I have just completed (December 2021) the 4 week mindfulness course with Neil from Inner Synergy. I had tried mindfulness and meditation techniques on my own in the past and had seen some benefit, but doing the course with Neil in person was a thousand times more impactful and useful. I have a variety of significant challenges to face on a day to day basis and have found myself facing a sense of hopelessness and even panic in the past. I am a very strong person and have tried to ‘push through’ and ‘soldier on’, even while understanding that these are not useful – or even possible – long term strategies.  

Doing the course with Neil has encouraged me to look at my limiting self-beliefs and challenge why I do some of the things I do.  It has taught me some really useful coping techniques. It has also taught me that it is actually really simple to make immediate changes for the better. I have felt a real sense of hope and possibility as a result of these four sessions and will most definitely be continuing with the practice and with the study of mindfulness. I actively look forward to my mindfulness practice each day and I see the benefits. Neil is also a very friendly, approachable and professional person and I highly recommend this course.

Michelle Hyde, Canberra (ACT)

Doing one on one coaching with Neil absolutely changed my life. It was the biggest investment I had ever made into myself.  Over the weeks i learn’t so much about my triggers and behaviours and how my mindset and reaction to certain situations was contributing to my mental health. I am honestly a different person I am aware of my thoughts and as Neil would say just notice what they are without reacting. After the 4 weeks I felt my body settle and I was able to manage my life better. It made me realise that I set the temperament of how I feel. 
Neil is fantastic at facilitating the course. He always spent the time to explain things so that I would understand it. He would also check in every now and then to follow up on my progress.
I received a wealth of information that I decided after the course I wanted to continue the coaching as the benefits were life changing. Highly recommend the sessions.

Jacinta (SYD)

“Thank you Neil, for your presentation on mindfulness for the Mental Health and Wellbeing online Expo as part of Mental Health Month ACT in 2021. We were blessed to have you share this sampler into not only how we can apply practices of mindfulness into our daily life, but to learn more about why this is so important, and how this benefits our overall mental health and wellbeing. Thank you, and I hope that in future we are able to have you back for a more in depth session to create further benefits for the Canberra community.”

Alison Hall

Communications and Events – Mental Health Month ACT

Mental Health Month ACT

“The Australian Border Force were privileged to have Neil present to us on Mindfulness and Resilience in a time of uncertainty and lockdowns. 

Neil tailored the session to the current environment and provided practical techniques and resources that officers can incorporate into their daily lives. The session received excellent feedback from attendees and requests for follow up sessions. 

Thank you so much for your time and expertise Neil.”

Australian Border Force

‘Neil provided an excellent course on mindfulness.  The techniques in this course really helped me to manage work stresses and anxieties.  I would very much recommend it.’
I hope that all is going well, thanks for all of your help.


It has been a pleasure to work with Neil Shepherd from Inner Synergy to bring the benefits of mindfulness as an early intervention strategy to those who live with Parkinson’s. Neil’s depth of knowledge and passion in promoting this valuable skill to the Parkinson’s ACT working age cohort will bring lifelong benefits for those who choose to take up the practice of mindfulness.

Parkinsons ACT – Occupational Therapist

“We were lucky enough to have Neil present to us on Mindfulness in the most uncertain of times – during COVID lockdown. It was a very timely session and all participants (myself included) thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from it. I’ve since had many of the participants thanking me for organising it, praising the session and some have told me how they’re already putting into practice some of Neil’s teachings and techniques. Thanks very much for your time Neil – we will definitely look at booking further sessions with you.”

That says it all really – I have had a number of people thanking me for organising it, praising how good it was and especially in current times, so thank you! 

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Erin (ACT) Defence JSF

After completing the ‘Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation’ course I am now inspired to continue this journey towards a quieter mind. The facilitator, Neil Shepherd, is as credible and authentic as you could get, and his stories of a previous stressful life are very relatable. I particularly enjoyed week 2 (thoughts) and week 3 (emotions) and the associated meditations. I thoroughly recommend this course and Neil in particular. – Mark Lawrence    

Mark Lawrence ACT

My name is David and I’m 83 years old, and for my birthday my daughter Lauren bought me a 4 week course on Mindfulness. I approached it with an open mind, not having a clue what it meant. I received a full-sized book which helped me to understand a little of what it was about. 

Now my problem is that for years I have been waking up at 3am and my mind has been inventing not-so-nice problems, almost nightmares. I give you 3 examples:

* I am in a swimming pool and can’t find the edge.
* I’m in an old city and can’t find my way out, going round and round, finding I’m back in the same spot all the time.
* I’m driving a car backwards and there are no brakes.

This has happened for years. I also dream up impossible situations during the day and night.
At the end of the first session, that night I did wake up with the start of disturbing thoughts, but had learned that I could think of happier things, and went promptly back to sleep, waking up at my usual time around 6am.

I had done a relaxation course years ago, but what Neil explained was the reason these dreams happened.  And I found a way to get rid of them when they occur.

If you attend this course, and have a problem, Neil will answer, and the class and you will benefit.

That, as it turns out, was probably the best birthday present I have had in years.
Thanks Neil.

David (83yo – ACT)

Recently, Neil from Inner Synergy worked with us weekly for 4 weeks and he was fantastic. In that short time he has taught us a solid scaffold of mindfulness training that effectively taps into daily life.

Already we are seeing changes in ourselves: We feel calmer, happier and more able to actually enjoy life. It is only the beginning. Neil is very skilled and is able to teach really well. He is also very caring and enthusiastic.

We are also looking forward to doing some more training with him in the future. Highly recommend.

