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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www.mohaque.com 

 

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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Marrakech Breathwork Retreat January 2017 – Early Feedback.

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“I came on this retreat last year and THAT changed my life, without doubt. Doing breathwork today with the most amazing group of people has surpassed every expectation that I could have had. 

It has been very deep work, but overwhelming in its content and in the range of emotions which it generates. I have seen major changes happen in others, honesty, trust, sharing and the most breathtaking energies holding the space throughout. Thanks to Robert, Sara, Suzanne and Jake for assisting so well.

Finally special thanks to David Parker and Meleeshka for doing the most amazing work and holding the space so beautifully. Tonight I am in a state of blissful gratitude, feeling the love and looking forward to the final few days.”  Mike Delaney RNMH, RMA, Cert Couns, (BACP, EAGALA) / London – Birmingham
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Mike Delaney is one of the directors of LEAP Equine Therapy., and is a key member of the senior therapeutic team. Mike is a Mental Health/Addictions Specialist with over 35 years experience working with individuals, rehabilitation centres and professional bodies in the UK and internationally. He had a successful career for twenty years as a Registered Nurse Manager and CPN within Mental Health/Learning Disability services and, since undergoing treatment for his own addictions in 1996 he has specialised in a range of issues including addictive behaviours, young people who have suffered sexual trauma, co-dependency and relationships. There was no Equine Assisted Therapy on our Retreat, Mike came for his own well-being, but all details are on his website http://www.mikedelaney.co.uk

16114622_1236270446409883_7326524676249858179_nKeith from Bristol was new to Urban Life Class – but took the risk, heart in hand and travelled to Marrakech with us. On leaving he posted this to participants on FB.

images-1“Just about managing to keep a lid on tears (not so lucky with that in the taxi on the way to here, Marrakech Airport ) after the most incredible week with a truly amazing group of people. It’s been non stop laughter, a few tears, and a new perspective on my life that I never expected.

I came away with 15 strangers and am going home with 15 friends. I’m so grateful to all of you, I just can’t quite find the words to do it justice.” Keith Conway / Bristol 

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Christine reviews our London One Day Seminar ‘Home Alone’.

11880350_10207426035507425_5702309674236068765_nDavid Parker has been my codependency-release therapist via SKYPE since February this year and without him I wouldn’t be where I am right now – a place called recovery. A place I had no awareness of before I met him.

At the point I contacted him I was lost, confused, emotionally numb and had been so beaten down mentally that to say my life had become unmanageable was a severe understatement. As the months passed by I built up a strong connection with this humble man who helped me to start to see some light through the intensity of the thorn bushes I was totally enmeshed in.

Despite being on my uppers and broke, I took the decision to travel to London from my hometown Manchester to attend his codependency workshop – ‘Home Alone’ – because of this strong bond I had built with him. All my sessions with David had previously been on Skype so I was so excited to meet him in person and I can only say it was a privilege and extreme pleasure to have the honour to be coached by him to this point and to attend this workshop for a full day.

The whole experience was incredible and professional. On the journey to the venue I was filled with excitement and on meeting him and his team it only confirmed to me even more that I won’t find a better equipped therapist on codependency than David. His knowledge is vast and his attitude, HUMBLE.

Plus his Urban LIFECLASS assistants are kind, on the ball, experienced and knowledgeable. I learnt a great deal on this workshop, about myself, about the others who attended and it helped me understand what I had been through and also that I am not the only one experiencing codependency issues that plague adult relationships.

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The last part of the day was the breath works session, it’s new to me, something I knew very little about and was actually quite unprepared for what I was about to experience. I thought it was some kind of strange breathing meditation and didnt really give it much thought before I got there.

But then, like nothing I have experienced in my entire life I was blown away. This breathworks thing took me to a place I have never been before. I went to a place where codependents like me don’t often go – a place where my emotions reside. If you ask me where that place is – I can’t tell you. But it showed itself to me during the breathing session and somehow from nowhere I felt all the emotions I had denied myself for years with such great intensity.

