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“I'm already noticing big changes in myself. Several members of my family and friends have noticed as well, and commented on how much happier I seem. It's amazing, and I feel so much more 'alive'. I'm so glad I came on your course - it's one of the best things I've ever done."

About the Course

Happiness is a skill. This is what the ancient practice of mindfulness teaches, and what modern psychology research has shown. The wonderful thing is that this skill, just like driving or dancing, can be learned, and it can stay with you for a lifetime.

On this eight-week Mindfulness for Stress course you will learn how to boost your happiness and well-being, find new sources of resilience, joy, and calm in your life, and to cope with stress, anxiety, fear, and depression. The course is run by an expert Breathworks mindfulness teacher, within a supportive and friendly group setting.

Who is the Course for?

Over the decades that we've run the course, we've helped thousands of people suffering from stress associated with work, family and relationships, loss, PTSD, depression, chronic generalised anxiety, social anxiety, and those who simply want to boost their resilience, learn mindfulness and meditation, or find greater joy and well-being in their lives. If you think that you have a chance of increasing your quality of life, we warmly invite you to attend.

Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress course participant

What will I learn?

  • The skill of meditation

  • Mindfulness and self-compassion skills in your daily life

  • Greater concentration and focus

  • How breath and body awareness can transform stress

  • Supportive mindful movement practices

  • The art of taking joy in simple pleasures

  • How to overcome your ‘negativity bias’

  • The many health benefits of mindfulness

What will I get with the course?

  • 8-weeks of lessons - 20 hours of class time

  • A balance of teaching, questions and discussion, and guided meditation

  • Daily home meditation practice of 20 mins a day

  • Guided meditations CD / MP3 downloads

  • Teaching and practices to help you develop mindfulness, calm, and resilience

  • A highly experienced mindfulness teacher to answer your questions and address difficulties every week with personalised advice.

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Course Dates, Locations & Pricing

Courses are run from our two main practice centres in Manchester and London; find dates, times, locations, and teacher information here:

Breathworks Manchester Mindfulness for Health Courses    Breathworks London Mindfulness for Health Courses


 Research and Testimonials

Breathworks Courses have been the subject of mulptiple psychological research papers, as well as our own internal evaluations. If you would like to find out more about the results of these studies, you can take a look at our research page, and read our testimonials page to hear from past course attendees. 


Alternatives

If you can't attend a course at one of our main practice centres, you can check out our other options:



 

Manchester Mindfulness Teachers


Andrea Cygler 

 Andrea Cygler

Andrea Cygler is originally from Manchester but is now based in Liverpool. She is an experienced and well-qualified wellbeing practitioner who has taught and practiced complementary health, therapeutic touch, meditation and relaxation techniques, stress management and resiliency training for 20 years, working with all ages and diversities, all over Merseyside and the North West.

Although she had tried different forms of meditation over the years it was only after an 8 week Mindfulness course that her practice become sustainable, enjoyable and truly beneficial. She has trained as a Mindfulness teacher and qualified with Breathworks in 2014. She now teaches on their Manchester programme and is part of their Teacher Training team She has also done some MBSR training with Mindflow and is a qualified to teach the Mindfulness in Schools Programmes to children and adults . She runs her own mindfulness courses and meditation sessions in Liverpool and is part of 'Mindfulness Liverpool'.


  Anjali Chatterjee

Anjali Chatterjee

Anjali has been facilitating mindfulness courses since 2010. Previously a qualified nurse she enjoys bringing mindfulness to a wide range of emotional & physical conditions, including palliative care. A practising Buddhist of twelve years, she also practises mindfulness through art & dance.

 Cate ClarkCate Clark

I regularly run Mindfulness for Health courses in Manchester “I’ve seen it change lives, including my own”.  I came to Breathworks, on the advice of my GP in 2006 as a way of helping me to manage chronic pain, it made such a difference to me I decided to train with Breathworks a year later. 

I am now a Senior Trainer with Breathworks and I am one of the Training team, teaching others to become accredited Breathworks teachers. Mindfulness and meditation help me to maintain equilibrium and to live a richer and fuller life. 

For many years I worked as a commissioned artist, mostly in steel, making sculptural seats and signs for environmental organisations. The work I made was concerned with a sense of place and the importance of wildlife in our lives. I live in West Yorkshire with my partner and our dog on the edge of the Pennines.


