Testimonials


Linda Smith, Head Teacher, Brampton

I feel as if the stress is like drops of rain on my waterproof jacket – they just run off rather than
soaking in.


I used to constantly mull over what had happened at work and repeat scenarios over and over in my head. I worried about what might happen in the future and couldn’t switch off at all. I felt totally overwhelmed.Now, even though work and home life is just the same, I am able to deal with it effectively without dwelling on things. I am also able to switch off and detach from situations without losing empathy or compassion for those I’m dealing with.I feel as if the stress is like drops of rain on my waterproof jacket – they just run off rather than soaking in.

Maria Hallam

This has made a profound difference to my life. With just a few minutes of mindfulness all the stress and negative thoughts are gone…

I had tried several times over a period of twenty years to learn meditation and never really ‘got it’. Then I met Rob and he made the process so easy that I’m sure anyone could use this method to learn to meditate successfully. Rob is so genuine in his teaching and it so nice to see how passionate he is about sharing what he’s learned.The practice has helped me a lot – especially the concept of mindfulness; I am amazed at the way it enables me to change negative patterns. In the past I would get ‘stuck’ in negative patterns but I’m now able to recognise this process and just by coming back to ‘now’ I am able to change my thoughts and change the effect of negative situations immediately. This has made a profound difference to my life. With just a few minutes of mindfulness all the stress and negative thoughts are gone and I’m back on track again and can get on with the day.To give you an example, I was recently in a where a person I’d met was getting very angry with me. In the past I would have taken her comments to heart and it would have affected me all day. This time I was able to stay totally present without being drawn in; it was as if I was ‘watching’ the conversation without any emotional involvement at all. The comments didn’t affect me and I was able to stay loving and strong. After a few minutes she calmed down and was very apologetic. I know that, without mindfulness, the outcome would have been very different.I am left feeling that I now have a skill I can use to benefit me for the rest of my life.

Steph Jack, Bursar, Penrith

I am able to stay calm in stressful situations and to focus on NOW rather than worrying my life away. I am enjoying life again.

I was very stressed before the course. I worried a lot and was unable to relax. I felt responsible for the happiness of my whole family. I am now finding it much easier to stay relaxed and not become stressed. I am able to stay calm in stressful situations and to focus on NOW rather than worrying my life away. I am enjoying life again.

Rachael Bell, Financial Advisor, Carlisle

I am now calmer, able to detach from negative thoughts, be aware of my thoughts and
respond accordingly.


Prior to the course I suffered from Clinical Depression & had received a number of months of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I also started Yoga although my illness meant that I attended classes very irregularly. I heard of Mindfulness & wanted to take more control for the future, help to prevent relapse & MOST IMPORTANTLY learn to reduce Anxiety & be kinder to myself. I have suffered from very poor self-image & confidence for as long as I can remember, constant negative conversations going round in my mind and I just wanted to slow down my head for a while.I remember vividly walking into our 1st class with Rob at The Liferaft. I certainly felt anxious but this did not last long as Rob put us all at ease & I soon relaxed, listening intently with interest and starting on my mindful journey.The class was full of likeminded people, all working hard, leading very busy & stressful lives, often ourselves being the last on the list of priorities! I came away from the first class knowing that Rob would help me continue my recovery & learn extremely valuable life skill of being mindful. I could list the benefits of each session but you need to discover your own journey.During the last session, I completed my questionnaires and the results confirmed just how far I felt I had come. I am now calmer, able to detach from negative thoughts, be aware of my thoughts and respond accordingly. Most importantly I am a lot kinder to myself, less judgmental and do not expect as much of myself or others. My journey has only just started and I know that mindfulness will be a very important part of my life. Rob has been very supportive, understanding, professional and kind. I cannot recommend The Liferaft and the course enough. An extremely worthwhile investment in yourself for the rest of your life.

Belinda Fox, Occupational Health Nurse

I feel able to control my feelings and emotions. I feel it has made me a kinder person professionally
and personally.


