MindHowYouGo is Jem Shackleford, Karen Duarte, Beatrice Brooke and Alison Purnell, all of whom are fully-trained mindfulness teachers working within the UK Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainer Network Good Practice Guidelines.
Jem has been practising meditation for many years and teaching mindfulness for over five. He has personal experience of the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate stress and improve general wellbeing. Jem delivers a range of mindfulness courses to the general public both privately and in the NHS. His background in secondary schools and specialist training to teach Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) .b programmes has enabled him to successfully deliver these programmes in schools to a range of students, and the adults who care for them. A lead trainer for MiSP, Jem also trains teachers to deliver the .b programme themselves in schools. Keen to contribute to the research evidence on mindfulness he is currently researching which key elements of mindfulness teaching have the most impact on course participants through Bangor University in partnership with Exeter, Dublin and Oxford. He is also a director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (UK), an organisation that runs mindfulness retreats for young people. Jem is registered with the UK Mindfulness-Based Teachers’ Network.
Testimonials on Jem’s courses
‘Fantastic. It has instilled me with a new perspective that has made a positive impact in my life … Life changing!’ Dorchester May 2016
‘[The course] was very good and gave me an insight into mindfulness practice which I want to continue (unlike many other courses I have been on which I stopped straight after).’ Bridport Nov 2015
‘Really helpful, I hadn’t joined to help me, I thought it would help my family, but I hadn’t realised how much I needed it too. It has made me think differently about many aspects of my life in a very positive way.’ Sherborne Dec 2015
Excellent! Completely different to expectations and a joy once started. Website was a great support tool. You are an excellent, ego-less teacher and no point did I reject things you said.’ Bridport Nov 2015
‘For me it has been invaluable… Jem has the perfect temperament for this subject.’ Sherborne Dec 2015
‘Amazing! It has been everything I hoped it would be and more.’ Sherborne June 2014
‘This is the best course I have ever done (and I have done a lot of courses!!).’ Sherborne June 2014
‘Excellent – well planned and mentored at every stage – Jem was a fantastic facilitator.’ Dorchester March 2015
‘It was everything that I hoped for and more! You are very inspirational – it obviously works well for you as you look so alive! Thank you!’ Dorchester March 2015
Karen trained with Exeter University on their academically acclaimed 2 year Post Graduate diploma in Mindfulness Based Approaches. Karen was recently psychology lecturer at Weymouth College in Dorset and therefore as a teacher of many years understands fully the unique emotional and real psychological cost that stress can take, not only on teaching colleagues, but on all of us – in the struggle to maintain a work – life balance.
Karen and Jem have been invited by Oxford University to take part in the ground breaking new research investigating the effect of mindfulness training on teenagers in schools nationwide. The research, led by Professor Willem Kuyken (who taught Karen at Exeter), and funded by the Wellcome Trust to the tune of many £millions, is a 7 year random controlled trial which starts with invited mindfulness teachers teaching school teachers the 8 week course. This is the same course that Karen teaches in her public courses to the public. Both Karen and Jem are very excited to be involved in this exciting research study, and have already undergone the training with Oxford University in readiness for teaching schools shortly.
Karen started her mindfulness journey as many do, by taking an 8 week MBSR course after stress and anxiety were having a negative effect on her life, and through mindfulness strategies was able to practice responding to life’s challenges rather than reacting habitually, noticing unhelpful life habits or conditionings, and making changes. It is as though mindfulness practice has shone the light of awareness on her life making what was pleasant, joyful, while enabling her to gain a breathing spaces where necessary to gain more of a work life balance, opening up her life in ways never before believed possible, to live well and love life. The journey to teaching mindfulness through Exeter University and the many conferences as well as mindfulness in schools training has been a joyous learning experience.
Karen was very keen that she undertake mindfulness training via a rigorous esteemed training provider in order to lend her own practice and her teaching integrity. Mindfulness should never be undertaken with a teacher of little training, as the learning is subtle and many layered.
However, Karen sees herself not so much as a teacher than as a facilitator of the mindfulness Teacher within you. She regards teaching mindfulness as a great honour.
Beatrice trained 20 years ago as a voice and accent coach, and has spent much of her career training drama students and professional actors to use their voices healthily and effectively.
In 2003 she became very ill with severe depression and anxiety. Having tried many different therapies to regain her health, with varying degrees of success, she attended her first Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course in 2010, and her second in 2014. The work had such a transformative effect on her life, both personal and professional, that she decided to train as a Mindfulness practitioner, and she has now been teaching under supervision for over two years on a Supervised Pathway in Mindfulness Based Interventions at the University of Exeter. She has meditated intermittently since 2010, and daily since 2014, which has helped her to gain enormously in both confidence and equanimity. She finds she is better able to work creatively with life’s surprises, changes and difficulties, and to enjoy the good bits more!
Beatrice loves teaching Mindfulness, and she feels it is a privilege to be able to recommend and teach this practice, which is of such enormous benefit to so many. She has taught MBSR (Poole 2015 and regular courses at Nine Springs Natural Health Centre Yeovil), Mindfulness for Creativity (Arts University Bournemouth, 2016), Mindfulness for Actors (London 2016) and is now also teaching one-to-one on Skype. In October 2017 she will be starting a pilot study with 3rd year students on the BA Acting course at the Arts University Bournemouth, teaching a Mindfulness for Performers course developed by Chris Cullen of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
Beatrice adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines, regularly attending retreats and training days. All her teaching is under supervision.
Alison Purnell is an Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher and member of the UK network of Mindfulness Teachers. She currently works part time in the NHS, teaching the Mindfulness for Health course for people who suffer with chronic pain. As an Occupational Therapist and Counsellor, Alison is interested in helping people to improve their quality of life, and to change their relationship with life’s difficulties; whatever life brings. The Breathworks approach combines mindfulness and compassion together to help people grow in moment to moment awareness, self-acceptance and kindness, which can have a deeply transformative effect.
Alison came to mindfulness through a personal interest in meditation and the study of Psychology and Mental Health, and has found it invaluable in keeping her balance and perspective in her life as an NHS health professional and mother. She believes that we can all weave mindfulness and self/compassion into the busiest of working and family lives.
Since finishing training in 2011 Alison has gone on to work for Breathworks as a Senior Trainer, Supervisor and Mentor, involved in training and supporting mindfulness teachers and facilitating meditation retreats. Alongside this, since 2013 Alison has run a rolling program of Mindfulness for Health courses in the NHS for groups and individuals. She is very glad to have such a broad variety of people to work with in this field.
As well as teaching Mindfulness; Alison has a particular interest in the area of Compassion, and has trained to teach the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living course, and is now a registered MBCL teacher. Alison is delighted to be able to offer this course, hosted by Mind How you Go, in Dorchester to anyone who’s done a standard Mindfulness course already.
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