Jane Penfold
Social Worker

"HeartSpace has made me much more aware of life’s opportunities and riches than ever before - my life is exciting at a level that I didn’t imagine possible. I feel more able to tolerate high levels of stress in my life, and I have a new ability to take things in my stride. I also have more emotional energy and much more compassion - in particular for my mother and sister."

Jane Penfold
Social Worker

"I was resistant to signing up for iEvolve for a long time....when a friend talked about Concord I was sceptical.… How wrong I was, and how I underestimated Concord! I took part in iEvolve and then a number of other programmes, I experienced changes in myself which were subtle but profound. I can see I am now much more content and at peace with life, and much happier. I have some distance on issues, and I have discovered myself to be considerably more resilient and tolerant of stress than ever before. I feel very grateful and lucky that I have had the opportunity to do this work and that Concord is there. I would encourage anyone reading this to trust and sign up!"

Danny Schmulevitch
Environmental Facilitator

"The Foundation Course was an adventure of inquiry and discovery about the nature of the mind and the heart. It brought me great presence, open-heartedness and authenticity - not merely for myself, but in connection with those I love. It also brought me a greater acceptance, calm and stability within the turmoil of my everyday life, and deepened all the practices that support my wellbeing. Thank you Concord and all involved. "

Anna Halsall
Support Worker

"Being Here, Present Now is an opportunity to stop, quieten, to pause everyday life; and to use that space to get present to who and what is there in each of us. It was an incredibly powerful experience, and after the programme there was space for life to re-emerge. Space to connect with, to speak into existence some unexpressed dreams. What was in the way was now on the table, and whispered dreams could be placed alongside it with honesty. This programme is about being here from the inside out; acknowledging our true self and allowing that to be in the world. "

Blandine Bardeau
Artist

"For me, On Leadership was about choosing a life of vision, and about standing on my own two feet. In a way, it wasn’t so much about the vision itself, rather the commitment I made to take care of it, and the courage to say "this is who I am, this is my vision in the world" and to trust myself and the world enough to know that I have permission. And the only one that can give myself permission is me: now isn’t the time to wait for others to decide. "

Sarah Williams
Media professional

"Before I did the Mastery programme, I would have never called myself a cook. I always wanted to have access to the kitchen and cooking, but actually found the kitchen confusing and difficult. Participating in the Mastery programme has completely transformed this. The relationship I have with cooking now has reached a depth that I have never experienced before, I have an understanding and am able to be in the kitchen in a way I never thought I could. Cooking is now something that can be joyful, experimental and alive. I can approach the kitchen without knowing and just create, which is truly a gift."

Susanne Roche-Iles
Kinesiologist

"I learned so much about the brain and how we perceive in On Leadership, and yet the course was so much more than facts and learning. I have actually found my vision... and it is now showing up in my daily life. After the course I felt open and available to life, and things started changing without me doing anything!"

Mike Lim

"The Foundation Course really helped me appreciate my body and its needs. I found that if I threw myself in to everything on offer that I felt very well and stopped getting caught up in everyday issues and the normal worries that go through my head. It was a joy to be with others who’ve made a similar commitment to looking at and working with their everyday lives. After finishing the course, I have fundamentally changed my attitude towards food and looking after my body. "

Dana Luftmanova
Operations Analyst

"The Mastery of Cooking offered an invaluable insight into possibilities of wholefood cooking, approaches to flavour combinations and responsibility required to do justice to the ingredients. It also showed me what it means to truly work together, joined in creation and transformation of the cooking process. Jean's enthusiasm and knowledge enriched my understanding of wholefood cooking principles, which allowed me to bring more joy and freedom into my daily cooking experience."

Blandine Bardeau
Artist, Macrobiotic Health Coach & Cook

"Participating on The Foundation Course at Concord Institute has created a new space for me to be in my life I didn’t know was possible. Through practising the disciplines of bodywork, wholefoods cooking and rigorous self-enquiry, a quiet yet powerful energy was being fed throughout the three months of the programme, a new kind of strength inside my belly I can tangibly feel. I feel that I can live from my heart in a way that wasn’t accessible to me before, and I have more energy to be able to bring into reality the dreams that live inside of me. Above all, I have the tools I need to support and sustain those dreams. Now is the time."

Susanne Roche-Iles
Kinesiologist

"I had a very moving experience of the iEvolve programme. I wanted to feel that breakthrough in my body so I enrolled in the Foundation Course. The course placed a focus on our day to day way of being in life, a new type of awareness which really became my life. During the 10 weeks of the programme I began to create a new relationship with myself and my body. The programme was a roller-coaster of emotions; deep and profound in the beautiful company and safety of a group. Having completed the course I feel I am a bigger person in my own life with a new relationship to my body - I couldn’t recommend the course more highly. "

Sonja Dorau
Student

"When I decided to do the iEvolve programme I had reached a point in my life where I felt that I couldn’t just keep going on as I used to. Even though I was in a good place after engaging in therapy, I feared that this could change for the worse again and felt quite tense sometimes. I wanted to gain consciousness about my actions and decisions, so I decided to give Concord a go. iEvolve was an incredibly intense experience. By the end of it I felt that sharing myself, and the whole experience of the programme with a group of people helped to lift the pressure I put myself under. I no longer feel like I live in a bubbly prison that I can’t escape. I feel free to take important life decisions, and am no longer constantly questioning whether it is actually me deciding or if I am being forced into situations by random circumstances or patterns."

