Adam Spreadbury-Maher shares his thoughts on Breathwork and our Marrakech Retreat 2018.

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Olivier Award Winner Adam Spreadbury-Maher is an Australian/Irish Theatre Artistic Director, Producer and Writer. He is the founding Artistic Director of the Cock Tavern Theatre, OperaUpClose and The Hope Theatre, and is the current artistic director of the Kings Head Theatre, Islington. London.

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“Initially attending a one day Evolutionary Breathwork workshop in Central London, I decided to take the plunge and travel to Marrakech on the week long Breathwork retreat in March that David and his team hold annually. I didn’t know what to expect, though I went along with an open mind and heart.”

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“The week long retreat was co-led with established breath worker Luisa Bradshaw, a partnership that accounts for over 45 years combined experience, buckets of empathy and good humour, and I felt ‘emotionally safe’ from the start.

Based at a beautiful and comfortable 4-star riad-style hotel, just off the beaten track and hustle and bustle of the main square, in the Kasbah medina, our group was gently eased into the course with care and compassion over the first 2 days in the hotel with hammam, steamed, washed, scrubbed and relaxed in the Spa plus daily group breathwork for emotional and body release.”

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“The schedule had plenty of time for us to spend together socialising at meals or relaxing by the pool, alone in solitude and reflection, plus visits to some of Marrakesh’s most exquisite gardens. The day trip to the Ourika Valley at the foot of the Atlas Mountains was a particular highlight for me, along with silent walks in the stunning Anima Garden en route in the morning.”

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“Throughout the week, not only was I able to spend sometime focussing on a cleaner and better relationship with myself, I was also able to make new friends and deepen existing relationships.

This is breathwork for today’s pragmatic realistic, who is happy to dodge the crystals and dolphin music; it’s effective, self-led ( yet supported and guided ) self growth therapeutic practice.

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Quite unexpectantly, Conscious Connected Breathwork with David Parker has had a hugely positive impact on my life and well being. I recommend David, Luisa and their team unreservedly, in fact . . . I’ve already signed up for next year!”

 

Adam Spreadbury-Maher

 

Scott Buchan lives to tell the tale of regular Conscious Connected Breathwork, commitment and deserved results! Worked it.

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November 2010 in Brighton is where I first met David Parker, when he was speaking at a Convention I was attending. The Convention and his topic had nothing to do with breathwork but as time has passed, the link between then and now has become more obvious.

Our paths crossed a number of times in the next couple of years randomly bumping into each other here and there and we connected on social media. It was then I started to read David’s story and what he did/does regarding breathwork. I was nosey rather than curious and didn’t look too much further into it. In the autumn of 2013, my wife and I went to Malta where I had been asked to speak at one of them Conventions where I first met David and lo and behold, David was there. One of those ‘coincidences’.

We spent a lot of time in each other’s company in that week and I started to ask a few more questions about this thing he did. My interest had moved on from curiosity to intrigue and I started to think I wanted to know more and perhaps experience what it was this breathwork was all about.

emoji-56-512I had my own ‘issues’. I’ve been in recovery from active addiction since June 2009 with which I had been battling with for 30 years and I had a lot of consequences none more so than my physical state. I’ve been in a coma twice, I’d had a stroke, I’d had the Last Rites read over me, I’d had pancreatitis on a number of occasions, I’d broken near enough every bone in my body, my right lung had collapsed twice and this was before I got into recovery.

emoji-56-512Since getting clean of all drugs, including alcohol, I then had testicular cancer, I’d had a shoulder reconstruction and in 2014, I underwent 4 surgeries on my knees culminating in a full left knee replacement AND to add to the fun, I’d suffered a burst appendix in the summer of 2014 which I was lucky to survive.

emoji-56-512I had also put on a lot of weight as I had been unhappily comfort-eating and although I’m 6ft 5, I was within touch of 20 stone on the scales. I was also in and out of employment and hadn’t held down a regular job for years.

The experiences of 2014 were enough for me to want to change a few things. I needed a different way of seeing myself. My physical health (or lack of it) had become my identity. The first thing people would say to me was, “…and how’s the health, Scott?”

18581901_10155136311290498_8333475731833275017_n-1images-1I spoke to David once or twice around this time and he said about coming along to one of the seminars he was getting up and running in Victoria. I went along open-minded and with no expectation on what was going to happen.

It ended up being one of the most extraordinary moments in my life.

I still can’t explain exactly what happened but I had an ‘out of body’ experience during my first ever breathe. I cried like I hadn’t cried since I was a baby. I felt all this physical pain fill up inside me, overwhelm me and somehow drain from me. I curled up in a foetal ball, I shook, I sobbed, I made a hell of a noise and I was looked after tenderly by David and the team and I felt, without being too dramatic, reborn afterwards.

