The Whole World Breathing: Exploring Questions of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Our Mindfulness Teaching

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As mindfulness teachers, the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are important ethical standards for us to connect with, as people living and working in a diverse, multi-ability, multi-person and multicultural world. So, how can we educate ourselves around our own potential blind-spots, take steps to improve the inclusiveness of our own teaching context, or reach people not currently able to access mindfulness?

This online CPD session will give an overview of equality, diversity and inclusion issues as they affect us as a mindfulness teaching community, including a brief introduction to the Equality Act 2010. It will offer an opportunity for us to explore these issues in a safe and non-judgmental space, inviting us to deepen our own engagement with them, celebrate what is working well and inspire us to courageous and transformative actions in our lives and work.

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Ginny Wall

When: 
4-6pm, Thursday 10th October

How to Join: 
When you book on the form below, we'll email you a link for the online video calls platform Zoom - simply click the link at the start time to join the online video call. Click here for a short video on how to use Zoom.

Cost:

Individual: £35

Concessionary: £25

Associate Teachers: Free

 

Pacing as a Mindful Compassion Practice

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When: Monday 5th November, 4-6pm Booking for this session is now closed

Where: OnlineVidyamala Ginny

Led By:
Vidyamala Burch and Ginny Wall 

Suitable For:
Mindfulness Teachers

About:

This online CPD course offers an opportunity to explore the Breathworks approach to pacing as a practice of mindfulness and self-compassion.

Breathworks founder, Vidyamala Burch, and Head of Programmes, Ginny Wall, will explain the simple but effective pacing practice that is a core part of the Mindfulness for Health course, and lead an exploration of ways in which we can be creative with this approach, making it accessible and potentially transformative for a wide variety of people, whether they have pain, health conditions, fatigue, anxiety, stress or other difficulties.

We will bring in insights from pacing approaches in the Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress course, as well as modern pain management techniques.

Q&A: If you have a particular question about pacing, please include it when you complete your booking form, as Vidyamala will aim to answer participant questions through the session.

How to Join:

Joining this event will be incredibly simple; we will be using an easy-to-use online platform called Zoom. We will email you with an invitation to join shortly before the event begins, and you need to simply click the link on your computer, tablet, or any device with an internet connection, to join. There is also the option of joining the audio with a telephone or mobile.

Cost: £25

Booking for this session is now closed

Katherine Michaelis

I came to Image of Breathworks Supervisor Katherine Michaelismindfulness to help me live my busy life with less stress and anxiety and more peace and enjoyment. The Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress course really helped me and I went on to train as a Breathworks teacher, qualifying in 2012.

I regularly teach Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress courses and have taught Breathworks Mindfulness for Heath courses to people with a range of health conditions. I also teach the Mindfulness Association’s Compassion Based Living Course, I trained with the Mindfulness Association as part of an MSc in Mindfulness Studies. I love teaching mindfulness and compassion courses and watching participants benefit and grow in positive ways as they engage with the practices and learn how to reduce their suffering. 

As well as running courses for the public I deliver mindfulness training and workshops in businesses, charities, schools and universities. I am a guest lecturer on the University of Coventry’s MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion.

Qualifications

  • MSc Mindfulness and Associated Concepts (compassion and insight), University of Aberdeen, 2017
  • BA Hons., Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Warwick, 1994
  • Further and Adult Teachers’ Certificate, City and Guilds, 1994
  • Breathworks accredited teacher
  • Mindfulness Association qualified teacher (Mindfulness Based Living Course and Compassion Based Living Course)
  • Mindfulness in Schools training for staff .b (Foundations) and younger children (Paws .b).

Teaching Specialisms and Interests

  • Mindfulness for Stress (general populations) 
  • Compassion training (general populations)
  • Workshops and training in organisations including charities, businesses, schools and universities.

I have a particular interest in helping people to engage with kindness and compassion practices. This interest grew out of my own initial difficulties with the kindness practices and also from noticing that it was not uncommon for others to experience difficulties with these practices. For my MSc thesis I  undertook research into participants’ experiences of the kindness and compassion element of a Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress course. I learned a lot about blocks and barriers to compassion and about how to work with these. I was gratified to find that even when kindness and compassion practices are initially difficult for course participants, over time they can bring significant benefits for participants themselves and for those in their lives. 

