I have been teaching MBSR and yoga to the general public since 2007 on a self-employed basis. I teach two graduate programmes, the Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme, developed by UMASS, and a Deepening Mindfulness Programme. I have taught introductory sessions and courses within the workplace for Ernst and Young, Allianz, The Royal College of Physicians, MIND, SANE, NICE and various NHS trusts.
I have been an associate teacher with Bangor University since 2008, teaching Distance Learning Programmes. I have been supervising mindfulness teachers since 2014, and am trained in using the MBI:TAC teacher assessment criteria. I trained in mentoring mindfulness teachers in 2017, and am a mentor for the Mindfulness Network. I regularly offer teacher training in Europe.
I am a retreat teacher in training of Insight Dialogue, a relational meditation practice developed by Gregory Kramer. I offer workshops and short retreats internationally.
Underpinning my work is a firm commitment to making mindfulness-based approaches accessible to people from racially and economically diverse backgrounds.
- B.A English Literature, University of London
- M.A Teaching Mindfulness-based Approaches, Bangor University
- Certificate of Competency in Teaching MBA’s, Bangor University
- Certificate in teaching Interpersonal Mindfulness, UMASS/Metta
- Supervision training, Bangor University
- Mentoring training, Bangor University
- MBI:TAC training, Bangor University
- Teaching-Training Specialisms
- Mindfulness teachers in training, new teachers and experienced teachers
- Mindful Movement/Embodiment training
- Relational Mindfulness/Enquiry
- Distance learning formats include Skype and telephone
- Supervision Experience
- I completed my supervision training with Bangor University in 2012, and have been supervising since 2014.
- Personal Practice
- I have had a committed, sitting and movement-based, meditation practice since 1992. I have studied with various teachers in the meditative traditions over the years, primarily from the Insight Meditation and Theravada Buddhist tradition. My personal teachers have included Yanai Postelnick, Gregory Kramer and Cindy Cooper.
- My primary influences are the body based practices of Scaravelli Yoga, The Feldenkrias Method, and Charlotte Selver’s Sensory Awareness practice. I am also informed by enquiry-based practices such as Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing and The Diamond Approach.
- The interface between solitary meditation practice and engagement with the world is a key drive for me. I have been an active practitioner of Insight Dialogue, relational meditation practice, since 2006. This practice allows for the development of relational sensitivity and ‘attunement,’ which is particularly supportive of all my one-to-one work, and the enquiry process. I am highly involved in developing this work through workshops and short retreats in the UK and internationally.
- I regularly attend solitary and relational meditation retreats. I am an avid student and read voraciously, drawing on the various religious, and poetic traditions for inspiration. I am dedicated to walking my talk with regard to mindfulness, and regard the way I live my life as practice, a continual challenge and joy.
- Research Activities and Interests
- The pedagogy of mindfulness and the person of the mindfulness teacher
- The shaping role of language in teaching mindfulness
- Embodiment: the centrality of the body as a medium of awareness
- You can read my blog posts on supervision and Insight Dialogue:
- Further Information
- Rosalie’s website – www.optimalliving.co.uk