Meet our expert mindfulness associates located throughout the UK and beyond each bringing a broad experience across many sectors and industries.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Allessio - BreathworksAlessio is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow, listed on the Expert Witnesses Directory of the British Psychological Society and registered with the HCPC. He is the founder of UK Jersey-based CTT International, offering professional bespoke psychological services, Court Opinion,  mindfulness and cognitive based therapies and EMDR. He is an adult Dyslexia diagnostic/identification and workplace needs assessor.He is a honorary visiting research fellow at LJMU and employed as the only Consultant Psychologist Lead in Chronic Pain Management, in Jersey.

He is the first Jersey-based mindfulness teacher listed on the UK  Network for Mindfulness Teachers and Breathworks Accredited since 2013. He is now a Breathworks Associate contributing to the training of other teachers. He is also the MD of Jersey International Mindfulness Centre Limited, a mindfulness specialist provider to corporates, legal, banking professionals  and high-performance athletes.

  • Committee Member of Dyslexia Jersey until 2014
  • Committee Member of the Jersey Personal Injury Medicolegal Society (JPIMS) 2009 – 2016
  • President, Jersey Association of Italian Culture (JAIC) 2016 - 2018.

He has provided consultation and expertise on stress in the workplace to UK and local Government agencies and regularly presents at work, research conferences, leadership events and not-for-profit events, as well as contributing to various strategic and organizational change and development initiatives, including  in the UK, UAE, Canada and Italy.

He started off in a working class Italian family, trained as a classical pianist, but then became a chef and subsequently joined the Italian parachute regiment, before moving to the UK (he thought he would stay for three months just to learn English and found love). These days he enjoys spending his spare time low-water fishing and time out at sea in Jersey.

Mindfulness in the workplace associate Alison - BreathworksAlison is an experienced Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher, Accredited since 2011 and a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers.

Alison works for Breathworks as a Senior Trainer, Supervisor and Mentor; involved in training and supporting mindfulness teachers and facilitating meditation retreats.

Alongside this, since 2013 Alison has been running a continuous program of Mindfulness for Health courses in the NHS - helping patients with chronic pain  transform their relationship to pain and suffering.

She has also helped to bring the Breathworks approach to staff in a number of NHS Trusts, including her own where she teaches the Mindfulness for Stress course as part of a workplace wellbeing initiative. She enjoys having such a broad variety of people to work with in this field.

Alison has a particular interest in the area of Compassion, and is also trained to teach the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living , and Mindful Self Compassion courses.

Alison finds her own mindfulness practice invaluable in keeping her balance and perspective in life as an NHS Health Professional and Mother. She believes that we can all weave mindfulness and self/compassion into the busiest of working and family lives.

Alison holds a Bsc. in Psychology with Sociology, a Diploma in Counselling, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy. She has specialised in Community Mental Health.

Amalacitta (Cate) - In 2006 on the advice of her GP Amalacitta Cate Clark  attended a Breathworks course to help manage chronic pain. The course made such a difference to her physical and mental wellbeing that she decided to train with Breathworks a year later. She qualified in 2009 and now works for Breathworks as a Senior Trainer, supervisor and mentor training and supporting mindfulness teachers. She has a wealth of experience working with people with chronic health conditions. Amalacitta says “mindfulness and meditation help me to maintain equilibrium and to live a richer and fuller life”.

Amalacitta originally trained as an artist and educator. Following three years teaching in northern Nigeria, Amalacitta worked in West Yorkshire offering training courses in communication skills for industry and the health service. However her passion for the arts and the environment came to the fore and she worked in this area for 30 years with commissions and training events in the UK and beyond.

Mindfulness workplace associate Andrea - BreathworksAndrea 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 has also done some MBSR training with Mindflow and is a qualified Mindfulness in Schools Instructor ( She teaches for Breathworks and also runs her own mindfulness courses and meditation sessions in Liverpool.

She does have a small private practice but her main focus is on group work and community projects and most of her work over the years has been within support services, adult learning services and the school environment.

