Masterclass - The Science of Chronic Pain and the Nervous System

Science of Pain Masterclass Header Image Vidyamala Julia Morris

For Breathworks Teachers and Students: This event is followed by the Breathworks Teachers Gathering - Book both together using the form below and join us for both days!



Vidyamala and Dr Julia Morris are teaming up to offer this masterclass that will look at the latest science and theory around pain and how the neuro-immune-endocrine systems plays a crucial role in pain production.

Julia is Consultant physiotherapist at Jersey’s Pain Clinic who is trained in the approach of Lorimer Moseley PhD - a world leader in pain studies and the role of the brain and mind in perception.

During the day Julia will introduce the latest thinking about pain and Vidyamala will show how mindfulness can help to calm the central nervous system, positively impacting pain perception by turning down the amplification that can occur when the CNS is sensitised.

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, 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 Will Be Taught?

Mindfulness for Health Book and Award Image

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. 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.

When & Where


Thursday 28th March 10am - 4:30pm

Redbank House
4 St. Chad's Street
M8 8QA



Full Price: £150

Concessionary: £120

Book My Place

Take a look at our other upcoming Masterclass with Vidyamala here. 

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.

Julia Morris

I originally graduated in 2001 from Bangor University in Sport & Exercise Science and Psychology developing a particular interest in the negative experiences of non-exercisers when attempting to start new exercise routines (why do some people struggle/suffer more than others). Circumstances brought me home to Jersey and I initially found work in Jersey’s finance sector. I returned to study in 1999 and graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2001 with an MSc in Rehabilitation Science and started work as a Chartered Physiotherapist; securing a full-time role within a Pain Service in 2002. For the last 17 years I have worked clinically with clients for whom prolonged, intense and debilitating pain is a daily reality. This has been a challenging, humbling and inspiring journey for me as a clinician and as a person who has also struggled with pain for more than 35 years.

My clinical work but also personal experience spurred me on to research within my field of expertise and I completed by Doctoral Studies in 2010 with Leicester University.

Within our clinic we work within a “Knowledge, skills & confidence” framework. Helping patients, their families and carers understand the complexity of how and why the body produces pain and how this can become pathological. We have been working with Professor Lorimer Moseley’s Explain Pain work for more than a decade and have seen the impact that the appropriate provision of high quality information relating to persistent and problematic pain can have on sufferers. We compliment this with skills development to alter longstanding negative responses and reactions thereby disrupting dysfunctional neurotags (unique neurological defensive response patterns – such as pain). The introduction of Mindfulness based approaches by Dr Alessio Agostinis (Breathworks teacher and facilitator) has complimented and transformed our clinical work and so I’m really excited to be supporting Vidyamala in this workshop combining both pain knowledge and in-depth mindfulness skills practice.

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.

Read more 



Please book your place using this form; if you can't see the form below please click here to open it in a new page.


Compassion Masterclass with Colette Power, Ph.D

Untitled design 10


Thursday 14th - Friday 15th February 2019

10am - 4:30 pm (9:30 registration on the first day)
Lunchbreak 12:30 - 1:30pm, afternoon refreshments 3pm


West London Buddhist Centre
Royal Oak House
45a Porchester Road
W2 5DP


Join us for two wonderful days of compassion practice and teaching from Breathworks Teacher and Trainer Colette Power. 

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.

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.


Full price: £225

Concessionary: £190

 Book My Place


 About Colette

Colette 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.

 Book Your Place here:

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat - Everything's Connected

everything's connected.png

Everything's Connected: mindful compassion as a pathway to connecting deeply with ourselves and the world around us

A week of supported meditation and mindfulness practice in a beautiful setting in the Scottish Borders.

