Hi, my name is Mark and I live in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Having grown up in Manchester, worked in London and Birmingham
I settled here shortly before my first daughter was born.
I now have four daughters and two grand daughters.
Being a parent has been a big part of my adult life and has given me
much pleasure and a few (!) difficult moments.
Parenting continues to help me learn and appreciate the value
of being caring, of sharing, being honest and present in all my relationships.
Working for myself for the first 20 years of my adult life,
I learned about creating spaces where the teams I worked with could
learn from and respect each other, where we shared a common aim of providing a
valuable service to others, while looking after ourselves
and contributing to our community.
Studying Environmental Science at Newcastle Uni in the mid 90s
as a mature student I learned about the ways that nature
manages and nutures the diverse ecosystems that we all depend upon.
Applying my respect for nature informs the ways I live, work,
and the choices I make in my personal and professional life.
After leaving university and working in Bangladesh and Greece... I worked with
many third sector organisations, schools, colleges, and universities
and this work led me to train as a coach in 2007.
Having always found ways to generate an income doing work
that I like is how I became a coach.
I always found support from generous and talented people
who offered me space to grow and encouraged me to develop my skills.
A couple of these people described themselves a coaches...
several more just offered what they felt worked using lots of skills
that they gained from their lived experience.
I wanted to offer this kind of support to others... as having that myself had been
so crucial for me in following my own dreams, aims and goals.
More recently I trained as a somatic coach as I feel this approach works
well for so many people in lots of situations... and taps into my
confidence in trusting nature as a guide to growth and self expression.
Community development for me happens all around us each and every day.
Some of this is visible and obvious, while much of this relies upon
small acts of human kindness and care that are often quiet and subtle.
My feelings are that when each of us takes small steps towards becoming
more able to understand and care for ourselves and others well...
this benefits the whole community.
My life and work has been a process of taking action on these feelings
and practicing with ways of being present, self aware and kind.
I continue to practice on a daily basis and am nourished by this.
Taking pleasure from and within the relationships I have built around me...
while being open to new relationships and new ways to learn, continues to
bring joy and beauty into my life.
Thanks for reading this far, if you have any questions... or this raises any
resonance for you... I am always interested in sharing spaces and
conversations with others on their path towards
personal, professional and spiritual growth... so give me a nudge.
“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is-it’s to imagine what is possible.”
― bell hooks
"Somatic wisdom practice may help you expand your imagination towards new possibilities."
- Mark This.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom bell... I have gained so much from you. M.