Mark

Participant - Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course

Katie is fantastic. She has significant knowledge about mindfulness practice and is very caring.

She was clearly well prepared, and the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course gave me an important understanding about how to manage pain.

Anne

Participant - Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course

Despite being initially wary of what a mindfulness course might entail, I have recently completed a Breathworks MIndfulness for Health 8 weeks introductory course facilitated by Katie, and continue to attend her drop-in sessions. The course was both interesting and helpful and the drop-in sessions provide useful ongoing support. 

I appreciate the fact that Katie is practical, evidence-based and down-to-earth in the way she presents everything. Essentially for me, mindfulness is not a belief system, but suggests a different approach to coping with pain and/or difficult situations. 

Katie is an excellent facilitator. She leads the meditations well, is respectful, and responds in a knowledgeable and helpful manner. She enabled all members of the group to access the meditations and the course content by encouraging us to find our own ways of relating to the concepts and practices, giving us plenty of ideas as to how to do that.

I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone interested in this sort of learning.

Clare

Participant - Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course

Katie was an excellent, wise and encouraging teacher.

All the sessions ran smoothly to time without any sense of being rushed, despite the full timetable.

Everyone was encouraged to participate in the way they felt most comfortable with and all questions and interpretations were reflected on and discussed in an open and generous way. Concepts that were more difficult to grasp were presented in more than one way, enabling understanding and giving clarity.  

For me, the course provided a starting point for bringing mindfulness into my daily life, an acceptance of where I am and an understanding of the need for pacing and being kind to myself.

Angela

Participant - Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course

This course far exceeded my expectations & for that I am eternally grateful.

The gentle teachings of this course were delivered with skill, knowledge, wisdom & compassion by Katie ~ it was exactly the answer for managing my pain that I had prayed for.

I can’t speak highly enough of Katie Sheen’s teaching ability, her skills, knowledge, compassion & understanding of ALL the material. It was very evident she practiced what she taught. Her depth of knowledge & understanding of all areas & key aspects of the material was second to none, applying it to everyday challenges, experiences & situations. 

Everybody on the course was supported & nurtured throughout. Each student found their own personal path & preferences as the course progressed. Open non-judgmental discussion was encouraged, which facilitated greater understanding. Each person’s views / experience was compassionately accepted & at times gently encouraged to view it from a different perspective, creating a deeper understanding of the session. Very well done by Katie, especially if a student appeared to be despondent or lacking incentive to experience a certain exercise.

The examples Katie gave from her own personal experience were always appropriate, heartfelt & sincere which in turn anchored in information of the course further. Katie’s own experiences of incorporating the key principles of the training were hugely beneficial, providing clarity but also permission to accept what works for you, maybe come back at a later time for those that don’t settle with you initially.

Katie demonstrated on a consistently high level her understanding, knowledge & compassionate acceptance of everybody’s own individual journey.

Katie is a fantastic, calm, knowledgeable & skilful tutor. A great asset to the ‘Mindfulness for Health’ program. I wish her every success for the future. 

Highly recommended. 

Poppy

Participant - Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course

The course came to me at a time I needed it the most. It taught me, and allowed me, to slow down, and take note of where I am and what I do in my life that causes or eases pain. From the course I have learnt my boundaries and how best to keep within my hard and soft edges. Most of all the course has taught me to allow myself permission to have slow days. That it’s okay to take time off to listen to my body & my mind, rather than blindly storming ahead with daily tasks. Overall I do feel I have a better sense of pain management. 

Katie set a really good pace to the classes, allowing space for all of those who wanted to share, without the classes running late. Her meditations were beautiful and soft, she listened to what we thought every week and would adapt the next one accordingly, giving class members options as to which version they preferred, which I really appreciated.

The sharing experience worked wonders for me, I really value the space that was shared. I loved to see other peoples views of meditations and class content, to see the wider picture and alternative views that I wouldn’t naturally have thought of.

With the use of metaphors and stories Katie made the course material and concepts easy to understand. She shared lots of useful slides and resources for us to work through in our spare time, which really helped deepen our understanding of each week’s content.

I really appreciated that Katie would share her experiences with us, as it set a really cosy tone to our weekly meetings. By listening to Katie, it helped create and maintain a space for sharing and learning as a community, which is really valuable. This really helped the space felt safe and soft despite being online.

I really do recommend this course as a wonderful way to take care of yourself.

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