ii,paMel has worked with a variety of organisations including:
- DEFRA, Leicester
- HelpEap, Sheffield
- Queen Elizabeth’s Academy School, Mansfield
- Nottingham University: Professional Development Unit, School of Engineering, School of Postgraduate Medicine, Language Centre, School of Humanities, HR department
- Mindful Medicine, Nottingham
- Akasha Yoga Centre, Beeston, Nottingham
- The West Bridgford School, Nottingham
- UNiDAYS, Nottingham
- BBC Radio Nottingham
- Thames Valley Housing Association Ltd.
- Enterprise Rent A Car
- Rainbow Parents Carers Forum
- Ashfield School, Kirby in Ashfield
- Abstrakt design, Nottingham
- Reckitt Benckiser, Nottingham
- Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, San Diego, USA
What do the people Mel has worked with say?
“It has actually changed my life – amazing, I feel like a new person!! Didn’t want the course to end!”
8 week MBSR course participant
“I have known Mel Wraight as a counsellor and as an instructor of an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. In both instances I appreciated Mel’s professional competence and their kindness as a human being. They first introduced the term and concept of self compassion to me. I am still learning about self compassion. While taking their MBSR course and afterwards I rely on their guided meditations. They have a lovely voice and a wonderful, gentle manner. I recommend Mel in the highest terms.”
“Working with Mel has been an extremely positive experience for me. They are experienced, compassionate and insightful. I would warmly recommend the MBSR course and retreat days.”
Richard, Hospital doctor
“I discovered mindfulness as a way of managing stress and anxiety, and have found that the varied skills and techniques can be used to implement a number of positive practices in day-to-day life that make me feel calmer and happier. On the mindful eating course I learnt skills that have many applications, not limited to eating and drinking, and have developed a more balanced and joyful approach to food. I would recommend it to anyone who eats food and has a body!”
“Mel teaches with warmth and wisdom without ever being preachy. They made attending the classes a real pleasure and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Stillpoint to anyone curious about mindfulness.”
“The retreat day was absolutely wonderful and overall I have changed, I feel much happier, less stressed, really focused at work and my relationships with those close to me have improved, most importantly the relationship with myself.”
“Mel’s Mindfulness Retreat Day was so inspiring, I’ve immediately booked on to the Four Day Mindful Eating course in March. Mel’s approach to the subject matter and to facilitating course members is everything I would hope for – warm, welcoming, informal, friendly and very knowledgeable. It was an amazing day!”
“I was inspired to attend the Four Day Mindful Eating course having attended the One Day Retreat. In just four weeks, my relationship with food has undergone a significant transformation. I can’t recommend the course enough if, like me, you see food as a chore rather than something to savour and take pleasure in.”
Karen Cook, Psychotherapist, Grantham, Lincs
“My decision to take Mel Wraight’s course Introduction to Mindfulness was driven by desperation, at a time in my life, when I was trying to come to terms with my husband’s diagnosis of dementia.
Our life has changed, for the most part, beyond recognition and I was completely overwhelmed by emotions of grief and sadness; with no idea or desire how to move forward with our new life. The techniques’ that Mel taught us as a group, gave me a safe space to recognise and accept the many emotions I was feeling, while the meditation, left me feeling refreshed and gave me the tools I needed, to help deal with the daily frustration of living with someone who suffers from such a crippling disease.
Taking their course changed my life for the better and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them. I am more aware and forgiving, about how I feel about myself and others, and now know how to quieten my thoughts and relax my body, using the meditations that they taught.”
Julie Whyman. Carer.
“The mindfulness retreat was such a positive experience. Taking some time for myself was a worthwhile treat as a working mum of 2. Mel showed me how just taking a moment to stop and regroup made me feel less stressed and put me back on a more even keel. The day was well structured and allowed us to explore the different ways to be mindful with Mel creating a warm, welcoming and safe space which allowed me to relax and focus on myself. Mel showed us practical ways to fit mindfulness into everyday life and gave clear explanations and instructions. I liked the fact that it was a task based day rather than lots of theory, which can be overwhelming for anyone trying something for the first time.”
Jude Edwards, School Administrator
“Your sessions allowed attendees to explore mindfulness in a safe and comfortable way. Your presentation skills and knowledge were praised very highly.
You were recommended to me by my colleague after delivering sessions on mindfulness previously at the University. Your delivery and way of making attendees feel safe was so important to building trust and for people to feel able to attend future wellbeing sessions.”
Claire Henson, People and Culture Events Co-ordinator, Nottingham University
“The course was very helpful and gave me an insight into how to improve and perfect some of the things that I do already. It took away some of the reservations that I had about mindfulness and gave me clear directions on how to introduce it in a more effective and easy way into my life.
Mel is a very approachable practitioner, who makes you feel at ease from the first moment that you meet them.”
“Working with Mel has helped me to learn how to quieten the mind in any moment in any place.
The thing that attracted me to Mel is the feeling of calm when you talk to them. They look into your eyes and actually listen to what you say. Also, they are very professional and it makes you feel safe around them.”
“Mel communicates complex concepts with great clarity.”
“Mel’s voice and presence is so calming”
One day mindfulness retreat participant
“I think mindfulness is a great way to discover your inner calm! It’s also really good for de-stressing before exams”
Katie, age 13 – .b course participant
“At mindfulness practices the people and atmosphere is relaxed and happy. I learned a great deal from mindfulness and it is a brilliant skill to learn”
Tom, age 11 – .b course participant