Mindfulness Mavericks was started by John Nolan and Joy Taylor, two Sheffield based Mindfulness/Meditation practitioners each with over 20 years experience in the fields of natural health enhancement, personal development and mind/body healing.
They’ve trained and studied extensively with many high calibre teachers in their respective health and wellbeing related fields including Paul McKenna, Richard Bandler (Co-creator of NLP) and Shamash Alidina (Author of Mindfulness for Dummies and several other mindfulness books).
“John and Joy make a great, well-balanced and powerful team. They educate and entertain whist maintaining a friendly and personal atmosphere”
Works as a mindfulness teacher and therapeutic coach. His background is in counselling, holistic bodywork, NLP (neuro linguistic programming), ACT (Acceptance and commitment therapy), hypnosis and transactional analysis. His special interests are helping people deal with trauma, depression and overcoming adversity.
He’s witty, knowledgable and articulate and is invited as a regular expert guest on BBC radio.
He loves to learn and stay informed about what’s going on in the world. He devours the news and scientific journals. However his love of science doesn’t get in the way of his appreciation of complementary medicine and the healing arts.
John’s committed to being as effective as possible, as a therapist, for his clients and students. He’s aware that no one single discipline or therapy has been shown to be universally effective. Throughout his career he’s done extensive background research on how, why and when some therapies work and others don’t. From this research he’s carefully chosen his next fields of training. This has made him more knowledgeable, effective and flexible when helping clients effectively deal with their problems.
John’s been almost completely blind since childhood. Mindfulness has been an essential survival skill to help him deal with his lack of sight. What he lacks in visual acuity he’s made up for with mental agility, capacity for accellerated learning and making connections in related fields of study. The inside of his head is like a tardis!
Mindfulness practice and meditation have helped John deal with information overload, and helped him see more clearly how to problem solve and reduce his own stress levels.
Joy is a mindfulness teacher, therapeutic coach and holistic health practitioner. She combines her skills in Shiatsu, Craniosacral therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu, NLP to provide the utlimate feel good therapy. She’s particularly interested in how to cultivate the the best mental, physical and environmental conditions for vibrant health and happy living. Mindfulness skills have been an essential part of her training and practice of the healing arts.
She loves to witness her clients and students changing and transforming into happier, more robust people. She approaches difficulties with a solidity, calmness and lightness that seems to transform solid problematic mountains into impermanent molehills.
Joy loves to laugh, dislikes being bored and usually has loads of interesting things going on in her life at the same time. She enjoys travelling, exploring and finding fun things to do that don’t involve eating too much and/or getting drunk. She loves having friends with diverse interests, beliefs and backgrounds as it makes life richer and more colourful.
Mindfulness played a key part in her being able to overcome M.E. in the early ’90’s. Practising has helped her to be more comfortable with ‘not doing’ and also helps her to squeeze maximum enjoyment out of previously mundane and ‘boring’ tasks.
John is Lora’s person, so you’ll rarely see one without the other in tow. Lora’s main training was with the Guide dogs for the Blind. She began working as John’s guide dog in 2010. Although she’s nearly 7 years old she still has her cute puppy-like looks that rarely fail to capture peoples hearts.
She’s a skillful guide dog, yet still wonders why she was picked for this particular job. She considers herself to be far better suited to working as a sheep dog or gun dog. However, as these job’s don’t seem to be on offer, she’s perfectly happy to be a (slightly mischeivous) guide dog.
She’s great at gently welcoming class participants and making them feel comfortable and appreciated before moving onto the next new arrival.
Since living with John she’s developed a daily mindfulness meditation practice. Unlike Pavlov’s dogs. When the bell rings she doesn’t salivate, she meditates!