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About mindfulness with Mindful Edinburgh

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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.



  • Perhaps the only mindfulness teacher in Scotland to have formally trained in how to teach 3 different mindfulness approaches (MBSR, MBCT and MBLC). This includes:

  1. A Postgraduate Award in Teaching Mindfulness from the University of Bangor (- the first university in the world to offer mindfulness training, and almost certainly still the best)!

  2. A Teaching Award from the Mindfulness Association, in addition to completing what is sometimes referred to as their 3 year programme in Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight training.

  3. Specialist training in teaching MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy)

In addition Justin:

  • holds a Professional Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

  • first began facilitating groups in 1995.

  • worked in the NHS as a Learning & Development Specialist of psychosocial interventions and as a local authority training officer.

  • began a twice daily meditation practice in 1993.

  • established a daily formal mindfulness practice in 2008 which continues.


Further professional information

  • adheres 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 residential courses each year since 2008).

  • holds professional indemnity insurance.

  • a member of various professional mindfulness organisations / groups in Scotland and the UK.

  • holds professional awards including state registration as a mental health practitioner.



Facilitation style and personal information

My style is participative, enabling and inclusive. What I practice and where I teach from is 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 to decide for themselves what happens.

Although I have long had a regular mindfulness practice, I understand how difficult it can be to establish and maintain a regular practice as was the case with me from 1995 to 2008. This still feels surprising given that learning to practice in 1993 was for me so life changing.

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.

You're always very welcome to get in touch for a chat.

Justin Ryan