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