Testimonials

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I want to say a huge Thank You for having given me this fantastic opportunity to use my mind in a brand new, powerful way. I have thoroughly enjoyed our sessions and your gentle, calming presence has got a lot to do with it.
– Bruno


I have always been interested in understanding more about ‘self’ and how to remain physically and emotionally healthy. Mindfulness is a fascinating subject and one I wanted to explore in more depth, having tried a few Mindfulness apps. Mike’s 6 week course came at just the right time, and I’ve truly loved every minute of it. We learnt so much, including different Mindfulness practices, how to take time to simply sit and just ‘be’, to learning how to quieten the noise in our mind. As became more aware of our body, that we are NOT our thoughts and how to focus more on what is real and ‘present’ and what isn’t, all of which have been life changing.  I now appreciate how insignificant yet suffocating our thoughts can be and how hugely significant we all are as human beings, if we only chose to spend more time in a state of awareness. If you want to snap out of an old state of mind and awaken your mind and your body, Mike is the perfect alarm clock! 

– Voirrey

You made it easier for me, and I expect the rest if the group, to share our experiences throughout in an open and non-threatening environment. 

– Susan

I had promised my team the gift of Happiness so they had high expectations from Mike Kewley’s aptly named 2 hour workshop “How to be Happy”.  I’m delighted to say that Mike delivered a very engaging workshop that inspired and challenged my team to reframe their pursuit of happiness.  Through insights from his own journey and life observations Mike was able to connect with everyone and illustrate how mindfulness can help all of us.  The exercises that Mike guided us through gave us practical experience of how each of us can face and overcome the challenges that life throws at us, and left us with invaluable tools for a happier future.

Mike delivered massive value in just two hours and it has been wonderful to see the positive effect he has had on my team.  If you value your team, their well being or their happiness then you should definitely seek Mike Kewley out and have him come and speak to your team.  I cannot recommend him highly enough.
– Gary Peirce, Owner of Hopes & Dreams Children’s Nurseries.

Thanks again for the great classes. They’re really helping me on my journey, there’s just something about an actual teacher that the books can’t match.
– Correy.

I have really enjoyed the course and it had been very helpful especially in my work life, those 10 breaths have been life savers especially during a very stressful day.
– Sheila.

The introductory course has provided me with a different perspective on our thoughts and the view that they don’t have to overcome you and I have gained new ‘tools’ to deal with any anxiety that may come with them. From someone who was having almost daily anxiety attacks, dreading the tightness of the inward breath during each episode, I finished the course comfortable with both inward and out breath and the realisation that I hadn’t really had that tension since I made the mindfulness practise a regular part of my life. Couldn’t recommend the course more to anyone with anxiety and looking forward to continuing my practise.
– Katie

Thank you for the course, I believe that is the start of new chapter. You have explained it in a clear and simple way, which enables to do the practices on a daily basis. Thank you again.
– Sian

Thank you so much for everything you have taught me over the 6 week course. I’m really enjoying the mindfulness meditation and the compassion practice. I feel much calmer, and I’m finding myself with time to think before I react. Also I’m much more aware especially the time I spend with my kids which is priceless.

I’m seeing and appreciating things that I would of normally missed, by being distracted by my thoughts. Mike is very personable and uses relatable and funny explanations, which makes the course enjoyable as well really interesting.
– Amy

It’s been about a year now since I did your course, and although I only came a couple of times, it acted as a foundation and a starting point to where I am today. Doing your course I knew what I needed to do, I knew, through the very brief periods of presence that I’d felt, that being mindful was essensial for me. The most difficult thing, for me personally, was thinking that change would take time, ironically. But it doesn’t, you just do it. Now.
– Phil

After Mike’s 6 week Mindfulness course, I felt I had a reservoir of calm to call upon should someone ‘press my buttons’ or a potentially stressful situation arise. I learned how to relax properly for the first time,  and had the most creative and productive year so far!

A year and a half later, after enjoying the benefits of a daily Mindfulness practice,  I decided to try Mike’s 8 week advanced Mindfulness course. The perspectives we explored were extremely useful in a practical sense when a family issue arose. On a personal level I find myself really in awe, more connected to this amazing universe, and tingling with aliveness! I totally recommend this course for anyone who is interested in being present in their own life!
– Laura

For me the six week introducing mindfulness course (which I can’t recommend highly enough) helped me from very debilitating and draining anxiety that resulted in even more draining insomnia. It got me very interested in mindfulness and when I heard that Mike was running a new tools for freedom course I didn’t hesitate to sign up. The course and the way Mike delivered it didn’t disappoint. He is able to deliver some very hard to explain concepts from multiple perspectives so the differing students are able to grasp the ideas being put forward.

