Dan personified, radiated and encouraged the compassion, acceptance and respectfulness synonomous with mindfulness. He is approachable and succeeded, in my view, in making mindfulness accessible to those of us looking for an introduction and shone a guiding light on the way we might realistically make mindfulness part of lives.
The course was an incredible experience from the first week until the last. I was really amazed by how open and friendly the group were and how Dan helped everyone interact with one another. To me compassion is not only loving everyone (including myself) but being aware of everyones emotions and suffering, that we all suffer together and that we need to be reminded it is okay.
Dan is very good at engaging the class, always asking open questions but not forcing them upon people who may not want to speak. His laid back peaceful persona allows me to relax as soon as I sit down for sessions.
I have experienced a noticeable reduction in stress, a feeling of more compassion for myself and others, and a steady improvement in my sleep. I will definitely continue with the mindfulness and meditation practices that I that have learnt and continue to practice and incorporate them into my daily life. This course is the beginning of my journey to get back in touch with myself, and I intend to return for further courses to improve and continue my practice. In particular the Metta for self meditation really struck a cord with me as it made me realize how hard on myself I am and that compassion is at the heart of everything which is something that I had lost sight of in the stresses of everyday life.
Dan is good at explaining things in laymen’s terms. His relaxed and open approach put me at ease so I could focus in the sessions without feeling judged. It is clear that Dan is passionate about what he does and wants to help people improve their lives by teaching them these mindfulness and meditation practices.
I was brand new to meditation before taking this course and I have to say I have really enjoyed it. From a beginner’s perspective my understanding of meditation and mindfulness has grown and it has encouraged me to continue practising beyond the course.
He is very personable, funny, makes you feel at ease. I felt very supported during the course.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I am really starting to stop and be in the moment much more than I used to be – enjoying experiences and times without thinking about what happens next. I have also learned to stop before reacting – taking time to think about how my reaction will make me or others feel – that has been very powerful for me.
Dan was a brilliant teacher – approachable friendly and extremely nice. He included us all, we were never made to feel that we had failed and his fun sense of humour made the sessions really enjoyable as well as a great learning experience I wouldn’t change anything about the course and can’t wait to go on another of Dans courses in September
I wanted to say thank you so much and I’ve found the whole course extremely beneficial. The things that have changed for me are that I no longer walk the dogs, drive, shop etc. on auto pilot, I’m noticing everything around me, I’m less judgmental on myself and that’s definitely having a knock on effect with the way I treat other people.
I feel calmer and I’ve not had one incident of “road rage” in the past month or so! I’ve also been saying or doing at least 1 nice thing a day for somebody else, and people have commented on how much happier/calmer I seem so it appears that you’ve performed a miracle!!
I have loved Dan’s honest and open approach to meditation. His genuine empathy and his efforts to send weekly email and especially the daily email meditation task reminder. It has helped jog me into more mindful thinking.
His strengths are his empathy, decisive, honesty , genuine , good at running a class and makes you feel comfortable enough to speak. Timekeeping was not an issue for me in any way whatsoever but Dan did run over most weeks (prefer this to finishing early )
I have been much calmer since the course and more mindful. Also gave me discipline to conduct formal meditations.
Very approachable and personable.
What changes have I seen? Compassion 🙂
He is truly amazing at what he does and I recommend he continues just as he is doing .
As with all of the other courses I have attended of Dan’s, Exploration of Self, taught me new things about myself, more tools and techniques of mindfullness and meditation and also tought me some valuable listening skills as we discussed sensitive subjects as a group.
Dan is real and authentic. He shares his own experiences freely, good and bad and Dan creates a safe environment where people feel free to share personal feelings. As a teacher he is engaging and extremely knowledgeable and is always around to answer all your questions.
The course was great. It has really helped me to manage anxiety. Doing the meditations regularly (which are sent and available on Dropbox) has really led to a noticeable difference.
Dan is very soothing and calming and I love the way he uses his personal experiences to help us during the sessions. The last meditation we did this evening was extremely powerful and moving, thank you Dan!
