Conference presenters listed in alphabetical order

Devin Ashwood

Devin Ashwood has worked therapeutically in a range of substance misuse settings and is currently program leader and lecturer in addictions counselling at Action on Addiction’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and the University of Bath. He has been working with and supervised by the MBRP originators, Sarah Bowen and Neha Chawla to develop and deliver a version of MBRP compatible with rolling treatment programs and is currently initiating research into this implementation. Devin’s daily meditation practice began over fifteen years ago, he has studied with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor and specialises in teaching mindfulness to professionals and clients in an addictions context. He also organizes and leads a number of meditation groups and retreats throughout the year including sessions at HMP Exeter, supporting prisoners as the Buddhist Chaplain.

Amanda Bailey

Amanda is the Chief Operating Officer for Bright Futures Educational Trust.  She previously worked on the senior leadership team at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.  She is a qualified accountant and formerly a senior manager for M&S, United Utilities and PwC. She has a personal passion for mindfulness and has led the implementation of mindfulness across her Trust of ten schools for both staff and pupils having discovered the magic of the Mindfulness in School Project .b curriculum in 2011. She is delighted to see mindfulness as part of the ethos and culture of Bright Futures and is currently developing a course for education leaders to support the application of mindful leadership to further embed mindfulness as part of the culture in her organisation.

Nancy Bardacke

Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife, mindfulness teacher, and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program has been assisting birthing families since 1971. A meditation practitioner for over 30 years with a longstanding interest in mind-body medicine, Nancy began her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductions (MBSR) in 1994. In 1998 she began adapting MBSR to meet the needs of expectant women and their partners, creating the MBCP Program. Nancy is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing and leads the MBCP Program at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Her book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond is now available in Dutch, German and French. The focus of Nancy’s current work is the training of MBCP Instructors nationally and internationally and collaborating with research colleagues worldwide to investigate the impact of the MBCP Program on expectant families and their babies.

Meg Barker

Dr. Meg John Barker is a writer, academic, counsellor and activist specialising in sex and relationships. Meg is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and has published many academic books and papers on topics including non-monogamous relationships, sadomasochism, counselling, and mindfulness, as well as co-editing the journal Psychology & Sexuality. They were the lead author of The Bisexuality Report – which has informed UK policy and practice around bisexuality. They are involved in running many public events on sexuality and relationships, including Sense about Sex, Critical Sexology, and Gender & Sexuality Talks. Meg is also a UKCP accredited therapist working with gender and sexually diverse clients. Meg’s 2013 book Rewriting the Rules is a friendly guide love, sex and relationships, and they blog about these matters on Twitter: megbarkerpsych.

Thorsten Barnhofer

Thorsten Barnhofer, PhD, is a Heisenberg-Fellow at the Free University Berlin, where he conducts research into the mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions using cognitive and neuroscientific methods. He is an experienced mindfulness teacher and CBT therapist, and regularly teaches mindfulness workshops and courses for patients and professionals.

Trish Bartley

Trish Bartley is a member of the CMRP core teaching team and teaches MBCT to people with all stages of cancer. She also uses  mindfulness in her work with people in South African communities affected  by HIV & Aids. Trish runs workshops, trainings and retreats in the UK and abroad.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (Bartley, 2012)


Tony Bates

Dr. Tony Bates is the Founder / CEO of Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, in Ireland.  Headstrong was founded in 2006 as a non-profit organisation committed to supporting and changing how Ireland thinks about young people’s mental health.  Since 2006, Dr. Bates and Headstrong have been immersed in designing, evaluating and refining a large-scale initiative to improve mental health outcomes for young people called Jigsaw.  Tony was an editor of A Vision For Change an Irish Government policy on mental health service reform. He is an Irish Times columnist and author of several bestseller books on depression.

Ursula Bates

Ursula Bates M.A. (Reg. Psychol) Group Analyst (Lond.) ICP, principal clinical psychologist, is Head of Psychology at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services Dublin Ireland.  Recent publications include The CANSURVIROR Project: Meeting the Post – Treatment Cancer Survivors’ Needs HSE Dublin 2010. She is a contributing author in Palliative Medicine Elsevier 2009 and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer Wiley 2011. Tel: 00-353-1206-4000


Kate Binnie

Kate Binnie is a clinical music psychotherapist working in palliative care in Oxfordshire.  She is also a yoga teacher and therapist, and completed an 8 week Mindfulness course at the OMC last year.

