Why would you participate in Rise? - There is now a growing body of scientific evidence showing the benefits of mindfulness based programmes like Rise. It's all too easy to focus on that side of things and forget about the other kind of evidence... our own lived experience. We are just as interested in what our own participant's have to say!
"The Rise Wellness Programme was extremely beneficial over the course of the 4 weeks and beyond. To take that time out during your working day to ground yourself and bring your awareness back to your physical body, mind & spirit is hugely important, especially given the situation we are in with COVID. The practices that were demonstrated by John and Barry can bring huge shifts and so many benefits if used consistently and they have shown how they can be easily incorporated into your everyday life. I would encourage any team or individual to take part in this programme. John & Barry create a welcome and calming space for everyone and the techniques taught are invaluable."
- Emma Higgins, Avolon
"The program was packed full of wisdom, inspiration and common sense – the perfect combination for today’s challenging times! There is a lovely balance of sharing the principles with short practices and straightforward approaches to building these tools into a practice that is readily achievable - even for those of us who want to cling to the ‘I don’t have time’ mantra. It was a privilege to take part."
- Lisa Bolger.
“I found each session to be calming, positive and uplifting. As a team Barry and John are unique!”
- Lynda Nolan Kearney
“I can't speak highly enough of Rise. The reflections that followed each are reminders to practice present moment awareness.”
- Laurence Herbert
“The Rise Wellness Programme is a wonderfully curated Mindfulness course which provides a structured pathway to better understanding mental wellbeing. Barry and John are thoughtful experienced facilitators who provide expertise and a sense of community to each of the workshops. For beginners or regular meditation practitioners, the Rise Wellness Programme is a great way to deepen awareness and learn new techniques as part of a team or personal activity.”
- Emer Kennedy, Snr. HR Director, Google
"Rise really hit the right note for our team of coaches... great content, superbly delivered and we all benefited personally. We've also really benefited as a team. I would highly recommend this programme for both teams and individuals looking for better wellbeing. It's a great investment and great use of time."
- Tom Hennessy, Alive Coaching.
John and Barry have years of experience facilitating mindfulness and wellbeing training across the Professional Services, Healthcare, Banking, Technology and Education industries. They work with people and teams at all levels from managers and CEOs to new graduates.
Over the last 30 years, significant international research has explored the benefits of mindfulness based practices. As in any field, the quality of research varies. Some studies are well designed and stand up to scrutiny, others are less robust. One thing is certain. We have only begun to scratch the surface of how mindfulness and other forms of meditation affect the body and mind.
We feel it pays to be wary of catchy headlines which promise immediate and guaranteed results. That said, there is a significant and growing body of evidence by well respected research institutions showing the benefits of mindfulness training.
For example, this year (2020), a meta-analysis of 78 randomised controlled trials conducted between 1989 and 2019 with almost 6,000 participants showed mindfulness-based interventions improved attention, memory and processing speed. (Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/927885?src=rss)
There is also evidence showing that the complimentary practice of self-compassion is correlated with increased emotional resilience and well-being, in addition to reduced stress and anxiety. (Stanford Medicine – http://ccare.stanford.edu/research/compassion-database/self-compassion/)