For me the course has allowed me to put the brakes on my emotions, giving opportunity to focus on just being, creating headspace that gives me that precious gift of reflection.
Daniel is a hugely engaging teacher – from the fist minute to the end he has the great balance of sharing his knowledge and experience but making it digestible and relevant to the audience. Certainly inspired me to not only complete the course but also to continue to practise.
This course has allowed me to move forward in a deeply personal way. It has helped me look more at suffering and the ego. My mindfulness has improved and my confidence is growing steadily. I feel the course has given me a lot of self compassion.
I feel I progressed through the course at my own pace. I have noticed subtle changes along the way, mainly my ability to be with my own silence more at ease.
Daniel’s sense of calm really helped me to gain a sense of calm when in the class . He is also extremely accepting and non- judgemental which creates an ideal Environment for his students to practise self acceptance
I feel more confident and comfortable about sharing my thoughts and ideas with group members. I’ve also found I’m aware of when I’m not being compassionate and when I can improve this.
Dan is supportive and caring to the participants on his course. He genuinely seems to care how they are and wants them to get the best out of the course and themselves.
I’d practiced meditation in the past using an app called Headspace but I found it a little repetitive and it always seemed like homework. Daniel made us aware of the variety of different meditations available. I enjoyed doing mediations in a group and sharing our experiences and the discussions in between mediations.
Daniel is really easy to relate to, and when talks about his own experiences this is particularly motivating. I think this is because he is open about the struggles he has experienced getting to where he is, but you can also she how meditation has benefited him.
I have a generalised anxiety order which I receive help in understanding and living with from a very forward thinking Psychologist. She has always wanted me to try Mindfulness and with Dan’s help the meditations are assisting to quieten down the negative voice that helped me feel crap about myself and it has given me a confidence on how I now have other ways to deal with my anxiety. For example I get severe claustrophobia to the extent that I could not close the toilet door at work but now I can close and lock the door as I know that if I have my phone with me I can listen to Dan’s meditations and that makes me relax. It has also made me realise that what I was actually afraid of was being trapped in a confined space with my thoughts but with meditation my head seems clearer and open to opportunity – thank you
Dan’s strengths are the fact that he is real. Everything he is teaching us comes from the heart and he has experienced personally. It really helped me to learn that some days he has anxious days. His honesty has given me courage.
I found the course insightful, uplifting, relaxing enjoyable and overall an amazing experience. I am much more likely to stop and think before acting, I feel a lot calmer and able to deal with my emotions. I enjoy the moment so much more, I am not searching for anything else I am present and engaged in my life rather then being locked up in my mind.
The course was well organised and delivered in a wonderful way! Dan has the most amazing humour and never takes himself to seriously which I loved! You can see he really Cares about what he does and this emanates in his classes! Overall just a wonderful human being who has time for others and has a genuine want to help! I felt so relaxed in the classes and after, dan has the most amazing time of voice! He had made me less judgemental of myself and others. Cannot thank him enough
Dan is able to relate to a diverse group of people and has many ways to explain and discuss meditation and mindfulness. Makes everyone feel comfortable. He laughs and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Weaknesses – time keeping, but wouldn’t want it any other way!
Really enjoyable course. I now have more confidence to sit with no expectation. And really understood the importance to practice.
My mind has been so much more calmer. I have had only one set back in the 5 weeks I have attended and love how I now have some really effective tools to help me
Daniel is calm, easy to relate to and open up to and passionate about helping people. I feel quite gutted the 5 weeks are over so quickly!!
I was apprehensive to begin with but Daniel made everyone feel very much at ease. I have taken on board what I have been learning on the course and am trying to incorporate the information into my daily life. I am finding it very useful.
Daniel was very welcoming and made me feel comfortable and at ease. He is very passionate about his work and I feel his enthusiasm spills over onto to his pupils
We both thoroughly enjoyed the course, we find the stop and breath has been very useful in our daily lives.
We found Daniels main strength is the way he delivers and covers the topic of mindfulness and meditation. The tone of his voice is ideal very suitable for these courses.
I have tried to do a meditation a day, be it a short one or a longer one. I try to do some breathing if I am somewhere I can.
