Ed Halliwell

I have worked full-time in the mindfulness field since 2009, and have taught 100+ eight-week courses (MBSR/MBCT) to general public groups in London and Sussex, as well as running introductory workshops, graduate courses, retreats and one-to one training. I have introduced mindfulness in around 50 organisations, running everything from workplace taster sessions to eight-week courses. I am an associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and have taught mindfulness to MPs and their staff in Parliament, as well as working with schoolteachers as part of the MYRIAD trial. I am interested in the potential benefits of mindfulness training for individuals and also for society and politics, and am a trustee and former co-director of the Mindfulness Initiative, which supports the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG).

I was previously a journalist and came to mindfulness through my experiences of working with anxiety and depression. As well as teaching, I have written three mindfulness books. I began supervising in 2017 and work with newer and more experienced mindfulness teachers who offer general public courses and workplace training.


Qualifications

  • Supervision Training, Centre For Mindfulness Research and Practice
  • Nourishing Parents 8-week course training, Tavistock Centre
  • MBCT For Life Training, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreats 1 and 2, Centre For Mindfulness Research and Practice
  • Certificate In The Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Centre For Counselling and Psychotherapy Education
  • MA History, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Supervision Experience

I’ve worked as a supervisor since early 2017, working with a range of trainee and more experienced teachers.


Supervision Specialisms

  • Offering mindfulness training for the general public (MBSR and MCBT, MBCT-For Life, Finding Peace In A Frantic World, Nourishing Parents)
  • Mindfulness In The Workplace

Personal Practice

I began practising meditation in 2001 during a period of anxiety and depression and found it transformative – a practical way of understanding and working with my mind that no other approach had offered. Inspired by this, I continued to cultivate a regular practice and began exploring longer retreats. This exploration included living for a year at a meditation retreat centre, soon after which I began training as a mindfulness teacher. After nearly 20 years of practice, I continue to be amazed by the patterns of my human mind, and how watching  them with awareness and kindness can bring degrees of insight and liberation that have radically changed the way I experience and live my life.


Research Activities and Interests

As a generalist, I am interested in all aspects of mindfulness research.


Publications

Into The Heart of Mindfulness, Piatkus  (2016)

Mindful Nation UK Report, Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (2015), as co-editor

Mindfulness: How To Live Well By Paying Attention, Hay House (2015)

The Mindful Manifesto, Hay House (2010), co-authored with Dr Jonty Heaversedge

Be Mindful Report, Mental Health Foundation (2010)

Various mindfulness-related publications in The Guardian and Mindful Magazine.


Further info

For further information, please see https://edhalliwell.com/.