MEN’s mental health project – online series | flemington community centre, balbriggan | nov. 20 – present
“Big thanks to Seána and Aoife, what a fantastic presentation, really well delivered and both are made for presenting! The format was perfect, content is spot on, not too much science but what there was is easy to follow. The quiz is relaly cool as we weren’t expecting that and it keeps you engaged. As soon as the session was over we received positive feedback from the group…looking forward to more!” (M. Morandeira, Manager)
“Just want to say thanks for last night, it was very informative and helpful. Definitely learned loads… going to try all the techniques” (Participant)
MENTAL FITNESS FOR TEACHERS PROGRAMME | I.N.T.O. LEARNING | 30.09 – 21.10.20
“Well done on a great course, fantastic presentations, very interesting, a wealth of information. Well done to you both, two very inspiring people. A lot to digest but small steps. Thanks for your great work”
“Thank you so much for a very enlightening course. It was such lovely ‘me’ time every Wednesday.”
“Thank you Seána and Aoife. I have really enjoyed the last four weeks and have learned a lot.”
“Thanks so much! Loved it! I’m using lots of tips in Senior Infants.”
Clár Aistriú Sraith Webinar | Clár Críochnú Scoile, Conamara Thiar Theas | 07.07 – 11.08.20
“Díreach nóta beag le buíochas a ghábháil as an seisiúin Dé Máirt agus le ra go bhfuil muid ag súil go mór leis na seisiúin eile. Deis a bhí ann suí síos le mo chailín beag agus labhairt faoi rudaí nach labharann muid de ghnáth futhu. Tá go leor foghlamtha agam féin! Bhí sé iontach é a bheith i nGaeilge mar gurb í sin an teanga atá againn sa mbaile agus ní raibh orainn dul i muinin an Bhéarla, rud a bheadh mí-nádúrtha agus mí-chompórdach go háirithe le hábhar chomh pearsanta seo. Teachtaireacht agus sampla iontach don óige – maith sibh! B’fhéidir go gcuirfeá mo bhuíochas in iúl do na háisitheoirí chomh maith.” (Sorcha, An Cheathra Rua, Co. na Gaillimhe)
Mental Fitness For All | On-line PROGRAMME
Participant Testimonials | June 2020
“Your programme has been really valuable for me, thank you. Both for myself and in helping me in the way I parent my children. It is so great to have the various resources too… Thank you for all your thinking, passion and energy. You care doing great work!” (C.H. New Zealand)
“I just finished this online course last week. It is phenomenal. I looked forward to it each week and learned so much. this material is life-changing. SO worth your time”
“Thanks so much Seána to yourself and Aoife for sharing your wisdom, expertise and experience with us! Keep up the good work and keep spreading that positivity.”
“I enjoyed the sessions very much. I’ve been putting some of the lessons into practice and will continue to do so. I have found what I’ve been practicing very calming” (Men’s Shed Participant)
Mental Fitness For All | On-line PROGRAMME
Participant Testimonials | May 2020
“Absoloutely amazing Aoife & Seána! Everything is explained so well with simple strategies to try. I’m excited to get started.” (A. K. – Parent)
“Really enjoying the webinars and finding them very informative and useful. Skills for life and life changing. I’ll definitely pass on the word; there is no one it wouldn’t significantly benefit.” (S.K.)
“The content you learn from Aoife & Seána is life changing and can be transformative for you in not only your work with pupils but for yourself. Their course is unique and extremely well-researched. They have gathered the most beneficial, evidence-based information on how you can empower yourself and your pupils best with mental fitness strategies. The course is extremely well presented and jam packed with interesting and more importantly practical information you can start applying in your life immediately. I would recommend this course to any educator or person who wants to improve their life or the lives of their pupils. An amazing course!” (C. L. – Teacher)
Mental Fitness for Learning | Teacher Summer EPV Course, Galway
Attendee testimonials| July 2019
“I completed a summer course with Aoife and Seána and I can wholeheartedly say it was one of the best courses I have ever done. I feel it was hugely beneficial on both a personal and professional level. It was something that I will definitely implement next year and that will increase the emotional well-being of everyone in my classroom. I would highly recommend this course. Keep up the good work girls”.
“Super course! Huge thanks to Seána and Aoife for your work, your research, your approachableness, your openness and your wealth of insight and knowledge. My greatest fear was that this course would be ‘fluffy’ – far from it. It was insightful, eye opening, thought-provoking, enabling and most of all PRACTICAL PRACTICAL PRACTICAL. I’ll be back!
“I attended the summer course with Aoife and Seána. This course was inspirational. Even if you took one tip from this course it would be so worthwhile for yourself and your pupils. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Thank you!”
“What an uplifting start to our summer holidays. A wonderful course led superbly by two incredible capable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable ladies. It has been an honour to have participated in this course. truly inspirational both personally and professionally. Míle buíochas.”
“Some of the skills I learned on this course made me feel like I had gained a super-power!”
