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Katarzyna Slabon

I am a certified mindfulness instructor and trainer, with 

a trauma-sensitive approach; sound bath, and relaxation facilitator; massage therapist, with a passion for exploring sound as a tool to enrich the process of relaxation, meditation, and self-healing. I promote sound relaxation and meditation as a way of supporting overall wellbeing and mental health.

In 2011 I started the Sound Magic Ireland project, where I share my passion for music, sounds, and meditation. I am an owner of the meditation studio Mindfulness Haven Galway and online e-learning platform Mindfulness Haven Academy, where I offer mindfulness and meditation courses in English and my native Polish language.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION 

I was awarded the Mindful Schools Curriculum trainer certification in 2014 and have a background in various curriculums intended for children and adolescents, continuously learning and expanding the knowledge in this area. I hold certificate of the Clinical Trauma Specialist from Trauma Institute International and regularly attend conferences and webinars on the topics of trauma informed and sensitive mindfulness.

 

My mindfulness courses are uniquely designed to reflect on my experience in working with children and adults for over 10 years. I continue to expand my knowledge and bring new information to my training. I have a particular interest in neuroeducation, psychology, and promoting wellbeing at schools. 

 

I hold the  QQI Level 6 - Training Delivery and Evaluation “Train the Trainer” certificate, which is the basis for training people in professional competencies in Ireland,  

 

My training and education involving work with children include:

QQI Level 5 Early Childcare Education, QQI Level 5 Children with additional skills  SNA training, QQI Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills, Occupational First Aid and Pediatric First Aid, Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher training diploma, Massage in Schools Programme instructor certification, Rhythmical Alchemy Drumming Facilitation Skills from Arthur Hull, Sound Relaxation in Schools from the College of Sound Healing. Amongst other training related to relaxation, sound healing, child development, yoga Nidra, and other trauma sensitive related techniques and Tui Na for children with additional needs.

 

I also have extensive training in different types of massage, including: 

Diploma in holistic, sport, preventive, relaxation and classical massage 120h of training in 2007, Diploma in Pregnancy and childbirth massage from WellMother in UK in 2012, 

Lomi- Lomi pregnancy massage, extensive Lomi- Lomi Nui trainings with Louise Kleu and Susan Floyd from Hawaii starting from 2008 until 2012, Traditional Thai massage Practitioner certificate 90h training with the Sunshine Network in Chiang Mai/ Thailand 2008, Therapeutic Use of singing bowls and Sound Massage according to traditional Himalayan lineage, massage for children, Tui Na.

I support women who have experienced birth trauma, postpartum depression, and I promote gentle birth techniques and mindfulness to support the mindful birth and wellbeing of mothers during postpartum.

I have been delivering workshops for children in Ireland since 2009. Promoting mindfulness and relaxation in schools, for communities, at events, summer camps, and family residential holidays.​

For over 10 years I have been working with groups, teaching mindfulness relaxation, meditation, organizing sound baths, and providing mindfulness courses, and training in English and Polish.

I train teachers in Ireland and in Poland in promoting emotional intelligence and mindfulness in schools. My courses are also aimed at professionals, psychologists, doctors, group training instructors, therapists, parents, and all those who want to develop professionally towards becoming mindfulness instructors and all those who are looking to set themselves free from stress and anxiety and learn how to look after their own wellbeing and happiness. 

BIOGRAPHY AND MISSION

I originally come from Poland. I have been living in Ireland since 2005.

My personal experiences inspired me to search for methods, techniques, and therapies that could help me cope with stress, trauma, and panic attacks. Among many of them, I found Vipassana meditation and mindfulness that played the greatest role in the process of my healing.

I have been practicing meditation for 10 years and attending silent meditation retreats. 

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My mission is to spread awareness about mindfulness and making sure that the whole context of the practice is taken into consideration. With the growing popularity of the practice, there is also responsibility for providing accurate knowledge and support to practitioners and instructors. I focus on offering a trauma-sensitive approach to mindfulness and promoting safe practice amongst diverse groups of participants, and children in the school enviroment. 

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Lukasz Krzywon

I am a musician, artist, writer, philosopher, and group facilitator. Originally from Poland. I have been living in Ireland since 2005.

I love working with people, building and facilitating a connection, promoting wellbeing, creativity, and critical thinking. 

I hold a master's degree in Philosophy. On a daily basis, I am teaching about the environment for a leading environmental charity in Ireland and run Creative Together, which promotes creativity and critical thinking, engaging communities through arts. I am passionate about education.

 

I am a musician,  artist, and writer. I published two books: "Hidden shine. In the world of Carlos Castaneda" (2005), and "Philosophise with children. Handbook for facilitating philosophical inquiry with children and young people" (2019). Both books were published in Polish.  

 

I had his first powerful meditation and spiritual awakening experience about 30 years ago in my early teenage years. Since then I have dedicated a substantial part of my life to learn and practice different meditation techniques, holistic therapies, bodywork, yoga, Tai Chi, studying Buddhist philosophy, and other religious traditions. I started to teach Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes in 2005 in Galway when we moved to Ireland and now focused on using sound for wellbeing.

I am an experienced facilitator, working with small and large groups for the last 15 years. Every year I work with thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

I love to share my knowledge and experience, offering guidance, and facilitating a safe environment for everyone to work within themselves. I have a passion for working with younger generations and promoting mental wellbeing for men. I have been involved in men's circles since 2013.