She is committed to inspiring, enabling and supporting individuals in taking an active and integrative approach to their wellbeing, encouraging a deep understanding of the connection and relationship between body, mind and spirit and a mindfulness- based approach is now at the heart of all her work.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Andrew - Breathworks Andrew has been practicing mindfulness for 7 years and is the Workplace Policy Lead for the UK Mindful Initiative, set up by Parliament to support the use of mindfulness nationally. Andrew was co-author of ‘Building the case for Mindfulness in the Workplace’ (2017) and is an Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness trainer (July 2018).

Having achieved a law degree, Andrew joined the Civil Service and worked there for nearly 18 years predominantly in project and programme management. Most recently Andrew was the Programme Director of the Building Safety Portfolio (BSP) at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, established following the Grenfell fire tragedy, where he designed the BSP as a ‘mindful programme’. Andrew has also brought Mindfulness into his senior leadership roles at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Transport for London.

An accomplished leader with clear insight into how teams work, Andrew has personal insight into the pressures on top executives and how mindfulness can help teams and team leaders.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Annika - BreathworksAnnika is an experienced mindfulness trainer with a commitment to bringing mindfulness into workplaces. She completed her training in at Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in 2012 and has been teaching mindfulness in general population courses and in busy work places since then.

Annika’s clients have included staff in. schools, local businesses, local councils, police and ambulance services and she provides all aspects of mindfulness programmes from introductory sessions to full courses.

Coupled with her background in project management, further studies in coaching, psychology and, her experience in tailoring mindfulness for individual work place settings, she is an in ideal position to help implement sustainable mindfulness programmes in work places.

Mindfulness in the Workplace associate Ben - Breathworks Benedict is an Associate Mindfulness Teacher with Breathworks and delivers Mindfulness  for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses at the West London Buddhist Centre. He’s also a practicing counsellor and is Clinical Lead for Mental Health for Spectra-London CIC where he heads up a Public Health England-funded mindfulness-based chemsex addiction recovery programme.

Benedict has been practicing mindfulness for nearly 20 years but was drawn to the Breathworks approach during his own journey of recovery from illness and decided to train as a teacher in 2015.  He’s particularly interested in the practice of mindfulness in cities and has recently completed a pilot study at the University of Sheffield into the therapeutic potential of mindful walking in urban environments, to be published in Psychogeography and Psychotherapy (PCCS Books) later this year.

In his spare time, he loves to cook, enjoys sampling (though not always mindfully!) London’s rich and varied cuisine and is a self-confessed film geek.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Carole - BreathworksCarrie has 18 years experience within the Voluntary Sector built through a range  of roles including self-employment as a trainer, consultant and  quality reviewer, being an employee of a charity as well as volunteering.  She has worked with social enterprises, start up community groups, small and large charities as well as support organisations to the voluntary sector and through this delivered hundreds of personal/organisational development courses including mindfulness and resilience as well as peer support programmes and self-management groups within mental health.

With a strong commitment to her own personal development and wellbeing, Carrie knows first hand the effects of stress and anxiety.  Carrie first came to  yoga and meditation when having time away from work in 2001 and through volunteering made a move into the voluntary sector the following year.  People appreciate her honesty and down to earth style, sense of humour and ability to present things in a simple and clear way. 

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Carole - BreathworksCaroline is a free-lance mindfulness trainer with extensive experience of working with teams across the corporate and charitable sectors. She has a degree in Modern Languages and a Masters degree in International Marketing, and trained to teach mindfulness in 2012.

Caroline is also Vice Chair of an Adoption and Fostering panel and works as a volunteer with asylum seekers. She was brought up in France and in the past has worked in Brussels including a stint on the India desk at the European Commission and for several years as an EU researcher and lobbyist both in Brussels and with a large fair trade charity in the UK.

Caroline Raven has been practising mindfulness on a personal level for over 25 years. She is passionate about the field of personal development and in passing on what she has learnt to others.