Colette TT PagesColette Power is a a Senior Mindfulness Teacher and supervisor with Breathworks CIC, Manchester and a Trained Mindful Self Compassion Teacher. As a freelance mindfulness teacher she delivers a range of mindfulness-based courses in Liverpool, the North West and Wales, including: 

Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress Course 
Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course 
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 
Mindfulness-base Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
Mindful Self Compassion Course (MSC) 

Clients include The Probation Service (Liverpool), Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and Women's Aid. 

Colette holds doctorate from The University of Liverpool School of Sociology and Social Policy. She has  lectured in sociology, research methodology, women's and gender studies, and worked as a social researcher. She has experience in teaching and group work facilitation both in community settings and in the voluntary sector. 

She is a qualified person centred counsellor and worked with people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, low self-esteem and depression. She also taught counselling skills in Liverpool for many years. 

Colette also facilitate 'The Work That Reconnects', Deep Ecology workshops based on the work of Joanna Macy.


Gary 2  Gary Hennessey

Gary Hennessey is one of the founding directors of Breathworks, a Social Enterprise devoted to relieving suffering through mindfulness.

He has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 35 years.  In 2003 he trained in applying mindfulness for people with pain and illness with Vidyamala Burch (author of Living Well with Pain and Illness). Since then Gary has been running mindfulness courses in Manchester for people with pain, illness and stress.

Gary is Director of Training for Breathworks, and regularly trains health professionals and others in mindfulness as a health intervention.


I mean Ginny obviously Ginny Wall

As Head of Training of the mindfulness teacher training programme, I support trainees to develop and deepen their meditation practice and teaching skills. I also regularly teach Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses in Manchester, and the Health course online.

I had already been meditating for many years when I came across the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course. I was going through a period of emotional pain and anxiety due to family circumstances, and really needed something to help me cope. I found the Breathworks approach transformational, with its combined emphasis on awareness and compassion - it proved a real turning point for me in my mindfulness practice and life more generally.

I have practised and taught meditation for over twenty years. My background includes teaching, retreat leading, writing, youth work and educational programme development. I enjoy working in contexts as varied as community centres, workplaces, festivals, schools, homes and faith communities.

As well as my work in Manchester, I also offer mindfulness courses and events in Cumbria, Northumberland and south Scotland, plus one-to-one mindfulness teaching via phone or Skype. So, if you would like to discuss options about any of these, please do get in touch.


Mj MJ Stephens

I am a Buddhist and have worked at the Manchester Buddhist centre since 1997. During that time I have enjoyed teaching many meditation and Buddhism classes. Hence I have been practicing Mindfulness for over 20 years, as I have very regular meditation practice. I particularly enjoy teaching in group situations and since qualifying with Breathworks as an accredited Mindfulness teacher I have taught many of the Mindfulness for Stress courses.

Over the last 18 months I have seen many people benefit from these course and now have resources to work with their anxiety and stress. As well as being a Mindfulness teacher I am also an Alexander Technique Teacher. I trained in Kendal for 3 years and qualified in 2010. The Alexander Technique, known mostly as a technique to improve posture, is really all about mindfulness and becoming aware of our helpful and unhelpful postural habits. If we can use ourselves well we will function better, so mindfulness of our bodies as well as our minds will lead towards greater well being. So I enjoy using my AT skills combined with the Breathworks material. Its a recipe for success and offers very practical ways forward.


Nichola BarlowNichola Barlow
I attended and 8 week Mindfulness for Health course in September 2014 as chronic pain and fatigue associated with a long term condition was impacting negatively on my life and ability to work. During this 8 weeks I experienced a real and significant change in my relationship with my pain and fatigue. I learned how to listen and respond to what my body is telling me and as a consequence my quality of life has improved immensely.

I am a registered nurse most of my working life has involved responding to the health needs of others with compassion. The next natural step for me was to become a mindfulness teacher. I undertook my teacher training with Breathworks during 2015 attending residential retreats and supporting both Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses.

When I am not teaching mindfulness, I am a senior lecturer in nursing and have undertaken research into nursing, nursing ethics and I am currently working on research into the impact of mindfulness in the work place in collaboration with Breathworks.


