WHY I TEACH MINDFULNESS
I've been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years and started to teach in 2014. I was inspired to start teaching after experiencing the peace and joy that mindfulness brought to my own life. I have worked in healthcare for several year caring for people in their times of pain. I saw how my mindfulness practice benefitted my patients and how the qualities of mindfulness supported patients to cope with pain and suffering.
I was drawn to do my first teacher training in the Mindfulness Based Living Course because of its explicit teachings in compassion and use of short daily practices.
Having worked with busy NHS staff for many years I ensure my classes are rooted in current research to support peak performance and are flexible to fit around busy lives.
All of my teaching is rooted in embodied experience. I am also a qualified yoga teacher.
“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.”
I have received training from the University of Bangor, Oxford University, The Mindfulness Association (linked to Aberdeen University) and the Mindfulness in Schools Project.
I started my mindfulness training with the Mindfulness Association in 2013. I am trained to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course, an 8 week Mindfulness course. I have since been trained to teach several other programmes.
I enrolled on Bangor Universities Masters in Mindfulness Based Approaches in 2019 and now deliver the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
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.
I spent my first years as a teacher teaching mindfulness to healthcare staff in the NHS and students. I have carried out research into the effect of mindfulness on healthcare staff and resilience. When I'm not teaching Mindfulness I work in the NHS.
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.