Barnaderg NS, Galway | 4 Week Student Programme
M. Breen | 5th/6th Class Teacher | Apr. 2019
“Aoife worked with my 5th and 6th class in March of this year. She was very engaging and had a great presence in the classroom. Both myself and the children got a lot from it. Even implementing some small tips made a difference to the classroom relations. I would highly recommend.”
Holy Trinity NS, Galway | Student Talks
M. Davitt | Wellbeing Week Co-ordinator | Feb 2019
“Thank you so much for the fabulous workshops. The teachers were so impressed with you Aoife. You did a mighty job.”
Scoil Mhuire NS, Tuam, Galway | Teacher’s Talk
E.McMahon | SNA | Jan 2019
“Just want to say I thoroughly enjoyed your talk today with us. I could have stayed the whole evening listening to you. You were so interesting and practical”
SN Colmcille, Lettermore, Galway | Student 4 Week Block
C. O’Fatharta | Príómhoide | Dec 2018
Aoife Hughes, from ‘BeWell-DoWell’ conducted/provided four seminars for our pupils in S.N. Colmcille. We are a small Gaeltacht primary, co-ed school. Our reasons for requesting her help were varied but anxiety with in our student group was the main concern.
The classes were provided to seventeen children in a mixed class environment (third to sixth). Aoife led them in discussion in a way that was engaging and free flowing, whilst remaining in control. She was well prepared and had a huge impact. Children took to her direct, no-nonsense approach. Her classes are still mentioned by them, some eight weeks later. The subject areas of being aware of other people’s feelings and emotional needs as well as recognising distress signs within ourselves and how we react to them were superbly dealt with.
It is our intention to have Aoife back in the very near future to provide a class/seminar/training to our parent body. They need to protect their buckets also.
Holy Trinity NS & St Michael’s BNS | Croke Park Hour Teacher’s Talk
Teacher’s Testimonials | Mervue, Galway | 2018
“Very interesting and powerful workshop, lots of resources provided that I will use in the future.”
“Wonderful workshop. Very helpful personally and professionally. Powerful stuff. Thanks so much.”
“Great workshop, great passion from Aoife & Seána. Wish every teacher could/would do this workshop. Wish every child could be taught the ways to deal with anxiety, how to be resilient.”
“I would view my resilience/emotional regulation to be very great. This workshop taught me how others aren’t as able and I can relate better to this.”
Skerries Harps GAA Club | Coaches and Mentor’s Session
Dr. Siobhán Corrigan | Trinity College | 2018
“Seána and Aoife were natural facilitators who opened up about their own personal journey and helped us to understand the important role we have in fostering mental fitness and resilience in our young people.”
Mindfulness in Schools Conference
E. Heffernan | Attendee | Teacher| 2018
“I attended a workshop led by Seána and Aoife as part of a Mindfulness in Schools Conference (April 2018). I found their honest and empathetic approach inspiring – promoting teachers to look closely into the heart of each child in order to meet their individual needs. Although a daunting task, their stories and examples show how small moments, changes in attitude and simply taking a little breather within the often pressurised school day, can both enable the teacher to recognise the children’s needs and create a space for responding to them.
They have great practical advice for moving ‘heart learning’ into its rightful place in the holistic education we aspire to. This is the current revolution in teaching in Ireland and Seána and Aoife are among the pioneers finding ways to make it happen.”
Loughrea, Galway | Parent Talk
S. Gohery |Primary School Principal |2018
Last week, I attended a parent workshop entitled ‘BeWell-DoWell’, presented by Aoife Hughes and Seána Ó Rodaigh, and aimed at helping children and teenagers to manage emotions and anxiety.
As a mother of 3 children, principal of a medium-sized primary school, and a person interested in personal development, I have read, heard and experienced quite a lot on similar topics already.
The material that was presented in the ‘Be-Well-Do-Well’ workshop was extremely relevant, well-thought out and well-researched. It was delivered in a relaxed, calm way, bringing the presenters’ personal experiences to bear on a topic familiar to and important to us all. The workshop was promoted as being relevant to children and teenagers; I found that it was that…but it also struck a chord with the adults present, and I came away with ideas for putting into practice with both my children and myself.
The accompanying handout with extensive lists of resources (books, websites, podcasts, TED Talks, articles, Facebook pages, Radio programmes and meditation apps, with separate lists for children and for adults) was extremely useful, and opened up many avenues for follow-up.
I have noticed that the incidence of anxiety in children has increased in recent years, and it is a worrying trend. I believe it is something we all need to be aware of, and be ready to address. I strongly encourage anyone involved with children to attend this workshop, or similar courses aimed at supporting our children.
I wish Aoife and Seána well in their laudable goal of spreading awareness about the management of emotions, stress and anxiety in our society.
Mental Fitness Talk for Parents | Dublin
K. Stephenson | Parent | 2018
“BeWell-DoWell does excellent, important work to bring awareness and understanding about how we can all do better to live our lives well for ourselves and for the young people in our lives.
The workshop is both practical and inspiring on a philosophical level. Young people will benefit greatly from their teachers and parents receiving this imperative information.”