Jane Brendgen

I have taught mindfulness since 2010, including teaching the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR) to members of the general public and the distance learning format to individuals. I also offer the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course and have been trained to teach the Interpersonal Mindfulness programme (IMP), a course based on the innovative relational meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, developed by Gregory Kramer.

Since 2002, I have worked as a freelance coach, trainer and mindfulness teacher in the corporate sector. I’ve delivered to range of clients, including Mind (Hammersmith and Fulham branch), Lloyds Bank, The Cabinet Office, The Department for Education, Shire Pharmaceuticals, UCB, Warner Music, Royal Academy of Engineers, The Royal College of Physicians, Network Rail, Octopus, Discovery Channel, GroupM, MediaCom, News International, Channel 4, The Walt Disney Company,  MSN Microsoft, AOL, Sony Pictures and many of the NHS Trusts.

Since 2012, I have been actively exploring ways to contextualise and deliver mindfulness effectively in the workplace, for enhanced well-being, performance and leadership development. More recently, I have begun to explore the role that relational mindfulness and compassion play in enhancing psychological safety, the bedrock of trust. My coaching is founded on mindfulness, both in an implicit form in terms of the quality of attention that I am able to bring to the client, and in an explicit form, where I offer mindfulness practices within the sessions to support my clients to be more fully present and open.


Qualifications

I have a bachelor’s degree (honours) in music, a post-graduate diploma in education and a diploma in cognitive-behavioural approaches to stress management. I completed a foundation year in Integrative psychotherapy at Metanoia and a six-month intensive introduction to psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy at the Westminster pastoral foundation. Currently I am studying Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute with the aim of completing the post-qualification MA in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapeutic practice in 2020.

In July 2015, I graduated with an MSc degree in Mindfulness-based Approaches from Bangor University. I was given a distinction for the degree and awarded top performing masters student of the year. My thesis focused on Authenticity, one of the core elements in the Mindfulness-based Interventions Teacher Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC). This qualitative research study required a significant level of deep personal and interpersonal inquiry. Personally I have grown so much as a result and it has enriched my teaching significantly.

In 2013, I attended the Interpersonal Mindfulness Teacher Training retreat for MBSR teachers in Virginia, USA, and again in 2015 in Amsterdam, to deepen my understanding. I have been practising Insight Dialogue since 2007 and recognise the many benefits of having both a personal and an interpersonal mindfulness practice. My capacity to show up more fully – in relationships, in the inquiry process in the MBI classroom, working with individuals and, generally in my life as a relational being – has been significantly enhanced.

In July 2017, I completed the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training in Holland at the Centre for Mindfulness. I have obtained trained teacher status, having completed the necessary 10 group supervision sessions.


Teaching-Training Specialisms

Currently I teach MBSR and MSC for the general population and offer mindfulness-based workshops and programmes to the corporate sector.
In February 2017, I was fortuitously selected to join an international cohort of mindfulness teachers with the aim of training to be an MBI:TAC assessor. This training forms part of a research project.


Supervision Experience

I completed my supervision training through Bangor University and have been supervising since early in 2015.


Personal Practice

Following an existential crisis in 2006, I began meditating and have appreciated and benefited much from the wisdom of the Western Vipassana teachers including Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Gregory Kramer, Tara Brach, mindfulness-based teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Mark Williams, and the non-duality teacher Adyashanti.

Mindfulness is fully integrated into my life. It is dynamically shaping my values and how I perceive and interact with the world. It forms the lens through which I translate experience into existential meaning and it is a profound facilitator in supporting me to mature into my authentic Self.

It gives me much joy to be teaching mindfulness in different formats and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to facilitate the growth and development of mindfulness teachers.