I have found supervision to be one of the most enriching relational contexts in life. It is a supportive and trusting space which enables exploration of one's own practice and process, in relation to the course structure and content. It can be a deeply satisfying encounter between two individuals' aim for authenticity and deepening of understanding of self and other. I find this work an adventure in clarification and understanding.
B.A (Joint Hons) Psychology and Education, Diploma in Social Work. Part-time, initial qualification in youth work. Mindfulness in Schools qualifications (.b, paws b and foundations). A range of somatic/body-work qualifications, including Dip. Aromatherapy, Dip. Holisitc Massage, Hands-Free Massage Training, IHM, Certificates in Healing.
I have been teaching, mainly adults, in the private sector for over 15 years. I have taught Buddhist Meditation since 2000 and qualified with Breathworks in 2005. Between 2005 and 2011 I taught many Breathworks courses. More recently, I have been interested in working one to one, combining mindfulness with the other disciplines in which i am trained.
Supervision Training and Experience
I trained with Breathworks as a supervisor between October 2016 and March 2017. This entailed shadowing qualified supervisors as well as receiving supervision myself. I completed Bangor University's 3 day residential training in March 2017. I am receiving ongoing supervision for my own work.
I am interested in supporting teachers to teach from their own, authentic experience. I enjoy exploring the field of thoughts, feelings and emotions and how these manifest in the body. The process of sharing how it is to be human, in relation to our work as mindfulness teachers, is endlessly fascinating. Supporting my supervisees to understand themselves more deeply, so they can teach from that depth is a privilege and a gift. I am training in Hakomi (a form of somatic psychotherapy). I view this discipline as complimentary to and supportive of my other work.
I learned to meditate 35 years ago. My practice was intermittent until 1998, when I learned Buddhist meditation. I have a regular mindfulness practice that has enabled me to work with a long-term health problem. I attend retreats and ongoing professional development courses. I am hoping to join a mindfulness group in this area, so i can meet regularly with others who are interested in this field.