Daniel is very calm, has a wonderful soothing voice that encourages serenity. People have commented on how I seem and look calmer, so he must have passed on some of this in class. Am very pleased Macmillan suggested this class to me and I hope to do another.
I started with no experience of mediation/mindfulness and am now using it every day. I am finding it really helping with getting off to sleep at night. I think it’s helping me at work too and seems to make decision making easier and helps focus the mind during particularly hectic days.
Dan is completely passionate about mindfulness but without being forceful. Dan totally accepts that some things will work and others won’t. He totally respects people and how they feel and doesn’t go into personal situations of why people are attending the course. Dan’s calming influence over the class definitely rubbed off leaving all participants feeling relaxed at the end of the session.
I enjoyed the course a lot and has given me lots of tips to help me discipline myself with the practice. I am already noticing changes in my day to day awareness but I know I will struggle disciplining myself to do the meditations but I will try!
Dan was very personable, approachable and showed a lot of passion for the subject of mindfulness. I found him relatable too, as well as sincere and no pretentiousness which is a preconceived idea I have about some people that practice some of the more spiritual treatments, albeit this is potentially a bit unfair!
I have definitely grown in confidence & including the practice into my daily routine on a more regular basis, it has given me the motivation to keep going on my own
Dan is a great teacher, he explains everything well, is relaxed & engaging. He has motivated me to ensure I practice outside the class, yet is supportive if you have had trouble in doing so. Highly recommend his courses.
This set of sessins, I have completed 2 has helped at a time when I was very stressed, due to work, home and two frinds passing away within five weeks of each other. This course has helped me have some me time and enabled me to work out some issues with meditation.
He is very calm, explains things well, sends out info into Dropbox for is to do at home and his voice is very soothing. No other searching for tutors again.
I loved this course, and I have signed up for the follow up. I suffer anxiety issues from time to time, and I have found the course invaluable. I can’t believe how calm it has enabled me to be and non judgemental.
I think Dan is a fantastic teacher, he has a very calm way about him, whilst remaining professional, he makes you feel as if you have known him ages. His strengths were is patience, always there if you need him, and I find his meditations really good. I can’t think of any weaknesses. This is the first time I have studies Mindfulness, and wish I had discovered it years ago.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and haven’t done any meditation or mindfulness previously. I now feel able to stop and take time out for myself without feeling guilty.
Dan was a great teacher. He is kind and very approachable and a ‘genuine lovely guy’. He puts people at their ease with his calmness and makes you feel that you can achieve what you want to.
As a previous sceptic of meditation and mindfulness I decided to give it a try to help me push away the stresses of work/life and to help me deal with difficult situations. I guess I initially saw meditation as a bit of a “hippy” thing and considered it to be a last resort. However, in the short 5 weeks I’ve progressed to an average of 4 meditations a week, feel calmer in myself, as a result am sleeping better and more equipped to deal with difficult situations. I’ve learnt that it’s ok so be a bit stressed. And that it’s not just me. And that I can deal with things. Thanks dan!
Dan came across as a very friendly and approachable teacher. I was a bit sceptical about meditation and mindfulness initially but was put at ease initially via email (where he responded to some of my probably quite neurotic sounding questions!) and during all the classes. I would definetly attend dans classes again. Nothing felt forced and I wasn’t made to feel bad because I couldn’t quite get the practice initially.
I loved the course, it taught me the basics on the different types of meditation and purpose of mindfulness. Understanding the informal practice has helped me to become more considered and aware of my thoughts and behaviours. It’s takes a long time to change behaviours and habits but realising what I’m doing has been the biggest start.
Daniel is a brilliant teacher. He is very genuine, honest and open. I think it’s really important to know the background of your teaching so you can understand the journey for people and how it can help them. He engaged everyone in the room from the start and made a very relaxed environment. As Daniel’s personal journey develops and matures I’m sure he will just keep on getting better and better at teaching the practice and techniques to others.
Was a great introduction to a subject I knew little about, I have found that I have been able to incorporate practice into my daily life and it is helping in calming my racing mind and giving me other tools when faced with difficult situations.
