. . . 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/

 

 

Trending in 2016 : Breathing Education

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Trending Agencies have often been called ‘the backbone of marketing’. You may have wondered how when you shop for Home Furnishing, for example, there is a common thread built into current styles, colour, patterns and textures. In wearable fashion, the same thing occurs, this season has one colour mix everywhere, replaced by another 6 months later, how does that happen? This is the role of Trend & Fashion Forecasting.

Leading Agencies like New York based SPARKS & HONEY predict lifestyle trends, while companies in the fashion retail sector use fashion forecasters like WGSN, who predict over 2 years ahead what we will be wearing. This unites designers, factories, and analysts together to plan ahead cost effectively, thus creating global trends, they hope we will buy or buy into. But it can be risky, local weather, and climate change, can deeply upset fashion trends, and who can predict what clothes we will need in 2 years time while seasonal, crazy weather patterns, can deeply effect a corporate balance sheet.

imagesLIFESTYLE TRENDS, however are easier to predict, based on factual past evidence of what is rising, falling and coming into play. The speed of high technology has created a faster turnaround of ‘what’s in and what’s out’, creating equal havoc for the leisure industry, as for retail fashion. I recall, that in 1980 I was told by budding computer experts that ‘computers solve one problem while creating another’. How prophetic. 

The pace of information overload, constant mobile phone use, 24/7 contactability, and increasing low wage economies today, has created a more stressful society, with decreasing boundaries and relationship turmoil. No wonder we have barely time to BREATHE. No wonder we need to learn how to do it efficiently and URBAN LIFECLASS teaches you how.

So it comes as little surprise that leading forecaster SPARKS & HONEY has cited BREATHING EDUCATION as one of the essential trends of 2016.

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I have been advocating the practice of Conscious Connected Breathwork for over 25 years – now science has caught up – from New Age to Internet Age.

SPARKS & HONEY say’s :

imagesMost humans take 20,000 to 30,000 breaths daily BUT MOST DON”T KNOW HOW TO DO IT PROPERLY. Now modern science is saying that breathing ( like drinking water and getting a good nights sleep ) can help lower blood pressure, boost immunity, reduce stress and fight obesity. BREATHING RETREATS and workshops featuring belly breathing, conscious breathing, and yogic breathing are on the rise. We will see more attention to breathing as a psychotherapeutic tool in 2016.

CULTURAL CHALLENGE : Try to find and attend a breathing class where you live. 

(We run 3 BREATHING Groups a month in London. Contact us.)  So now you know!

 

Mike Delaney reviews our 2016 Maroc Retreat

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“This week has been one of the most profound, mind-blowing, painful at times but spiritually healing experiences of my recovery.

I would highly recommend URBAN Lifeclass Coaching and Breathwork Retreats to anyone who wants to go that little bit deeper in self development work. You have to be brave enough to trust the process but, My God it’s worth it!!

My utmost gratitude to David Parker and Meleeshka for their knowledge and skills and to all of my new friends for their love, support and laughter every day. Thank you so much x “

Mike Delaney RNMH MBACP
Addictive Behaviour Specialist

Mike Delaney is a leading authority in the treatment of addictions with over 30 years’ consultancy experience with individuals, rehabilitation centres, and professional bodies in the UK and internationally.

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

http://www.mikedelaney.co.uk/equine-assisted-psychotherapy/

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So what happens on a 5 Day Breathwork Course ( within a 7 night stay ) in Marrakech January 12th 2015 : Start Relaxing, detoxing, pampering and Breathing.

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11113930_840321189367372_7000292416324159563_nThe Course led by Trainers David Parker and Meleeshka, with over 25 years experience each, is held at a charming 4* Hotel, Les Borjs del la Kasbah, in the Kasbah Medina, up alleyways, full of bustle and moroccan life, so immediately you will feel miles away from home. RELAX.

Arrival Day Tuesday : As most participants will be arriving on early flights from the UK, today is for settling in, napping and feeling the pace in and outside the Hotel. Its a free day, to do as you will, perhaps a massage in the spa ( 45 mins various massages with organic oils from £20 – £32 ). All SPA Treatments can be booked and paid for during your stay, and is up to each participant to decide, as they are extra to the course and with no obligation to partake.

