Led by Vidyamala Burch and Gail Calthrop RGN and Breathworks Practitioner. In this experiential workshop, Vidyamala and Gail will introduce ways mindfulness and compassion can help both staff and patients navigate the subtle and sensitive territory encountered when nearing the end of life.

Gail works full-time as a mindfulness practitioner at St Michael’s hospice in Hereford and has been instrumental in establishing the hospice as a centre of excellence in mindfulness within the end of life care. She will share how mindfulness augments her knowledge as a staff nurse and how she helps patients and families in both one-to-one and through more in-depth mindfulness courses. She will also share how she uses mindfulness to help staff cope with the inevitable pressures of end of life care.

Vidyamala will introduce the core principles of mindfulness and will lead practices that help patients, staff and family members feel more able to cope with difficult decisions and to face whatever arises with equanimity, care and dignity.

The day is suitable for people coming for their own personal benefit as well as health professionals and others who are interested in end of life care.

Who is this event for?

The masterclass is suitable for people coming for their own personal benefit, as well as mindfulness teachers, and others who wish to incorporate mindfulness and compassion into their work with others, including NHS Staff and other Health Professionals.

Mindfulness teachers and practitioners are also welcome to use this as a CPD opportunity in order to look at different ways to deliver mindfulness (a certificate of attendance with 5 hours CPD will be available on request).  

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. A certificate of attendance with 5 hours CPD will be available on request.

What to bring

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

The Masterclass Leaders

Vidyamala Burch
Originally from New Zealand, Vidyamala sustained life-changing spinal injuries in her teens. 35 years ago she started exploring mindfulness and meditation to help her manage her pain and disability and she has been a dedicated practitioner since that time.
In 2001 she started running mindfulness courses and in 2003 co-founded Breathworks, an internationally successful organisation dedicated to offering mindfulness and compassion to people suffering from pain, illness and stress www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk .

Vidyamala’s vision in establishing Breathworks was to translate ancient Buddhist practices into language that is accessible to anyone living with difficult circumstances - regardless of faith, culture or race. Her particular interest is how to work with physical suffering, but her approach can be applied to working with any sort of pain or difficulty. There are now nearly 500 Breathworks teachers in over 35 countries. Vidyamala teaches and speaks internationally. She specializes in mindfulness and compassion retreats and workshops.

She has written several books:

  • The best-selling Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being (with Danny Penman
  • Living well with Pain and Illness – the mindful way to free yourself from suffering
  • Mindfulness for Women - declutter your mind, simplify your life, find time to ‘be’ (with Claire Irvin). www.mindfulness4women.com

She has also published a number of guided meditation CDs and DVDs available at www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk and is featured on several meditation apps.

Gail Calthrop
RGN and Breathworks Mindfulness Practitioner - biography

Gail has been a Palliative Care Staff Nurse working within hospice settings for 25 years and mindfulness became part of her life about 12 years ago. Following being part of mindfulness for stress course at work, Gail began a thought-provoking, re-evaluation of how she was leading her life. She recognised that where she works and the situations she finds herself in, holding and supporting those at end of life, their family, friends and colleagues, is a journey which is often bearing the unbearable.

Learning to be kindly supportive of herself is an integral part of Gail’s daily life. Mindfulness has offered endless kindly ways to help relate helpfully to all that was, and is, happening in her life. Having trained as a Breathworks Teacher, Gail loves sharing mindfulness practices and approaches with all the people she comes into contact with, and finds that fostering these kind and compassionate mindful approaches richly rewarding and fulfilling.  

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