I have been a mindfulness teacher since 2006 and teach extensively in various non-clinical community-based settings, in addition to running mindfulness workshops and courses for voluntary sector organisations, private companies and for the local council.
I have a busy independent teaching practice running four courses of my own each term. I am a mindfulness mentor and Distance Learning tutor for Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP). I am an associate trainer for The Sussex Mindfulness Centre (SMC) – an organisation based in the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, which delivers mindfulness teaching training in Sussex. I am also an Associate Teacher for Mindful Health – a non-profit organisation that delivers mindfulness courses for public or voluntary sector organisations in Sussex.
- MA in Teaching Mindfulness-based Courses (Distinction), Bangor University
- Certificate of Competence to Teach Mindfulness-based Courses, Bangor University
- Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
I have established my own busy private mindfulness teaching practice in Sussex, primarily teaching MBSR and non-clinical MBCT to the general public, and have substantial experience of setting up and running my own business as an independent mindfulness teacher.
I also run courses, classes and workshops in workplace settings. I have run courses for businesses that follow the MBSR format as well as adapted courses and a variety of stand-alone workshops.
I have considerable experience teaching mindfulness to carers, including eight-week courses and regular drop in meditation classes and have some familiarity with the specific stresses and challenges that carers face.
Having recovered from 17 years of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), I also have extensive experience of using mindfulness to help manage pain and illness and have taught MBCT for people with CFS.
As regards my private teaching practice, in addition to the skills and expertise required to deliver the courses themselves, this has required a range of other competencies such as: promotion, marketing, administration, bookkeeping, web design and understanding the legalities involved with advertising.
I have provided mindfulness supervision since 2014 and have experience of working with supervisees who are currently in training and also with those who are established teachers, both independently or in NHS settings.
- Students on training programmes
- Mindfulness in the workplace
- General public
- 1:1 with mindfulness teachers
I can also offer supervision guidance regarding establishing a private mindfulness practice with regard to the following areas:
- Managing a website and mailing list
- Adapting MBCT and MBSR for general population groups
- Advertising artwork
- Legalities of advertising copy
- Running events for businesses
- Taster sessions for the general public
I have more than twenty years experience of regular mindfulness meditation practice and have been a practising Buddhist throughout that time. I also have a keen interest in other contemplative teachings, including the works of teachers whom Jon Kabat-Zinn has acknowledged were a significant influence on MBSR: Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj and Jiddu Krishnamurti.
Research Activities and Interests
I have a keen interest in the differences and similarities between mindfulness teachings, both secular and Buddhist, and other contemplative paths which have influenced MBSR (see above), but which function in a very different way, such as Advaita Vedanta.
Nick’s website – www.mindfulnessforwellbeing.co.uk.