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).
- 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.
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.
Further professional information
I have trained 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). I have professional indemnity insurance. I also hold professional awards as a mental health practitioner.