I left the seminar, got a train from Victoria to Clapham Junction then another train to Basingstoke and then a taxi home and it was only when I put the key in my front door I suddenly realised I was home! I’d done the whole journey in a trance and couldn’t recall a thing about it.

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My thinking DID change from that minute on. I decided my health was NOT going to be my identity. I looked at my diet. I looked at my exercise (or lack of it). I looked at my attitude. I looked at certain people, certain places and certain behaviours and I did a full-on spring clean. I didn’t fall out with people as much as I stopped falling in with them to begin with. I began to keep my counsel smaller and closer and started to look at what was important to me and what I wanted to achieve from my life.

images-1I became a regular ‘breather’ and I’ve been attending groups and seminars with David more or less monthly ever since that first experience. I travel all the way from Basingstoke Hampshire to London Camden and back for every session. It’s a 3 hour round trip on public transport, it’s the best part of £40 in fares and that doesn’t phase me in the slightest. Nor does the fact I get home at midnight and I’m up at 5.30 the following day for work.

The breathwork and the coaching sessions prior to breathing have become an integral part of my continuing recovery. I’ve learnt a lot about me, what makes me tick, what fires me up and acquired great techniques to deal with life and what can crop up for me on a regular basis.

3½ years on from that first breathwork experience, I am now in the best physical shape I’ve been in since I was at school. I’m down to a manageable 16½ stone, my diet is unrecognisable from a few years ago, I walk 30-40 miles a week, I’m all clear on every physical front and had a Well Man check a couple of months back and was told I had the physical attributes of someone 10 years younger than myself.

I’ve been in full time work since the summer of 2015 and this is the longest tenure I’ve had with one employer ever.

29356476_10156025644040498_8672189542205227008_nHowever, life comes along unexpectantly and I had a major accident last year when I was hit by a bus and I broke my pelvis and sacrum and was off work for almost 5 months. Albeit, I was in a lot of pain, I didn’t take any medication.

I stuck to the principles of my recovery programme and I used what I’d learned from David to work through not only the physical condition but through the emotional and mental effect this accident had on me. It would have been very easy to revert to self-pity and wallow in it all but none of that behaviour serves me anymore.

There has been further pro’s to the breathwork. Pro’s that are completely unexpected and quite random. I have to undergo regular gastroscopy due to my various conditions over the years and this used to be time of extreme anxiety event whereupon I had to be sedated and it was quite traumatic for a few days afterwards. I now find this procedure, although still very intrusive, nowhere like that today be and I can breathe right through it even when I get a gagging reflex. Given this is something I have to undergo regularly, the fact I can manage it with breathing techniques is an amazing turnaround.

images-1I’m also a good swimmer. I always have been BUT I’ve always struggled with snorkelling and the like as I could never get my head around breathing while underwater. I can swim underwater but not to observe and enjoy marine life.

During a boat trip in Thailand in 2016, I thought I’d put on a snorkel and found I actually could now breathe and without panicking. I could see the life beneath the waves and love this new-found thrill. Since then I’ve become more and more adept and snorkelling is something I enjoy on our regular jaunts overseas.

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I’m now back at work, I’ve recently been upgraded with a view to a promotion and I like my job. I like my life and I owe a substantial debt of gratitude to what David has taught me, shown me and helped me with over the past few years. 

Today, I’m very much more the me I always could be.

I’m a good husband, son, brother, friend, employee. I like me and that’s something I never thought I’d hear myself say. Thank you, David, for your continued help, support, encouragement and “…breeeeathe, Scott, breeeeathe!”

Mo Haque ‘Cancer Recoverer’, rates Breathwork as a regular practice for healing and emotional release.

Mo Haque returns to ITV London News 18 months after crowdfunding for immunotherapy cancer treatment, sharing his incredible progress. He also shares an exclusive cover for his book ‘Choosing To Stay: How Cancer Gave Me My Life Back’ – For more information about the book visit https://mohaque.com

Mo Haque writes 

I began Evolutionary ‘Rebirthing’ Breathwork for the first time in March 2016, a time when my terminal cancer was growing and spreading, a time when the NHS decided against funding a breakthrough immunotherapy treatment for me.

Fundraising a total of £200,000 was a daunting prospect, yet it was my last resort to give myself a chance to live. With help from family, friends and strangers, we raised close to £190,000 allowing me to have a year of immunotherapy treatment. My tumours have subsequently reduced and 6 months on from stopping the treatment (May 2017), the tumours have been stable thankfully.

