Qualifications and training courses attended: Mindfulness Teacher Training Certification Programme from The Greater Good Science Centre, UC Berkeley with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, starting 2019- 2021 The Power of Awareness 7 week course with Sounds True and The Greater Good Science Centre, mentored by Cynthia Wilcox - 2018 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Foundational 8 week training for health professionals with Dr Russ Harris - 2018 Transformational Dialogue with Keith Phillips - 2 day workshop 2017 Certificate in Counselling Skills - Introduction - 2017 Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living Teacher Training: Foundation - 2016 Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher Accreditation supervised by Gary Hennessey - 2014 Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher Training Level TT1 , TT2 and TT3 - 2012- 2013 Mental Health Awareness NFCE Level 2 - 2014 Mental Health First Aid Certificate - 2013 MRSS Postgraduate Shiatsu year - 2012 Transforming Shiatsu Postgraduate year - 2012 Diploma in Shiatsu - 2008-2011 BA (hons) Broadcasting degree 2:1 - 2001-2004
I finished my mindfulness teacher training with Breathworks in 2014 and I am a fully accredited Breathworks mindfulness teacher. I am insured to teach mindfulness and meet the requirements of the Good Practice Guidance for teaching mindfulness-based courses published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers. I have regular supervision and attend several retreats a year to deepen my understanding of mindfulness practice.
Since completing my Breathworks training I have taught mindfulness for a wide variety of organisations from the mental health charity Mind to the international engineering consultancy Buro Happold.
I have recently been given a scholarship for a 2 year Mindfulness Teacher training course led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. This is an absolute dream of mine to be taught by two such wise and experienced mindfulness teachers. I look forward to deepening my mindfulness practice and my understanding even further when I start the course in 2019.
Before teaching mindfulness I worked as a television editor. At that time, I found myself reflecting on life. When I was in my late teens I had suffered with anxiety and panic attacks, I then spent a lot of time looking after a close family member who struggled with life. I began to find myself thinking there must be another way that we can cope with life's ups and downs. When I was in my early twenties I lost two close family members. This loss and deep grief woke me up to the beauty and vulnerability of life and I made the decision to have a break from my career as a television editor and to re-train. I decided I wanted to help people to live more peaceful and happy lives no matter what their circumstances.
The first thing I did when I left my job was go to a meditation class, I loved having the space to be and to develop more of an awareness of my mind and body. I also started working as a volunteer on an inpatient unit at a hospice. Being with people near the end of their life was a deeply moving and life changing expereince for me.
I then began to train as a shiatsu practitioner (shiatsu is a form of therapeutic body-work). I was very lucky to have a wonderful teacher who was passionate about present moment awareness and this sparked something deep within me. Training in shiatsu has been deeply important in my mindfulness journey. I spent four years learning to listen, to connect, to be in the present moment with whatever arises and how to apply this to being with people who are suffering and in pain.
After finishing my shiatsu training I took an eight week mindfulness course with another inspiring teacher and this deepened my practice and awareness further. It wasn't easy but at the end I experienced a real shift in myself and I knew that this was something I would continue to cultivate and practice for the rest of my life and that I wanted to share it with others. I began to train as a mindfulness teacher seven months later. I have been meditating regularly for 10 years and I have had a daily mindfulness meditation practice for 8 years.
I believe our true inner nature is a space of peace. We spend half our lives running from ourselves, when actually we can return to ourselves for sanctuary. We can cultivate peace during difficult times.