Gary Born

I offer supervision to new and experienced mindfulness teachers and also mentor new teachers. I also offer Personal Practice Mentoring for mindfulness teachers. I have taught mindfulness since 2008, both in public courses and for those with cancer. I also run workshops and courses for professionals working in the health sector and in end-of-life care.

I trained to teach mindfulness at the University of Bangor in 2006 and afterwards, under the guidance of experienced mindfulness teachers, taught introductory and eight-week mindfulness classes for the general public, based in Central London. I also provided introductory mindfulness classes at a Cancer Centre in London.  In 2012, I trained to teach mindfulness for those with cancer with Trish Bartley, a senior teacher trainer at the University of Bangor, and have taught her course – Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer – at Paul’s Cancer Support Centre since 2013.  I am the Mindfulness Lead for Paul’s and have mentored two new teachers of mindfulness at the Centre.

I am actively involved in the Mindfulness Professional Community, and in particular I have led several workshops for the Mindful Practitioners Group in London. In the Buddhist community, I am in training in Gaia House’s Community Dharma Leadership Programme, and I have completed the Committed Dharma Practitioners Programme. I am a Trustee of Bodhi College and a former Board Member of the Buddhist Insight Network.


Qualifications

  • University of Bangor Mindfulness Teacher Supervision Course
  • University of Bangor Teacher Training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca)
  • University of Bangor Mindfulness Teacher Training
  • Continuing Professional Development: Masterclasses at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Mindful Self-Compassion Training:
    • Using the MBI:TAC
    • The Breathworks Approach to Mindfulness
    • Teaching Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings (Finding Peace course)
    • Inquiry in Mindfulness Teaching
    • The Mindful Workplace
    • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Teaching Training Specialisms

  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Non-clinical Populations
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca)
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Life
  • Finding Peace Course (formerly known as the Frantic World Course)
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness for life-threatening and life-limiting conditions
  • Mindfulness for Health Professionals
  • Mindfulness for those working in Hospices and other end-of-life care

Supervision Experience

  • I have been a mindfulness supervisor and have offered mindfulness teacher mentoring since 2015.
  • I qualified as a mindfulness supervisor in 2015, and became an Associate of the Mindfulness Network in 2016
  • I have also done and continued to do Peer Supervision practice with other mindfulness supervisors since 2015
  • I did the MBI:TAC (Teacher Assessment Criteria) training at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in 2016
  • I am also a Personal Practice Mentor with the Mindfulness Network.

Supervision Specialisms

  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca)
  • Mindfulness for life-threatening and life-limiting conditions
  • Mindfulness for Health Professionals
  • Living Well and MBCT for Life (MBCT-L)
  • Mindfulness for those working in Hospices and other end-of-life care
  • I also offer specialist mindfulness supervision for those who also wish to combine mindfulness with a Buddhist practice.

Personal Practice

I have a daily mindfulness and Insight Meditation (Vipassana) practice, and mindfulness is an integral part of my life and my relationships with others. I have been practicing in a Buddhist context since 2001, and while I separate this from my Mindfulness work in teaching and supervision contexts (unless specifically requested by the client), this inevitably leads to perspectives and insights that are helpful in my mindfulness work and supervision.

I am also in training to lead Retreats and Sitting Groups, under the Community Dharma Leadership Programme at Gaia House, and I will teach a course – Insight Meditation in Daily Life – later in 2017. In 2010, I completed the Committed Dharma Practitioners Programme offered by Bodhi College.

I have regularly attended residential silent retreats, mainly at Insight Meditation Centres, since 2007, and my teachers include Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Akincano Marc Weber, Jaya Karen Rudgard, Stephen Batchelor and Rob Burbea.


Research Activities and Interests

My research interests are in the Mechanisms of Mindfulness and in the connection between Buddhist practice and mindfulness. In 2015, I presented a paper and poster at the CMRP Conference at Chester, which combined these interests.

In 2016, I was a researcher for an eight-week course for staff and volunteers at a large Hospice in Surrey, which I also taught.


Publications

University of Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Annual Conference (2015), Integrating the Three Characteristics with Mindfulness: A practical approach to deepening and holding the practice,

University of Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Annual Conference (2015), “Operationalising the Buddhist Psychological Model in Mindfulness Teaching.


Further info

In addition to mindfulness teacher supervision, I also provide Personal Practice Mentoring to mindfulness teachers, and I currently serve on a working party dealing with this topic for the Mindfulness Network.

I have a strong interest in the wisdom provided by both contemporary mindfulness teaching and Buddhist approaches, and the links between them. In 2017, I will be teaching a new course called “Insight Meditation in Daily Life”, which will provide an introduction to some core Buddhist concepts to those with mindfulness and meditation experience. Further information is contained in the website https://insightindailylife.wordpress.com.