ABOUT OUR TEACHER
Jay has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years and started teaching in 2014. She is a British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches registered mindfulness teacher and has trained with the Mindfulness Association, the Mindfulness in Schools Project, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Bangor University. She is a University researcher of Mindfulness Based approaches. She has a particular interest in supporting students to reduce stress and find ways to integrate mindfulness practice into their every days lives.
WHY I TEACH MINDFULNESS
I first practiced mindfulness as a child. By the beginning of my 20s I had been on several weeklong mindfulness retreats and was practicing mindfulness daily. My practice helped me to weather the storms of life and see the beauty in the peaceful moments. I wanted to share what mindfulness had given me with others so in 2014 I started to teach mindfulness.
Since then, I have gone on to receive several mindfulness trainings and teach in a range of settings, such as hospitals, universities, farms, parks, community centres and businesses.
When I am not teaching mindfulness I work in the NHS and enjoy walking through my local woods and painting.
I started my mindfulness training with the Mindfulness Association in 2013. I trained to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course, an 8-week Mindfulness course. I have since been trained to teach several other programmes.
I have received training from:
University of Bangor, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice,
Oxford University, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
The Mindfulness Association (linked to Aberdeen University)
Mindfulness in Schools Project.
I have been trained to deliver:
The Mindfulness Based Living course (8 weeks)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (8 weeks)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (8 weeks)
Finding Peace in a Frantic World (6 weeks)
Paws B (12 weeks, for 7-11 year olds)
I enrolled on Bangor Universities Masters in Mindfulness Based Approaches in 2019. I have been involved in several University research studies in to mindfulness.
I teach within the Good Practice Guidelines and have regular supervision. I support my personal practice with several mindfulness retreats a year including silent, solitary and art retreats.
“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.”
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.