Portugal retreat: About us

Portugal Retreat
10th - 15th September  2019 

Jean Nash

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. Over the last fourteen years she has been teaching Mindfulness in the NHS and developed this further by training at Bangor University, the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice which has international links and expertise. She is accredited by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. Much of Jean's work has involved working with groups, enabling participants to feel safe and work with confidence.

Jean is keen to share the benefits of mindfulness through Malvern Mindfulness. She is committed to ongoing training and increasing the skills she can bring to the mindfulness courses. The latest development is as a Teacher in Training for a Mindful Eating-Conscious Living 8 week course.

Sonia Eastwood

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

Sonia worked as mental health nurse in the NHS for thirty-nine years, developing relationships with clients and their families in very difficult circumstances. Another area of expertise was running groups for carers.

She has been teaching mindfulness alongside Jean at Malvern Mindfulness for the past five years and in 2016 became a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion with the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion in San Diego, USA. 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 personal benefit from practicing mindfulness especially from the practice of mindful self-compassion.

Teresa Ranieri

Besides practising meditation since 1988, Teresa has been teaching the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course in Portugal since 2015 and the Mindful Eating-Conscious Living 8-week course since 2018. 
Teresa has an extensive background in performing arts, being an internationally recognised dancer/teacher/choreographer during the past 3 decades.
As the practice of mindfulness began gradually and yet powerfully to transform her life, she shifted her professional focus to teaching passionately mindfulness-based programs in different social contexts.
She holds a Master's degree in Pedagogy and Movement Research and she is currently enrolled in the Master Program in Mindful-based Approaches offered by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University (UK). 
Her approach emphasises safety and self-compassion while guiding people to build resilience and a healthier relation to life.