Simply put I think that the introduction course shows you how to do mindfulness where the tools for freedom course shows you how to be mindfulness. It’s makes your practices feel fuller and richer and therefore your life fuller and richer. If you enjoyed the first course you will love the second one.
– Alan

Having sat the 6 Week Introduction to Mindfulness course in April, I felt like a new person. It really helped me to deal with some anxiety problems that I had been having in a way that nothing else I had tried had come close to doing.

The course makes something that, I think can be quite difficult to appreciate and to ‘stick with’ on your own, very accessible and understandable. It taught me to be much more open and accepting of challenges, giving me a whole new perspective on the things that life throws at me.

I have also recently completed the Tools for Freedom course, which, combined with the practices learned in the introductory course, I can honestly say, has changed my life! Mike teaches some quite deep concepts in such a relatable and inspiring way, that I find myself truly excited about things that I have previously completely overlooked!

I cannot recommend either of these courses enough, and want to thank you Mike for opening my eyes to the incredible beauty that is all around us and that we are all a part of!
– Kylie

Mike’s course on Mindfulness was insightful, fun, and informative. Mike has a lovely way of explaining this topic in a very real and ‘everyday’ manner which makes Mindfulness very accessible for anyone interested in calming the mind and expanding consciousness.
– Sian

Mindfulness has been like a door opening for me. Before the six weeks course, most of the time at work I was anxious to the point of feeling sick and the anxiety was causing very draining insomnia. Now after completing the course my anxiety levels are more under control and I’m sleeping a lot better as a result. I cannot recommend trying Mindfulness enough to anybody suffering with anxiety as its changed my life.
-Alan

I would just like to say a big thank you, I had a wonderful time doing the course. I think you have a real gift as a teacher, as you made some really challenging and difficult topics easy to understand. I think it is only with practice and time that I will see and understand the true benefit of what I have learnt from you.
– Zelda

I attended Mike’s introductory course to mindfulness which started 8 weeks ago and found it a relief to realise there is another way of doing this living thing. Sometimes you know there have to be changes and Mike shows you how the constant noise in the background can be quietened and everything seems to soften, thoughts, tension, outlook. Thank you for making it simple, I am beginning to enjoy myself!
– Dawn

I joined Mike’s 6 week mindfulness class after seeing him at a “taster” talk. He was so inspiring I felt it would benefit me greatly. It has! I suffer from anxiety attacks and Mike has helped me so much. I am so much calmer and less focussed on myself and more on the world and other people.

The meditation which I now do daily has made an enormous difference to my outlook. I am so much more positive and have found I now accept challenges and daily problems with a calm understanding that helps me get through situations in a much more relaxed manner. Thank you Mike.
– Ginny

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed the six week Mindfulness Course ran by Mike. He is a natural teacher and the course was inspiring, challenging and highly enjoyable. It was something I gained a lot from and the techniques learned are something I intend to continue with. Highly recommended.
– Adrian

Thank you for helping people like me connect with the now!
– Shruti

I am finding the course amazing; so beneficial! Since we started I’ve had a few situations that would normally make me into an anxious blob; however I’ve been able to use mindfulness to get me through. So thank you.
– Anna

Mike Kewley’s Mindfulness course is a gentle introduction to meditation, his down to earth and personable approach demystifies the subject and makes it available for everyone. He shares his wisdom, humour and himself, and guides people through a simple breathing technique, that if used regularly, is life changing.

I have now been practicing mindfulness for about three months, and my mood has just lifted. I don’t dwell on the past or have anxiety anymore, I seem to be stronger in myself, and less affected by negative people and situations. My relationship with my children particularly seems to have blossomed, as I am less wrapped up in myself. Things that used to make me angry, I often now just laugh at. I feel more balanced and relaxed generally. I recommend Mike’s Mindfulness course for everyone!
– Laura

I have just completed a 6 week introduction course for mindfulness meditation with Mike and would like to thank Mike for his friendly and informative approach to meditation. I found the course really inspiring and would recommend mindfulness meditation to anyone who wishes to bring calm into their busy life.
– Myra

I have just finished the 6 week course with Mike and found it very inspiring – Mike explained mindfulness in a very simple manner and i must say I was sorry to see it end – I would recommend this course to every one! Thanks Mike.
– Dominic

Mike’s 6 week Introduction to Mindfulness course completely changed my outlook on life and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an open mind.
– Laura

I realized that my thought process has become a creature of habit. But allowing a combination of mindfulness & my energies into my life, it has shown me a peaceful, nurturing mind set. Doesn’t happen overnight, watch out for distractions, but most importantly absorb and work with who/what you can.
– Moira