She blends all these traditions into her work with patients in the hospice, with the aim to support people and their families to live fully and creatively right up until death and on into bereavement.  Kate is currently in the 2nd year of an MSc in Palliative Care at King's College London, for which she won a scholarship for research on yoga and "total pain".


Jamie Bristow

Jamie Bristow is an associate of the Mindfulness All-party Parliamentary Group and co-author of the 'Mindful Nation UK' report. Jamie led development of the Headspace workplace offering, Headspace for Teams, and is now an advisor to organisations such as the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, PSYT: Psychological Technologies and the Open Society Foundation. He has formerly been a software developer, advertising executive and brand director of a global soft-drink brand.


Madeleine Bunting

Madeleine Bunting is a prize winning writer and broadcaster. She was a Guardian journalist until 2013, writing a regular column on political and social affairs. She has won several awards for her journalism on development, diversity and ethics. Her next book on Scotland will be published by Granta in 2016. She set up the Mindfulness Initiative in 2013 with Chris Cullen. She is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University.

Vidyamala Burch

Vidyamala is co-founder and Managing Director of Breathworks – a Community Interest Company founded in 2004. Breathworks arose from Vidyamala’s personal experience of living with chronic pain and disability following a spinal injury in her teens and using meditation to ease the suffering associated with her circumstances. Her vision is to offer these skills as widely as possible throughout the world. There are now Breathworks’ teachers in over twenty countries.

In 2008 Vidyamala wrote ‘Living well with Pain and Illness – using mindfulness to free yourself from suffering’. In 2013 she co-authored ‘Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being’ with Danny Penman. Vidyamala trains regularly in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Michael Chaskalson

Michael is the founder and Chief Executive of Mindfulness Works. The author of “The Mindful   Workplace” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), Michael is one of the world's foremost proponents of the use of mindfulness in workplace settings. He has a masters degree with distinction in the clinical applications of mindfulness and more than thirty-five years of personal practice of mindfulness and related disciplines. Michael has delivered mindfulness training to groups and senior individuals in a wide range of organisations around the world – banks and financial services organisations, professional services firms, media companies, construction companies, the NHS, the civil service and several leading business schools.

Susan Chater

Susan has been a palliative care consultant for many years, having worked in Canada and the UK and with people with Cancer and life threatening illnesses for a long time. She currently works at St Columba's Hospice in Edinburgh. She completed a masters in Mindfulness based approaches at Bangor University in 2012 and her dissertation was a pilot study looking at MBSR for Hospice staff. She has been offering mindfulness courses for NHS and hospice staff for the last few years.  

Rebecca Crane

Rebecca directs the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice and has played a leading role in the development of both the training and research sides of the centre since it was founded in 2001. Prior to this she worked for 15 years in the mental health field as an Occupational Therapist and an integrative counsellor.

Rebecca has had a personal interest in meditation for over 25 years and personal practice is an integral part of her life. She has received training in the use of mindfulness-based approaches through working with Mark Williams and colleagues from the early development of MBCT teaching, through to recent work on the Oxford / Bangor University investigation of MBCT for people with recurrent depression and suicidality; through a 15 year and ongoing engagement with the teachers and MBSR training programmes at the Centre for Mindfulness in Massachusetts.

Rebecca is a certified MBSR teacher with the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts and has written Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: The CBT Distinctive Features Series; Routledge, 2009.

