New urban LIFECLASS TEAM Member : Luisa Bradshaw – Breathwork Practitioner & Team Co-Leader.

 

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After instigating URBAN LIFECLASS 4 years ago, as Not-For-Profit, Luisa will initially support me as she is a Breathworker, trained by Diana Roberts, taking the weight off my shoulders, as well as assisting on group work and seminars, coming up with ideas, & new directions using her well-honed skills. #BREATHE 

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Hi, I’m Luisa, now 42 and live with my partner Annette and our two lively teenage children!!  I have been an actor for 30 years but acting has never been enough for me, I have always wanted more! 

After discovering breathwork and becoming completely fascinated and hooked on the process I trained as a Professional Breathworker in the early ‘noughties’ with wonderful Diana Roberts, a pioneer in the late seventies of the perinatal ‘conscious connected breathwork’ Rebirthing technique in the UK. 

At the time I was soul searching and trying to sort my own issues out. I would like to say I have done that now, but I know it never really ends does it? However I am no longer searching, just being and doing, living in process as healthily as I can. Progress not perfection.    

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Whilst training with Diana I did a weekend Relationship Workshop with David Parker, in which we breathed to Barbara Streisand!!!  . . . not the usual meditation tracks, suffice to say I never forgot him!!! 

I really connected to breathwork with music and always wanted to pursue this path in my own practice. So I am really looking forward to working alongside David, and learning from his wealth of knowledge and finding out more how I want my own personal individual breathwork style to be.

Experientially, I have come through the other side of past trauma and now mostly live my life in a state of joy. Joy I purposely seek every single day of my life.

Sometimes it is there shining down at me when I wake up….other days I use every tool I know to find it! I am also interested in using essential oils and different styles of music and sound vibration to compliment the breath work.

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The core of Urban Lifeclass’s mission – to support those living and working in a creative sphere – fits like a glove, so expect to see me assisting, learning, breathing, co-leading and supporting the team with experience, connection and JOY.

The Funeral of Diana Roberts

Diana was, and remains, our ‘Birthing Mother’ of Urban Lifeclass Coaching, part of our Breathwork Team

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11am Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

Mass at the Church of the Holy Apostles, Winchester Street
(Postal address: 47 Cumberland Street, Pimlico, SW1V 4LY)

To be followed immediately afterwards by refreshments in the Church Hall to celebrate the work, energy and guiding light of Diana’s presence. 

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*Please wear bright colours*

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Donations please instead of flowers to

‘Royal Trinity Hospice’
c/o JH Kenyon Funeral Directors, 74 Rochester Row, London SW1P 1JU.
(Cheques by post or cash/cheques in person to the office)
Reference: Diana Roberts

If you are considering attending please let us know so catering can be organised

Judy Totton 07798 806079

David Parker 020 7388 3109 / codacoach@yahoo.co.uk 

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https://urbanlifeclass.me/2017/04/26/diana-roberts/

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.

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. . . the lights went out with Lee.

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a few words from David Parker

On Tuesday last week, on the very night we had a Breathwork Group, a power cut in the area affecting, shops, a pub and residences including three 20 storey tower blocks, went out. I wasn’t sure what to do, it was 4pm, we start at 7pm, how long would it last? . .  in fact it lasted 10 hours. Even though it was light outside, I still set about finding every moroccan tea light glass I had so we could have group, as the gloomy weather lent no light to proceedings. People arrived, including Lee, but universally known as ‘Peggy’. He used to run a pub, and being gay, he was bestowed this name, the same one as Babs Windsor playing Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders. His familiar bellow “Get Outa Ma Pub” was legendary, fierce and final.

Anyway he bounced in, a bit late, flustered, “what a bloody day!” arms waving, laughing, and took his place in a group he loved attending, “I come here for the social aspect, as much for the rebirthing breathwork, talking to people, getting into discussion with like-minds, he would often say, knowing there was no holding back on feelings or effing and blinding. We live in urban London, we speak as we find, no ‘hippie shit’, as some think, or ‘best behaviour’ going on.

Tell it like it is. And he did.

12814709_10154592242629128_467599028065657084_nI’d met Lee before, but he first attended our Monthly One Day Sunday Seminars in Victoria, eighteen months ago, and when we switched to Evening Groups ( now 3 a month ), he often forgot the dates, so he began to put up on Facebook the chalk board in his kitchen, to tell me he hadn’t forgotten.  

After the Breathe, we sat round in darkness, with just tea lights in glasses and Lee posted on Facebook the next morning : 

Lee Anderson : Peggy loved it by candlelight! 22 June at 08:54

12191970_10154304467959128_89677911108339713_nWe responded on Facebook everyday to each other especially over politics, last summer we both went to Camden Town Hall to hear Jeremy Corbyn, ( really to see Owen Jones in the flesh, we laughed ) and on Friday of last week we both FUMED over BREXIT as we both embrace a social conscience. He was with me when I took that photo of 3 teenagers looking into the window, after Corbyn’s rally, that went viral on global social media. Best memory to have of me and her.

