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About mindfulness with Mindful Edinburgh


About Mindful Edinburgh

Teaching / Facilitating / Co-creating

Mindful Edinburgh is working towards being a social enterprise.



When choosing a mindfulness teacher it is said that two key questions to ask about are their experience of practice and of teaching.


In 1993 I began a twice daily practice which lasted a year and was life changing. Even so, it wasn't until 8 years ago that I eventually re-established a regular daily formal mindfulness practice of about an hour, so I understand how difficult it can be to establish and maintain a regular practice. What I practice and where I teach from is essentially robustly scientifically verified, with clear ethical frameworks. This still allows me to teach from the heart and with a lightness of touch, though ultimately co-creation best describes the process as I have decades of experience in enabling people to feel empowered and in control of what happens.


I first began facilitating groups in 1995. I have worked in the NHS as a Learning & Development Specialist of psychosocial interventions and as a local authority training officer. I have held management roles in the voluntary / not-for-profit and private sectors. I have a number of university level professional awards including a Professional Post Graduate Certificate in Education. My style is participative, enabling and inclusive. Most of my professional experience and training has been in the field of mental health.

I am by nature down to earth and practical - skilled in growing vegetables and have designed and fully installed my own kitchen. I have a diverse range of interests and activities. I have contributed over 5,000 hours of voluntary work, including 3 years facilitating a weekly/fortnightly mindfulness drop in group with people in recovery from alcohol and drugs.


I have been trained with and continue to train with the Mindfulness Association, and also with Bangor University in Wales - the latter being the first university in the world to provide university level mindfulness training and the only university in the UK to offer a dedicated postgraduate pathway in teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches. I am a member of various mindfulness organisations / groups and adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines of the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teachers. (This includes ongoing supervision and participating in residential courses of at least a week on an annual basis. I have attended up to four of these a year with the longest being a 3 month period in silence).

Justin Ryan

MA (social work), Grad Dip (mental health), PPGCE (adult education), PG Cert (teaching mindfulness)

mindfully nurturing growth from the roots

mindfully nurturing growth from the roots