Caroline teaches mindfulness privately and in corporate settings. Her clients have included Capital One, Experian, Nottinghamshire Police, the British Geological Survey, St Gobain and the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation.

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys coastal walking, yoga and art.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Colette - BreathworksColette has extensive experience in the mindfulness field. She is a mindfulness teacher, trainer and supervisor and certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher (MSc, The Centre for Mindful Self Compassion, in the process of teacher certification.

She delivers stress reduction and resilience training across a range of sectors including education, health and business.

Colette holds a doctorate from the University of Liverpool and is a trained integrative counsellor.

Dave is a Breathworks Trainer and Associate. He has practised and trained in mindfulness and meditation techniques for over fifteen years and has been teaching and delivering mindfulness training since 2013.

As well as his training with Breathworks, Dave 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 yoga and meditation.

As well as his work for Breathworks, Dave is the director of his own successful mindfulness training company, Mindfulness Liverpool, where he regularly delivers training, workshops and courses in many different settings. Dave is also employed by The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to teach mindfulness as part of their student support/counselling team and is a guest lecturer in mindfulness at the University of Liverpool on the clinical psychology program.

Dave's teaching is warm and accessible and he is known for his friendliness and approachability. His skill set and wide range of experience mean he can adapt easily to meet a client’s needs.

Dharmakirti - Mindfulness Associate - BreathworksDharmakirti is a Certified Senior Breathworks Teacher Trainer, Supervisor and Associate with extensive experience of mindfulness and compassion practice and teaching and is the founder and director of "Respira Vida Breathworks" based in Spain. 

He has a Master Degree in mindfulness, Faculty of Medicine of the Zaragoza University and is a certified Ontologic Coach.

He teaches the module of "Mindfulness for Health (Mindfulness-based Pain Management) in the Masters Degree course for the Faculty of Medicine of the Zaragoza University.

In collaboration with CMRP Bangor University and Breathworks CIC, he teaches the MBPM module for the Third Wave Generation Therapies Post Graduate Training at the Portuguese Institute of Psychology.

Dharmakirti has trained with Breathworks since 2007. He has taught the standard 8 week MBPM programme all over the world, led health professionals workshops and teacher training retreats during the last 13 years to hundreds of people in Spain, England, Portugal, México, Brasil and Argentina. So far he has trained nearly a hundred MBPM teachers in Latin America.

He played a key role, together with other organisations, in developing the pioneering "Red Española de Programas Estandarizados de Mindfulness and Compasión" (equivalent to the UK Network of Mindfulness-based teacher Training Organisations/BAMBA). He is also co-founder of the Meditation and Science Association.

Dharmakirti has been practicing Mindfulness and compassion on a daily basis since 2001, and he is an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, an international network dedicated to communicating Buddhist values in ways appropriate to the modern world.

He revised the translation into Spanish language of both Vidyamala's books "Mindfulness for Health" and "Living Well with Pain and Illness". And has co-led retreats and events with Vidyamala and Sona in Spain.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Debbie - BreathworksDebbie is a qualified Breathworks teacher with particular interest and skills in the use of mindfulness techniques in patients with chronic dizziness. She has designed and delivered bespoke courses and support groups (based around the Breathworks model) to this group.

She is also interested in the use of mindfulness techniques in clinical leadership, leading sessions on this, and the use of mindfulness to help support the well-being of students and all hospital staff.

Debbie is senior clinical scientist in the NHS specialising in the testing and treatment of vestibular (inner ear balance organ) disorders. She also lectures on these subjects at Manchester University.

Donna is a Breathworks Associate, Supervisor and Teacher and has been practising mindfulness since 2008.  She has an MBA and previously worked as a Senior Executive and held various Director roles.

It was whilst in these positions that she experienced both the physical and mental effects of severe stress, anxiety, and mild depression.  This experience, along with the benefits that mindfulness can bring, and her knowledge of mental health – puts her in a unique position to help individuals to improve their own wellbeing.

