Irena-Marie Makowska and Rod Capps came to France 13 years ago to follow their dream of creating a well-being centre.
Irena-Marie began her career in PR and media relations after training as a BBC journalist. She has worked in South Africa, the UK and France. After a series of life changing events, Irena-Marie decided it was time to retrain. She now wears a variety of hats - helping individuals to become their own mind ninja - so they are no longer held hostage to their negative thoughts and feelings.
Under the banner of Focus Wellbeing, Irena-Marie designs and facilitates Mind Management Workshops for companies, on personal and professional development. In addition she coaches emotional intelligence, resilience and self awareness for aerospace students in Toulouse, the capital of the aerospace industry.
Irena-Marie specialises in BWRT, Psychology of Identity and Behaviours; clinical hypnotherapy; transformation coaching and mindfulness.
Together with her partner, Rod, they also provide retreats and workshops from their home, La Blanque, 40 minutes from Toulouse.
Rod originally from Brighton, England, was a well respected greyhound trainer for 15 years before changing his career to 'trading the markets,' prior to moving to France. Rod is a fabulous cook and enjoys preparing delicious and nutritious meals for their guests at Focus La Blanque.
Focus La Blanque is a private retreat and well-being centre located near Toulouse. They work with clients across the UK, Europe and the USA, running face-to-face and Skype sessions, group relaxation, company 'awaydays' and well-being in the workplace.