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:
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)!
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.
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.
registered as a Social Worker with the Scottish Social Services Council.
holds professional awards 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.