David Parker’s UrbanLIFECLASS breathwork groups have been an integral part of the process for me. I have been attending every single month which allows me to explore themes that I have been suppressing over the years, whilst learning and integrating new behaviours. Behaviours such as asking for help, receiving help, saying no, establishing and maintaining boundaries.

The sessions also allow me to make sense and feel the emotion from my most recent struggles and release any build up, as and when they occur. They also allow me to acknowledge my successes and encourage me to remember to do things I enjoy even if that means ‘doing nothing’, rather to purely just be. But perhaps more crucial is the learning that I get from hearing other peoples shares.

With individual work with David, I have also found that my creativity has flourished and opportunities continue to open up, since attending regular sessions, like writing my book; Choosing To Stay: How Cancer Gave Me My Life Back, published in the forthcoming year 2018.

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I have spoken in Parliament, been on TV several times and being invited to speak on various stages to share my story. I have also been getting involved with different cancer communities and charities contributing to publications, policy documents as well as attending Government meetings.

I continue to take one day at a time, whilst holding an intention to serve and share. The breathwork is a reminder to stay present and live in the moment whilst being mindful of the 4 P’s of destruction; Procrastination, Perfectionism, Projection and People-pleasing.

Breathwork practice has become a staple part of my monthly self care. 

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Let’s Get Clear on the Year! Sunday Breathwork Seminar January 14th 2018 / 11am – 7pm in Belgravia / Victoria, London.

It’s easy to polish off a few New Year’s Resolutions that mean well, but often they don’t manifest long enough to produce results, which is why joint efforts, either in group or 121 Coaching WORKS. URBAN LIFECLASS understands the perils of procrastination, perfectionism and being pissed off at failure. Not that we see lack of concentration, focus or the power of distractions as unworthy or unworkable.

IT ALL WORKS. You just need to see it differently.

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Traditionally JANUARY is Detox month after the Christmas and New Year Binge, which makes sense, but having NO PLAN or support structures makes no sense at all, if you tackle it on your own. Experience has proved that addressing codependent, compulsive or addictive behaviours ALONE is as dumb as thinking you are still in control of your life. On this Sunday Seminar we focus on reviewing & completing 2017 regarding all your relationships : work, personal and one with YOURSELF.

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People-pleasing, procrastination, creative block, blaming others, blaming yourself and getting nowhere fast can be corrected. Coming to one of our SUNDAY SEMINARS will also make you realise that weakness has nothing to do with it. Weakness is a myth. So is MONEY. “I can’t afford it” is common enough until you add up what you waste in a month. ADD IT UP. Get Clear on LAST YEAR.

Don’t repeat it NEXT YEAR.

Led by Professional Breathworkers David Parker and Luisa Bradshaw.

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Check out THE TEAM Page above on our experience

JOIN US at the very sensible time of 11am – 7pm perfect for late risers, out-of-towners and party peeps at our VENUE just a 5 min walk from VICTORIA STATION LONDON. http://www.lightcentrebelgravia.co.uk

WELCOME if you are new to Personal Development, Groupwork or Breathwork. We don’t do special languages, New Age stuff or talking sticks. Other groups do those things so much better than us. We are just a bunch of creative people willing to change habits, addictions and depleting toxic relationships from our lives. If you are new, one of our team can contact you if you wish to answer questions. We don’t sell anything, or sign anyone up, we leave the choice up to you. You don’t need to be Creative, just willing to check out your life and how you can change the impact of all your relationships.

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BOOKING

Contact Robert Beck urbanlifeclass@gmail.com (+44) 7913862492 for payment options, not The Light Centre Belgravia. Paypal to codacoach@yahoo.co.uk

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Breathworker / Luisa Bradshaw

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Hi, I am Luisa, some of you may know me from working alongside David recently.

I trained as an Evolutionary Breathworker in the 90’s with the awesome Diana Roberts, who also trained David in 1988 and both of us have over the years been blown away by the positive effects of breathwork, and believe it to be the fastest, most beneficial, purifying, joyous alternative therapy there is out there.

Personally I have found it profoundly rewarding, and it has completely changed my life and brought huge amounts of joy into it. So I am taking clients myself now I have more time and reaching out to anyone who would like a female breathworker.

Knowing every person’s needs are unique, I intuitively breathe clients, therefore every session is tailor made. My costs are low as I am outside of London. Sessions will be around 2 hours long.

images-1Evolutionary breathwork is conscious connected rhythmical breathing where you inhale so much more than just air, it is life force, prana, spiritual energy. When you use breathwork you flood the body with oxygen which changes the chemical compound within us releasing memories/information.

images-1When a memory or blockage is breathed out of the cells it can no longer harm or affect us. Some of the blockages have been in us our whole lives and create fears and anxieties we walk around with. Evolutionary Breathwork energy is so powerful it can blast away blockages in the mind and body in just one session. 

