What people say about the courses

I love what I do, and I think that makes a difference.  But it’s no good if the people that come on a course don’t feel like it was worthwhile.  You can only find out for sure how valuable a course will be by attending, but it might be useful to see what other people thought… so here are comments that previous course attendees have given me permission to share:

Having previously completed similar courses online and by following a book/CD combination, I am so glad that I experienced this small group course under Mark’s guidance. Mark embodies the calm, curious non-judgemental attention that he describes in mindfulness.  Add a great intellect and a huge grin, and you can begin to image his influence.  It will take me longer than the eight week course to mine the treasures that he has shown me, but I am happy to have started on that journey.

– Nicki

This was a brilliant course, I enjoyed it and have found it very helpful. I would highly recommend the course, it is excellent!

– Ann

The course has helped me to develop good foundations for a life-long skill.

– Helen

This is a fantastic investment. I have fundamentally changed the way I think about and approach life. The pace and structure of the course is spot on, a perfect balance of information and practise.

This course has been life-changing. I am converted to mindfulness for life. Mark is extremely knowledgeable, kind and encouraging… I recommend him highly.

– Ingrid

This course has given me the tools to live a more fulfilling life.  Thank you Mark!

– Jarrett

The course joined a lot of fragments in my life allowing me to understand myself, and human beings generally, better. It has given me an abilty to deal with occasional feelings of anxiousness, and greatly increased my self confidence and sense of vitality. It has been one of, if not the best investments in my life.

– Chris

I have benefitted hugely from attending this course. I feel calmer and often able to respond to situations better rather that a knee jerk reaction.

– Barbara

I would strongly recommend this course to everybody living in our mad, mad world.

– Mary

I found the course life-changing and benefited from it in my daily life pretty much from week 1.

If the smallest part of you is entertaining the idea of signing up for this mindfulness course, don’t hesitate or put it off or wonder how you’ll fit it in.  Just sign-up.  You’ll be very glad you did.

– Ruth

Mark is a very insightful and experienced teacher, I benefited a lot from his guided meditations and the wisdom behind the practices. He also used examples from his vast experience as a senior manager in a technology firm, which is very helpful for mindfulness in the workplace. I’d recommend Mark for any individual or organisation.

– Chunfeng

Mark’s teaching, generosity and sense of humour made this course very useful and enjoyable. Disciplining your mind can be life-changing.

An excellent introduction to mindfulness. The practices are taught in an informed yet relaxed way and Mark is very helpful and pateint in his teaching. A great way to develop awareness.

The course proved to be invaluable in easing stress, pacifying a busy mind, enabling self introspection and tackling negative beliefs, behaviours and thoughts.

Fantastic introduction to mindfulness from an experienced and accomplished teacher. A must, not a nice to do.

– Phil

I would recommend this course to everyone. Having attended over the eight weeks, I really do feel re-energised.

I found Mark very informative and every lesson was enjoyable

– Richard

This course took me on a journey, or should I say it has started me on a journey. Over the 8 weeks I have begun to notice reactions, and have a tool to decide to alter these, should I wish.
Relaxed, friendly, unthreatening. I would recommend it to others. No regrets.

– Joanna

The personal touch was very important to for me: the call before I signed up to discuss the course. Meeting the group and working with them made a huge difference. You have given me new ways to think, and some time for peaceful thoughts.

– Jenni

This is a life changing course. Mark is gentle and accomplished leader through the (sometimes) complicated working of our minds – I have more understanding and feel more joy and acceptance. Thank you.

– Elspeth

Each individual will take away different learnings from this course – it is so individual!  I took away so much, a lot of which was different to my expectations.  A very beneficial introduction to mindfulness which I hope I’ll further build into my daily life to improve my wellbeing.

– Michelle

Very valuable. Highly recommended. Mark is patient, engaging and an excellent communicator, and envourages partipation and discussion.

This course has helped me develop good foundations for a life-long skill.

– Helen

It’s like learning to swim; you can read about it, but it’s not the same as practicing. And once you start practicing and get a hang of it, it’s amazing and life changing.

– Ramesh

I really enjoyed each step along the way – without realising it, mindfulness has started to creep into my everyday life. Mark is very charismatic and professional leader of the sessions – he allowed our group to wander down any avenues necessary each week – whilst keeping us moving forward.