Sheila Bayliss 1Sheila Bayliss
Sheila Bayliss was introduced to the Breathworks approach when she attended a Mindfulness for Stress course in 2008. She had struggled with stress and anxiety in the past, and was looking for a way to cope better with a demanding job and personal issues. Learning mindfulness completely transformed her response to difficult experiences.

A few years later she re-trained as a coach, working with individuals to help them reduce stress, and then also completed the Breathworks teacher training. Sheila is passionate about helping others discover the power of mindfulness and self-compassion.

Aswell as delivering Breathworks courses, Sheila runs mindful coaching services via her company Lollipop Wellbeing.


Stanter KandolaStantor Kandola 

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the very young age of 15. The prognosis was not good. Being conscious, being aware and mindful gave me the rest between and during flare ups and surgeries.

I learned how to reframe my life and experiences so that I could understand the role I had played in creating my life. 

Just over ten years ago, I discovered the practice of Mindfulness. The practice became an integral part of my daily life. It calms and anchors my mind through difficult times and allows me to enjoy life in a way I never thought possible. I completed Breathworks teacher training in 2014. 

My knowledge and skills learned over the many years of practice have enabled me to lead mediation classes, pain management programs, Cognitive Behavioural Approaches training and to work successfully with clients with a whole range of health conditions including ME, depression, chronic pain, stress and anxiety. I support people with long term health conditions to self manage and develop a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Further I have undertaken training with renowned psychologist Paul Gilbert in understanding and nurturing our Compassionate Mind.


Dave SpencerDave Spencer

Dave Spencer is a Breathworks Trainer and Associate. He has practised and trained in mindfulness and meditation techniques for over fifteen years. 

As well as his training with Breathworks, Dave has trained in several other mindfulness approaches. He holds a post-graduate certificate with distinction in Studies in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen and is an approved teacher with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations. He has also trained to teach mindfulness with The Mindfulness Association, and is trained and accredited with The Yoga Alliance to teach traditional yoga and meditation.

Dave's teaching is warm and accessible, with a particular focus on acceptance, kindness and compassion. He also teaches very popular independent workshops and courses throughout the UK and Europe.



Keith Harvey 
Keith Harvey

Keith has been meditating for over 15 years and is interested in the secular applications of mindfulness practice for individuals, in the workplace and in schools. He is especially interested in the use of mindfulness to build resilience in the face of life's challenges and as a way of enriching everyday experience – in other words, to counter the damaging and limiting effects of stress, habit and negative patterns of thinking. In recent years Keith has also started to explore the spiritual and creative dimensions of mindfulness. In other areas of work, Keith is a person-centred counsellor and qualified counselling supervisor, with experience of working as a therapist in schools, the NHS, with homeless young people, and with the LGBT community.

Keith is qualified to run the two signature Breathworks courses – Mindfulness for Stress, Mindfulness for Health – but also designs and teaches bespoke mindfulness courses to groups and individuals.



Mark Woodbridge 
Mark Woodbridge

Mark teaches mindfulness near his home in Bramhall South Manchester/ North East Cheshire. 

He has facilitated with the NHS in Stockport & with Stockport Mind. 

He provides 'in house' mindfulness for organisations and their staff.

Mark also facilitates Mindfulness for Stress with Breathworks in Manchester. 

Teaching from the Heart: Compassion Masterclass with Colette Power, Ph.D

Compassion masterclass

"I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness"
Walt Whitman

About

Compassion is one of the most powerful tools we can bring to our practice of mindfulness.

It has the power to transform our relationship to suffering and our understanding of the world.

In this one day masterclass we'll be deepening our understanding of compassion and taking a closer look at some of the obstacles to being kinder towards ourselves and others. We’ll also explore some of the challenges that may arise when we practice compassion and when we teach compassion skills to others. We’ll practice together the four compassion-based meditations delivered on the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course, and through them explore four aspects of kindly awareness; loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.

This class is suitable for those wishing to enquire more deeply into the possibilities of compassion-based approaches, and for those whose personal or mindfulness-based teaching includes a significant emphasis on kindness and compassion.

What's Included

As well as the masterclass content delivered throughout the day, lunch and refreshments are also included in the price.  Certificate of attendance with 7 hours CPD will be available on request.