It cleanses and revitalises the whole of your being, leaving you in a completely blissed out state! The best comparison has been that of a drug induced state of consciousness!!!! The effects of conscious connected breathing are immediate and permanent, cleansing and transforming you. Did you know that 70% of our toxins are eliminated through our breath?

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https://urbanlifeclass.me/luisa-bradshaw-breathwork-practitioner-team-co-leader/ 

Here are just some of the benefits of Breathwork :
– cleanses, regenerates and rejuvenates the cells
– anti-aging
– releases stuck creativity
– deeply relaxing
– connects you to an alligned state of bliss/joy
– fastest route possible to release tension and stress resulting in peace and self confidence.
– cures and elevates illnesses 

images-1Call or whatsapp me on 07464 343480 or Email me at lulubw@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to chat, for more information or if you would like to book a breathe.

Not January, as usual – our next Marrakech Breathwork Retreat is in MARCH 2018 – a change is as good as a rest. #Spring Break

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This Years Theme is THE GARDENS OF MARRAKECH

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To take advantage of Spring Weather we will be visiting and working exercises within The Secret Garden ( above ) in the heart of the busy Medina Souk with a lush Riad-style garden filled with an array of citrus trees. Once inside, the bustle outside fades into oblivion, with space to sit, listen, write and converse. Other Gardens will be visited also.

This is ‘Les Borj De La Kasbah’ the 4 STAR Hotel, Retreat, Pool and Spa set within the ancient Kasbah Medina we stay in. Read all about previous Retreats and Testimonials here. https://urbanlifeclass.me/category/marrakech-retreat/

The first 2 days we work in the Hotel, pampering ourselves with body washing in the steaming Spa Hammam and Breathwork in the Group Room, plus time and space to SUN by the pool, focus on written and verbal work plus book reading in a relaxed non-regimental schedule.

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The Hotel has kindly offered us JANUARY PRICES, the same as last year, as well as 7 nights for the price of 5 or 10 nights for the price of 8. To BOOK you need to book your flight FIRST and to get a return for less than 100 quid – best to do it ASAP as prices rise on budget airlines. We can advise on this. Morocco is not in the Euro so although the crashing Brexit Pound is causing travel price upset, the country is cheaper than Europe to visit for Brits.

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On the 3rd Day we visit the Ourika Valley outside the Red City at the base of the Atlas Mountains to lunch, wander and practice Evolutionary Breathwork beside rushing water, away from crowds, in spots we know and savour.

The 5 day BREATHWORK RETREAT is within a 7, 8 or 10 Night period of your choice. The Course itself starts on Wednesday 7th March till Sunday 11th. We complete on the morning of Monday 12th giving you a whole day sightseeing, shopping or just pool lazing. Or stay a few days longer. 10 days for the price of 8.

Flights leave Gatwick on Monday 5th ( if you want an extra day ) & Tuesday 6th but only ONE FLIGHT A WEEK from Manchester which happens to be Tuesday 6th, returning on same say a week later. 

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Single Rooms B&B from £330 – £495 for 7 nights ( with 7 nights for 5 nights reduction ) depending on standard and room size. This is paid WHEN YOU LEAVE, not before March 2018, with Debit or Credit Cards. Cash can be arranged to pay if needed. We pay all deposits to secure bookings for you, to make it easier.

The 5 day Course led by DAVID PARKER & LUISA BRADSHAW is different from previous years ( without our Meleeshka – she is leading her own UK Programme at this time ) but her verve will certainly be with us. The Course price of £350 ( including Hammam and Day trip to Ourika Valley ) is the same as the past 2 retreats, payable before March 2018, in one hit or instalments before or after.

Meals outside of Breakfast will be at your own cost and choice, in or outside the hotel. Better for those who want to try different eating experiences and places to eat.  More details on everything COMING SOON but a BOOKED Flight CONFIRMS your place. ASK US HOW.

Just contact David, Suzanne Moloney-Wright or Robert Beck for further info.

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DAVID PARKER https://rebirthyourlife.me/experienc/ 

LUISA BRADSHAW 

https://urbanlifeclass.me/luisa-bradshaw-breathwork-practitioner-team-co-leader/

David 0207 388 3109 / Suzanne 07960 465303 / Rob 07913 862492

#BREATHE #EffortlessAccomplishment 

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