Lee had worked at KIDS COMPANY for 5 years, with children and teenagers all living in harrowing difficult circumstances. His open hearted generosity healed unforgivable experiences, and the new job working with the charity recently set up by COLDPLAY & the John Frieda Company allowed him to continue in this role, using his creative talents ( holding a Degree in Printmaking for starters ), playing the fool, making kids laugh, and encouraging higher esteem in those kids unable to see the light of love. The authenticity he employed with kids he brought to our group, the quest for understanding with childhood enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire for deeper personal development. He loved me with a passion, always calling me Nana, and I adored and loved him back. My heart is smashed with his death.broken-heart_0

I know some of his dear friends referred to him as Edina Monsoon on Facebook with his ‘re-birthing classes’ (as he often posted about it on Facebook), but they were not far wrong – Peggy was truly, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.

Urban LIFECLASS will certainly miss his raucous laughter, old school camperama, diligence in finding himself and self sacrifice in unconditionally helping others. The lights have disappeared from our lives with Lee’s sad cardiac arrest last Sunday, but those tea glasses in every future Breathwork group will shine on, in each and every BREATHE we have.

Together we mourn, collectively we love. ❤️ #takeaBREATH

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Urban LIFECLASS goes to Tallinn. Where’s that then?

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Words : David Parker  9th June 2016 

Not sure where it is? . . .you’re not alone. My first visit was in 2004, invited to bring my work to a country with just one and a quarter million people, drowning in a history of soviet control, alcoholism and the highest HIV rates per head of population anywhere on the globe. When it was part of Soviet Russia, authorities dumped their IV drug users there, and AIDS devastated communities and families during the 80’s and 90’s. Almost every family is touched by the stain of alcoholism, authoritarianism and genetic codependency.

Estonia_flag-5-130x120This will be my 9th Seminar in Estonia since that time, but this weekends 3 Day Event 10,11, 12th June 2016 will be an Intensive called : COME OUT OF THE COMA!  . . .

Co-dependency and Creative Relationships.

Based on the new work we are doing in London with Urban LIFECLASS, ‘Creativity and Creative People’, it’s also the first time we are using this new intimate venue in Tallinn.

Open just 6 months, with a wood burning stove in the group room, we will be able to do BREATHWORK in front of a FIRE, which as purists know, is the perfect arena for spiritual purification.

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Spending meditation time with the Fire, is one way of cleansing thoughts, activities and items. During the 3 days here, as on our Annual Marrakech Maroc Retreat, we hold 3 bags with these words on by the altar : RESENTMENTS – SHAMES – SPIRIT. As the work progresses, the sharing erupts, so does thoughts, feelings and experiences we wish to complete or hand over, by writing on paper scraps then putting into relevant bags. On the last hour we perform a FIRE CEREMONY, to burn away, to replenish, to renew and REBIRTH.

Estonia_flag-5-130x120Feedback from a previous Seminar  “Thank you so much for your admirable work David & I did enjoy your course a lot. I happened to come to this COME OUT OF THE COMA co-dependency weekend accidentally (I thought that it would be just breathwork) and learned at the course that it is co-dependency which is actually my basic problem. On the second breathing session I experienced “my voice “, great forgiveness to my mother and after that there was ULTIMATE HEAVEN, a point of dissolving into the Oneness, JOY and ECSTASY. It was so powerful that I did not want to come back to earth. ” / Katrin – Estonia

https://rebirthyourlife.me/come-out-of-the-coma/

 

 

BOOK FLIGHTS : Maroc Retreat Dates January 2017. Read on . . .

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Arriving Marrakech Tuesday 17th January – Departing Marrakech Tuesday 24th January 2017

5 Day Breathwork Retreat in a 7 day period. 14 Participants ONLY

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All details can be found here about our Annual Marrakech Retreat. Same Course Fee as last year £350, Room rates same as last year, depending on which room you choose.

https://urbanlifeclass.me/category/marrakech-retreat/

 ALL YOU DO IS BOOK A FLIGHT TO CONFIRM A PLACE : CHEAP AS CHIPS RIGHT NOW! 

WE PAY Room Deposits, you pay accommodation when you leave the Hotel in January. Your Course fee can be delayed to next year by arrangement, but we appreciate payment before December 2016. This is a Not-For-Profit Venture. 

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Easyjet has just released dates for Marrakech next January. Last year the only flights from the UK were from Bristol and Gatwick – plus only flying on certain days. 

THIS YEAR Flights are from Bristol, Gatwick AND MANCHESTER and again for only certain days – but we are in luck.

BRISTOL Flying days are TUESDAY returning Tuesday or Friday.

