The Breathworks Foundation

Mindfulness and compassion for pain, stress and illness - helping people reclaim their lives

The Breathworks Foundation was established in 2009 to ensure that mindfulness and compassion training is available to everyone, regardless of circumstances. It brings to life the vision of Vidyamala Burch, Breathworks Co-Founder, who passionately believes that no person or community should be excluded from Breathworks training programmes and courses simply through financial or personal hardship. This is based on her experience of living with severe pain and disability all her adult life.  

The Breathworks Foundation has a Board of Trustees who share a love of mindfulness and a deep appreciation of its positive effects. They meet quarterly to guide the work of The Foundation and the team, as well as approve fund allocations.

Mindfulness Charity Trustee Prasadu - Breathworks FoundationPrasadu, Chair of the Board is Director of Psychology & Honorary Buddhist Chaplain with Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. He runs a chronic pain management programme in this role.

His past includes a period as Technician Engineer in the Royal Air Force 1967-1977. He then went on to explore psychology, gaining a BSc (Psychology) from Hull University 1980 and MSc (Clinical Psychology) Manchester University 1982. Since then he has held various posts as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS.

Charity Trustee Amalacitta Cate Clark Breathworks FoundationCate Clark came to a Breathworks ‘Mindfulness for Health’ course on the advice of her GP in 2006.  She was looking for ways to help her to manage her chronic pain and fatigue in a more balanced and sustainable way.  She has practised the techniques on the Breathworks course ever since.

Having worked as a trainer in industry, the Health Service and in the arts sector, Cate decided in 2007 to qualify as a Breathworks Trainer. She has regularly run courses in Manchester for people with chronic pain and illness and found it very rewarding as she says “I’ve seen it change lives”.  She has also worked previously with the Breathworks Training team, teaching NHS staff and others about mindfulness and its role as a health care intervention.

Mindfulness Charity Trustee - PadmasimbhaPadmasimha (Gordon Cross) has worked for two charities in various capacities. For six years he lived and worked at a Buddhist retreat centre, and was secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Since 2000 he has been a Trustee for the Cardiff Buddhist Centre, also serving as Chair of the charity for 10 years.  He is a full-time yoga teacher and has spent the last 19 years teaching Buddhism and meditation at the centre.

As a Trustee, he is keen for Breathworks to be made available as widely as possible, especially for those who have limited access, whether through lack of funds or education, to self-help tools which lead to more positive and productive lives.  He gladly offers his 25 years’ experience of working in charities, to help The Foundation in whatever way he can.

Dominic Holder Mindfulness Breathworks Foundation TrusteeDominic Houlder is one of Europe’s leading experts on business to business and professional services firms. He helps the leaders of major firms to connect with their clients, their colleagues and themselves in different and compelling ways.

Dominic brings a unique mix of theory, practical experience, and spiritual insight to his work. He is Adjunct Professor in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management at London Business School where he has been based since 1994. Previously, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group and held senior leadership positions in the corporate world. His clients have ranged from Deutsche Bank and Saatchi & Saatchi to British Airways and the UK Ministry of Defence.

A committed Buddhist practitioner for more than 30 years and back in 2001 he co-authored ‘Mindfulness and Money, the Buddhist Heart of Abundance’ just as mindfulness was being spoken about. In 2019 he authored 'What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader'.

Dominic also serves as a Trustee of the Clore Social Leadership Foundation, a Governor and Council Member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and as a Trustee of the Karuna Trust as well as being a crofter on the Isle of Skye.

Mindfulness Charity Trustee Prasadu - Breathworks FoundationGill Parry has worked as a Pediatrician for over 30 years. Currently, she is working with children in foster care or placed for adoption. She is also a Designated Doctor for safeguarding in Kirklees, Yorkshire. 

Gill has suffered from depression herself and sees many children who have suffered significant neglect and emotional abuse. She is particularly interested in mental well-being and wants to support Breathworks to grow its impact and reach.

Our Advisory Group

The Breathworks Foundation has an independent advisory board of leading academics working in the field of pain and/or mindfulness research who help guide our programme of research and development.

Meet The Breathworks Foundation Advisory Group