Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit


What is meditation? It is said that it is an understanding of the mind to help find the key to peace and happiness.

In Buddhist teachings, mind is understood as the most important factor in determining our happiness or suffering. In fact, the entire teaching of the Buddha can be summed up in the single line: “to transform this mind of ours.”

Meditation and spiritual understanding enables us to return to a state of inner peace, personal power and self-worth through rekindling the soul’s original qualities and virtues.

It provides many answers to age-old questions relating to our identity, purpose, meaning and values and opens up a pathway to true peace of mind and a natural state of happiness.

At its deepest level, mediation is taught as a method of self-awareness, leading ultimately to self-realisation.

Cultivating love for ourselves, which undermines habits of self-judgment and low self-esteem, can enable us to cultivate an authentic friendliness with ourselves. Far from perpetuating selfishness, learning to care for ourselves in a healthy manner paves the way for extending greater love for others. The practices lead us, in a systematic and integrated way, to an increasingly genuine and unconditional love for all.

Anam Cara’s ethos

At Anam Cara we believe that often the relentless pace and challenges of life can make it difficult to know where to look for true happiness or inner contentment. And that learning to genuinely care for ourselves in an inwardly still and healthy manner is an essential requirement as it paves the way for us to live more freely and easily within ourselves and in turn with others.

Therefore our unique programme of care is designed to still outer activity and enter into silent reflection and contemplation. This all helps direct more effectively our inner world and transform personal challenges, dilemmas and obstacles into opportunities and growth.

The creative techniques we will draw from will include the use of the imagination, music and sound, chanting, metaphor, storytelling, dream work, Eastern philosophy and Western psychospiritual psychotherapy. All this helps connect to the lost language of the soul.

We will work with energy awareness, symbols, colours and the chakras. And we will encourage individual expression as well as partner work and shared group experiences to help create a greater harmony and synthesis between the body, mind and soul. The goal is to help you reach your highest qualities, sensitivities and potentials - the place to find true peace, love, inner stillness and equilibrium.

Anam Cara’s therapist is Sonia Manning. She is a Master Practitioner within the Brofman System of Healing having studied directly with Martin Brofman for over five years. In this period she has travelled abroad several times to advance her training with Martin and continues to be a committed student of his. Under his guidance and direction her spiritual development continues to flourish for the benefit of those clients who ask for her skills.

Get to know Sonia:

Sonia qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist at Keele University, before spending a further five years studying psychosynthesis. She has studied continuously ever since. She has worked in a GP practice, for police and prison services, has supported youth and community projects, and also worked with both local and blue-chip companies, business leaders and government departments.

She has also developed many programmes of psychological support to help senior managers, directors and CEOs deal successfully with workplace issues and conflicts.

As a counsellor, psychospiritual psychotherapist and executive business coach she has taken countless clients – both individuals and couples – who have been suffering, stuck, confused or in crisis and helped them to reconnect with their true selves and rediscover what it is to be calm, confident and at peace.

Sonia says, "Although clients who come to me are often struggling profoundly, they have sensed an opportunity to rediscover themselves. For some, there is a clear need to take action, while for others they simply know deep down that something is not right but are unsure what steps to take.

"While it may be a difficult journey, the rewards are extraordinary. Individuals gain insights and a deeper wisdom that opens them up to a whole new reality where they are finally able to use new skills to realise their potential and purpose in all aspects of their lives."

She particularly relates to the following quotes...

“A new medicine is arising – one that embraces spirituality and consciousness as emphatically as conventional medicine has dismissed them.”

Larry Dossey

“Research is screaming at us with the urgent message that consciousness can harness the powerful healing forces of a quantum universe, forces far more potent than pills in a bottle.”

Norman Shealy and Dawson Church