I discovered Mindfulness at a time of major crisis in my life. At the time I was working full time as a trainer, training manager and coach in the Probation service and when my own crisis had passed and as I realised how important mindfulness had become in my own life it felt like a logical step to train to teach it. I have been teaching for 4 years and I love it. I mostly teach community based open courses, marketing them myself and then waiting with baited breath to see if anyone will book onto them (so far they have, usually at the last minute) I also have run courses for the Birmingham MS society, for offenders and in a physio clinic and numerous taster and introductory sessions in a variety of settings including conferences, schools, universities and the community. I also run a monthly "Staying Mindful" session for Grads of Breathworks Courses.
- BSc (Hons) Sociology
- Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
- Certificate in Training and Development
- Masters in Management Learning
- ILM Level 7 Diploma in Coaching
Most frequently I have taught Mindfulness for Stress Courses but I have also taught Mindfulness for Health. I have also attended a workshop at Oxford University School of Mindfulness to teach the Frantic World Course and have taught this.
I have taught some specialist workshops such as "An Introduction to Mindfulness for Social Work Managers".
Supervision Training and Experience
In my career I acted as a professional supervisor for trainers, action learning facilitators and coaches. As part of my development as a mindfulness supervisor I have been involved in reciprocal peer to peer supervision.
Mindfulness as a way of managing stress and/or health and enhancing well being for myself and others.
Introducing people to simple concepts and practices taken from mindfulness practice which they can use alone or which whet their appetite for further exploration.
Introducing mindfulness to people who might otherwise not get the chance to learn about it for instance the ex-offenders that I have worked with.
Regular practice maintained over the last 6 years.
Continual development of mindfulness in everyday life which feels like a continual work in progress.
I have attended at least one retreat every year since I started practicing and I see these as essential to take time out from everyday life and revisit and revitalise my practice.