Chantek McNeilage

I have been practising and studying meditation, movement and contemplative traditions since the late 1960’s. I have a background in complementary health care including Holistic Aromatherapy (eight years teaching), integrative psychotherapeutic practice, Prenatal and Birth Therapy, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. In 2006, I attended John Teasdale’s MBCT eight-week course, then another eight-week course of MBSR. I then went on to train in mindfulness-based teaching and approaches with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. I currently teach MBSR one-to-one and with groups in London, Cambridge, Saffron Walden/Essex and run six-day intensive MBSR programmes in Menorca and Mallorca in retreat settings. As well as supervision, I also run the Distance Learning courses for CMRP. I am currently teaching MBSR programmes in a large secondary school for teachers who wish to take mindfulness skills into the classroom.


Qualifications

  • Karuna Institue Diploma Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
  • London School of Aromatherapy – honours Holistic Aromatherapy
  • Castellino Prenatal and Birth Therapy – practitioner and teaching diploma (UK and America)
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy – Foundation Training New Rock
  • Member UK Network for mindfulness-Based Teachers

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBSR for general populations
  • MBSR 1-2-1
  • Mindfulness in schools
  • Supervision

Supervision Experience

I have a background in supervision, which I am is passionate about. I have been supervising in the Prenatal and Birth Therapy (Europe & America) and Craniosacral fields for many years. My supervision in MBSR/MBCT covers those on Masters programmes, those new to teaching and those with experience.


Supervision Specialisms

I have supervised in different settings with supervisees with a range of experience, including those in training, new to teaching and those experienced in teaching.


Personal Practice

My early ‘inner search’ began in the late 1960’s in London, which drew me towards Buddhism, Zen and Sufism. I then spent some time in Thailand, which gave me an introduction, grounding and practice in Vipassana.  Over the years, my exploration of esoteric mindfulness-based Christianity has deepened. I have drawn great strength from being a part of a mindfulness-influenced group for the last thirty-five years. My love of movement and sacred dance includes an ongoing yoga practice, which has been strongly influenced by Vanda Scaravelli. I attend retreats every year.


Research Activities and Interests

I am very greatful to the body of research available and being undertaken. What is offered supports my teaching and deepens my understanding.