A series of two-weekend workshops for bodyworkers and others in the helping professions.
A series of three-weekend workshops for bodyworkers of all kinds.
Where I Practice
a Person-Centred Approach
A person-centred approach to learning and teaching recognises and appreciates that each person brings with them personal qualities, experience, knowledge, and skill that forms their true starting point.
The way that we create and hold the space in a person-centred learning environment allows and actively encourages each individual to follow their personal path through the learning. The aim is to support you in reaching your potential by encouraging the discovery of new knowledge and skill through direct personal and shared experience.
This person-centred approach also provides an effective model for how we work with our clients. We need to create a therapeutic environment that recognises and works with the unique personal qualities, experience, knowledge, and skills each of our clients brings.
This requires that as therapists we have a variety of approaches to draw on and the awareness to use them to meet individual needs.
My bodywork journey started in 1991, with a 7 day introduction to Structural Integration at the Mana Retreat Centre in the Coromandel. I finished the 18 month Structural Integration training in 1993 and then headed off to Europe for a 6 month OE, I stayed for 22 years!
Based in London, I had a bodywork practice, got a Masters in Therapeutic Bodywork, became a certified Hakomi practitioner and trainer, and worked for 12 years at the University of Westminster’s School of Life Sciences in London where I was the Programme Leader and Principal Lecturer on a BSc(Hons) in Neuromuscular Therapy.
In 2015 I returned to New Zealand and began teaching at the New Zealand College of Massage on their Level 6 and Level 7 programmes.
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M: 022 436 2398
Mark opened a way of being with clients that allows me to meet each individual where they are, to connect and work collaboratively, to truly meet their needs. When Mark taught me a technique I was encouraged and supported to explore and develop that skill with precision, curiosity and creativity in a way that the technique becomes my own.
(Director and co-founder The Centre for Resilience, University of Westminster)
My first experience of Mark was at university, it struck me how different his teaching style was compared to my other lecturers. Firstly, his passion and huge knowledge of the subject at hand but also, he has really thought about the learning experience and how to teach in a way that is very engaging and never dull. I’ve spent at least 7 years doing his courses, and would do more if he was on the same continent!
(Complementary Therapist, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London)
Mark is a wonderful teacher. His curiosity sparks yours, leading you into a deep understanding of the technique or process, and his kindness opens your heart to being in loving presence in the therapeutic relationship.
Mark is a patient teacher who would gently observe and encourage us in our work. He created a safe space for us to learn and grow in our practise. Mark’s guidance in mindfulness and knowledge of bodywork together created a base for me to become a curious and skilful therapist.
(Massage and Neuromuscular Therapist)
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mark since 2001, he is an inspiring and nurturing teacher, his generosity and humour are infectious and I believe his teachings in bodywork therapies has not only guided me in my work journey but also my life journey.
(Remedial Massage Therapist & Reflexologist, Sydney)