Meleeshka Personal Empowerment Training in Glastonbury 2017-18

Meleeshka is one of urban LIFECLASS’ co-trainers having worked with us extensively over the years, most notably leading our annual Morocco retreats. 

Now she is running her own training in the beautiful rural setting at the foot of Glastonbury Tor. The training will take place over 11 months and will require a commitment of 1 weekend a month. 

Take a look at the leaflet below which has all the details. Contact Sara Turner on 07816683548 or Meleeshka on 01458 833381 for information or booking enquiries. 

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Have a look at Mel’s page on our urban LIFECLASS website: https://urbanlifeclass.me/theteam/meleeshkatrainer/

 

CHAOS THEORY: A Review of ‘ORGANIZING FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE’ by Sheila Chandra

REVIEW by Robert Beck 

51yPU7t7VxL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve been working my way through Sheila Chandra’s book Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success. The book is a veritable bible of helpful tips and ideas to turn someone from a walking disaster zone into a streamlined and employable creative powerhouse.

The best thing about this book is that Chandra knows what she’s talking about. After many years as a well-known and respected singer and song writer, she is now turning her hand to helping others achieve the success that she has enjoyed. And what does she put her success down to? Organisation. 

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There are a lot of very talented artists out there who make fantastic work but who never get the recognition they deserve. Often, this is because their work space resembles a war zone and they can no more knock together a press release or impactive marketing campaign than fly! This is where Chandra’s book is so helpful.

What’s even better is that this is not a long book, nor is it particularly dense. The author doesn’t waste much time pussy-footing around the issues and gets right to it: if you want recognition for your work and you’re looking for success then you should ditch the idea right away that chaos results in creativity. It doesn’t!

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Whether you’re a painter, a singer, or an actor, it’s vital to maintain a tidy working space and to treat yourself like a business which needs to be constantly managed. It’s the total opposite to the oft-touted stereotype of the “lazy creative” – the kind of person who lies around all day, smoking, drinking, and just waiting for that one idea to strike them which will make them rich and famous. In this scenario, all that usually happens is the “creative” slides deeper into the mess they’ve made and even if that idea does come – eventually – they have no idea how to produce it, market it, or sell it.

Chandra’s opening section – “Physical Space” – starts with ways that you can organise the places you work in. Some tips may seem blindingly simple like clearing room on your desk so that you can actually work on it, or throwing away that pile of magazines you’ve been keeping on the off-chance you’ll actually read them one day.

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Others may take a little more effort such as laying your studio/room out as a series of work-stations – one for each of the creative tasks you do on a daily basis – based around factors such as where is the best light, proximity to certain tools you might be using, or even just proximity to the kitchen so you don’t waste time walking back and forth to grab coffee. Each idea is carefully designed to systemise your working environment and create a clutter-free space to create in.

Only once you have a tidy space, where you can access the implements you need to create the work and where you’re not spending half the day searching for that one A4 page that’s got lost amongst the rubbish, can you begin to think about some of the more complex tasks that go hand-in-hand with being a self-employed creative. It boils down to that old adage – “tidy space, tidy mind”.

Chandra’s argument is that you can’t possibly have the brain space to deal with creating a PR campaign or doing a tax return if your physical space isn’t organised. So while the first half of her book might not seem particularly ground-breaking, it’s a vital step for any creative person to take to ensure that both your physical and mental spaces are efficiently ordered.

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With your working environment now organised, the second half of her book – entitled “Head Space” – is where it gets interesting. Drawing for her own experiences as a creative professional, as well as from being on the other side of the table and working with creatives like the street artist STIK (who incidentally wrote the foreword for the book), Chandra lays down some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to launching a creative career.

These involve managing yourself and your brand effectively, learning how to make social media work for you, and surrounding yourself with the right people who can help you with tasks such as accountancy and publicity.

Again, the concepts are far from revolutionary and are largely just common sense, but the style of writing is open and honest and the advice is sound and easy to follow. In a world where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to break into the creative industries, Chandra is determined to give as many people a leg-up as she can. One of the book’s charms is how orderly and methodical it is (for a book about being organised, this isn’t a huge surprise).

It’s recommended that you treat the book as a guide and read it from cover to cover. While there may be sections that you don’t need to read in quite as much depth as others, it’s a process and one that is best absorbed whole, rather than in bits.

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The only way to truly judge the book’s success is to read it and try the ideas out for yourself. However, take it from me as a creative person, one who is on his own journey to achieve recognition and career success, this book was a great little companion that has genuinely given me some practical tips that I can use to ensure both my physical workspace and mental headspace are running as efficiently as they can. Ultimately, the book isn’t going to teach you how to be a better artist – that comes from you – but if you are struggling to be creative then maybe it’s because you’re still stuck in a chaotic pattern.

What Sheila Chandra has done is show us how to use that chaotic creativity and to channel it into career success. They’re simple tricks but all highly effective – give them a go and find out for yourself.

‘Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success’ by Sheila Chandra is published by Watkins.

14908327_10210355251256100_1014946024230999709_nRobert Beck is a theatrical director and performer living in London. He also works as PA and admin assistant for urban LIFECLASS. Follow him on Twitter @robertjamesbeck

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.

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A few Reminders : They say you can’t give away what you haven’t got.

Expecting LOVE from others when you can’t give it to yourself, is like driving a car without lessons – straight to A&E with codependent concussion.

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WAKE UP! Don’t short change yourself. Learn to LOVE YOURSELF FIRST.