Tim Crowther

"Whereas iEvolve cracks open the seed, The Foundation Course provides a hot house for it to grow and gain strength. It is a highly practical programme that nourishes body, mind and heart and breaks up fixed patterns of being and thinking. Having a coaching call each week allows you to uncover in detail your way of being and keeps you on track to make significant and healing differences in your life and relationships. And the rich soil of this hothouse is also comprised of the other participants - journeying with an aligned, loving and non-judgmental group is extremely powerful."

Ella Hashemi
Farmer and Educator

"I had felt drained by a long search for 'the right job', and have often found myself in work which I felt I had to squeeze myself into. Being in Business offered me the possibility of approaching my livelihood from a different space. I now have a clearer perspective on the emotional baggage I bring to work and some spaciousness to take responsibility for it. Beyond that, it’s quite difficult to put into words what I experienced in the course, but I feel a sense of relief to be grounded and authentic in my relationship to my work life. I am now very intrigued to see what happens next!"

Galina Petkova
Traditional Acupuncturist

"It took me few minutes to make the decision to do iEvolve. I didn't know what exactly it was but I felt there was something which I want to experience. After iEvolve I felt much more connected to the existence of wholeness, and being part of an amazingly flexible reality. I feel like I always had these concepts of life deep inside me, but I was not aware them.... I feel awakened. "

Charlotte Hopper
Service Manager

"HeartSpace was an incredibly moving programme. It took me to some much deeper places in terms of my feelings about my parents, and showed me more than I was expecting about myself. I released pain, sadness, love and lostness... The programme was magical, it created a massive change quite immediately, and yet months later I feel like I am only just beginning to see the difference it has made."

Selina Farnfield

"I wasn't expecting to get as much out of The Foundation Course the second time around. But it works a strange magic, and even more emerges and is revealed, leading me further down the road of transformation. Through the generous sharing of my fellow participants, the support of my coach and the grounding of the bodywork and cooking, I have established a deeper connection with my body, and a greater discernment of the patterns that are trying to run my life. I have a strong foundation on which to base further self-discovery and open myself to greater possibilities."

Johan Bogaerts
Vice-President, Marketing

"Reading a book or going to a therapist can, if you are lucky, help you understand who we are, how we function. What made JumpStart unique is that in one week, not only did I understand transformation with my modern mind, I also experienced it with my total body. Empowered by the group conversations, the food and the bodywork sessions, I was able to open my heart. The experience helped make a fundamental and sustainable shift in my life; towards myself, my family and work. JumpStart made me feel true transformation - true love, during the course and still today. My thanks to all who made this wonderful experience and shift in my life possible. "

David Barker

"The Foundation Course was a journey of personal realisation and genuine change. I found that the more I was willing to observe and engage both by myself and with the group the more I got out of it. It is a tiring process which required me to make a commitment to myself, but one that I would truly recommend."

Dan Sherlock
GP

"Being Here Present Now was a powerful experience, unlike anything else I’ve done. It totally shook me up. I am still present to the huge amount of energy that was freed up that weekend; it was like a clearing out. The course gave me more freedom to be in the moment. In the weeks after the programme some big decisions came up, and I credit the course for shaking those out. "

Laura Muresan
Photographer

"iEvolve sounded like a nice idea as I have always been interested in growing. I said yes, signed up, and then an overwhelming fear came upon me “What have I done?!” Yet, there was an inner trust in my own instinct. I knew I had made the right call, and the moment I said yes things started showing up. By the time iEvolve started I realised I had a lot at stake; my life was running in a circle, same outcomes, different people, having yet another relationship end similar as the other ones, having others show up in my life the same over and over again, feeling powerless and not being able to have a say. The programme shifted my perspective and transformation became a huge part of my life. I now see multiple possibilities where once I saw only one. I feel more aware of who I am and where I am coming from. What I realised afterwards was that one of the main reasons I said yes was because I saw a presence in the person who invited me. They had a “being there now, available” that I wanted for myself. I am deeply grateful to the person who shared iEvolve and Concord Institute with me. It is a gift to be shared forward."

Ales Marek
web developer, Tensegrity facilitator

"The effect of participating in Power, Intent and Evolution was a profound one. I came out of the programme, especially the first time around, with all my senses amplified and having a clear vision for the year ahead of me. The programme took me on a magical journey. As I got more clearing inside me thanks to the dialogue sessions, I started experiencing strong visions and impulses. Thanks to the top level leadership of the facilitator my visions got grounded into a real life tools that I took home with me. This is a programme which I participated in twice. I liked the outcome so much, and I also wanted to peak behind the scenes a bit, that I took part in the production of the event on two other occasions. "

Deborah Murphy-Smith
Senior Service Manager

"Being Here, Present Now was an extraordinary experience: transformation in the body experientially, and powerfully. I valued the space and time to connect deeply with who I am being. The technique of cultivating one's own awareness as it is unfolding, with minimal guidelines and structure, is so simple: but a challenging process. Following the programme, I have felt a deep desire to keep in relationship with what I experienced, in my work, personal relationships, and ongoing training in transformation."

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