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About Us

Jean Nash

(MBSR, MBCT, ME-CL, The Present)
Registered Teacher with The British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches

RMN(retired), BS(c)Hons, Post Grad(dip) CMRP, Certificate of Competence in teaching Mindfulness Based Interventions.

Jean’s professional background is in mental health nursing in the NHS. She trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, working with people with complex needs where she was first introduced to mindfulness as a health intervention.Since 2001 she has been teaching Mindfulness both in the NHS and privately, developing this further by training on the Masters Programme at Bangor University, the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice which has international links and expertise. Much of Jean’s work has involved working with groups, enabling participants to feel safe and work with confidence. She has also experience of running retreats with other mindfulness teachers.

Jean is keen to share the benefits of mindfulness. She is committed to ongoing personal practice, professional training and increasing the skills she can bring to mindfulness teaching. 

Jean is registered on the UK Teachers Network Listing: 
https://www.mindfulness-network.org/listingspage.php

Sonia Eastwood

Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher
MBCT-Ca trained

RMN (retired),Trained MSC teacher (CMSC in San Diego),Trained MBCT-Ca teacher

Sonia worked as a mental health nurse in the NHS for the whole of her career, developing relationships with clients and their families in very difficult circumstances. The job required an all round holistic knowledge of health and well being to meet people’s needs, requiring good interpersonal skills and compassionate responses. Another transferable skill was running groups, working with the dynamics and supporting carers. She continues to gain great satisfaction form connecting and engaging with others, facilitating positive changes for them.

She has been teaching mindfulness alongside Jean at Malvern Mindfulness since 2013 and in 2016 became a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion in San Diego, USA. She has also completed training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for People with Cancer in 2021 (MBCT-Ca).

Sonia has personally enjoyed pursuing her interest in yoga and meditation since the age of 22 and is delighted that there is now scientific research supporting the benefits of mindfulness which encourages more people to enjoy its benefits. Sonia has gained a lot of personal benefit from practicing mindfulness especially from the practice of mindful self-compassion which has helped her greatly with the difficulties that present in her life and her ability to really value and appreciate the joys of living.

Jill Whitehall

Registered Dietitian, a Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Teacher

Jill is a Registered Dietitian, a Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Teacher, who combines her skills and experience to bring a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. With her professional background and experience of working with groups to facilitate lifestyle change, she is passionate about sharing the core principles and practices of Mindful Self-Compassion with others, in a supportive learning environment.

Good Practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness based courses​

Both Jean and Sonia have an ongoing commitment to training and continuing personal and professional development as outlined in the ‘Good practice guidelines’

Qualifications and Training

Jean Nash

Finding Peace in a Frantic World facilitator training- Oxford Mindfulness Centre, February 15th and 22nd 2022
 
Safeguarding workshop  – The Mindfulness Network , August 9th – 10th 2021
 

Mindfulness After Covid – The British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches – 27th February 2021

Fierce Compassion – Advanced Skills Online Training with Kristen Neff on 2nd & 4th February 2021
 
Online retreat from 3rd-6th Dec 2020
 
Mindful Based Compassionate Living Online training, June to August 2020
 
Mindful Movement Retreat, Dec 2019
 

Deepening your Practice Retreat, Sharpham, Nov 2019

The Present Training, Feb 2019
 

Mindful Movement 7 day Retreat, Trigonos, December 2018

Masterclass: Optimising social, environmental and cultural change in the workplace, Oxford Mindfulness Centre – September 2018

1 week retreat on Holy Isle – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living- April 2018

Mindful Eating-Conscious Living Part 1 Birmingham Sept 2017.

Courses at Bangor University- Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice:-  
International Mindfulness Conference -July 2017

3 Day Supervision Training – London-June 2016

Mindful Movement 2 day Masterclass November 2015

International Mindfulness Conference July 2015

Post Grad Diploma( merit) in Mindfulness Based Health Interventions 2014

Certificate of Competence in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses 2014

Specialist 5 Day Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training 2014

2 Day Inquiry Process into Mindfulness Practise 2014

Masterclass – Neuroscience 2013

5 Day Teacher Training 2 2013

5 Day Teacher Training 1 2012

8 Day silent Retreat 2011

8 Day Self Compassion @ Gaia House 2011

Registered Mental Health Nurse 35 years – now retired

Sonia Eastwood

Finding Peace in a Frantic World facilitator training- Oxford Mindfulness Centre, February 15th and 22nd 2022
 
Safeguarding workshop  – The Mindfulness Network , August 9th – 10th 2021
 
MBCT-Ca (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer)  – The Mindfulness Network ,  June 10th – 26th 2021 
 

Mindfulness After Covid – The British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches – 27th February 2021

Mindful Self Compassion training to teach online, 2020

Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat, Sharpham, Nov 2019 

Group process Day, Hinton Barn, April 2019
 

Masterclass: Optimising social, environmental and cultural change in the workplace, Oxford Mindfulness Centre- September 2018 

Holy Isle Retreat, Scotland 23rd to 30th April 2018

Courses at Bangor University – Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice:-

International Mindfulness Conference July 2017

Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training July 2016

5 Day Silent Mindful Self-Compassion Retreat- Trigonos – April 2016

Mindful Movement 2 day Masterclass November 2015

International Mindfulness Conference July 2015

5 Day Training in Mindful Self Compassion 2015

Masterclass – Neuroscience 2013

2 Day Inquiry Process into Mindfulness Practice 2014

3 Day Beginners Mindfulness Retreat 2014

Continuing Professional Development Day in Mindfulness Practice 2014

Registered Mental Health Nurse 34 years- now retired

Good Practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness based courses

A teacher of mindfulness-based approaches should have the following:

A. Mindfulness Based Teacher Training

1. Familiarity through personal participation with the mindfulness-based course curriculum that they will be learning to teach, with particular in-depth personal experience of all the core meditation practices of this mindfulness-based programme.

2. Completion of an in-depth, rigorous mindfulness-based teacher training programme or supervised pathway over a minimum duration of 12 months.

B. Training or background required in addition to mindfulness-based teacher training

1. A professional qualification in mental or physical health care, education or social care, or equivalent life experience, recognized by the organization or context within which the teaching will take place.

2. Knowledge and experience of the populations that the mindfulness-based course will be delivered to, including experience of teaching, therapeutic or other care provision with groups and/or individuals, unless such knowledge and experience is provided to an adequate level by the mindfulness-based teacher training itself. An exception to this can be when teaching with the help of a colleague who knows well the population to whom the course will be delivered and has a relevant qualification. They would also need to have an understanding of mindfulness-based approaches.

3. If delivering MBCT, knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research and evidence-based practice, unless these are provided to an adequate level by the mindfulness teacher training programme.

4. If delivering MBCT or other mindfulness-based course with a clinical population, an appropriate professional clinical training.

C. Ongoing Good Practice Requirements

1. Commitment to a personal mindfulness practice through daily formal and informal practice participation in annual residential teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats.

2. Engagement in processes which continue to develop mindfulness-based teaching practice:

Ongoing contacts with other mindfulness practitioners and teachers, built and maintained as a means to share experiences and learn collaboratively and regular supervision with an experienced mindfulness-based teacher including: Opportunity to reflect on/inquire into personal process in relation to personal mindfulness practice and mindfulness-based teaching practice receiving periodic feedback on teaching through video recordings, supervisor sitting in on teaching sessions or co-teaching with reciprocal feedback.

3. A commitment to ongoing development as a teacher through further training, keeping up to date with the evidence base, recording and reflecting on teaching sessions, participation in webs forums etc.

Adherence to the ethical framework appropriate to the teacher’s professional background and working context.

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