She completed a MBSR course with Bangor University and went on to be trained as a teacher with Breathworks - teaching and delivering mindfulness training since 2014. Continuous Professional Development includes MBCT- cancer with Bangor University; MBCT-L with Oxford Mindfulness Centre and as a Mindfulness Teacher Supervisor with Centre and Mindfulness Network CIC.

She is a qualified Mental Health First Aid (England) Instructor; volunteers with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS trust Recovery College delivering both mindfulness and various mental health courses; and volunteers on the SHOUT crisis text line.

As well as teaching for Breathworks, Donna is the director of her own successful Mindfulness and Mental Health First Aid training company, Mindfully Aware Ltd, delivering workshops and courses in various settings; Adult Learning centres, Workplaces, face-to-face and online (in groups and one-to-one sessions).

In addition to delivering the standard 8-week courses, using her experience, she has designed and successfully delivers a course for Children and Parents to learn mindfulness together.

Donna is a registered Mindfulness Teacher with British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) and the Mental Health Foundation.

She is committed to educating and supporting individuals in how to take an active role with improving and managing their mental health by encouraging a deep understanding of the connection and relationship between the mind and the body. 

Fidelma became accredited with Breathworks as a mindfulness trainer in 2008 and as an Associate Trainer in 2013. As well as teaching Breathworks Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses and workshops for the general public and a variety of groups and organisations, including M.S. Ireland, the Irish Heart Foundation, staff at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and students at University College Dublin. She is a regular teacher of the Mindfulness for Health on-line course. She is a mentor for trainees as they go through their mindfulness teacher training with Breathworks. She also contributes to the teacher training programme, and she set up and ran the first Breathworks teacher training programme in Ireland in 2016.

Having worked as a university lecturer prior to becoming a mindfulness teacher, Fidelma is an excellent communicator and group facilitator. She became an accredited coach in 2016 and finds that her mindfulness and coaching practices inform each other in productive and meaningful ways.

Fidelma has a long-standing meditation and mindfulness practice, which continues to ground and sustain her. Her teaching is inspired by the desire to give others the opportunity to enhance their own health and happiness through mindfulness practices.

She has a particular interest in mindful eating and in the Kindly Awareness meditation practice, and has devised courses and workshops on these topics. She especially enjoys teaching mindfulness on a one-to-one basis, both in person and on-line. She lives in Co. Wicklow in Ireland with her husband and young son, enjoys walking and reading and is starting to discover the pleasures of gardening.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Heather - BreathworksHeather has worked with young children and those who teach them for decades, having progressed to the headship of a primary school before entering university-based teacher training. Over this time I have come to understand that what enables teachers to thrive in the profession is not just extensive subject and pedagogical knowledge but the ability to be “bomb-proof”; it was the examination of exactly what this term means that led to my own journey in mindfulness and to specialise in educational settings, following my training with Breathworks.   

Positive wellbeing, for me, starts in childhood; in the application of this principle to practice I have gained the qualification to teach mindfulness to children aged 7-11 from the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Lately, my work with teachers and their children has led to much success in the delivery of a mindfulness project with primary and secondary schools in a city located in the north of England.

Living in a multigenerational family, with 2 working dogs, in the heart of a rural county, means that my own mindfulness practice has become my daily, lived, experience. Weekly attendance at my meditation group sessions and commitment to their regular retreats supplement this, as does much reading and personal research; the work of Jack Kornfield provides regular inspiration for me.

Mindfulness Associate - Ingrid Van de Hout - BreathworksIngrid - based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - is trained as MBSR, MBCT and Breathworks teacher and acts as MBI teacher, supervisor and teacher-trainer. Because of her  study of the Science of Human Movement, she is interested in the dynamic interaction of body and mind. She works as a body-oriented psychotherapist in mental health care, where she currently teaches all three MBI-programs.

She has a background in the martial arts (Aikido) and became a practitioner of Vipassana in 2001. She trained as an MBSR teacher at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) in the U.S.  in 2004 and 2005. Continuing her development as an MBCT teacher, she participated in the Advanced-Training for MBCT offered by the University of Bangor in 2008. Since 2006 she has been on the faculty of the Dutch Institute for Mindfulness as teacher-trainer. 

