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WHO IS IT FOR?

You know that there's more, much more in store for you.

Slide You yearn to grow. The Pencil programme has been designed for hungry people. If you're one, then you yearn to grow. And you already know, know that there's more, much more in store for your life. Not more stuff, you're over all that. Instead, you're seeking more depth, deeper connections, a greater sense of purpose, to be able to breathe easier, to regain balance. To become your thriving, best self, in relationship and living on purpose.

If you've read "Introducing Pencil", you'll know that our programme reveals the idea of the three parts of life. People who perfectly suit our programme have already lived the first part. That's why our guests are, typically, in their 40s, 50s or 60s. You've lived enough life to know that there must be another way. You're successful, but you're not completely fulfilled. You have relationships in your life, but despite them, you can sometimes still feel disconnected. You're busy, but you never seem to catch up. Or you feel that stress gets in the way of you living life to the full.

We know how you feel because we've walked in your shoes. At the time of writing this, Matt is 47 and Pauline, 54. We've both had careers in the corporate world as well as having run our own businesses, travelled to lots of places, seen lots of things and owned lots of things. Yet these aren't the things that gave birth to Pencil. It was the respective tragedies in our lives and the suffering contained within. You should never waste a good crisis, so we didn't. We set about designing a programme capable of making a real, practical difference to people's lives. To show people how they can live fully and fully live.

It took two years of full time studying and crafting for Pencil to be conceived. Matt studied Neuroscience at Harvard, followed by Psychology and Mental Health at Liverpool. With a background in storytelling, he is used to creating new concepts, but from the outset, we were determined for everything we teach to be practical and based upon science, not fairy dust. The reason being, when we explain new ideas to you, we always want to be able to explain how and why they work. So back to school he went.

To transform lives, intelligence needs support from wisdom. We went looking for it and found it in our cherished friends and influences, who include Krista Tippett and onBeing, Dr. Richard Davidson, Daniel Goleman, the Dalai Lama, Buddha, Ghandi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Scott Peck, Richard Rohr, Brene Brown, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Chade-Meng Tan and Jo Marchant.

It's difficult to make big changes alone. We have mentors and understand the critical role that they play in our lives, to help us make the transformation we'd been searching for. If you're looking for someone to walk with you, the Pencil programme might be just the thing for you. Intrigued to learn more about our programme content? Then visit our sections, Chapter One, Chapter Two and Chapter Three. For further information, take a look at Introducing Pencil and Our retreat. You can also read a summary of our programme content, read our FAQs or contact us.

"Discover what is possible for your life." Matt Janes - Pencil coach

Slide Pencil Rewrite your story with Pencil. Built upon the three pillars of purpose, wellbeing and community, the Pencil programme is delivered over the course of four days at a luxurious location in the English countryside.

Pencil's unique content was developed over a two year period and lives at the point where mindfulness, neuroscience and psychology collide, to bring life into beautiful, sharp focus. Once you’re there, you'll have a sense of peace and equanimity. We call it a deep lightness.
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