. For me, practising Mindfulness will go a long way to making sense of it all, and dealing with that stress.
This course, into which Dave and Andrea put so much personally, has enabled me to do this.
– Linda Thompson – Deputy Headteacher
I can honestly say that my life has changed since taking part in the Breathworks course. Rather than my life operating on my stress levels and making rash decisions, I feel like I am now able to slow down, think, and make much more informed choices.
The catalysts for stress are still in my everyday life, but I am now able to react and deal with them more calmly and positively. Rather than worrying my life away, I now have a bank of tools that I can use to help me put my problems in perspective, and deal with them more efficiently.
Mindfulness doesn’t take your problems and stresses away, but it does give you the skills to deal with them in a much more positive way. Dave and Andrea are lovely people who accept everybody and allow you to be and accept your true self.
– Andrea Denton – Occupational Therapist
I completed the Mindfulness for Stress course with Mindfulness Liverpool in May 2016. Dave and Andrea provided excellent guidance in exploring the effects of stress, and applying Mindfulness as a resilience technique.
The course was well planned with weekly reading and practice to do at home, and the learning atmosphere in the sessions was open, welcoming, and responsive to participants needs. It was fun and reassuring learning with the others on the course, and, as it was a relatively small group, felt friendly.
There was a good variety of practical exercises and discussion, making the content easy and enjoyable to follow. Andrea and Dave are brilliant and patient teachers and I felt able to ask for extra support if needed. The course catered well for learning at home, with access to audio-recorded exercises, and weekly prompts to help maintain motivation.
Doing this course has helped me to effectively be able to manage the stresses of 21st century-living and was a truly enjoyable, enriching experience. I would look forward to other similar courses from Dave and Andrea and I very much recommend doing the Mindfulness for Stress course with them in Liverpool.