When: Sunday 7th April 2019 - Friday 12th April 2019
            Start time: 6pm, End time: 11am

Where: Wiston Lodge, Millrigg Road, Wiston, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML12 6HT

Cost: £675 (£575 concessionary), including £100 deposit
(there is a 10% discount for Breathworks Students and Teachers, and a 50% discount for Associate Teachers)

In this retreat we will explore ways in which our mindfulness practice can enable us to connect to our own experience, to other people and to the world around us, from a place of acceptance, kindness and compassion. Mindful acceptance is not a passive quality, but rather a courageous and creative engagement with whatever is showing up in our experience, whether on an individual or societal level. Kindness brings the quality of warmth without which mindfulness could be just a cool or detached attention. And compassion allows us to become, as it were, a ‘bigger container’, able to hold our suffering and the suffering of others with acceptance and love, opening us to the possibility of taking potentially transformative, compassionate action.

We all have the potential to benefit from these deeply human qualities; if you’re here you’ve probably experienced that for yourself. This retreat aims to provide the conditions for that potential to express itself more fully; a peaceful location, a spacious schedule of practice, time, the support of experienced teachers, and the friendship of the group.

Some meditation and mindful movement teaching sessions will be offered every day to help you take your practice deeper, and otherwise this retreat will mostly be held in silence. The schedule will provide a helpful structure for group practice, but within that, and in your free time, you will be free to follow whatever thread of practice is alive for you.

The retreat includes opportunities to talk to one of the team about your meditation practice.Ginny and Narapa

Retreat Leaders: Ginny and Narapa are two of Breathworks’ most senior teachers, and each has decades of experience of personal practice and teaching mindfulness and compassion to others, as well as a deep appreciation of the potential for these practices to reveal to us our interconnected nature, both with one another and the world around us.


I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.      

- Maya Angelou, Human Family

Book your place now using the link below, and join us!

N.B: Due to the venue there are very few single rooms available.


Book My Place


Programme: A typical day's programme is as follows:

7.00 rise (moving to 6.30 after third day) followed by meditation

9.00 breakfast

10.30 teaching and meditation

12.15 mindful movement

1.00 lunch followed by free time to rest and take walks in the countryside

4.00 meditation reviews either individually or in groups

5.00 meditation

6.00 supper

7.45 meditation

Concessionary Places:

There are a limited number of concessionary places at £575, which are available to people in financial hardship. As a guide we suggest this applies to people with an income of less than £17,000 per year, or less than £20,000 if you live in London. If your annual income is higher than this and would like to discuss your eligibility for a concessionary place for other reasons, please contact us.

If you are a student member of the Breathworks Training Programme or an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness teacher and are interested in attending this retreat, but wouldn't be able to do so because of financial hardship, please contact the office to discuss discount or payment options.

Online Drop-in Events

Breathworks Online drop in events

A supportive online group session to support a regular mindfulness practice

When we first attend a mindfulness course we often experience great benefits, but almost everybody finds that at times they struggle to keep up a regular practice. Life happens! Daily meditation is hard, but it’s frustrating to lose the peace and calm of a practice that you've worked hard on.

Why are we running this event?

We want our 8-week course graduates to be able to maintain the amazing benefits, and over decades of teaching experience, we’ve noticed that a supportive community setting with a good teacher can make a real difference.

What will happen?

  • Guided Meditation Practice
  • Opportunity for Questions and Discussion
  • Guidance on Mindfulness in Daily Life

Try for yourself

If it’s something you think you’d like to be a part of, book onto a one-hour online drop-in session for £5, by filling in the form below, and simply click on the link we'll email to you in order to join the event.

If you don’t work towards a regular practice, it will never happen! Kick-start your mindfulness, feel calmer and happier. Book your place with the form below.

Please note: for this event we will be using an easy-to-use online platform called Zoom. You can access this from your computer, tablet or smartphone. We will send joining information and a link to the Zoom online training space shortly before the event.


Dates & Times:

  • TBCBreathworks Teacher and Programme Director Ginny Wall

Suitable for:

Anyone who has completed a Breathworks eight-week course.

Event leader: Ginny Wall 

Cost: £5

 Book your place using the form below. If you can't see the form please click here.



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 accreditation and ongoing training and development with Breathworks, Dave has trained in several other mindfulness-based approaches. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma 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 is also a fully accredited teacher with The Mindfulness Association, and is trained and accredited with The Yoga Alliance to teach yoga and meditation.

Dave's teaching is warm and accessible, with a particular focus on the practice of acceptance, kindness and self-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.