He gave clear instruction and explained each step as to why we were doing it and possible effects
Trying to practice every day. It continues tp help at work with stress levels. I am learning to stop and take a breath.
Very personable made me feel relaxed. He answered all our questions in an informative manner giving good examples.
Really enjoyed it . Wish it wasnt over and hope I will continue meditation on my own.
Very aproachable, good advice given. Kept it a normal level never made you feel like he was doing something that we couldn’t do.
Dan was extremely accessible and passionate about his subject and his enthusiasm is contagious.
Daniel is relaxed and knows his subject inside out so this means that he can teach it very well. He puts you at ease and will go out of his way to help you get the most out of the course. Thank you
I could not be more happy that I stumbled across this Facebook page!
After attending two of Dans workshops I am already feeling the benefits of becoming more aware in the present moment through mindfulnes
Dan delivers his classes in such a way that make you feel at ease with being in a group and asking questions!
He has an amazing sense of humour, a genuine want to help! A massive heart, is 100% non judgementa
I’d advise anyone to take a class or Workshop! Thanks Dan you are a star
I found the course very helpful…it made me think and stop on my day to day stuff…and try look at a situation in a different light…always good to take that 5/10 minutes for yourself…I definitely will be using Daniels tips.
Daniel is a great teacher…he knew his stuff well…to be honest I really don’t think he has any weakness…Daniel was also very friendly…he made us feel welcomed…seemed down to earth and very relaxed about life…a stress free man…He would always allow time for any questions or concerns that any of us had…Lovely man…thank you so much for having me on your course x
The course has taught me many things , but mainly that I CAN be mindful and meditate . The course has also provoked thought. I feel more confident about moving forward in my life.
I have nothing negative to say about Daniel, I went with no expectations and it was all positive .
The whole course went really well, use it a lot now in daily life.
Dan was very engaging and approachable. Captured our attention throughout
Much more present in my life and getting more out of simple things ! Also listening and caring more about others. Taking more interest in strangers 🙂
A real genuine guy who is able to help you capture the essence of what mindfulness is in a way that wants you to change! I feel enlightened by the experience really !
I am more aware of the world around me, calmer and is helping me with my anxiety.
Daniel is approachable and you can sense he is ready to help. I feel he is honest and caring.
It’s changed my outlook on life everyday
The course went well, and after each session, I felt happy and content, and usually slept very well the following night. I am 100% more mindful now than before the course. Meditation is in progress, but it is happening slowly but surely.
Daniel is down to earth, very knowledgeable, approachable and very funny.
It gave me a great insight in to meditation and mindfulness and gave me a great start to build on whilst exploring meditation
He is calm, inspiring, explains his subject well in a way that is easy to follow and encourages self practice with handy hints, tips and tasks to follow at home. He made me feel at ease, motivated and calm
It was great, the course has taught me and opened my mind to meditation and helped me to be more mindful everyday, to stop and breathe when I find myself to be stressed and to think what can I do to make the next moment better.
From the first session Dan made us feel at ease and relaxed. There was a nice atmosphere, with kindness and non judgement. We could just be ourselves, learning to be kind not just to others but to ourselves to, while Dan teaching us to incorporate mindfulness and meditation to everyday life.
Dan was excellent in providing a range of tools and techniques to be fully present and was very supportive when we discussed challenges we were experiencing with the formal practice. Dan was very welcoming, happy to be approached with questions and was accepting of us in our journey to being able to capture the moment.
Dan was amazing, I couldn’t think of anyway he could support the course attenders more. Dan was happy to provide the meditation solutions on a different platform when I stated I could not access drop box. I would (and already have) recommend this course to anyone wanting to develop their learning and experience in mindfulness.
Meditation confidence grown.
Mindfulness confidence grown.
Completely changed my life!
Daniel is a fantastic teacher who is considerate to all.
