Join Vidyamala and others from the Breathworks team for a day of connection, practice and learning. These gatherings are an opportunity to come together as a community of committed mindfulness practitioners and teachers, exchange ideas, tips and resources, and hear updates from the Breathworks team. This day is open to all Breathworks Teachers and any students in the Teacher Training Programme.
Breathworks 2-Day Teachers Event
We’ve strategically scheduled these events alongside other events with Vidyalama, so that you can attend them alongside one another.
These events will be preceded by a Masterclass with Vidyamala. Come to one or both days for a weekend of CPD.
We hope you will join us!
What to bring
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing for mindful movement and meditation.
Dates and Locations:
- Friday 29th March 10am - 4:30pm
(preceded by Masterclass with Vidyamala & Dr. Julia Morris - The Science of Chronic Pain and the Nervous System)
4 St. Chad's Street
- Saturday 14th September 10am - 4:30pm
(preceded by Masterclass with Vidyamala)
St. Michael's Hospice
Two-Day Event (Masterclass + Teachers Gathering):
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.
Breathworks Social Value
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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