Prior to commencing the course I felt I over complicated my life events. I worried constantly about the past and future. I found it difficult to deal with uncomfortable emotions and I often felt out of control. I thought that peace was achieved by blocking out my senses.Since completing the course I feel able to control my feelings and emotions. It has enabled me to make decisions often without pressure or guilt. I feel it has made me a kinder person professionally and personally. I realised that appreciating my senses and allowing them in is one of my best assets.Belinda Fox – Occupational Health Nurse

Stephanie Armstrong, Commissioning Office

I have had the best, most relaxed night’s sleep I have ever experienced

Before attending the Quiet Mind course I had a very negative outlook on life. I was a “glass half empty” kind of person who experienced a number of panic attacks causing disrupted sleep and worry.Since attending the course I have experienced a sense of calmness and peace in my day to day life. I have learned to embrace fearful thoughts, accept them and let them go. I have experienced a continued reduction in panic attacks and have not had one for approximately five to six weeks. (Since week 2 of the course) I have had the best, most relaxed night’s sleep I have ever experienced.

Helen Dunham

It has been an amazing course and if you can be open minded and give new routines a chance; you will gain a lot from it

I was always very busy, continually analysing past events and planning and organising future events, juggling work, home, parenting etc. I often never took a moment to reflect and felt sometimes the important things in life were passing me by.

Since the course I am no less busy but I am more aware of the here and now and of my needs and I find that I am appreciating colleagues, friends and family more. I feel calmer and generally more relaxed

It has been an amazing course and if you can be open minded and give new routines a chance; you will gain a lot from it.

Sue Hunter, Early Years Consultant

Amazing results – the techniques have really had an amazing positive impact on my life.

I was going through a difficult time following the sudden death of my Dad in an accident. I was struggling emotionally, crying a lot; unable to focus on anything, work was impossible, I couldn’t find information in my brain, no concentration. I was lacking in confidence and very ‘lost’. I was also having real trouble sleeping and everybody and everything irritated me!!

I am amazed how easily I can relax. My mind doesn’t race as much (hardly at all) when I close my eyes I get to sleep easily and sleep right through. I feel amazing from this sleep.

I have much more patience with people (especially my children) and I don’t get irritated and snappy. I have returned to work and can focus and think straight and am much more productive again.

Amazing results – the techniques have really had an amazing positive impact on my life. Thanks Rob – very much appreciated. The difference in my (perceived stress and Mindfulness) scores has amazed me!!

Amanda Barnes

The benefits of this course amazed me… even my posture improved.

Before doing the course I was very clumsy, careless, forgetful and distracted. I am now more mindful in how I perform tasks and have fewer accidents. I feel as if I am connecting with the world more and I enjoy being in the present. Even my posture has improved. The benefits of the course have
amazed me.

Yvonne Standing, Head Teacher

Before the course I suffered from anxiety and felt overwhelmingly stressed. I now have a toolkit of stress busting strategies

Before the course I suffered from anxiety and felt overwhelmingly stressed. I was unable to switch off and relax and I felt life was speeding past.

Since completing the course I have felt calmer and am more able to relax. This has resulted in less anxiety and feelings of stress. I now feel more able to cope with day to day stresses and not feel they control my life. I now have a toolkit of stress busting strategies

A way to find a new way of thinking and of viewing the world.

Joanne Wilkinson

From the moment I walked in to the venue for the Liferaft’s Day of Mindfulness I felt a way that I haven't felt for a long time 'that I mattered', not just that I mattered as a client but that I mattered as a person.

I had been sitting in my car for 30 mins so as not to be late and was feeling quite apprehensive when I went in. But Sally welcomed me with the most honest and beautiful smile I had seen in a long time and I felt instantly at ease. It is a rare gift to be able to nurture someone with a smile and I hope Sally appreciates she has that gift. Naturally shy and stressed by social situations I felt accepted and comfortable to ask questions and express my thoughts freely.

Later in the day we did a walking meditation. I have a very clear memory of the last time I felt true untainted relaxation, I was 7 lying on a grassy bank with the sun on my face and the wind blowing gently I didn't need to be anywhere, I wasn't responsible for anything and I had no worries. I had a glimpse, just the briefest glimpse of that feeling again during the meditation and it was wonderful and I am now excited that by practising mindfulness that glimpse of relief could become a way of life.