“Tara took my 6 year old son for 1-2-1 sessions. He had 3 sessions in total, at first he wasn’t the most willing, but with Tara’s calm and patient approach he engaged in the next 2 sessions. I have noticed him doing techniques that Tara has taught him to do if he feels cross and can now calm himself down..(although I haven’t mentioned it to him because I know he will stop doing it!!) Thank you for all your time and patience I really appreciated it. I would definitely recommend Tara xx”
Sarah, year 6 teacher
“Tara helped a group of my Year 6 children to overcome anxiety with her mindfulness techniques and meditations. They have found the sessions incredibly useful whereby they were able to talk about their worries and how best to deal with such things. Many of their anxious thoughts would manifest at night and these children were not able to ‘switch off’ from the stresses and strains of being a child at the top end of Key Stage 2 – exam stress, growing up, leaving school, fear of the dark, fear of change etc were just a few of their worries. Tara helped them with, conjuring up scenarios of positivity that calmed their minds. They still use their new-found skills today.
In this modern society it is important to keep our minds healthy. Tara’s sessions should be on the school curriculum.
Jackie Wilson, founder of Empower Education
“Wow what an amazing 9 weeks at Pear Tree Juniors working with children who struggle socially, academically and emotionally. It has been an absolute joy to work with the wonderful Tara at https://www.facebook.com/wellbeingforkidsuk she has been an amazing support in the programme and we left today buzzing having spent the last two weeks doing 1-1s with the children to embed their learning, directly let them know how amazing they are, and gain some valuable feedback from them on how the programme has helped them. Many of them really appreciated learning about the brain and how emotions and thoughts are created, discovering the beautiful truth of who they are and gaining a toolkit of techniques to navigate their emotions/experiences more easily.”
“He has learned and practised lots of useful techniques for his emotional first aid kit. I think he has relaxed well during the guided meditations. The sessions were tailored to his individual needs/likes and he has learned lots of useful techniques for taking forward in life”
“I think having the ability to have a ‘go to’ practice like breathing exercises is very powerful and although this can be taught at home the focus the kids have with Tara certainly makes a huge difference”
“Tara did 6 sessions for my son who is 10 and he loved it. He asked if she could keep coming forever! He learnt to meditate, going from a couple of minutes to being able to do 10 minutes. I was amazed how well he took to meditation and we still try and have a regular meditation practice. He really liked the science background to the brain and learning about how the monkey brain works and how to control it. He also enjoyed making drawings and diagrams of what he learned and they are also up in his room. My son has ASD and struggles with self-esteem, occasional anxiety, managing anger and understanding/communicating emotions.”
“My son had 6 121 sessions with Tara. He has ADHD and struggles with relaxation and occasionally sleeping, emotional outbursts, keeping still, and anxiety. He really enjoyed the science aspects, learning about the different parts of the brain and how these affect your behaviour. Tara has given him practical, easy to use strategies to help him manage his emotions. Some have been those to use at home, but also simple strategies for school. We will definitely use Tara again!”
“Learning tools to manage emotions. The instant difference in my child – learning how to deal/help with her as an adult and not in the “parent” state. Watching Tara interact with my child and learning from her. Knowing that negative emotions are OK, we are not perfect but we need to know how to manage them/cope. Having an empowered child which then empowers me to know I CAN ALSO COPE and use these tools for myself. Thank you so so much!!!!!”
“The course has been a wonderful experience for my children. The sessions provided a safe space to talk and each session was aimed at their individual needs, providing them with techniques to use in future. I would highly recommend this course.”
Feedback on adult courses
“What an amazing experience! Tara was inspirational!”
“I would recommend this course because of the experience of learning in the small group”
“I was surprised at how different delivering to children can be”
“Having attended Connected kids level 1 foundation course today with Tara, I left with practical ideas for un-scripted meditations I can use with my children, I enjoyed the small-group setting and felt comfortable sharing my ideas. Tara herself has a calm, relaxed approach and helped make the day flow smoothly. I also had some of my own perceptions challenged/shifted which will really help me move forward. The venue was easy to find and a lovely, serene room with bright natural light. Thank you.” Leanne Bright.
“I would recommend this course to individuals wanting a more in-depth awareness of meditation”
“Tara was a delight to listen to. Very easy to be open and honest with her”
“I attended Connected Kids Level 1 Foundation Course with Tara today. I have learnt so much that I can use straight away. I felt it was also extremely empowering, informative & uplifting. The venue is a beautiful place, the room is lovely, there’s plenty of space & the group size was perfect. Tara is wonderful, she explains everything extremely well & the whole day is completely interactive. I haven’t felt as relaxed as this, in a very long time. I would definitely recommend this course, as you learn so much in 1 day & I left feeling proud of myself for what I achieved.” Samantha
“I took a Foundation course with Tara last September (2019). I came to the course with quite a lot of experience re mindfulness practice and theory and was looking for input on how to adapt my existing knowledge to working with kids. And that’s what I got. The course did what it says on the tin. Additionally, I found sharing previous experience / ideas about mindfulness with course participants was a good way to consolidate my knowledge. Tara’s training manner is clear, friendly and flexible to the needs of participants and we were lucky to have a smaller group than expected as this enabled more personalisation and time on task. The venue was excellent – beautiful environment, quiet and comfortable. I would recommend Tara and this course” Richard
“It was good to be reminded about how our minds and bodies affect us when in fight/flight/freeze.For me, I felt really empowered by how the course brought out my child inside and allowed her to create spaces through meditation. I was surprised how quickly I was able to lead an unscripted meditation and that probably my barriers to being able to do that fell away/didn’t inhibit me too much. I think it shows the power of meditation in action. As I’ve been more relaxed and in touch with my body and my triggers, I was able to calm my stress down. I do think that was also about being in tune with each other as a group. I was surprised how safe you made me feel while in the group online and using technology” Amanda
” I didn’t think I would have enjoyed the online course as much as face to face. I did and it surprised me how easy it was and how much I enjoyed it. I found the online teaching really good, it was relaxing. I was able to ask questions, listen and learn from Tara and the other students. I appreciate the fact that I had time in between the online course to reflect on all I had learnt that day and had time to prepare for the next day, eg reading the book/notes or writing meditation scripts. I felt I also befitted a lot from sharing the course with out students. I would like to thank Tara Russo. On delivering the course so professionally.” Liz