I have been teaching the general public in Brighton since 2009 and specialise in working with people with anxiety. I have experience of working with a wide range of people, from counsellors and coaches attending for professional development to people with terminal cancer and other chronic health conditions. I also work within education teaching courses for teachers in schools, am part of the MYRIAD trial run by Oxford Mindfulness Centre and taught for a research trial at Sussex University. I have also worked in the charity and business sectors.
I have had a meditation practice since 1997. A key component of my practice is enquiry, and I am particularly interested in the ways in which enquiry can lead to clarity and understanding. As such the enquiry process plays a central role in my work in the MBSR/MBCT classroom, and my work as a supervisor. I am particularly interested in exploring how teachers engage in enquiry while teaching, and unpicking how the process works.
My MSc focused on the role of home practice in mindfulness based approaches. I am particularly interested in the crucial role that personal exploration plays in MBA’s, and in exploring ways to support course participants in developing a sustainable home practice. (See below for a link to read my published thesis.)
I have a keen interest in the Buddhist foundations of MBA’s, and in exploring the differences and overlaps with secular mindfulness.
- CMRP Training in mentoring new teachers (2017)
- CMRP Supervision training (2015)
- MSc thesis under Prof. Willem Kuyken at Exeter University (2014) ‘What factors help people to establish and maintain a home practice?’ https://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/schoolofpsychology/cedar/documents/Thesis-JM.pdf
- CMRP Foundation, Teaching 1 & 2 and Assessed Teaching Practice leading to Certificate of Competence to Teach Mindfulness-based Courses (2008-2012)
- Introduction to Counselling Skills (2008)
- BA Philosophy (UCL, 1995)
- Mentoring new teachers.
- Working with the general public as an independent mindfulness teacher.
- Adapting the eight-week course for working 1-1.
- Helping participants to establish a home practice.
- The enquiry process.
I have been supervising on the Exeter University post-graduate training programme and privately since 2014.
I run a thriving peer supervision group through an online chatroom (Zoom).
I am particularly interested in working with new teachers and the enquiry process. Home practice is also a major interest in teaching and supervision.
I have considerable experience in setting up and running a business as a mindfulness teacher and can offer support in marketing, giving design briefs for advertising, mailing lists, tasters and efficient organisational processes.
I have had a committed meditation practice since 1997 when I as 24, though my interest in meditation began as a teenager. I began with SN Goenka’s 10 day Vipassana courses in India, before moving to the western Insight Meditation tradition in 1999. I spent 7 years travelling in Asia, meditating, studying and practicing yoga and doing as many retreats as I could, which gave me a solid foundation for my practice. In 2004 I moved to Brighton, and am an active member of the meditation community. I am a founding member and trustee of Bodhi Tree Brighton Buddhist charity (www.bodhitreebrighton.org.uk) and run a weekly Open Meditation group as part of Bodhi Tree as well as doing the publicity.
I have also drawn great inspiration from the secular mindfulness approach, particularly its emphasis on gentleness.
I have a regular sitting and yoga practice and find my allotment a great source of spiritual inspiration where I enjoy observing nature.
I continue to attend retreats at Gaia House regularly, and spend time at Cittaviveka Forest Monastery on semi-retreat in a mindful community.
I am on the Community Dharma Leader programme at Gaia House.
For several years, I mentored on Christopher Titmuss’ Mindfulness Training Course, an online programme of mindfulness practices and investigation into our lives.
I also love allotment gardening and find many opportunities there to practice patience, letting go, non-striving and careful cultivation. This spring I will be leading a Mindful Gardening course on my allotment site in Brighton.
Jiva’s website – www.mindfulnessbrighton.co.uk.