I attended your workshop at Karma yesterday – thank you, it was a brilliant afternoon. You taught us practical skills with humour and you were so down to earth.
– Katy

The meditation has been difficult at times, but I don’t think I would be where I am if I had not met with you and learnt the mindfulness practice.
– James

I just wanted to say I found the course fascinating and I didn’t want it to end. I found you a brilliant speaker and very helpful. And I know the techniques and ideas will help me in everyday of my life and have already helped me with everyday challenges and life events. All of the course was brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Keep up your fantastic work Mike.
– Janet

Mindfulness has shown me how to see the world for what it is, the only real way to find happiness is when the mind is still. By doing this practice you start to see beauty in all things and in all people. In the drop-in we also do compassion training, since doing this I have been able to realise how hard it can be for all human beings sometimes and when someone is suffering I can be there for them, instead of being dragged down by them. This is so liberating not to be affected by others suffering.
– Alex

I took part in the 6 weeks mindfulness course and it has really helped me to get in tune with myself. At the start I really struggled to sit still and mediate for anything more than a minute without being distracted. However, six weeks down the line after practicing most days I am now able to sit for over 20 minutes and I feel that it has really helped me relax. I am now more calm and much less stressed. It has also helped me recognise that I need to be more responsible for myself and for my actions and words. I feel like it is the start of something really amazing for me. I would recommend it to anyone. Mike is a great teacher and he is really approachable so I know that I can always ask him if I am struggling with something in particular. I really can’t wait to take part in more workshops, courses and retreats in the future. It’s amazing how much I have grown spiritually in such a short space of time.
– Nicola

The message is simple, almost so simple that at first you don’t believe something so easy could have such a profound effect on your everyday life. I found the mindfulness course gave me the chance to relax and reflect. Mike is a great teacher, putting you immediately at ease and delivering the message with clarity and humour. I would recommend his classes and workshops to anyone who is stressed, anxious or simply looking for another way of being with life.
– Mark

This six week course has literally transformed my life and I would recommend it to everyone without exception. It can only do one thing and that is awaken your soul. Life is the here and now, it’s not yesterday or tomorrow it is now. We are all too stressed, too busy, too frantic and then one day we wake up and realise we are wasting precious time. Or maybe we don’t wake up. Mindfulness allows us to be free and to relax and smile. I shall continue on my Mindfulness journey as I feel this is only the beginning! You are an amazingly talented teacher, a lovely balance of humour and insight which is invaluable!
– Denise

I have really enjoyed the drop in sessions each week – It has been a great opportunity to learn more, practice ‘mindfulness’ meditation, and take some time out from my busy mind!
– Louise

I have attended the Mindfulness drop-in sessions for a few months now and came hoping to learn how to better deal with daily worries and stresses that come from thinking about the past and the future. The sessions have helped a lot. They are friendly and very welcoming. After each drop-in session, I notice the benefits of meditation more and more and how mindfulness affects different aspects of my life in very positive ways.
– Sam

The day retreat affords you the time to absorb the taught practice, and fully experience what is meant by ‘Mindfulness’. The combination of wonderful stories, meditative practice by a professional and compassionate teacher, facilitates an experience that promotes personal growth. I will certainly attend more of ‘My Free Mind’s’ courses, as I was fully supported in uncovering the beauty of everyday life, as it inherently is.
– Anthea

The private session was rewarding. Focusing on the breath entering and leaving your body and then exploring every inch of your body, observing all the sensations you encounter, thought subsides and relaxation occurs. The overall feeling is of benevolence and clarity. I can highly recommend the session.
– Nigel

I found the mini retreat a unique experience, a chance to spend the day with like minded people in a relaxing atmosphere and use the skills learned during the weekly sessions to really tune into the mind and body and go a bit deeper. At the end of the day I was left with the feeling that I had discovered something that most of the world is still oblivious to and that experience is priceless.
– Michelle

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will endeavour to keep practicing. I feel a lot calmer in myself and my focus on the now, rather than on what has gone on and what could happen, has certainly given me a new perspective on life and calmed my thoughts. I am actually sleeping better and deeper.
– Clare

My everyday life, like many others, is hectic. Juggling everything has meant paying a toll – migraines and chronic pain in my shoulders. I didn’t go to ‘My Free Mind’ for this reason, I went to give someone a lift and rather than wait for an hour and a half in the freezing cold to take them home, I joined the class. I was pleasantly surprised to find that after each session I came home feeling really relaxed and good. By the middle of the sessions I started to feel real benefits in my everyday life. By the end I was determined to build on what I had been taught. It was an illuminating and inspirational course and I would recommend it to anyone.
– Vicky