Lisa French (VIC)

‘A big thank you to Neil for running an eight-week pilot program of the Peaceful Kids program at Evatt Primary School. Neil’s professional approach, outstanding interpersonal skills and deep understanding of the brain engaged a group of highly anxious year 4 boys.

All participated in identifying emotions, meditation activities and discussions and all participants reported positive changes at home and school. After the conclusion of the program, these usually withdrawn students approached me several times asking when the program would continue. I highly recommend Neil’s services and look forward to working together in the future.’

Nicole Zimmer

Executive Teacher

ACT Education Directorate

Nicole Zimmer (ACT)

I found the  course well paced, concise and incredibly thought provoking. The course offered strategies that were extremely helpful in everyday life. The meditations offered were linked to the course content. Outstanding value for money. Highly recommended!

Kind Regards, Steve

Steve (ACT)

“A big thank you to Neil for the great “Mindfulness Experience” session you ran for us at the beginning of our school term. What a great way to put the last few months into perspective and begin the new term on a positive note.

Everyone (even the sceptics amongst us) thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the session and many of us have put into practice the skills learned.

We would definitely recommend the experience to others.”

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Karabar High School NSW

Karabar High (NSW)

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Canberra Psychologist

I have recently completed the 4 week Mindfulness Introductory Course with Neil Shepherd and Mindful Works. I decided to do it because I use mindfulness in my work as a psychologist with parents, children and families but wanted to build my own practice.

When Neil asked what were 2 words that described my goals I said “peace and productivity” as I had also been feeling rushed and particularly unproductive recently.

I found each week really informative and enjoyed each of the mindful exercises. I used the sound cloud exercises daily and am still using the Calm app. I managed to practice daily for about 12 minutes or so.

After about 2 weeks I really noticed my mood being much improved – I felt moments of happiness that I hadn’t felt for ages.  I also noticed that even the more difficult tasks that I needed to do were much easier then before. I procrastinated less and found complex tasks much more manageable.

I was so happy to have done the course. I was really pleased that it was done from a secular point of view and was really up to date in terms of neuroscience and brain research.

I now am so much more aware of the benefits of a daily mindfulness practice and can thus support my clients more effectively in this way.

I have noticed more recently that my whole household (including husband and 2 teenagers) are much calmer too – bonus!

Many thanks Neil. I was very impressed with your ability to acknowledge and allow everyone’s experiences without judgement – and encourage them to do so too.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Neil and this course to others.

Jo Vickers  

Jo Vickers – Psychologist (ACT)

The 4 Week public Intro Course – one of the many options provided by Inner Synergy and Mindfulness Works ❣️


Ros Collins – (ACT)

All staff attending, thoroughly enjoyed Neil Shepherd’s presentation about mindfulness. As a presentation to support workers in a mental health setting, his emphasis was in the right place; on being kind to ourselves. Neil also explained to us how mindfulness can play an important role in our work with our participants and how it can have a positive impact on us, as staff, to maintain our own health and well-being.

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Wellways Australia | incorporating Australian HealthCall Group

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Manon Keir – Wellways (ACT)

 Grief does many terrible things to you. The loss of your spouse is not just sad, it’s also quite terrifying, because you’ve lost half of you.

My experience was a whole gamut of reactions: overwhelming heartbreak, role stress and strain from now having to raise our 2 young children (who were also grieving) alone, feelings of extreme isolation, the loss of confidence in my gut instincts, fear & anxiety & a sense of inadequacy about our livelihood & finances, and many others.

I also fell into very poor sleeping habits – I was exhausted when I hopped into bed, but then my brain would kick in – such a busy brain, going over everything of that day or the week or even month before, and also anticipating what was to come tomorrow, next week, or next month. And everything became so magnified.

I tried all the usual things – alcohol, sleeping tablets, herbal supplements, turning devices off early so my mind could start to unwind, exercise – pretty much everything. But none had any lasting effect, none allowed me to stay asleep for more than a few hours, after which I’d waken & my mind would take over again. I’d have a racing, pounding heart in the middle of the night, and it was very scary, many nights.

I’d been trying to get to a Mindfulness course for a couple of years, but as they were all in the evenings, I had to wait until I was confident the kids (now teenagers) would be okay if I left them for a couple of hours.

The first night of the course, I felt calmer after the guided meditation, & came home feeling ‘lighter’. I did the body scan as I lay in bed, & then, I slept. I actually slept through – for the first time in months. Yes, I’d still taken my herbal stuff, & had had a glass of wine (as usual), but I slept so well, and felt truly refreshed in the morning. So, the next night, I skipped the herbal stuff & wine, & did the body scan in bed. But I fell asleep before I completed it. And again, I slept through.

I was doing the exercises during the day, and each evening, I’d feel calmer. And I fell asleep each night before I completed my body scan.

The classes each week helped me develop strategies to overcome my blocks to mindfulness, and hearing the other participants’ experiences helped too. Everyone has different issues, so hearing how they overcome them is helpful, for your own future reference. And it’s good to be a part of a group that works together for each other.

I no longer have a busy brain keeping me awake, I’m more relaxed and focused during the day, life doesn’t feel so overwhelming to me, and I just feel like I’m in a much better place now because of the Mindfulness Course. It’s given me the space to address other aspects of my health & fitness that had been ignored for the 3 years since my husband had died, & I am now much healthier physically as well as emotionally. And my kids have benefited too – they can see how much better I am, and so they now feel more confident too.

The Mindfulness Course has been life-changing for me. Vivienne

Vivienne (ACT)

Mindfulness experience presentation for approximately 60 staff

Neil Shepherd conducted a session on mindfulness as a part of our staff well-being program which was very well received by staff

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