Supervision areas

  • Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress
  • Mindfulness teaching with an emphasis on self-compassion and compassion


Personal practice
I have practiced mindfulness regularly since 2007. My practice includes Mindfulness of Breathing, Resting in Awareness and compassion practices. I bring mindfulness and compassion to my experience during my days. I belong to a Sanga and attend regular retreats; these have included retreats with Breathworks, Gaia House and the Mindfulness Association delivered by respected teachers. I am deeply interested in the Buddhist and Western psychology that underpin mindfulness and compassion, hence my MSc studies and other ongoing learning.

Location

Stratford-upon-Avon


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Karen Hall

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I have a nursing background and unfortunately injured my back in the 1st year of my training, this became a chronic painful condition (occupational hazard so it got worse as I accumulated more injuries over the next 25 years) which I still have today. I have never had surgery but, as an operating theatre nurse, had witnessed enough surgical interventions to be certain that orthodox medical treatments were not for me. Eventually, having tried everything else, I signed up for a 10 week mindfulness course, 1-2-1 with an amazing teacher and, by the end of this course, my back pain of 20 years was gone. So, cured.... I fell out of the habit of doing my daily meditations and mindful movement and went back to living my life as I had before. Not wise but a lesson all the same. A few years later, I was made redundant which was quite a stressful experience, so I did another course, this time Mindfulness for Stress and, not only could I manage my stress much more effectively, but my back pain disappeared. This was a bit of a ‘moment’ for me as I realised, finally, how stressed I was and the link between my back pain & my stress levels. Over the next few years I trained & qualified as a mindfulness teacher with the Breathworks CIC in the UK. Since then I have taught over 100 mindfulness courses, trained mindfulness teachers in the Breathworks teacher training program in the UK, Ireland and Australia, I have led retreats, spoken at International conferences, supervised mindfulness teachers and continue to hone my skills as a mindfulness teacher.

Will that happen to you if you learn to practice mindfulness? Will your life change and/or improve? In my experience, the majority of people who complete one of my courses state that it has changed their life for the better. Each one has a unique story to tell and each one has seen different results in their own life - whether that be with their health, fitness, well-being, job satisfaction, improved close relationships, less pain, reduced requirement for analgesia, rippling out into the world as they get their lives back (not everyone but for those who felt their lives were over, this changed dramatically).

I have taught in schools to staff & students, I have taught in hospitals and care homes, I have presented workshops to charities for cancer, chronic pain, endometriosis, tinnitus, HIV and others. All of the participants have reported an improvement - even if that comes from a change in perspective that allows them to be more self-compassionate or accepting - and this, for many is the beginning of another level of change in their lives.

I teach mindfulness using an 8 week course format, we meet for 2-3 hours per week and learn how the use of formal & informal mindfulness practices can be introduced into your life. I also run weekly meditation sessions and bespoke workshops to suit my various clients. I specialize in delivering Mindfulness training to NHS staff and am about to run my 19th & 20th courses for healthcare workers in the West Midlands.

I have CPD with Breathworks as well as having trained with the Mindfulness in Schools project to teach the .b program and its Foundations course, plus Positive Neuroplasticity training with Rick Hanson, Compassion Focused Training & Depression with Prof Paul Gilbert and I completed a Mental Health First Aid course in St. John of Gods, Dublin recently. I practice according to the Good Practice Guidelines of the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teachers.

I invite you to get in touch and begin your journey, or your organisations mindfulness journey today. There’s no time like the present.

City located

Birmingham

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Members Meeting for the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers

Oblate Centre

When:
Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th July 2018

About:
This two day retreat is being held at the Oblate Retreat Centre, Wistaston Hall in Crewe. For more details about the venue please click here.

The fee of £170 includes 2 nights accommodation, and all meals, which will be vegetarian. If you have any special requirements or dietary needs please include them in the booking form, or email Karen.Levin@breathworks.co.uk

The meeting will start with a welcome and orientation session on Wednesday 11th July at 4.00pm. Please arrive at the Centre from 2pm in time to get settled into your room before this. Dinner will be served on this evening. The meeting will end after lunch at 1.30pm on Friday 13th July 2018.

Please also let Karen know if you will be leaving early on the Friday and missing lunch so we have correct numbers.

Please note that in order to keep the size of the meeting manageable there is a maximum of one person per training organisation who is able to attend, in addition to the members of the executive committee.

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