When

Sunday 13th May 2018,

9:30am - 10am Registration and refreshments.

10am - 4.30pm Masterclass

(lunchbreak 12.30-1.30pm, afternoon refreshments 3pm)

 

Location

Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Manchester
M4 1DZ

Cost

£100 including lunch and refreshments.
There are a limited number of concessionary places at £60, which are available to people in financial hardship. As a guide we suggest this applies to people with an income of £17,000 per year or less.

One place remaining, please email karen.levin@breathworks.co.uk to request it.  This page will be updated as soon as possible after the last place has been taken.

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Colette PowerColette Power Breathworks Compassion Masterclass

I'm a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher/supervisor and a guest MSC teacher for the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP). I trained to teach Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, Kristy Arbon and Michelle Becker in 2014. I deliver the MSC Course in 8 week and Intensive formats and I lead silent MSC retreats.

I’ve been teaching mindfulness-based courses since 2011. I trained with Vidyamala Burch and I’m a senior Breathworks Mindfulness teacher/trainer. I trained to teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with Rebecca Crane & Sarah Silverton. I deliver training across a range of sectors including education, health and business, also working with people on a one-to-one basis using mindfulness, self-compassion and enquiry skills. I’m an experienced retreat leader and offer meditation and mindfulness-based retreats in the UK and Europe.

I hold a doctorate from The University of Liverpool School of Sociology and Social Policy and have lectured in sociology, research methodology and women's and gender studies. I have also worked as a social researcher commissioned by the National Health Service. I am a qualified person-centred counsellor and have worked with people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, low self-esteem and depression. I also taught counselling skills in Liverpool for many years.

 

London Mindfulness Teachers


Mindfulness London Teacher Singhashri Gazmuri

Singhashri Gazmuri, Programme Director & Senior Trainer, Breathworks

I have been a devoted mindfulness and meditation practitioner for over 15 years. My professional background includes youth work, strategic planning, change management, and teaching and training programme development. I have been working as programme director at Breathworks for the past three years, delighting in the opportunity to use my experience and skills to help grow and develop Breathworks. My favourite part of the job is supporting students in the training programme to bring more and more of themselves into their mindfulness practice and teaching. I believe that all people, given the right conditions and supports, can learn to thrive.


  London Mindfulness Tacher Bodhilila - Breathworks

Bodhilila has been meditating and practising mindfulness for 27 years. She is a fully accredited Breathworks mindfulness trainer as well as a qualified counsellor, teacher and massage therapist. She worked for many years as a classical musician and more recently worked as a nursery manager. Since January 2012 she has worked at the West London Buddhist Centre where she teaches meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism and helps to run the centre. She regularly leads retreats for the WLBC and at Taraloka womens retreat centre.

 


 Mindfulness London Teacher Pasqual - BreathworksPascual Quiles: My first contact with a Breathworks course was in Spain in 2012 and immediately became excited about it, due to the potential mindfulness has to help me develop as an individual. After, I started working with Dharmakirti at Respiravida-Breathworks and enrolled in the Teacher Training Programme which I finished in the UK in 2014.I feel privileged to have helped run these courses that benefit so many people and improve their lives. Since 2014 I have been facilitating courses at the West London Buddhist Centre and in Valencia. I have also participated in several workshops for palliative caring in Spain & Slovakia, as well as working as a PA to people suffering from MS and chronic pain in London.


Mindfulness London Teacher Mariangela - BreathworksMariangela Towner has been meditating for 40 years. She has an MA in Fine Art and many years 

experience teaching art to adults and young people. She has applied mindfulness techniques to her art teaching and personal art practice.

As the mother of two adult children she is aware of and particularly interested in how the individual benefits of mindfulness practice extend into family life and relationships in general.
Mariangela is an accredited mindfulness teacher with Breathworks and now teaches MFS and MFH courses at the West London Buddhist Centre.


Mindfulness London Teacher Tina Stallard  Tina Stallard is an accredited mindfulness teacher.  She trained with Breathworks and has carried out additional training with Bangor University and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  She teaches Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses and is also a qualified yoga teacher.  She has a deeply rooted meditation practice and attends meditation retreats and courses regularly.  Tina’s teaching is based on strong communication skills, which she developed during a twenty-year career as a television journalist and filmmaker at the BBC, and at City University as a lecturer in broadcast journalism.  Her work has given her a deep insight into the stress and challenges people can face both in the workplace and at home, and how mindfulness can help.            