– Jackie

Provides you with a solid grounding in Mindfulness and the right tools to practice for life.It’s changed the way I look at things and challenged me to break some unhelpful habits!

– Steph

If you are feeling overwhelmed with life, mentally exhausted and getting to the point of feeling numb – then this is the course for you. The courses teaches you how to ‘be’ with life and how to look after yourself and your mental well-being. It’s not heavy at all, but somehow teaches you a different way of looking at being with what life throws at you. You won’t regret going on it!

– Maria

The course has given me a greater and wider understanding of mindfulness and it’s different meditations that can be used in different situations. Mark is knowledgeable and passionate about teaching and created a safe, relaxing atmosphere for the group to openly talk through our experiences of the course and time in between!

– Alison

I would wholeheartedly recommend this course, it was hugely enlightening experience, all that I learn I will take forward to enrich my life and those around me. The best thing I have every done just for me.

– Sarah

With the pace of life as hectic as it is today, you owe it to yourself to remember that you are a Human Being, not a Human Doing.  Mark Quirk’s 8 Week Mindfulness course will nourish your very wellbeing…

– Geoff

Very interesting and engaging sessions.

Mark has an inclusive and generous style which guided us all beautifully through our learnings. Bringing so much more than mindfulness Mark adds further depth & understanding to how our brains & bodies work so we can take personal control of our well-being. Thoroughly recommend, you won’t be the same (& far better) for attending Mark’s programme.

– Emma

How did I not know, after all these years, how my mind works (and can lead me in to bad ways).

A very worthwhile journey of mindfulness.  I feel that I have learnt so much about myself in the 8 weeks.

I like the way Mark delivered the course in a very structured, simple, but powerful way.  Engagement and discussion with other participants were also very enlightening.

– Sapandeep

I found the knowledge Mark has of the workings of the brain from a psychologist perspective very interesting. I am fairly experienced in mindfulness meditation but found this information fascinating & very useful.  Thank you

– Tricia

The benefits of the course have been far-reaching and have had an impact on all aspects of my life.  Mark is incredibly friendly and has a relaxing presence which makes every session enjoyable.

– Lindsay

This mindfulness course has enabled me to understand myself.  I feel more able to allow those uncomfortable thoughts to just be, without allowing myself to get sucked into them, and the strange thing is they just go.

This course has proved enlightening in helping me understand myself and others better. I would recommend it to everyone.

– Wendy

So valuable to help negotiate stressful thoughts and difficult experiences.

If you are even slightly interested in mindfulness I highly recommend that you do this course! It’s fun, accessible and very insightful.

A very enlightening easy to understand course with great benefits – and good fun – Mark is very approachable and leads the group well so that everyone felt included.

You’ll learn something you didn’t thing you would!

– Barbara

Good pace, with time allowed to discuss and reflect

– Annie

It is a very useful course and time well spent. You will learn lots of things and Mark makes is interesting and engaging.

A really helpful course. Opens the mind to new ways of thinking about yourself and others. Very affirming.

A brilliant course for anyone interested in learning how mindfulness can help them lead a more fulfilling and contented life.

– Jacqui

My family commented on the difference in my approach to difficulty and stress they’d seen during the 8-weeks – many didn’t know I was on the course.

Thank you – it has made a difference in my life! A great balance of compassion and very knowledgeable instruction.

I highly recommend the Mindfulness course to everyone.
It helped me to become more aware of how I think, feel and react. By practicing the exercises during the course I noticed subtle changes taking place very quickly. I know these changes will anchor themselves in a more permanent way, the more I remain mindful, which in turn will help me to enjoy and improve my life. Time flew by from week 1 to week 8.
Mark is a very kind, humble and gentle guide who brought the whole course together superbly with his deep knowledge and understanding of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
Thank you for your time and work, Mark!

– Jovi

This is a valuable tool to enhance your life experience

Great environment to de-stress and remember what truly matters

– Claire R

Very professionally put together course from a knowledgeable leader

Very useful to take time in a busy life to pause and make changes for the better

Everyone should do it. Unfortunately most people do not realise they need to do it

Very worthwhile!

– Claire M