Life-changing meditation course in Gisborne

FROM teaching in Waikeria prison to running courses throughout the country, former Gisborne woman Marie-ann Quin is in town to teach a Ishaya meditation course, which promises to be life changing.

Midwife and self-confessed workaholic, Marie-ann suffered from severe burnout after pushing herself too hard for too long. Medical experts told her she would never work again. By learning this unique form of meditation she began a three-year journey back to full health.

“I couldn’t get off the couch. My blood pressure was through the roof. It was my daughter who discovered this form of meditation while at a music festival and she said it could be just the thing I needed. It was.”

“The thing I love about it is that it ticked all the boxes. You didn’t need to subscribe to any belief system and it was joyful.”

After doing a week-long retreat in the Waitakeres in 2006 Marie-ann knew she had discovered something that would transform her life. In 2012 she spent six months in Spain doing her teacher training.

Marie-ann said Ishaya Ascension of the Bright Path, the full name of this type of mediation, will help people live with less stress, promote better sleep and health, and improve efficiency.

Introductory talk tonight

If people cannot commit to a full weekend Marie-ann said they are welcome to come to an introductory talk tonight at 7pm, and she is open to coming back again if there is enough interest.

Ishaya meditation will help people shed unhelpful beliefs that keep them from that peaceful place. It's about being present and in the moment she said.

“Over the weekend I will teach meditation techniques that will allow you to go to that peaceful place.”

She explained that learning to meditate is like running a marathon. It takes time and training.

“It’s like revving up that meditation muscle.”

She has found her work in Waikeria Prison in Otorohanga rewarding and gets a lot of positive feedback from her teaching.

“These guys have done every type of crime and they are so ready for peace.”

She tells of the transformation of one prisoner she taught who was angry. He got a lot of benefit from learning the meditation techniques and became quite calm and peaceful as a result of his practice.

“Other people noticed the dramatic change in him. That was gold.”

Marie-ann recommends people watch award-winning documentary A Mindful Choice made by New Zealand filmmakers Greg Hopkinson and Sally Lewis, which played recently at Gisborne’s Dome Cinema.

Their film features stories of people around the world finding peace after learning to meditate, from maximum-security prisoners in a Mexican prison to stressed business people, a cancer patient, and professional ballet dancers.

“We want to show that peace is possible for individuals and groups, and to suggest that it could be possible for humanity as a whole,” Sally Lewis said.

“We want to inspire and give hope that there is a different way of being.”

FROM teaching in Waikeria prison to running courses throughout the country, former Gisborne woman Marie-ann Quin is in town to teach a Ishaya meditation course, which promises to be life changing.

Midwife and self-confessed workaholic, Marie-ann suffered from severe burnout after pushing herself too hard for too long. Medical experts told her she would never work again. By learning this unique form of meditation she began a three-year journey back to full health.

“I couldn’t get off the couch. My blood pressure was through the roof. It was my daughter who discovered this form of meditation while at a music festival and she said it could be just the thing I needed. It was.”

“The thing I love about it is that it ticked all the boxes. You didn’t need to subscribe to any belief system and it was joyful.”

After doing a week-long retreat in the Waitakeres in 2006 Marie-ann knew she had discovered something that would transform her life. In 2012 she spent six months in Spain doing her teacher training.

Marie-ann said Ishaya Ascension of the Bright Path, the full name of this type of mediation, will help people live with less stress, promote better sleep and health, and improve efficiency.

Introductory talk tonight

If people cannot commit to a full weekend Marie-ann said they are welcome to come to an introductory talk tonight at 7pm, and she is open to coming back again if there is enough interest.

Ishaya meditation will help people shed unhelpful beliefs that keep them from that peaceful place. It's about being present and in the moment she said.

“Over the weekend I will teach meditation techniques that will allow you to go to that peaceful place.”

She explained that learning to meditate is like running a marathon. It takes time and training.

“It’s like revving up that meditation muscle.”

She has found her work in Waikeria Prison in Otorohanga rewarding and gets a lot of positive feedback from her teaching.

“These guys have done every type of crime and they are so ready for peace.”

She tells of the transformation of one prisoner she taught who was angry. He got a lot of benefit from learning the meditation techniques and became quite calm and peaceful as a result of his practice.

“Other people noticed the dramatic change in him. That was gold.”

Marie-ann recommends people watch award-winning documentary A Mindful Choice made by New Zealand filmmakers Greg Hopkinson and Sally Lewis, which played recently at Gisborne’s Dome Cinema.

Their film features stories of people around the world finding peace after learning to meditate, from maximum-security prisoners in a Mexican prison to stressed business people, a cancer patient, and professional ballet dancers.

“We want to show that peace is possible for individuals and groups, and to suggest that it could be possible for humanity as a whole,” Sally Lewis said.

“We want to inspire and give hope that there is a different way of being.”

The Meditation weekend course is being held at the rear of the OPSM building on Gladstone Road. Call Marie-ann Quin for further information: 0274 737098

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