The course went really well, have learnt tools which I have been using at work and home, I feel confident in using daily now and am looking forward to taking to the next level
Dan is calming and most of all real, easy to learn from as he related things to ‘normal’ life
I was surprised by the connection I felt, I found it easy to visualise what Daniel described although struggled sometimes to clear my thoughts. The course has brought me a sense of relief, to find that others are struggling with emotions which sometimes make you feel alone and isolated. Just knowing that others around you are feeling the same makes me feel more peaceful and hopeful. Taking time in stressful situation to be mindful helps me re-asses the situation I am in and reminds me not to dwell on the minor issues in life. I think carrying on, meditation will help me to gain a deeper meaning in all I do.
I could not fault him, his presence was calming and he made me feel positive. He made everyone at ease and encouraged everyone to accept their feelings instead of fight them. He also encouraged in me, a wanting to be proud of myself.
Great to learn the different ways of meditation! I didn’t know there were so many! Using techniques to help me relax at work and sleep better.
Course was very beneficial for my understanding and practice of meditation. I practice more often with more intensity. Even if I struggled to find time to meditate, thanks to Dan I know several ways of how to be more mindful during my busy schedule.
Dan came across as very natural and genuine. He managed to share complex ideas in very simple and understandable way. He was very kind, patient and always willing to help through out the course.
Dan was extremely knowledgeable in the subject matter and other related matters. Dan is very personable and makes you feel you can ask any question to him or in a group without feeling embarrassed. The information was delivered by Dan in a clear and concise manner and definitely from the heart. I cannot think of any weaknesses – Dan is a great teacher!!
I have gained confidence to “mix up” my meditations according to how I feel and that I do not need to stick to the meditations I had previously been taught
Dan made it the most beautiful peaceful and with a lovely bit of humour and cannot praise Dan enough; everyone needs a Dan in their life.
It has changed my way of thinking and now enjoy meditating every day
The content, practical exercises and the fluidity of the day was perfect, very harmonious and sincere atmosphere. This was demonstrated at the end of retreat with the diviners treat.
For me my aspirations was realignment to focus on recultivating self compassion to open my eyes and heart to appreciation and I achieved it and much more.
Spiritally and emotionally it was a very powerful and valuable experience. It was also very relaxing.
Dan is welcoming, open and approachable teacher. His voice is calm and soothing wich makes going into meditations very easy. Dan is knowledgable and professional and he made me feel safe and at ease.
For me this course was life changing.He is an amazing teacher. I had very specific questions and he was very helpful . It was an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend.
Dan is such a warm and calming human being. He made me feel at ease and very comfortable. He is a great teacher and would love to learn a lot more from him.
The course helped me extremely in my busy life. It brought back the importance that my time and presence is and how important it is to truly stop in our busy lives. I’m sleeping better and much calmer my stress and anxiety that comes with my job role has felt more manageable. Dan is amazing and will definitely continue with him.
It has given me time to myself which was difficult at times to begin with, but eventually I lost the feeling of guilt and thinking about all the other things I could be doing. It has improved my sleep pattern and I feel generally more calm and relaxed in myself and my thoughts.
This has also had an effect on how I approach my working day which at times can be extremely busy and occasionally stressful dealing with residents, families, staff and attending meetings. I have began to give myself the time of being mindful to prepare more for situations being more focused on the moment rather than trying to achieve everything all at once. I have found I am engaging better with staff listening to them more rather than worrying about what needs to be done next or getting to my next meeting. Overall I have defiantly felt the benefit of attending this course and highly recommend it to anyone who is considering attending future courses available.
I feel much more connected to my open heart and feel able to send meta out to the world and nurture myself.
Dan has an amazing presence. He makes me feel very calm and content. He is eloquent, knowledgeable empathic and fun. I loved this retreat.
Life changing , cleared my mind and lowered my high blood Pressure. I thought Daniel was so good I expanded at some Length to express the impression he made on me, but your site timed out, lost the page and I have run out of time!
Excellent teacher, made me feel very confident
Dan has been an inspiration in terms of his enthusiasm for meditation and the benefits it brings. I never thought I would have been able to sit still to meditate…whilst still early days I am enjoying practising and not getting frustrated when I can’t.