Her involvement in psychosomatics led her to train as Breathworks teacher, completed in 2013. She has been and still is deeply touched by the compassionate nature of the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course. She completed her formal training as a supervisor at the British Centre for Supervision and Team Development in 2013. Currently she serves as senior teacher-trainer and coordinator of the international Institute of Mindfulness-Based Approaches, founded by Linda Lehrhaupt.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Jo - BreathworksJo has worked as a clinical psychologist since qualifying from her post-graduate training in 1994.  She has held a number of positions in child and family mental health services, learning disabilities and neuropsychology within NHS Trusts in Oxfordshire, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and has specialised in physical disability in young adults for the last 9 years.  She has extensive experience in applying an integrated approach to ensure that psychological therapy is tailored to individual need.

Jo’s introduction to mindfulness was initially through her current role – she was keen to explore how ‘third wave’ psychotherapeutic interventions could be integrated into her work.  Within half an hour of her first Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week course, she had an “Aha!” moment realising how enriching and transformative mindfulness could be in her personal, as well as professional, life. 

Jo is now a fully accredited Mindfulness for Health and Stress teacher, having trained with ‘Breathworks’. She is particularly interested in delivering mindfulness courses to staff working within the care sector. Jo brings a down to earth, humorous and inclusive approach to teaching mindfulness.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Julia - BreathworksJulia is an Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher and Psychotherapist (MBACP Accred). She specialises in working with people who suffer with chronic pain and illness, as well as long-term stress and disordered eating.

She chose to train with Breathworks Mindfulness while searching for some relief to her ongoing battle with back pain and migraines and found this approach of tremendous, life-changing benefit.

Julia runs two Mindfulness Meditation Groups and regular Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses in East Sussex and Kent, and also works extensively with individuals and couples, where a more personalised approach can be offered.

She creates a welcoming, supportive and encouraging environment where anyone new to mindfulness can explore, learn and develop. She’s also available for corporate and business training for ethical organisations.

Julia is a registered Mindfulness Teacher with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations and the Mental Health Foundation.

"I am constantly inspired by new discoveries and the richness that mindfulness brings to our lives and feel truly privileged to have been a part of some amazing life journeys that have been shared with me by others -  to whom I have been fortunate enough to pass on my learning.” - Julia

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Karen - BreathworksKaren is an accredited mindfulness teacher, certified coach and MBTI facilitator. 

Karen offers tailored mindfulness programs for the workplace as well as retreat days in nature. 

She specialises in ‘coaching while walking’ in natural settings tapping into the beneficial impact nature has on our psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Karen set up Green Space Coaching & Mindfulness in 2008 to foster personal and professional development, self-leadership and mental resilience.

Karen is an accredited and associate mindfulness trainer with Breathworks UK and a member of the Association of Coaching.

Karen has worked with Kew Gardens, The Royal Town Planning Institute, Trades Union Congress (TUC), K Benchmark, Adam & Eve Communications, Here East and others. 

Keith Harvey - Breathworks Mindfulness AssociateKeith has over 25 years experience working in education (schools and higher education) and the third sector, designing, delivering and managing courses and services – especially in early intervention and mental health. He is an accredited mindfulness teacher for adults with Breathworks as well as a trained Mindfulness in Schools Project teacher for children and staff, specialising in the primary sector. He is a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers.

Keith also has an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in translation studies from the University of Manchester, and is a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and a qualified counselling supervisor. He runs a private practice as a therapist and supervisor.

Keith’s current professional areas of focus include the potential of mindfulness for effecting organisational and systemic change, for enhancing resilience in marginalised and stigmatised communities (especially LGBT), and also for developing spiritual awareness.