Mindfulness London Teacher Sophie Matthew - Breathworks Sophie Matthew: I am an accredited Mindfulness teacher with Breathworks and very much enjoy teaching both Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses. I have had a strong personal meditation practice since 2011 and attend regular retreats.

I live with chronic pain and found the Breathworks approach to be transformative in my own life. I have seen the huge benefits that it brings to both pain and stress and I am, therefore, really delighted to be able to share it with others. I worked in the charity sector (largely homelessness) before focussing on training in and teaching mindfulness. I am also interested in how mindfulness can help with parenting, from pregnancy to teenagers.

Like all Breathworks teachers I adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers Good Practice Guidelines and am committed to keeping my training up to date. I also teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses and am currently doing a Masters in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research at Bangor University. I am also a qualified teacher with the Mindfulness in Schools Project.


Mindfulness London Teacher Karen Liebenguth - BreathworksKaren Liebenguth is an accredited Mindfulness teacher. She has trained with Breathworks and teaches 8-week Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses. She has been practicing mindfulness and mindfulness meditation for nine years and feels passionate about helping others experience the benefits of a mindfulness practice. Karen is also a qualified Life Coach, a certified Myers Briggs Personality Type (MBTI) facilitator and Focusing Practitioner.

She set up her own livelihood Green Space Coaching & Mindfulness in 2008 and has been offering coaching to private and organisational clients to foster personal development and wellbeing. Karen specialises in 'coaching while walking' in London's parks and green space because she believes that it is in nature where insight, change and creativity can happen most naturally.
In more recent years she has been developing and offering tailored mindfulness workshops and courses for the workplace to help employees better deal with stress and anxiety. Karen is a member of the UK Association for Coaching and Breathworks-Mindfulness UK.


Image of Benedict Hoff - Breathworks Accredited TeacherBen Hoff: I started practising mindfulness meditation around 15 years ago but only discovered the Breathworks approach when I suffered a severe relapse of M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2012 which left me bed/wheelchair-bound and in need of full-time care. Whilst there were many aspects to my recovery, this model of mindfulness was one of the most important and it continues to support me in staying well.

I felt inspired to train as a Breathworks teacher so I could share the practice with other people suffering from stress, pain and chronic health conditions, and so my teaching very much comes from the heart.

Earlier this year I set up Hackney Mindfulness with the aim of providing low-cost Breathworks courses to the diverse communities of Hackney and I have recently taken up an honorary researcher position within the Department of Geography at Sheffield University where I’m researching on mindfulness, curiosity and urban space.

In my other ‘lives’ I work as a health trainer with SPECTRA, and volunteer as a trainee integrative therapist at the West London Centre for Counselling.

Image of Donna Brown - Breathworks Accredited TeacherDonna Brown: I started practising mindfulness in 2008 having been introduced to it when I was suffering with Stress and Anxiety in the work environment; the stress led to physical ill-health and pain. I believe that had I known about mindfulness earlier I wouldn't have become ill.

Having experienced first-hand the benefits of mindfulness in reducing the mental and physical effects of stress, I decided to train as a mindfulness teacher. Mindfulness helps you to handle anxiety and pain much better and feel more confident in stressful situations. All the benefits that you have read about mindfulness are true - I can attest to that - that's why I am passionate about teaching and sharing this knowledge.

I trained as a mindfulness teacher with Breathworks and have subsequently completed training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive therapy with Bangor University and a Masters Mindfulness class with Oxford University.

I run courses around the tri-counties area of East Berkshire, North Hampshire and West Surrey (Camberley, Farnham, Yateley, Aldershot, Crowthorne etc.) and via Skype. If you would like to know more then please visit my website at mindfully-aware.com.

Image of Katy Owen - Breathworks Accredited TeacherAlongside her day job, Katy Owen has been promoting the benefits of mindfulness to hundreds of staff across the civil service since 2014 and became an accredited mindfulness teacher with Breathworks in 2015.  
 