GATWICK most Days including Tuesday & Friday

A 7 or 10 day stay is available and they do SPECIAL DEALS for Us : 2 Nights FREE

http://www.lesborjsdelakasbah.com

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MANCHESTER is ONLY flying Tuesday, returning Tuesday, so our usual schedule of arriving Tuesday ( first day of Retreat on Wednesday for 5 days, one day personal sightseeing  Monday, fly back Tuesday ) is ON. 

SPEAK TO US FIRST BEFORE YOU BOOK ( not the Hotel ) all we ask for CONFIRMATION is to BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS FIRST! – really CHEAP right now. We will tell you what easy jet flights we are on from Bristol & London. For information and payment options call us.

London : David Parker 020 7388 3109 /Robert Beck (+44) 7913862492 / urbanlifeclass@gmail.com   Glastonbury : Meleeshka 01458 833381

 

Brace! Brace! . . Flying High with the Universe. Breathe! Breathe!

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Words : Robert Beck

Ask any freelancer and they will tell you that one of the greatest struggles is not knowing where or when the next job will turn up. Working in theatre and performance, I am often faced with periods of extreme productivity followed by periods of very little work. It’s pretty terrifying sometimes and can lead to bouts of depression and feelings of not being good enough or strong enough blah blah blah! It was a period such as this that I found myself in at the end of March this year and I genuinely had no idea what I was going to do.

13238879_10208928531268992_7241278699584094363_nTo provide some context, the beginning of the year had been busy for me. January had brought with it a lot of performance gigs; February had seen me direct two shows, as well as mounting my own production, Prevail, with my theatre company, Plain Paper Productions; and in March I turned 24 and seemed to spend a large chunk of the month celebrating (and drinking…lots of drinking!). So that by the time the end of March rolled around, I barely realised that I hadn’t got any work lined up and my bank balance had been worryingly depleted thanks to all the aforementioned “celebrating”. I didn’t know what to do – all I knew was that I needed to work.

images-1I’ve done breathwork for nearly three years now and have worked closely with David Parker and the rest of the UrbanLIFECLASS team. Through working with them I have learnt to “trust in the universe” – a phrase that sounds very spiritual but is really just common sense. I’ve learnt over time that worrying about the future too much isn’t conducive to anything and can stop you from focusing on the here and now.

Yes, it’s important to have an eye on what’s coming up but the things I’ve found most useful for my life as a freelancer (and as a human being more generally) is maintaining clarity and focus in my career and life. If I work to maintain those two things then it doesn’t matter what happens in the future because I know, whatever I do, that I’m moving in the right direction.

So what did happen? Well ask David, and he’ll tell you that I fretted for a bit and offloaded some concerns to him about not having enough money to last me through the year and feelings of not having the tenacity or the talent to drum up more work but then I calmed down and I stopped worrying. I am enough, I do enough, and I’m worthy of the work that is given to me. I have clarity on what I want to do with my life and I am focused enough to go out and get it. Therefore, every action that I take is a positive step in the right direction and I have to trust that the universe will deliver in some shape, size, or form…and it did!

11215718_10208717353469679_7581717721461493015_nIn the space of one afternoon I went from having nothing lined up to having two jobs – one for the day and one for the night.

My day job as a schools outreach officer for The Shakespeare Schools Festival would improve my administration skills and my work with young people and my night job as a drag queen performer for the show The Gingerline: Chambers of Flavour would allow me to express myself creatively and develop and hone my performance skills.

The universe had delivered – and twice over at that!

UrbanLIFECLASS was set up to help people living busy, urban lives cope with the stresses and problems of every day life. The training it offers gives you a tool kit for dealing with issues like mine and for learning strategies for keeping on keeping on.

images-1Without the breathwork experiences and support from David, Mel, and the other ULC team members, I may well have allowed myself to get bogged down in worry about the future and not opened myself up to the possibility that good things come to those that wait.

The end of the story is that I’ve just spent a happy two months working two fantastic jobs, developing my practise and skills, and making some wonderful new friends and connections. Now the two jobs have both come to an end and I’m, once again, looking at a period of quiet. However, this time I am CHOOSING to keep it quiet because I intend to relax and enjoy my summer but I trust that, when the time is right, the universe will deliver again.

12974535_10208666932129177_2027884504200471924_nRobert Beck is a freelance director and queer performer living and working in London. His recent show ‘Prevail’ was part of Camden LGBT Forum’s History Month programme and is produced by his company Plain Paper Productions. As well as this, he is a drag performer and has appeared at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, The Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club, and various pubs and bars around London.

He is also the UrbanLIFECLASS PA and admin guy and has worked with David Parker for the last three years developing workshops and administrating the annual trip to Marrakech, Morocco.  Follow him on Twitter @robertjamesbeck

GINGERLINE : http://www.chambersofflavour.co.uk

Chambers of Flavour from Richard on Vimeo.