ACTOR TESTIMONIALS FROM THE ACTOR’S PRACTICE WITH HELENA WALSH
“The Actor’s Practice is among the most thorough and enjoyable actor training I’ve done. It gave me an opportunity to reset and check in with my creative spirit, all while advancing my craft. It also provided me with a daily practice to utilize going forward. The holistic nature of the course makes it feel like a retreat and working holiday at the same time. Highly recommended.”
“I can’t recommend more the The Actors Practice Workshop with Helena Walsh. Spending 8 weeks part time with two full weeks in Dublin was a quite a commitment but one I am really very happy I made. As well as a huge bag full of acting tools from three brilliant teachers, I consider myself very lucky to have shared the experience with some brilliant actors and people. For myself I have grown both as a person and an actor over the workshop. The gentle approach helped me build my confidence and develop a more authentic self in my performance. I have always been overwhelmed by “learning the lines” to the detriment of my performance and enjoyment of the process. At the beginning of the course I fumbled over a minute of dialogue, at the end of the10 weeks I completed a 20 minute scene that I am very proud of. (A special nod to my scene partner Cian) The Workshop is not like anything you’ll have done before. And Helena is a one off. ”
“Helena is one of the most empowering teachers I’ve ever worked with. She shows artists how to have a life long creative career through practical techniques. Her understanding of actors and their process is astounding. Her knowledge and love of what she teaches is profound. The most striking aspect of Helena’s work is not only her willingness but her eagerness to hear what her students think and explore how they feel. Helena is a listener which is, beyond a doubt, the most valuable quality in a teacher.”
” Praise for Helena walsh. This training truly revolutionised my approach towards acting and personal creativity. It helped me truly understand myself and my personal ambitions for the future, and gain the necessary skills to build a resourceful and sustainable practice and process. “ ~ Joe Clinton, Actor
Working with Helena changed my view of acting and turned it around 360®. Until joining The Actors Practice, I had been searching for someone to show me how it’s done. But what Helena does, instead of dictating a ‘method’, is to encourage creativity in her actors and empower them to work on their craft and find their own ‘method’ by sharing techniques that open up your voice and your body and align them to the present moment. She completely altered the way I approach my work. The learning from The Actors Practice can’t be summed up in a few short sentences – it has to be experienced. And I guarantee that once you spend some time with Helena, you will realise that acting, and being creative, although it requires time and dedication, is a lot easier than you think!
Helena not only identified and cured a fundamental flaw in my acting technique but she also gave me a whole new toolkit to use in navigating my career as an actor, both on and off screen and stage. She literally opened up whole new channels for me to use in exploring a text and I feel she has added a depth that I simply didn’t have before as a performer. I would highly recommended any actor who feels lost in their careers to study with Helena in the actors practice. ~ Conor Duffy, Actor
“It’s hard to find words to convey just how unique The Actor’s Practice was. Words that do come to mind are: life-affirming, wonderfully inspiring, challenging and transformative. Helena guided us expertly, with love and respect, through techniques for stabilising our nervous systems while opening up emotional and physical channels of expression that I have not experienced before. I learned so much about my own identity as an actress, and what my strengths and weaknesses are. Most importantly – I learned tools for building a continuous, personal practice where I can develop my strengths further while dealing constructively with my weaknesses. Finally – what truly made the training stand out was the focus on working towards our goals as actors in ways that are sustainable, healthy and joyful. It’s so much more than advanced actor training. I’d recommend it to not only actors but anyone who has an interest in experiencing their humanity – and the humanity of others – at a deeper level.
“I have just completed the Surfing and acting retreat with Helena walsh & Benjamin Mathes. Wow what a life Changing experience! This retreat takes you out of the usual day to day nonsense and takes you back into how it truly is to feel and dream like a human. I myself felt like there was some kind of block locking me in, within my performance. Helena and Benjamin have taught me how to use my own keys to unlock it.
Ireland itself is such a beautiful place and to be able Surf in it’s waters was awesome! We had instructors with us all the time who loved to get involved and tweak your technique here and there to give you a great surf.
The night Kayaking trip we did is one of those experiences which is hard to quantify in words it was almost like we were in space and nothing else in the world really mattered. Overall, with Helena and Benjamin’s teaching combined with the excursions, they aim and succeed in taking you to a place of ultimate freedom and expression within your art.
