I have taught mindfulness since 2008, both in open courses and for those with cancer. I also run workshops for professionals working in the health sector and in end-of-life care. I offer supervision to those teaching mindfulness classes and also mentor new teachers.
I trained to teach mindfulness at the University of Bangor in 2006. Afterwards, under the guidance of experienced mindfulness teachers, I taught introductory and eight-week mindfulness classes for the general public, based in Central London. I also provided introductory mindfulness classes at a Cancer Centre in London. In 2012, I trained in teaching mindfulness for those with cancer with Trish Bartley, a senior teacher trainer at the University of Bangor, and have taught her course – Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer – at Paul’s Cancer Support Centre since 2013. I am also the Mindfulness Lead for Paul’s and have mentored two new teachers of mindfulness at the Centre.
I have continued my professional development with Masterclasses at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, including sessions on Mindfulness in the Workplace with Michael Chaskalson, Enquiry with Mark Williams, Teaching Mindfulness in Non-clinical Settings (Frantic World) with Chris Cullen, and The Breathworks Approach with Vidyamala Burch. I am a regular participant at the London-based Mindful Practitioners Group and have led three of their workshops. In 2015, I completed the Mindful Self-Compassion course developed by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer.
My research interests are in the Mechanisms of Mindfulness and in the connection between Buddhist practice and mindfulness. In 2015, I presented a paper and poster at the CMRP Conference at Chester, which combined these interests.
Outside my mindfulness activities, I have practised Insight Meditation since 2001 and regularly attend silent retreats at Gaia House and Buddhist study courses at Bodhi College. I am a graduate of the Committed Dharma Practitioners Programme and am currently training as an Insight sitting group and retreat leader in the Community Dharma Leadership Programme organised by Gaia House, where I am mentored by an Insight and Mindfulness teacher. I founded the Insightful Ageing group in London Insight in 2011, which looks at the experience of ageing from a Buddhist and mindfulness perspective.