Keith lived in France for many years and speaks French. Among his passions, gardening and listening to music take up excessive amounts of time.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Kelly - BreathworksKelly has 20 years experience of working in the private sector and has worked with hundreds of organisations nationally providing them with training and learning solutions to help develop individuals and teams.  Kelly has gained significant experience in learning and development, organisational development, coaching and employee engagement.

By her own admission she is a bit of a course junkie and loves learning news skills and knowledge that can be applied in her training delivery.  She is highly qualified and is currently working towards her Msc in Strategic Management and Organisational Development.

Kelly specialises in delivering leadership/management, coaching techniques, personal resilience training and mindfulness.  She is linked to a number of different organisations and is working with a North East based Housing Association part time to help provide employee engagement solutions and training and to help implement new initiatives to help promote a positive workplace culture. 

She works as a Volunteer Co-ordinator for Engage for Success and works as part of a team to help provide employee engagement initiatives nationally.  Kelly also works as a consultant and facilitator for a number of organisations in private, public and charitable sector providing training and learning/development solutions. 

Kelly is a Mum to two boys and lives with her husband and family in the North East of England. She loves to travel as often as she can and she's passionate about helping others. 

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Louise - BreathworksLouise is a clinical psychologist, who has worked extensively in primary and secondary mental health care services, and now works in a busy NHS hospital, supporting patients living with chronic health problems and going through complex surgery.

For the past 10 years, Louise has developed an interest, and strong expertise in, mindfulness and acceptance based approaches.  She is a qualified mindfulness practitioner and Associate with Breathworks, who deliver mindfulness training and courses.  She has experience delivering mindfulness courses and individually, to people living with chronic pain and illness, stress, and also to people in the workplace.  Louise is also experienced in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and also Compassion Focused Therapy, and has delivers training in this to other professionals.  She has also delivered ‘ACT in the Workplace’ groups to staff in NHS and educational settings.

For the past 3 years Louise has joined with her sister Rachael, to form InTwoMinds.  Together they have run courses for teachers, using both ACT and mindfulness.  The aim is that participants find ways of incorporating these skills into both their own lives, and into the wider school programme.  They also give talks to parents and educational groups, run inset days, and lead sessions with children in the classroom.

Louise has 3 children, who remain her priority - even more so as they begin to flee the nest.  She enjoys year round outdoor swimming, taking her dog on long walks, singing in a community choir, and making things for people.

Mindfulness in the workplace associate MJ - BreathworksMJ has been accredited with Breathworks as a mindfulness trainer for six years, where he has taught many of the MfS and MfH courses locally in Manchester. He has been a practising Buddhist for many and worked at the Manchester Buddhist Centre since 1997. He has taught many meditation and Buddhism courses and has a regular meditation practice.

In 2010 he qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher. This technique is well known for posture and about bringing our awareness to our habits both helpful and unhelpful ones. With greater awareness, or mindfulness of our day-to-day activity, we see how our bodies affect our thoughts and vice versa. So he enjoys using his AT skills combined with the Breathworks material, especially with its emphasis on mindful movement and Mindfulness in Daily Action.

Mj has worked with the NHS, it's Graduate Leadership Academy, staff at various trusts and a variety of healthcare professionals. Other clients have included the Royal Northern College of Music, Nando’s management team, Havas Lynx, Autotrader Companies and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

As part of the senior training team Mj is frequently involved in the BW training retreats, supervision of practice courses and one-to-one supervision.

Rohini - Breathworks AssociateRohini is a mindfulness meditation teacher who offers ‘Mindfulness for Health’ and ‘Mindfulness for Stress’ courses – both face-to-face and online (in groups as well as one-to-one sessions).

Growing up in India, she was introduced to yoga, meditation and sound from a very young age. Having personally experienced the benefits of meditation practice over the years, it has not been surprising for her to read the recent scientific evidence ratifying the positive impact that meditation has towards physical, mental and emotional well-being. When she came across Breathworks, she fell in love with this approach, which she has found to be simple, yet making a profound difference to the participant’s lives.