Many strengths – compassionate, enthusiastic. He exudes positive energy that made the classes something we didn’t want to miss. His teaching is well paced and each session was very enjoyable, thought provoking and has made me want to develop the practice of meditation in my life. I already knew a little about mindfulness but this has been something I feel Dan has really inspired me to practice. An excellent teacher!
This course was amazing, it exceeded all my expectations. I feel confident I can mediate now with the tools Dan gave us. I am so grateful to have been on such an incredible course.
Dan made this course what it was, he was so welcoming and made everyone feel so at ease. The course was ran at a perfect pace, Dan was willing to answer any questions but at the same time he did not push for anything from us, there was no pressure at all (as I have found in past courses… Tutors expect you to give them feedback straight away.) Dans whole persona is so chilled he in my eyes is the perfect teacher of mediation.
I have learnt new techniques in meditation in how to deal with emotions that arise in difficult situations. Daniel has a calming influence, a good sense of humour and is non-judgemental, you can ask him any question.
Daniel was amazing throughout the whole day.The course was delivered at the right pace.
Daniel provided a clear explanation of each meditation. Daniel created a relaxed atmosphere making me feel at ease and totally relaxed. I would recommend and encourage friends to attend the course run by Daniel.
This was an amazing course meeting all my expectations and more. Having never meditated before the feeling after was wonderful. I have now started to practice meditation and has enabled me to learn the importance of thinking about myself and have time for myself.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It has given me the tools to continue to meditate and to try different ‘styles’ of meditation. Dan was very open, honest and down to earth whilst still being professional.
I really liked his style of teaching and he put me at east from the first session. Thank you!
When I started the meditate it helped adjust my mindset and I’ve only had positive experiences when I’ve up the practice. Dan is approachable, humerus and eases everyone into the meditation. Dan made me feel at ease and without guilt if I wasn’t fully getting into a meditation
Daniel made the sessions feel safe and comfortable-there were never any awkward moments and entering a group for the first time can bring some anxieties but this wasn’t the case
Daniel consistently made me feel calm and safe, providing a nurturing, fun and balanced environment. I really appreciated the follow up emails with additional recordings.
His enthusiasm is infectious and combined with the support he offers outside of class is a great combination . It is just what I needed to inspire me to regular practice and bringing awareness to more areas of my day.
It has made me aware of who I am and opened my eyes to my surroundings wherever I may be, which I had lost due to normal madness of life and family. It’s great to have my time, stlllness back in my life.
The 1 to 1’s, course and workshop attended have been incredible. Daniel is a wonderfully engaging man, that talks from the heart and in a way that captivates you throughout. It is ‘real life’ teaching.
I’m not new to mindfulness or meditation and had completed a course. Where I struggled was finding one that I enjoyed, that suited me. I am now confidently meditating 20 mins a day and seeing life in a more open way.
I just wish there were more Daniel’s teaching and reminding us about how important we are!!
Dan has made me aware of life. I sometime, in fact several times a day, stop and think of the now, or just BE. I still need the discipline to practice, but will work at it.
Dan is non-judgmental. Even if you feel bad that you haven’t done your practice, his thought is, do it NOW. He answers every question honestly and makes me feel extremely safe and comfortable.
Really loved the ‘tasting board’ of different types of meditation, enabling experience and sampling of various disciplines. I now use meditation daily, sometimes more than once daily, and still try different types as I am not yet consistently able to reach a calm and focussed mindset in any single discipline – although this is improving. I feel a reduction in pressure to please others and live up to expectations, and more comfortable pleasing just myself – something that is taking a lot of getting accustomed to.
Dan’s friendly aura and genuine smiling face always made me feel welcome from the first minute. The tone of his voice was very calming and confident.
I really thoroughly enjoyed Daniels course. I have enjoyed a lot more mindfulness in my daily life and have definitely seen a difference. The course has really ignited an interest in the subject area for me and I feel much happier in myself.
I have stopped worrying about the future as much and can really recognize and deal with my anxiety in a much better way. I have a long way to go as my mindfulness is very sporadic and I always forget to meditate. I am looking forward to the journey.