CALM IN THE CHAOS

Discover a calmer, happier you

mindfulness for mothers... and so much more

Next course is October 2021 - go here to make sure you get the early bird rate

Any of this sound familiar? 

“I need to figure out how to step back from situations that test my patience!”

“I feel a rage inside sometimes. I have no time for myself and I feel overwhelmed!”

“I wish I could be calmer and in the moment with my toddler!”

“I would love to find some time just for me

“I want to deal with my children from a place of peace and respect rather than anger and irritability”

“I'm spending far too much of my time shouting at my kids rather than enjoying spending time with them”

Yes?.. then read on mama.. 

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Mama, this is your adventure.

These are the days of chaos, love, smiles, tears and joy.

It's not always easy. It's not always as you'd imagined...

But you show up.

You show strength.

You show what love is.

This course is for you.

Tools to let your inner calm out.

Support so you know you're not alone.

Space to reflect on who you are and what you need.

Join me for this 6 week online course.

Using mindfulness, yoga, journaling, and some old fashioned chat, you'll discover...

Who you are

Where your patience is (yes even when you think it's left the building)

How you can take better care of yourself

So you can enjoy the chaos of your unique adventure.

"This is probably the best course I have taken in mindfulness. It’s so interesting, practical and doable. Mairead has such a wonderful way of promoting reflection through her insightful writing and really helpful activities. I have learned so much and I’m still raving about it to friends." 

Máire, Sligo

Do you want to...

  • Smile more and yell less? (Yes, yelling in your head counts too)

  • Enjoy more moments of calm every day?

  • Do more of the things that make you YOU? (beyond being"Mum")

  • Handle stress and anger better?

  • Have more fun in the chaos of family life?

  • Break that addiction with your phone 

  • Connect more deeply with your loved ones

  • Feel less tension in your body?

  • Make time for self-care that works?

Yes? Then this course is for you!

"Couldn't recommend this course enough. I had never done a course like it before and certainly never one I found on social media, so so glad I took a chance on it. It turned out to be a wonderful act of self-care and money well spent." 

- Siobhán, Wicklow

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How it works

6 weeks to a calmer you

Each week you get...

  • A chance to explore a theme relevant to your experience of motherhood

  • Honest writing from me (one Mama to another!) to set the tone for the week

  • A guided audio meditation to relax and ground you

  • Guidance on starting your own meditation practice, building slowly week by week

  • Everyday mindfulness tools designed for the middle of a busy family life (including how to stay present and in the moment with your kiddos!)

  • A video yoga sequence, with a focus on that week’s theme (suitable for all levels - yes, beginner is just fine) and tips on getting yoga practice in, even when littles won't leave you alone 

  • Simple but powerful writing and journaling exercises

  • A weekly group Zoom call to check in and stay on track with the course lessons in the online platform

  • Chat, questions and connection in a private forum on the course platform

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Something people ask me...

"The course is beautifully and lovingly crafted, a treasure trove of practices and techniques that are easy to incorporate into every day life." 

-Ionia, Galway

The Weekly Themes

Where am I?

Introduction to mindfulness, meditation and how to be in the moment 

Digital Detox

A week to step away from your smartphone for more calm and less stress.

Who am I?

Exploring thoughts on identity and motherhood.

Boundaries

Recognizing the importance of boundaries and how to set them without the guilt.

Dealing with the Difficult

Awareness of stress reactions and tools for dealing with difficult emotions.

Self-care

Exploring what self-care means for you and an opportunity to draw up your own blueprint for self-care.

 

"I felt like Mairead was reading my mind about what exactly I needed in that moment and created a whole week's content around it! I highly recommend this for any parent. You will immediately feel the benefits"

-Renata, South Africa

More than another course...

This is a journey, it's deep self-care, it's SPACE to ...

  • Hit the 'pause' button and reflect on your experience of motherhood

  • Reduce stress and anxiety with mindfulness/meditation practices, proven to have a positive impact on the nervous system

  • Learn how to manage difficult emotions and situations (without losing it with the people you love)

  • Release tension, relax and energize the body with yoga 

  • Sleep better and feel more rested

  • Decide on everyday shifts and longer terms goals to prioritize self-care

  • Feel more connected to the people you love

  • Use journalling and "writing it out" to work through difficult situations and emotions (it's not about keeping a diary!)