She has been practising and teaching various well-being modalities for about fifteen years – yoga, meditation, coaching, professional relaxation, lifestyle enhancement. Her background also includes working in pharmaceutical and educational sectors. She is highly qualified – holds a degree in Pharmacy, an MBA as well as a PhD. Having been involved in teaching and researching at several Universities (India and UK) for over twenty years with a global student base (ranging from 18 to 68 years of age) – both face to face and online, she finds herself easily connecting with people from diverse backgrounds as well as enjoying working in varied contexts.

She is accredited by Breathworks and listed on the UK Mindfulness Network as well as on the Be Mindful register. As a Breathworks Associate, she teaches online courses on their behalf for a global audience.

Stemming from her own deep personal practice, she firmly believes that inner well-being is fundamental to a joyful human existence.  

Singhashri has been a devoted mindfulness practitioner for 20 years, teaching in formal and informal settings for over 10 years, and training and supervising mindfulness teachers over the past 7 years. Her professional background includes youth work, organisational leadership and development, particularly in the charity and higher education sectors, and teaching and training programme development. Between 2012 and 2019 she held a number of roles at Breathworks including training manager, head of programmes and head of innovations. She currently works as a senior associate.

Singhashri delights in the opportunity to use her experience and skills to help grow and develop Breathworks. Her favourite part of the job is supporting students in the training programme and accredited teachers to bring more and more of themselves into their mindfulness practice and teaching. She was also a key contributor to the early stages of developing the workplace programme.

Singhashri is also on the executive committee of the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches, the UK's leading organisation in ensuring high quality standards in mindfulness teaching, training and supervision. 

She believes that all people, given the right conditions and supports, can learn to thrive.

Mindfulness in the Workplace associate Sophie - BreathworksSophie has worked as a mindfulness teacher since 2015. She currently leads mindfulness courses, workshops and retreat days in London and Kent.

Sophie is an Associate Teacher and Supervisor for Breathworks, and teaches both Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health courses. She is also a Breathworks trainer for mindfulness in the workplace and for health professionals. Sophie is also teaches MBSR, MBCT and MBCT for Life and is qualified to teach the Mindfulness for Schools Foundations Programme and the Nurturing Parents: Mindfulness Based Wellbeing for Parents Programme.

Sophie has had a personal mindfulness practice for the past 9 years. She is currently completing a Masters in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches at the University of Bangor by writing an MA thesis on Mindfulness for Parents of Teenagers, something that has become very relevant in her own life! Sophie also lives with a painful, chronic health condition and has found mindfulness to be indispensable in relation to this, as well as in every other aspect of her life.

Sophie is a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers and adheres to their standards of good practice.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Stanter - BreathworksStanter was diagnosed with severe Rheumatoid arthritis in her teens and was told that she would end up in a wheelchair.  Instead, she embarked upon a journey of self-discovery and is now a freelance mindfulness teacher and coach, delivering mindfulness workshops and courses across Yorkshire and is founder of ‘Open Mind’

For the last 29 years, Stanter has embraced a holistic approach to her health and wellbeing, exploring different ideas and techniques from established teachers such as Tara Brach and Ken Wilber, incorporating their teachings into her daily life.  She also discovered the practice of mindfulness.

An experienced and qualified manager, adept at coaching and training delivery, Stanter holds a BA in Social Anthropology (School of African and Oriental Studies University of London, 1997) and is a fully Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness teacher (2014).  In 2017 she trained with the ‘Mindfulness in Schools Project’ qualifying to deliver their ten-week Dot B programme to children. Stanter played a leading part in developing a pain clinic in West Yorkshire, which was nominated for an outstanding performance award at national level.

Stanter has delivered mindfulness sessions – either one-to-one bespoke sessions or group workshops – to local government; NHS staff; fostering services; Neurological Centre, Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Survivors services.  She is experienced in working with complex clients suffering from long-term health and mental health conditions, and trauma including Manchester Bombing victims. 