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TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS NEVER WORK. Change YOURSELF – Not OTHERS. 

 

Get Ready Manchester! . . Urban LIFECLASS Coaching is bringing BREATHWORK & Relationship Recovery to you @ FIRMSTART Saturday April 1st ( no joke ) and Sunday April 2nd 2017. So get shifted with us.

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Another Northern lass from Manchester, Lisa Stansfield sang  ” Been around the world and I, I, I . . . to such acclaim, it’s a classic. Much like the WEEKEND SEMINAR we bring to Manchester in April called COME OUT OF THE COMA.

12003990_10154214955544966_4184064287411353291_nDavid Parker, it’s creator, birthed it in Australia 2003, honed it in MILAN in 2004, and since then it’s been back to Australia, Venezuela, Estonia, Canada, & Morocco, to name a few countries, and that big city called LONDON down South.

Clean and nobly serene since 1982, David has valued real life experience and never teaches from a manual. He has taught Breathwork & Lifestyle Coaching for over 25 years with those affected by alcoholic or drug affected families, child abuse, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C, recreational or prescribed drugs as well as people WHO DO TOO MUCH, low esteemers, constant DO-ERS, procrastinators, loners and people who don’t fit in.

He welcomes all to take responsibility to fix themselves first before attempting to fix others. It’s not New Age anymore – more Internet Age – and no pink bubbles & fluffy stuff either.

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COME OUT OF THE COMA examines Interpersonal Relationships, Families of Origin, Interdependence & Recovery tools using written and verbal exercises, informal experienced information and Experiential Evolutionary Breathwork for safe emotional release.

And don’t forget it’s not just about people : You can be codependent on a PHONE – Digital Addiction has become an acceptable epidemic. How do you feel without it . . or leaving it at home? 

images-1 Learn to say NO more often when you always say Yes.  

Release people pleasing and approval addiction.  Understanding family control, duty, rescue, fixing and power games.

images-1Learn to create bounderies and find your own sense of self.  Reframe friendships and relationships that no longer work.  Discover and recover from addictive, compulsive escape routes. Prepare yourself for CHANGE. 

No experience of Breathwork is required, nor do you need to be in a relationship or be affected by addiction. The purpose of this Seminar is to release guilt and the encouragement to fix yourself first, before attempting to fix or rescue others.

”Your time is limited, so don’t live someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs (Apple)

INTERNATIONAL FEEDBACK on COME OUT OF THE COMA Weekends  https://rebirthyourlife.me/feedback/

We invite all sexualities, cultures, ages and genders to Urban LIFECLASS Seminars, Retreats & Workshops, whichever city we work in. LGBTQI Welcome.

Venue : Firmstart (Manchester) CIC, Birchvale Cl, St Wilfreds Enterprise Centre, Manchester M15 5BJ    Saturday April 1st – Sunday April 2nd 2017 11am 7pm both days.

10501688_302332539936610_6051405388470842940_nInvestment : One Day £70, Both days £120. Payment via PayPAL or Bank Transfer to secure a place. Cash on the Day can by arranged. Limited £100 bursaries may be available on request. Contact Suzanne 07960 465303 for more details or urbanlifeclass@gmail.com

Check out our blogs and pages here including BREATHWORKhttps://urbanlifeclass.me

 

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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One Day London Breathwork Seminar LOVE UNLIMITED @Angel N1 venue London. Sunday February 12th 2017 11am-7pm. #LOVEIN

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They say you can’t give away what you haven’t got. Expecting LOVE from others when you can’t give it to yourself, is like driving a car without lessons – straight to A&E with codependent concussion. WAKE UP! Don’t short change yourself.

r-887797-1169495706-jpegAs many of our participants know LOVING YOURSELF is an ongoing process, it only take a stare, a rejection or a criticism to send us back to square one. So it makes sense to keep a check on those coda characteristics that send us into a spin but thankfully that old adage FEELINGS AREN’T FACTS rings true and we realign.

During the day we will explore LOVING YOURSELF MORE  – in or out of a relationship, ROMANTIC TYRANNY and SERVING YOURSELF into spirituality, gifts to give yourself plus releasing people pleasing, projection and perfectionism. We will also be BREATHING to the music of Barry White, no tingly bells, waterfalls on this one, so get that karaoke voice in fine fettle. Become your own VALENTINE.

images-1At the end of the day we BREATHE together in a GROUP, experiencing EVOLUTIONARY ‘Conscious Connected’ BREATHWORK – alone with your breath, your fears, your strengths and any spiritual source you choose. Learn to create your path and walk it. Conscious Connected Breathwork  detoxes and releases long held trauma. YOU deserve to be renewed, refreshed and rebirthed. Check out testimonials and blogs on this site.

WELCOME too 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 . 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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This Seminar is open to only 12 participants + assistants and trainer DAVID PARKER – 345 CITY ROAD LONDON EC1 1LR – ANGEL tube Northern Line BANK

10501688_302332539936610_6051405388470842940_n£70 for the whole day 11am -7pm including a GROUP REBIRTH SESSION ( some bursary concessions are available for £50 if in financial difficulty) Delayed/part payment will be individually considered.

BOOKING : Contact Robert Beck urbanlifeclass@gmail.com (+44) 7913862492 for payment options or David Parker 020 7388 3109 Enquiries.

Our NEXT ONE DAY SEMINAR is Sunday 21st May 2017 – We also have 3 EVENING BREATHWORK GROUPS a MONTH at a different venue. Contact us to book.