We all meet in the Lounge @ 7pm for an arrival introduction from the Hotel & Trainers before we have a GROUP DINNER @ 7.30pm. This is the only time we we will eat together, throughout your stay you can decide when you eat and who with ( 7.30-9.30pm ) Then it’s the bar, chatting or bed, ready for the first day of the course. Breakfast is from 7.30-9.30am. Accommodation includes a sumptuous breakfast buffet and dinner, paid separately to the Hotel from the Course, and on leaving your stay.

imagesThis years theme is : LET’S GET CLEAR ON THE YEAR  with a Breathing Group Session of some kind every day for 5 days.

Wednesday & Thursday Day 1 & 2 is spent in the Hotel from 10am – 7pm, with breaks for writing, verbal sharing, in our group room and patio areas so you can experience weather outside too, including lunch breaks around the pool, ( Not expensive : Omelette with french fries and salad £4, Pizza or freshly made Salads £5, Club Sandwiches £5.50 all made to order ).

1663924_114_yDuring these 2 days of letting go you will experience a HAMMAM as part of your course fee and a 90 min Group Breathwork Session on both days. 

What is HAMMAM? check out this link. http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com/diy-moroccan-hammam-treatment/ A small group HAMMAM 3/4 same sex people is INCLUDED in your 5 day Course fee.

Day 3 Friday : Weather permitting we will take a Day Trip to the base of the Atlas Mountains, included in your course fee, this year we will be going to ASNI-Ouirgane, ( different location than last year ) to be with nature, and have a Breathing Session close to water, in the valley countryside. Written Exercises will be offered to work on during the day as well as plenty of mint tea. Do bring scarves and hats, it can be chilly in the Atlas.

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Day 4 Saturday : After morning group we visit the stunning Yves St Laurent Jardin Majorelle ( this year for a longer stay if you came last year – time for shopping and coffee lazing in or outside the Jardin ) In the afternoon we return to the hotel for a group sharing and a full breathwork session. **Friday, Saturday or Sunday activities may swop days depending on local weather at that time.

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Day 5 Sunday : A full day in the Hotel with group sessions and a final Conscious Connected Breathwork Session. In the evening a 4 course Moroccan Evening with local musicians is planned for you, with the extra payment ( on top of your HB ) is part of your £350 Course Fee for 5 Days.

Day 6 Monday : With a final Group meet up after breakfast, the day is yours to sightsee Marrakech.

Day 7 Tuesday : Fly home, refreshed ready to GET CLEAR ON THE YEAR.

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FEEDBACK from last year:

“Well I can report back that it was one of the most joyous weeks of my life and perfectly placed for the beginning of the year. In fact I would say that a lot of creative planning for the months to come happened without even trying during those days…Onwards with abundance xx ( CH London England )

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“What can I say about my time away except that it was deeply needed and I feel profoundly honoured to have been in the company of so many loving souls. It’s been hard to get back to normality especially as I have to say goodbye to one of my oldest friends next week, who passed over, but I now have both the courage and power to do him justice as I say my farewell whilst being strong enough for my God daughter too, and I thank David and Meleeska for love, guidance and respect that they showed me over the last week, for without these things mixed in with the healing power of laughter, I wouldn’t be able to do it!! All my love to you both, always!! XO ( M. Somerset England )

“The retreat in Marrakech was stunning, beautiful beautiful people, amazing location, huge amounts of love and even more compassion, but throw in huge gales of laughter, it was beyond superlatives. All I can say it was the first break I had taken for ten years, and boy it was worth waiting for, the people were and are amazing, the breath work powerful and simply life changing, and the laughs we had still rings in my ears , roll on 2015, best decision I ever made … Thanks David and Mell big love xx ( JD Somerset England )

Some more Testimonials from last year are here : 

https://urbanlifeclass.me/morocco-retreats/something-happened-in-morocco-and-the-echoes-are-still-being-felt-a-month-later/

https://urbanlifeclass.me/morocco-retreats/book-now-for-our-maroc-rebirthing-retreat-january-2016-sara-turner-tells-us-her-tale-of-january-2015/

https://urbanlifeclass.me/2015/02/09/january-maroc-spiritual-retreat-a-huge-success-for-all-so-we-are-doing-it-all-again-next-year/

All prices and info is here https://urbanlifeclass.me/2015/08/09/give-yourself-a-break-maroc-spiritual-retreat-january-12th-2016-can-you-imagine-yourself-spending-7-days-in-marrakech-in-this-glorious-hotel-complete-with-spa/

red-love-heartSPEAK TO US ( 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 if you want to pay in 2016.

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