  • Nourish the you that often gets lost amid the busyness of family life

  • Connect with other mamas who get where you're coming from

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"This is a wonderful course that I'm so glad I discovered during my maternity leave. Mairead is so engaging and insightful and the content is just what a busy mother stretched in too many directions needs to discover some balance and time for self discovery and self care"

- Caoimhe, Sligo

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Your guide

I came to yoga and meditation years ago trying to find a way through an anger that I felt went deep to the heart of me. I didn't have kids then, but I knew that if I did, I wanted to find a way to live with them without that anger.

In temples in Thailand, in yoga studios in Dublin and around the world, I honed my craft. I became a yoga teacher and deepened my meditation practice.

Then I had babies and almost forgot it all! ​​I struggled with sleep deprivation, I doubted myself, I worried, I stressed about whether I was doing the right things, the best things, for my babies.

Sometimes I didn't feel like anyone else understood. Some days nothing my partner did was good enough. Often my kiddos drove me absolutely crazy.

Most days I thought everyone else except me had it all together.

You too?

But then I remembered the yoga, and the meditation, and why I'd started on that journey, and I began to put it into practice, not in the temples or in the studios, but pacing in the bedroom with a cranky baby, handling a manic toddler flailing about in a supermarket aisle.

I sought out real, raw stories of motherhood, and shared my real, raw thoughts with others. I felt less alone. I felt less crazy.

One thing I've learned is that the demands of motherhood are easier once you give yourself SPACE.

Space to breathe and to gain perspective.

Space to hear from other mamas about the struggles they face.

Space for YOU in the middle of the intense demands of motherhood.

I want to help you to find that space.

-Mairéad

"I loved to get to know the other participants, too, everyone was openly sharing experiences, worries, struggles.. and suddenly some things can feel so much easier once you know you're not alone!"

- Laura, Sligo

 

 Get on the early bird list (special rate)for the next course in Oct 2021

Calm in the Chaos sounds interesting?

But you'd like to suss me out a little more before you sign up? ( I get it- I would too!)

Sign up to my mailing list via the link below and get the recording to this 1 hour class where we delve into one of the tools of the Calm in the Chaos course- journaling!

 Includes:

  • A look at the research  on journaling/expressive writing

  • How to use the tool and what do with the pages after (and when burning them is the best option!)

  • A chance to practice on the call

  • Short grounding meditation after the practice exercise

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Burn After Writing

How you can use journaling to process difficult emotions

 

Got some questions?

How much does the course cost?


The course costs €180 If you or someone you know would really love this course, but really can't afford it right now, get in touch. I offer a 'pay what you can afford' option for one or two spots.




Who is the course for?


The course is aimed at mamas with babies and little children - much of the course content reflects that. But mamas with older children have done the course too and found it really helpful! And it's for you, but honestly, your entire family will feel the benefits!




How much time will I need?


Listen, I know your time is precious! Most of the meditation/reading/writing exerecises take this into account and are about no longer than 10 minutes. You don't have to log on at any specific time (except for the Zoom) and you can work at your own pace. The Zoom call is 45 mins to an hour, and the yoga sequences approx 20 minutes. Some people choose to work through most of the weekly materials in one day over about an hour, others choose to dip in for 10-15 minutes every day over the course of the week. You also have access to all the materials for 8 weeks after the course offically ends, so you have plenty of time to work through practices and reading.




What if I don't have any experience of yoga/meditation?


Absolutely fine! The course is designed with beginners in mind. For many past participants, this was their very first experience of either!




I'm pregnant. Is the course suitable for pregnancy?


Yes, although much of the course in in the context of having children already, if you don't already have little kids, the course might give you some idea what's ahead of you (it's all good, I promise!.. even if challenging at times). I also provide modifications for the yoga practices to make sure you're practicing safely during pregnancy.




What about the technical stuff?


Hosted on the Ruzuku online course platform, an easy, intuitive platform you can access on your computer, smartphone or tablet. There also an intro lesson to orient you in the platform You get access to materials at the start of each week (Sunday), and you can move through them at your own pace and track your progress. You also have access to the course materials for 8 weeks after the end of the course. The weekly call is on Zoom




Still have questions?


Get in touch by email (mairead@spacetobreathe.ie ) or check out my instagram or facebook (links at the bottom of the page) to get a flavour for me and the type of content the course includes.