Rob, ( Bubbles ) one of David’s assistants is a phenomenal being who guided me through this process and sat by my side through most of it, looking after me and holding my hand. It was a rollercoaster of an experience but I felt cleansed afterwards and feel different now, weeks later than I did before I attended.

images-1How do I feel different? I don’t know! I can’t say its a specific change, its just a shift, maybe that I can feel, somehow, feel my feelings, my emotions, which I had been too afraid to feel before. Whatever it has done, somethings moved and I now have some sense of wholeness – rather, a coming home to me. Its a long journey of recovery and a long journey home, way up to Manchester, but both journeys were worth it.

I urge you, if you are looking for a therapist who specialises in codependency you will not find anyone more equipped on this subject than David Parker and Breathwork will take you to another dimension you haven’t been before.

Much love Christine xxx

Two of our Breathwork Group Members raise a QUARTER of a MILLION pounds between them! Inspiration and ACTION is the core of our group philosophy.

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Yes, you read that RIGHT. Over £250,000 between them. ( 307,384.99 USD ).

Simon McDermott ( above ) and Mo Haque ( below ) have hit global headlines around their respective ventures, one was planned to save his life – the other went ballistic! Mo came to group in the middle of a health crisis, as the NHS would not fund a new cancer drug costing £200,000, so with the help of his friends set up a JUST GIVING page.

Mo writes :  “The most recent Evolutionary ‘Rebirthing’ Breathwork group session I attended included a discussion with the theme ‘ASKING FOR HELP’. Particularly pertinent for me in the context that I had the week before launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £200,000 for a cancer treatment unavailable on the NHS. A campaign whereby I am required to ask for an abundance of help. The discussion was most beneficial, as I began questioning reasons for me not asking for help over the years. Ego and pride came to mind.

14095701_10157339924515274_5302703087792934355_nMy situation right now is critical. Diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer 18 months ago, I have exhausted all standard NHS treatment. 18 cycles of chemotherapy and one major operation. I even tried a phase 1 trial drug, the 24th person in the UK to be given these tablets. My cancer however continues to grow. Due to the genetic nature of my cancer Lynch Syndrome/mis match repair/ RAS mutation, THERE IS HOPE”.

I have experienced 8 rebirthing sessions to date this year, and each time the feeling I get is one of pureness. After a breathe it feels like my insides have been cleansed, this emotional detox is needed right now, to manage my mental, spiritual and physical condition.”

To date Mo has raised over £130,000 through ACTION required promoting his cause, travelling to mosques, Bangladeshi UK functions, TV studios and The Houses Of Parliament. His treatment has started and here are THE AMAZING RESULTS  : 14433142_571528853027766_867746530658013829_n

CHECK OUT HOW HIS TUMOUR’S HAVE SHRUNK after just 5 doses -on the Right Hand panel !

Mo’s story also went viral on global social media. Urban LIFECLASS backs #TeamMo    http://teammo.co.uk

Simon, a regular group member, ( and we only have a pool of 25 people for 15 places each month ) shared that he wanted to raise £1,000 for the UK Alzheimer’s Society in thanks for the way they had helped him deal with his Dad Ted McDermott. IT WENT VIRAL & the rest is History, Simon has raised over £130,000 – making Simon & Mo DOUBLE WINNERS!

Si says : “I joined David’s Breathwork group in December last year. I was going through a difficult time due to a number of personal issues. Breathwork was completely new to me. I knew David did Breathwork Groups for years but if I am honest I was completely skeptical about it – however, my views on it have turned full circle.
Without wanting to sound a cheesefest, I find breathwork has been useful in helping me reconnect with myself in new ways, helping me reformulate my sense of self and clear out negative thoughts that we sometimes put upon ourselves.

My confidence has increased ten-fold and I have needed it to deal with media and public response to THE SONG A MINUTE MAN Campaign and Dad’s Record Deal. Above all else, it can actually be quite fun. Post-breathwork group discussions are insightful and often quite a laugh. The best thing I’ve done.”

So you see our group offers Inspiration, supports ACTION and Service. Do Join us. You can read Simons story, listen to his You Tube Vids and donate all here :

THE SONGAMINUTE MAN – https://www.facebook.com/songaminute/

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2016-08-05/heartwarming-video-of-dad-and-son-singing-goes-viral/

Simon’s You Tube Channel – The Songaminute Man https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6tmams7km6i0O9m9m3MP0Q

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and lastly a message of Hope from MO – Don’t give up before the Miracle.

https://www.facebook.com/keepinghopeformo