I would 100% recommend this to any actor at any level and I hope to revisit the retreat as soon as I can. ”
“The Ireland retreat was much more than I could have even anticipated. Coming together with the Irish actors was an unbelievable experience, then being able to work with Helena side by side is something my breath, body and voice are thanking me for. She not only gets you more into your body, but connected to it in a nurturing experience. The work is fast and intense yet slowed down because of how present you become. It’s an opportunity to show up and be open and let yourself be completely in the moment. Watching everyone was an experience all on its own as well. Sharing your dreams, speaking aloud your determinations in a group like this is powerful. I’m coming back to LA a different actor, refreshed and excited! It was truly life changing”
“The acting workshop in Clonakilty was one of the best experiences of my life. Helena Walsh and Benjamin Mathes are master coaches. The workshop consisted of a full week of body and breath connection, scene study, and great practical advise on how to approach the business side of the industry. I learned so much about my own body and breath, and how everything applies to my life and work. Having the opportunity to work with actors from Ireland was a dream come true! All of the actors were willing to take risks and be vulnerable, which created a safe space for everyone and allowed everyone to learn more about the craft and connect deeply with one another. By the end of the week, we were all a family. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who is looking to deepen their connection with themselves, with others, and with their craft. This was an experience that will always be dear to my heart.“
– Chiara McCarty, LA Actress
“There is nothing more beneficial than taking an actor out of their comfort zone in every way imaginably possible. That is what Helena and Ben did for me. They created a space and permission to just be a vessel, and dive in deep. I was challenged mentally, physically and spiritually; and to be in A small little Irish beach town while doing this was just wonderful. Throughout the retreat i found pieces of myself i thought where missing. I also found a whole new community of loving supporting amazing people. The retreat has changed me in so many ways through breath work to thinking about the industry and acting in a whole new way. learning to surf in freezing cold water to self exploring conversations, and scene work i found my love for being an artist again. I guess i just had to go all the way to Ireland to find it. So grateful for the retreat and my new Irish/la family. If your feeling like i was feeling go! You will be forever changed!”
“For me the acting retreat was transformative, truly something I will cherish for the rest of my life. A journey that reawakens/awakens things within you. Beautiful, transformative, effective and powerful! Will stay in the depths of my heart forever…. I can go on and on. Hard to find the right verbiage for the experience. It was damn magical!”
~ Karina Gardea, Actor
“The Surfing and Acting retreat was a delightful and empowering experience. Two master teachers, an idyllic location, your own power being uncovered piece by piece in order to allow you to be safely and fully available in the work – what’s not to love? Forever grateful.”
~ Eamonn McNicholas, Actor
“The acting and surfing retreat was not only a week-long masterclass in acting but also an invigorating experience for the mind, body and soul with a group of beautiful people against the backdrop of a most charming town. What more could you ask for?”
“The acting and surfing workshop was a truly transformational experience. The environment was safe enough to allow me to feel vulnerable and challenged me to keep pushing through. It allowed me to fully experience the power of my body and connect to myself. I was able find a new breath in my body, my life, and in my work. I gained a new perspective of seeing beauty through the chaos feel more receptive to all that’s around. I would encourage anyone seeking artistic growth and connection to join this workshop. It’s a once and a lifetime opportunity.”
“Oh my goodness! The surfing and acting workshop in Clonakilty is truly transformational. Helena and Ben are an incredible team and they guided us to a deeper understanding of ourselves both in our work, and in the world. I was so inspired by the workshop and have continued to process everything we worked on as I pursue my acting career in LA. I feel a stronger connection to the world around me and I am grounded in the unshakable idea that I am enough. I’m so grateful for this workshop, the community we created and a beautiful experience I will remember forever.”
CORPORATE CLIENT TESTIMONIALS ” I have been working with Helena now for 2 years and the work we have done has transformed my life. I am a healthier, more whole, balanced and responsive person in all spheres of my life. I know I have developed as a business leader in Banking, – some of the benefits include:
I have developed an awareness of the benefits of maintaining a healthy body/mind relationship and to know what is going on in my body and emotions. The work has made me more confident and composed in making presentations to large and small groups of people. I strongly recommend anyone in business working with Helena.” ~ Ronan Mc Govern, Head of Strategy, AIB Property and Workplace Transformation ” Working with Helena Walsh has transformed my corporate career. Helena has a very unique way of teaching how to be more human, real and honest in a work environment. I learnt how to consistently – on a daily basis – bring presence into my role. I developed a sense of clarity of how to make better decisions, how to manage my time effectively and how to have a stronger impact on my goals and people around me. The workshops taught me to change the way I listen. I improved my communication skills, my ability to create connection and trust, and to build stronger relationships at all levels. Helena also helped me to grow as a leader. I have become way more authentic, resilient and service oriented. After working with Helena I can create a better team environment tapping into human connection, passion and innovation. I highly recommend Helena’s workshops to other professionals looking to grow their communication, relationships, leadership skills, improving creativity or simply looking to find their own voice in the corporate world “ ~ Magdalena Kierdelezicz, H.R. Manager, ebay