 
 

 
 

Image of Sarah Campbell - Breathworks Accredited TeacherSarah Campbell
has benefitted hugely from practicing meditation and mindfulness for over 12 years, and enjoys supporting others to learn these skills. In the last few years, she has taught mindfulness to over 400 people through leading retreats, courses, workshops and classes.

She holds degrees in Literature and Anthropology, and is particularly interested in the role the imagination can play in helping us to engage creatively with our felt experience.

Sarah has considerable experience of working with vulnerable people; her background is in research and political advocacy for women's rights, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants.

Mindfulness and Compassion for Health - One Day Masterclass with Vidyamala & Sona

Vidyamala Burch One Day Mindfulness and Compassion Masterclass

About

Immerse yourself in the main elements of Breathworks mindfulness-based approaches to managing pain, illness and stress.

Vidyamala and Sona, two of the founders ofVidyamala and Sona 1 Breathworks, will share their up-to-date thinking on the distinctive elements of the Breathworks approach, such as the importance of a systematic approach to mindfulness in daily life, breath-based mindful movement, and the core theory of the Breathworks approach: learning to distinguish between primary suffering or experience (the basic unpleasant sensations in the body) and secondary suffering (the myriad ways we react to primary suffering mentally, emotionally and physically).

We’ll do a deep dive into the fundamental cause of secondary suffering - resistance to unpleasant experience; and explore how using mindfulness to soften resistance can support us to accept primary suffering and reduce and/or overcome secondary suffering.

The day will include a mix of theory and practice, so please wear loose comfortable clothing.

Who is this event for?

The masterclass is suitable for people coming for their own personal benefit, Health professionals and others who wish to incorporate mindfulness and compassion into their work with others, and mindfulness teachers and trainers.

Mindfulness teachers and practitioners are also welcome to use this as a CPD opportunity in order to look at different ways to deliver mindfulness (Certificate of attendance with 6 hours CPD will be available on request).

What Will Be Taught?

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Over the day you’ll be introduced to mindfulness and compassion practices as well as learning about some of the distinctive Breathworks elements such as the importance of a very systematic approach to mindfulness in daily life and breath-based mindful movement.

What's Included

As well as the masterclass content delivered throughout the day, a vegetarian lunch and refreshments are also included in the price.  Please do let us know of any dietary requirements when you book.   Certificate of attendance with 6 hours CPD will be available on request.

What to bring

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing for mindful movement and meditation.

Where

London 

Venue and Cost to be announced - please register your interest to receive updates about this event.

When

Friday November 9th

The event will be followed by a Breathworks Practice Day on Saturday November 10th and then Breathworks Teachers Gathering on November 11th. Come to one, two or all three days for a weekend of CPD.

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Vidyamala Burch 

Vidyamala masterclass

After injuring her spine and having surgeries in her teens, Vidyamala discovered meditation when she was twenty-five, when she was taught a visualization exercise by a hospital chaplain. This stimulated a great curiosity about the power of the mind and heart as a tool she could harness to help her rehabilitate herself and create a rich and fulfilling life despite on-going pain and disability. She has spent the next thirty years following this deep curiosity; and mindfulness and compassion - or kindly awareness - have emerged as central to this quest. She moved from NZ to the UK in 1990 and spent five years living in a Buddhist retreat centre gaining intensive experience of mindfulness and meditation.

After settling in Manchester, in 2000 she received a grant from the Millennium Commission to develop mindfulness-based courses for others living with pain and illness. This formed the basis for Breathworks, established as a Community Interest Company in 2004. There are now over 336 Breathworks’ trainers in over 24 countries.

Vidyamala has written three books: “Living well with Pain and Illness – the mindful way to free yourself from suffering”; “Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being” which won First Prize in the BMA Book awards in 2015; and “Mindfulness for Women – De-clutter your mind, simplify your life and find time to ‘be’.
Vidyamala trains regularly in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.


Sona Fricker

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Sona has practised and taught mindfulness, meditation and related disciplines around the world for over thirty-five years in a number of roles. He is one of the founders of Breathworks and regularly leads retreats and training courses in the UK and internationally. He currently works as one of Breathworks directors, a senior trainer, and certified teacher.


Breathworks Social Value

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For every £1 invested in a Breathworks course there were wider savings to the public purse of at least £5.76 in reduced costs to public services, including reduced A&E visits, reduced GP visits and reduced use of medication.

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