Andrea Cygler is originally from Manchester but is now based in Liverpool. She is an experienced and well-qualified wellbeing practitioner who has taught and practiced complementary health, therapeutic touch, meditation and relaxation techniques, stress management and resiliency training for 20 years, working with all ages and diversities, all over Merseyside and the North West.
Although she had tried different forms of meditation over the years it was only after an 8 week Mindfulness course that her practice become sustainable, enjoyable and truly beneficial. She has trained as a Mindfulness teacher and qualified with Breathworks in 2014. She now teaches on their Manchester programme and is part of their Teacher Training team She has also done some MBSR training with Mindflow and is a qualified to teach the Mindfulness in Schools Programmes to children and adults . She runs her own mindfulness courses and meditation sessions in Liverpool and is part of 'Mindfulness Liverpool'.
I regularly run Mindfulness for Health courses in Manchester “I’ve seen it change lives, including my own”. I came to Breathworks, on the advice of my GP in 2006 as a way of helping me to manage chronic pain, it made such a difference to me I decided to train with Breathworks a year later.
I am now a Senior Trainer with Breathworks and I am one of the Training team, teaching others to become accredited Breathworks teachers. Mindfulness and meditation help me to maintain equilibrium and to live a richer and fuller life.
For many years I worked as a commissioned artist, mostly in steel, making sculptural seats and signs for environmental organisations. The work I made was concerned with a sense of place and the importance of wildlife in our lives. I live in West Yorkshire with my partner and our dog on the edge of the Pennines.
Colette Power is a a Senior Mindfulness Teacher and supervisor with Breathworks CIC, Manchester and a Trained Mindful Self Compassion Teacher. As a freelance mindfulness teacher she delivers a range of mindfulness-based courses in Liverpool, the North West and Wales, including:
Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress Course
Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-base Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindful Self Compassion Course (MSC)
Clients include The Probation Service (Liverpool), Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and Women's Aid.
Colette holds doctorate from The University of Liverpool School of Sociology and Social Policy. She has lectured in sociology, research methodology, women's and gender studies, and worked as a social researcher. She has experience in teaching and group work facilitation both in community settings and in the voluntary sector.
She is a qualified person centred counsellor and worked with people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, low self-esteem and depression. She also taught counselling skills in Liverpool for many years.
Colette also facilitate 'The Work That Reconnects', Deep Ecology workshops based on the work of Joanna Macy.
Gary Hennessey is one of the founding directors of Breathworks, a Social Enterprise devoted to relieving suffering through mindfulness.
He has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 35 years. In 2003 he trained in applying mindfulness for people with pain and illness with Vidyamala Burch (author of Living Well with Pain and Illness). Since then Gary has been running mindfulness courses in Manchester for people with pain, illness and stress.
Gary is Director of Training for Breathworks, and regularly trains health professionals and others in mindfulness as a health intervention.
As Head of Training of the mindfulness teacher training programme, I support trainees to develop and deepen their meditation practice and teaching skills. I also regularly teach Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses in Manchester, and the Health course online.
I had already been meditating for many years when I came across the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course. I was going through a period of emotional pain and anxiety due to family circumstances, and really needed something to help me cope. I found the Breathworks approach transformational, with its combined emphasis on awareness and compassion - it proved a real turning point for me in my mindfulness practice and life more generally.
I have practised and taught meditation for over twenty years. My background includes teaching, retreat leading, writing, youth work and educational programme development. I enjoy working in contexts as varied as community centres, workplaces, festivals, schools, homes and faith communities.
As well as my work in Manchester, I also offer mindfulness courses and events in Cumbria, Northumberland and south Scotland, plus one-to-one mindfulness teaching via phone or Skype. So, if you would like to discuss options about any of these, please do get in touch.
I am a Buddhist and have worked at the Manchester Buddhist centre since 1997. During that time I have enjoyed teaching many meditation and Buddhism classes. Hence I have been practicing Mindfulness for over 20 years, as I have very regular meditation practice. I particularly enjoy teaching in group situations and since qualifying with Breathworks as an accredited Mindfulness teacher I have taught many of the Mindfulness for Stress courses.
Over the last 18 months I have seen many people benefit from these course and now have resources to work with their anxiety and stress. As well as being a Mindfulness teacher I am also an Alexander Technique Teacher. I trained in Kendal for 3 years and qualified in 2010. The Alexander Technique, known mostly as a technique to improve posture, is really all about mindfulness and becoming aware of our helpful and unhelpful postural habits. If we can use ourselves well we will function better, so mindfulness of our bodies as well as our minds will lead towards greater well being. So I enjoy using my AT skills combined with the Breathworks material. Its a recipe for success and offers very practical ways forward.
I am a registered nurse most of my working life has involved responding to the health needs of others with compassion. The next natural step for me was to become a mindfulness teacher. I undertook my teacher training with Breathworks during 2015 attending residential retreats and supporting both Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses.
A few years later she re-trained as a coach, working with individuals to help them reduce stress, and then also completed the Breathworks teacher training. Sheila is passionate about helping others discover the power of mindfulness and self-compassion.
Aswell as delivering Breathworks courses, Sheila runs mindful coaching services via her company Lollipop Wellbeing.
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the very young age of 15. The prognosis was not good. Being conscious, being aware and mindful gave me the rest between and during flare ups and surgeries.
I learned how to reframe my life and experiences so that I could understand the role I had played in creating my life.
Just over ten years ago, I discovered the practice of Mindfulness. The practice became an integral part of my daily life. It calms and anchors my mind through difficult times and allows me to enjoy life in a way I never thought possible. I completed Breathworks teacher training in 2014.
My knowledge and skills learned over the many years of practice have enabled me to lead mediation classes, pain management programs, Cognitive Behavioural Approaches training and to work successfully with clients with a whole range of health conditions including ME, depression, chronic pain, stress and anxiety. I support people with long term health conditions to self manage and develop a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Further I have undertaken training with renowned psychologist Paul Gilbert in understanding and nurturing our Compassionate Mind.
Dave Spencer is a Breathworks Trainer and Associate. He has practised and trained in mindfulness and meditation techniques for over fifteen years.
As well as his accreditation and ongoing training and development with Breathworks, Dave has trained in several other mindfulness-based approaches. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma with Distinction in Studies in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen, and is an approved teacher with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations. He is also a fully accredited teacher with The Mindfulness Association, and is trained and accredited with The Yoga Alliance to teach yoga and meditation.
Dave's teaching is warm and accessible, with a particular focus on the practice of acceptance, kindness and self-compassion. He also teaches very popular independent workshops and courses throughout the UK and Europe.
Keith has been meditating for over 15 years and is interested in the secular applications of mindfulness practice for individuals, in the workplace and in schools. He is especially interested in the use of mindfulness to build resilience in the face of life's challenges and as a way of enriching everyday experience – in other words, to counter the damaging and limiting effects of stress, habit and negative patterns of thinking. In recent years Keith has also started to explore the spiritual and creative dimensions of mindfulness. In other areas of work, Keith is a person-centred counsellor and qualified counselling supervisor, with experience of working as a therapist in schools, the NHS, with homeless young people, and with the LGBT community.
Keith is qualified to run the two signature Breathworks courses – Mindfulness for Stress, Mindfulness for Health – but also designs and teaches bespoke mindfulness courses to groups and individuals.
Mark teaches mindfulness near his home in Bramhall South Manchester/ North East Cheshire.
He has facilitated with the NHS in Stockport & with Stockport Mind.
He provides 'in house' mindfulness for organisations and their staff.
Mark also facilitates Mindfulness for Stress with Breathworks in Manchester.