My name is Evan Dwan and I am a life coach, mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher (MBSR), educator and writer.
I work with people using a mindfulness-based approach to help them improve the quality of their lives through creating positive changes in perception and action.
Education and teaching
For many years I worked as a primary school teacher. What always struck me from my experience in schools was that the education system was designed to teach us how to earn a living but did nothing to teach us how to live. We learn nothing about who we are, what is important to us and what we really want to do with our lives.
I was always frustrated by this narrow focus. It felt like the things that really matter in life were just conveniently left out of the classroom. I longed for work that was directed towards the things that mattered most: figuring out how best to live one’s life.
Since leaving primary teaching I have co-created the Courageous kids club which teaches children how to develop courage and confidence in order to overcome fear and achieve their dreams in life. For more information visit www.courageouskids.ie
I also run community education courses in personal development and well-being with the City of Dublin Education and training board (CDETB) which aim to empower disadvantaged communities to create positive personal and social change.
Writing and blogging
I knew I wanted to be of service to others so I sought to develop myself and my knowledge in a way that I could use to help others transform their lives and fulfil their potential: I completed numerous positive psychology training courses; A leadership for social change course in NYU; A Masters in Education; and trained as a life coach and mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. I also read everything I could find on personal development and well-being from the ancient wisdom traditions to modern psychology and neuroscience.
I began to share this practical knowledge and insight through writing – I had articles published on many different topics: History, psychology, philosophy, health and well-being; and I created the blog thesingingflame.com which looked at providing practical ideas for helping people develop themselves and improve the quality of their lives.
Life coaching and mindfulness-based stress reduction
As part of my Master’s in Education I wrote my thesis on the development of human potential which focused on the central role of creativity in unlocking this – our ability to create our selves and our lives. I was eager to test these ideas in real life. Coaching and personal development education provided the ideal arena.
Both life coaching and mindfulness really resonated with me because they were at the heart of what are two of the biggest challenges we face in our lives: How to create a life that is authentic and meaningful for us; and how to manage the inevitable stresses and challenges that all of us face.
Moving into coaching from teaching was natural. Good coaching and good teaching are ultimately very similar – they are based on asking good questions that can open people to new perspectives, elicit fresh insight, and ‘draw out’ from people the wisdom and potential that they hold within. As such, the skills that I developed as a teacher over many years are one of the key strengths that I bring to getting the best out of people in a coaching context.
Personal development and nature workshops
I set up the SoulSeeds centre with fellow life coach Sarah Murphy where we run personal development workshops and courses on an array of topics: Finding purpose, passion, and meaning; Cultivating positive emotions; Developing healthy relationships; Self-compassion and self-care; and coaching circles.
With fellow mindfulness teacher, Barry Lee, I set up ‘Nature in mind’, an educational organization designed to help people improve their well-being through connecting with the natural world – for more info visit www.natureinmind.ie
Whether it is coaching, teaching, or writing, my focus is always the same: Looking for ways to help people improve the quality of their lives and live more fully.
If what I have to offer resonates with you and you would like to work with me in improving or developing any aspect of your life, get in touch and we will begin the process of creating positive change that will lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life for you.