Stanter has defied her original prognosis.  She has walked on hot coals, lived on the River Ganges, meditated in the desert and by the ocean. She lives life to the full.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Steve Smith - BreathworksSteve is a freelance Mindfulness Teacher and Teacher Trainer.

Steve's first experience of mindfulness and meditation came over twenty five years ago.  He is now a qualified Mindfulness in Schools (MiSP)  teacher, one of the core teacher training team at Breathworks and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-based Approaches from Bangor University.

With over thirty years’ experience as a trainer, instructor and facilitator, Steve has worked extensively in the field of personal development, counselling, delivering individual coaching, group courses and workshops in the public and private sector in both the UK and abroad.

Steve has taught mindfulness in a number of organisations, including Enterprise Car Hire, Winchester University and Stannah.  He also delivers Mindfulness within public and private education including the King Edwards School.

In his spare time Steve enjoys living in the New Forest and writing/performing music.

Taravandana Lupson Breathworks AssociateTaravandana brings a wealth of experience and skills founded upon a combination of 35 years of experience within the NHS as a clinician (allied health professional), senior manager and organisational development lead in a range of NHS organisations including acute, strategic health authority and clinical networks.  She has led on a number of regional and local consultancy assignments and since 2008 has run her own business. She has been practising and teaching Mindfulness for 30 years and is an Accredited Mindfulness Trainer


Taravandana has practised and taught Mindfulness within the Buddhist tradition since 1988 including through leading retreats. She is passionate to pass on the benefits she has personally experienced with others especially those who work in stressful jobs doing their best to make the world a better place. Her clients The Kings Fund, NHS Senior leaders and clinicians, front line staff and teams


Taravandana has proven ability in a range of developmental approaches including mindfulness and resilience, coaching, mentoring, action learning, facilitation, change management, leadership and organisational development.

Her clients include:

The Kings Fund, Novum Coaching, NW Employers, Salford City Council, Health Education England, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust,  Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, NHS NW R&D Network, NHS NW Leadership Academy, NW R&D Team, Preston and Chorley CCG, NW Dental Deanery and Post Graduate Medical Deanery, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Solutions PT Ltd, Torus Housing Group, New Charter Housing, Manchester Buddhist Centre, Taraloka Retreat Centre.


Taravandana has been coaching and mentoring since 2002. She combines empathy and support with constructive challenge to enable individuals to bring about change, maximize their contribution and increase their level of fulfilment. She uses a range of tools including mindfulness, appreciative inquiry, emotional intelligence, 360 feedback, Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Firo-B.

Qualification and Accreditations

  • Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Trainer
  • An accredited (ILM Level 7) executive coach, Coaching Supervision
  • MBTI Step 1 and 2 and TEIQ Assessor.
  • Affina OD Team Journey Consultant
  • A member of European Mentoring and Coaching Council
  • Associate of CIPD.

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Tina - BreathworksTina is an experienced and fully accredited mindfulness teacher.  She trained with Breathworks and has carried out additional training with Bangor University and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  She 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 from her former career as a television journalist and filmmaker at the BBC, and also at City University as a lecturer in broadcast journalism.  Her work as a journalist has given her a deep insight into the stresses and challenges people can face both in the workplace and at home, and how mindfulness can help. 

Mindfulness in the workplace associate Visvapani - BreathworksVishvapani has extensive experience of bringing mindfulness into workplaces and helping teams embed mindful approaches in their lives and work. He has trained in several mindfulness curricula and is a leader in bringing mindfulness to Criminal Justice settings and public policy. Over the last decade he has led more than 120 mindfulness courses.

Vishvapani has worked with leading business schools (London, Said and Cardiff), and senior management teams in the public and private sectors. Clients include G4S, Wales Probation and Prison services, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, the UK’s Department for Communities, Insolvency Service, social service departments, counselling services, healthcare teams and schools. As Wales Director of the Mindfulness Initiative he works with the Welsh Government on binging mindfulness into public policy.

Vishvapani has a First Class degree in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA in Drama from London University. He’s an engaging speaker, an author and a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He lives in Cardiff with his family and several chickens.

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