Andy and Silvia have been together since 2005 and married since 2012. In 2010 their family grew bigger with the arrival of their twin boys Dylan and Jacob. It was shortly after that, when Silvia started suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. She tried many different ways to overcome her issues and, after numerous different failed attempts, she stumbled across meditation.
It was when Silvia started working in a secondary school, that she came to rely on meditation. She would go home every day for her lunch break, and would always set 15 minutes aside to meditate. This would help her stay focused, de-stress and get through the rest of the day.
One day, while talking to Andy’s mum, who is a nurse, Silvia found out that she was doing exactly the same thing but rather than going home for lunch to meditate, she would do it quickly in the lift at work, in the hospital. This was the inspiration they needed to create CalmaMe.
Initially they decided to offer 15 minute lunchtime meditation sessions for workplace, with the aim of utilising company downtime. However, while trying to recruit meditation teachers, they soon realised that no teachers would commit to such small sessions. Therefore, the business model had to change and the idea of having a mobile meditation centre was born.
Calmame is the first company in the UK offering a mobile meditation centre: a relaxing, private place that could be parked outside hospitals, offices, nursing homes, or any high stress environment for people to have a little space to escape, meditate and relax.
To start Calmame, Andy and Silvia bought an old dilapidated horse trailer and Andy spent every evening and weekend for over a year converting it. This was done almost single handedly, with small cameos from his Dad and friend Darren.
The twins Dylan and Jacob named the horse trailer Buck, which has stuck and CalmaMe was born.