I have been teaching mindfulness since 2014 and have had a daily meditation practice for eleven years. I trained with Breathworks which is lead by Vidyamala Burch and I am a graduate of the MMTCP two year mindfulness meditation teacher training program led by Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach.
I am accredited to teach Breathworks’ two signature courses: Mindfulness for Health, for chronic pain and long-term health conditions, and Mindfulness for Stress, for stress, anxiety, and mental unrest. I also teach workshops, monthly mornings of mindfulness and I offer ongoing mentoring for those who wish to develop their meditation practice.
I am insured to teach mindfulness and meet the requirements of the Good Practice Guidance for teaching mindfulness-based courses published by the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches. I have regular supervision and attend several silent retreats a year to deepen my understanding of mindfulness practice. I am a member of the The International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) which is dedicated to the professionalisation and standardisation of the mindfulness field. For more information visit – https://www.imta.org/
In my previous career I was a television editor. At the age of 28 I decided to leave and follow my deep longing to discover how to live a meaningful and beautiful life amongst the chaos! I was driven to do this after experiencing several traumas one of which was the sudden loss of my father. I was looking for a way to be with life, to cherish it, a way that would enable me to be courageous and steady through whatever life would bring next. I had been interested in eastern philosophy since I was a teenager and so I followed this passion and went on to train for four years to be a shiatsu therapist and had a successful practice in Bristol and Bath. This training in body awareness and healing deeply informs my mindfulness teaching. It was while I was training as a shiatsu therapist that I discovered mindfulness meditation. That was a defining moment for me. I took an 8 week mindfulness course in 2011 and went on to start my training to teach 7 months later!
I am 40 now, as I reflect back I have been on the most incredible journey of self discovery since I left my first career. I now have a beautiful son, I became a single mother and all through this next phase of my life my mindfulness and compassion practice kept me steady and calm. I see the nature of life, it has both sorrow and joy, it’s a wild dance between the two and with our practice we get to experience that we are the vast loving awareness that can hold it all. It was the wisdom and guidance of my teachers that allowed me to begin to cultivate this understanding. That is why I’m so passionate about this work, it is such a joy for me to point people to their true nature and then guide them on their own deeply empowering journey.
Mindfulness and compassion are innate qualities within us, we just need some support in how to cultivate them. Mindfulness meditation was never meant to just be practiced just on our own, it’s vital for our development that we do it in community too. My role as a teacher and mentor is to support you on this path so that you can flourish in this “one wild and precious life” as Mary Oliver calls it.