“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Weekly Drop-in Classes

Just to say that I am currently on a break from teaching.
My intention is to make mindfulness and meditation accessible and enjoyable. Classes are relaxed and informal and start with a guided meditation to help you come into the present moment and re-connect with a sense of calm. I then offer a teaching, focusing on a different aspect or skill of mindfulness each week and then we close with another meditation which allows us to practice or reflect upon what we have just been learning about.

Classes cost £8 or £5 with an About Balance Karma card. You can book via the About Balance website or just drop-in and pay on the night. Classes are suitable for all levels of experience and a warm welcome awaits you.

“David’s approach helps you keep a really positive attitude towards your life,” Tina “Fascinating, fun and always insightful,” James
“It feels so warm and welcoming. I highly recommend this class,” Gemma

Growth, Transformation & Healing
Thurs 19 March to Thurs 23 April

  • “This course gave me the support and encouragement I needed to begin to understand myself and my emotions, I feel empowered and equipped with a whole new tool kit.” Robbie
  • “Really interesting and intuitive and it has definitely made me want to learn more and to make changes to my life.” Leah
  • “Invaluable and the best money I’ve spent in a long time. I could not recommend it enough!” Sophie
  • “Such a subtle yet powerful journey and I now can’t imagine my life without these teachings, insights & practices.” Flow

I have been running this course for seven years and each year it grows, changes and deepens. This year I am expanding it to include teachings and practical guidance on how to explicitly work with our inner child, as I realise that so many of us could benefit from this. The course blends mindfulness with neuroscience and psychology, and offers teachings, meditation and group sharing.

Over the course of six weeks, we will learn how to:

  • develop and embed awareness on a daily basis
  • recognise when we are feeling stressed and trying to think our way out of it
  • allow ourselves to feel in our bodies the underlying energies and emotions that our minds are trying to keep us away from
  • investigate what these feelings are telling us and connect with our own deepest wisdom to help us navigate towards well-being
  • nurture the inner child inside us when she / he becomes upset
  • live our lives more in the present moment and remember how to turn towards ourselves with mindfulness and kindness whenever we start to feel anxious or disconnected from ourselves or others

Each week you will receive guided meditations, notes summarising each of the classes, practical exercises to try at home and a reading / resource list. Each course has a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants. To secure your place please book on-line with About Balance or you can pay in person at the About Balance reception.

This is a six-week journey of self-discovery, insight and reconnection to yourself. It will give you a firm grounding in mindfulness and a whole new tool kit to take into your life after the course has ended.

Link for tickets: https://www.aboutbalancebrighton.com/events-and-workshops/

Testimonials From My Previous Courses

“I found the course very accessible. Everything that was taught was easy to grasp and actionable and I also really liked meeting such a variety of lovely people. From the second week onwards I started to notice a change. It felt like a crackle in my brain which has continued to get stronger. I feel I have a new set of skills that make me feel better and that I can utilise each day. I have really found this course so beneficial”.

“Many of the concepts and practices resonated strongly with me, like loving speech and deep listening, knowing that it’s not our fault, learning about our evolutionary negativity bias, the reassurance that we all suffer from negative thought patterns, and the reminder to drop into our bodies to investigate what’s actually going on in our bodies. I also found the neuroscience fascinating and was quite surprised by this”.

“I really enjoyed the course. I found the content interesting and well paced and I really liked the meditations. I definitely feel calmer and happier since the course, I’m more aware of my thoughts and more able to make a conscious choice about whether to follow them or not, and I found the work around dealing with strong emotions, although challenging, was really valuable”.

“David offered a fantastic course. It was well informed and very accessible. I had no previous experience of meditation practice before the course, but I was made to feel very welcome and have learnt so much. I would (and have been) recommending this course to anyone who wants to enjoy their life more and reduce their stress. Great learning experience and something that I will continue to practice. An essential life skill!”

“I really enjoyed the course. It felt very safe to say how you felt and to ask questions. I felt I came to terms with some things and learnt how to control my mind a bit more. I meditated a lot during the course which I really enjoyed and felt the benefits. David is very caring and humble which are the best qualities in a teacher. He explained things well and in depth. I got a lot out of it and am very glad I did it.”

“I really enjoyed the combination of both Buddhist philosophy and modern psychology / science. I also really liked getting different tasks to do each week, not just meditations but exercises to use in daily life which I found very useful to practice. I was made to feel very comfortable within the group and felt over the course of the 8 weeks I was becoming more focused and was bringing the practice into my life more.”

“The course was well thought out with practical exercises and it felt relaxed and personal. It allowed for students to discuss the teachings and I have been able to develop an understanding of mindfulness which has allowed me to bring it into my daily life.”

“I felt I learned how to live more in the moment and to spend less time organising or planning activities for the future. I particularly liked the practice of observing and labelling thoughts as this allowed me to begin to detach myself from my thoughts and to build and develop a sense of kindness both towards myself and towards others.”