“I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Brenda over the last few weeks and have greatly benefited from her help and support during a very stressful time while I was working through some difficult issues and making some big decisions. Brenda has helped me to identify what is important to me, see things clearly, and to put practices in place to work through these difficulties and to be able to move on with more focus in my life. Through following up after each session, Brenda helped me to see clearly the progress made in each session and what I needed to work on to move forward, which was very helpful and reassuring that progress was been made. In a short time though her kindness, caring, supportive nature and skill at what she is doing, Brenda has helped me immensely and I would recommend her to anyone needing this sort of help and support in their lives.”
Deb in Auckland
“At the start of this year, all staff members at Stella Maris Catholic Primary were fortunate to participate in a five- week Mindfulness course led by Brenda Neville from EQ Matters NZ.
I personally found the mindfulness sessions to be a great way to start the year, they provided time for self-reflection, to focus on our personal well-being and to develop strategies through mindfulness practices for dealing with stressful situations. Brenda’s passion for mindfulness was evident and motivating. I highly recommend participation in Mindfulness sessions led by Brenda.”
Catherine Cyprian - Principal
Stella Maris Catholic Primary
“These sessions have been a great way for our whole staff to come together to focus on our well-being. Our shared vocabulary, knowledge and understanding will not only be valuable to our own personal health but can also be shared with our students, allowing the next generation to learn valuable mindfulness strategies”
Tracey at Stella Maris Catholic Primary
"Fantastic course, I have come away with a much better understanding of stress, how it develops and manifests, as well as tips and tricks for managing it. It blew my mind to find out the best practices for stress reduction! Thank you for everything you've taught me Brenda!"
Nicole Jennett - Teacher at Mahurangi College
“Brenda is an enthusiastic and down to earth facilitator. She has a passion for mindfulness and an eagerness to inspire others. I really appreciated her friendly, practical and easy to implement ideas.”
"Brenda’s course is fantastic. It is clear, well-structured and a fantastic course for personal development. There is something on this course for everyone from all backgrounds and ages."
"Brenda recently delivered a four-week course to senior students at Mahurangi College. The feedback has been extremely positive with students commenting that the content throughout was relevant, interesting and useful".
Lori Yau - Gateway Co-ordinator/Teacher at Mahurangi College.
“I thoroughly enjoyed this course as it offered relevant, up to date information and clearly explained all facets of ‘Mindfulness’, including how to reduce stress. I received ‘tools’ each week to help me on my ‘Mindfulness Journey’, which I found valuable, as I can look back and revisit what I have learnt for the future, if needed”.
“Fantastic course, well-informed and interesting. I loved learning more about the importance of mindfulness for anyone my age”.
“Brenda presents the course very well. She makes it very relevant to our busy lives. There are great tips and tools provided, that you can use to be more mindful. This course definitely opens up your mind to look at things from a different perspective”.
“I strongly recommend this course to anyone seeking to slow down, reduce stress and become more self-aware and kinder”.
“Brenda is well researched and her approach to mindfulness is refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am now able to apply techniques to my daily life”.
Annette O' Brien
“From day one, you start to become more aware and mindful of yourself and your surroundings. You learn a lot on how you feel”.
“The course was well presented in a fun, friendly manner, with lots of interaction encouraged. The content, tools and strategies were very helpful and always sent to us via notes and emails which was gratefully received. Recommend course”.
“The course is very intuitive and well run - leading us into areas we may have visited ourselves without really understanding the impacts”.
"I can thoroughly recommend 'Mindful Living Course 1' to anyone who just needs to slow down, take a breath and get more enjoyment from life. Brenda is a down to earth and approachable facilitator who has a genuine interest in helping people improve their wellbeing. The course content is easily digested as it is presented in topic based areas and Brenda ensures the content is relatable to everyday life. I leave the course feeling so relaxed and well equipped with some new 'tools' to help navigate the busyness of life".
"I think this course (Mindful Living Course 1) is amazing and have really been enjoying it. I think you're a wonderful teacher and I have learned a lot"
"I am finding the course great! the content is fabulous. It all makes sense in the way you explain it and relate it to yourself or to other everyday occurrences which makes it easy to understand. The notes you sent out have been fantastic. The content is hugely relevant and beneficial and making a huge difference to my understanding and ability to deal with a lot of things as I can now see how EQ is related and affecting so many people and situations. Learning about EQ and the benefits of mindfulness has been of enormous benefit to me and helped me work through so much. Forever grateful to you and what you are teaching us all".
"Brenda is very passionate about mindfulness and I really enjoy attending the courses she runs. She creates a non-judgemental environment to practice mindfulness meditation, as well as learning the theory and benefits. Highly recommended".
"Excellent course, I highly recommend the soothing sound of Brenda's voice and her knowledge and enthusiasm is enriching, powerful and motivating".
"This is a great course, Brenda is very good for demonstrating mindfulness by explaining facts and meditation. She loves class input as well".
"I thoroughly enjoyed Brenda's course as she has an amazing way of expressing and teaching. It gave me a much better insight of how I can teach myself to be more mindful is such a short moment, e.g. practising the 'STOP' technique. P.s her Irish accent is very soothing as well".