Retreat Leaders

David McCormick

David McCormickI never intended being a Freelancer. I was happily expending my energies with the Church of England as an educator/trainer as well as mentor and consultant.

Then it all changed.

In April 2009, on sabbatical, I re-read a phrase of Francis of Assisi that I’d first seen as a teenager, here it is ‘I have found what was mine to do, may you have grace to find what is yours’. There they are, my two greatest passions – self growth and helping others grow! I’ve used those passions to guide staff and students of a Ministry Training Course through re-validation and inspection, implement new patterns of training and formation, and review the provision of CPD, as well as design and implement a structured process of Developmental Review.

I’ve been on a journey to this point.

I have been passionate about self-development and personal growth all my adult life, and I have harnessed that energy and passion to serve others in pursuit of their own growth as a ‘person’. I believe that all people are imbued with the great mystery pervading the universe and human consciousness. I have an abiding conviction about the infinite possibilities in every person, without distinction.

I’m privileged to work with people who dare to dream, who want to overcome obstacles, connect with their passion, release their potential, and let their dignity shine; so that they and others can rejoice in who they are, how they relate, and what they do.

My experience ranges from personal coaching, mentoring and consultancy, to public speaking, training and education. I offer training in managing stress, building resilience, personality profiling, conflict transformation, emotional intelligence, as well as communication and change.

Lizzie Foster

I initially trained as a registered general nurse, going on to qualify first as a midwife, and then as a health visitor.  I continued to pursue my interest in working with the wider family and those nearing the end of life, becoming a Macmillan Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, largely working in the community. In this role I undertook a Master’s Degree and also specific training related to the holistic care of the dying.

Feeling it was important to explore ways of listening and connecting with people in a clear and heart felt way, I completed a Post Graduate Advanced Diploma of Counselling and then trained as a massage therapist to extend my understanding of touch and its expression.

I was deeply affected by my work in palliative care and became more interested in how we all find meaning and purpose to our lives and the resources and awareness we need to live to our own unique potential. Completing a two-year programme in London with the Interfaith Seminary provided the space to explore this and proved to be one of the most transformative experiences of my life.  Developing my interest I also undertook further training to become a meditation and mindfulness teacher.

Currently I have a vibrant complementary therapy practice. I also work as a celebrant leading funeral ceremonies, wedding blessings and other rites of passage.  I facilitate retreat days for a cancer survivorship patient group, provide spiritual support and supervision to others, and lead meditation and mindfulness groups.