I have teaching the eight-week course in Sussex since 2005 to the general public, carers, NHS staff, older people and teachers. Part of my work involves teaching carers, who are usually looking after other family members, e.g., spouses, parents, adult children with mental health or substance abuse problems.
I hold a British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma and have practised aikido for many years. Since 2011, I have been a member of the core Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Training team and also part of the team offering a one-year teacher training through Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Since 2015, with Estrella Fernandez, I have led the creation of a CMRP teacher training pathway in MBCT in Spain.
- MA in Mindfulness-based approaches, Bangor University, 2010
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Teaching Training Specialisms
- MBCT and MBSR
- Mindful movement
- Group process
- MBCT to NHS clinicians
- Buddhist background
I have been supervising new teachers since 2010. I have also worked with many teachers while co-teaching eight-week courses. I took part in the three-day supervision training with Cindy Cooper in 2013.
- MBIs in education
- Spanish speakers
I have been practising meditation within the Tri Ratna community since 1981 and have attended regular retreats in the UK and abroad.
Since 2011, I have been leading retreats for mindfulness teachers.
Research Activities and Interests
- The relationship between mindfulness and focusing
- How to present traditional Buddhist teachings in an accessible way
- Teaching metta and compassion practices in an implicit way
Taravajra’s website – www.mindfulhealth.co.uk