Chris Cullen

Chris Cullen is on the teaching staff of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and works as a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. He co-founded the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and teaches mindfulness courses for MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament, for students at Oxford University and for musicians and actors at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Chris trained to teach Insight Meditation with Christina Feldman, and regularly teaches retreats at Gaia House in Devon and elsewhere. He has a Master’s degree from Oxford University in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Dusana Dorjee

Dusana is a cognitive neuroscientist investigating how contemplative practice modifies systems of the mind and brain in relation to well-being and development across the life-span. In this context, her current studies in healthy adults, children and adolescents examine the impact of mindfulness training on cognitive control, emotion regulation, language and conceptual processing. Dusana is particularly interested in possible preventive effects of mindfulness on mental and physical health. She believes that research integrating insights into efficacy of mindfulness programs in education with investigation of underlying neurocognitive mechanisms can not only make a useful contribution to developmental cognitive neuroscience but can also support enhancement of school curricula and education policy. Dusana's research combines behavioural, self-report and electrophysiological methods, mainly event-related brain potentials (ERPs), and also uses eye-tracking and other psychophysiological measures in some studies. Her book titled ‘Mind, Brain, and the Path to Happiness: A guide to Buddhist mind training and the neuroscience of meditation’ will be published by Routledge in August 2013.


In addition to research, Dusana is responsible for development of the CMRP research strategy and supports a wide range of research and outreach projects on mindfulness within the centre. She also teaches master’s modules on research methods and cognitive neuroscience of mindfulness and supervises master’s and Ph.D. projects on mindfulness. Dusana has been practicing meditation since 2000.

Alison Evans

Alison Evans has worked as a mindfulness-based teacher since 2004. She currently works at the Mood Disorders Centre at Exeter University. Her mindfulness-based teaching includes two trials offering MBCT as a prevention for relapse with patients with recurrent depression, and a trial offering MBCT for parents with a history of recurrent depression. She has also facilitated MBCT courses within an NHS context, embedded in the University, for those with recurrent depression and has developed MBSR courses for people with stress associated with physical health difficulties/chronic pain. She is Programme Lead for the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in MBCT/MBA and the supervised pathways. She has had a supervisor role at the University of Exeter since 2008 on the PREVENT trial and for the AccEPT clinic, and offers external supervision for mindfulness-based teachers. Along with colleagues she wrote an article “A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: a Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry; In 2012, she co-founded the Mindfulness Network CIC with Willem Kuyken, with Rebecca Crane joining in 2013 as a director.


Emma Evans

Dr Emma Evans is a Clinical Psychologist and CBT Therapist working in the NHS in primary care (IAPT). She has a particular interest in understanding how best to support patients who are experiencing both mental health and physical health difficulties and has been involved in developing services for this patient group in Oxfordshire. Over the past few years she has worked closely with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to train as an MBCT teacher and deliver MBCT groups to people experiencing emotional difficulties and living with long-term physical health conditions.

Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is an IMS guiding teacher and co-founder of Gaia House in England. She has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 1976 and has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. Her books include Compassion, Silence and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity.

Sona Fricker

Sona has practised and taught mindfulness, meditation and related disciplines around the world for nearly forty years in a number of roles. He has established several Buddhist centres in the UK and Sweden, and was Director of a retreat centre in the UK for 15 years. He has lived in intensive retreat centre contexts for much of his life. 

In 2003 he started working with Vidyamala Burch - going on to co-found Breathworks as a Community Interest Company (CIC), with Gary Hennessey and Vidyamala, in 2004.

Sona is dedicated to offering mindfulness and compassion as widely as possible in society to ease the suffering associated with pain, stress and illness.

Eluned Gold

Eluned Gold is Head of Continuing Professional Development at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, as well as working as a Centre teacher and trainer. Eluned has had a meditation and yoga practice for 20 years, concentrating on mindfulness for the last 15 years. Eluned has trained in North Wales with teachers from the Center For Mindfulness in Massachusetts, and has been teaching mindfulness since 2001. She is also a psychotherapist registered with UKCP and has worked in the field of mental health for 35 years in a variety of settings. Eluned has a particular interest in mindfulness in families and education, and has trained with Nancy Bardacke to deliver mindfulness based childbirth and parenting (MBCP). She has also developed a mindfulness based courses for parents, particularly parents in stressful circumstances.


Philippe Goldin

Philippe directs the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience laboratory at Stanford University and is now a tenured associate professor and founding faculty in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Science and Health-care Leadership at the University of California Davis Health System. His NIH-funded clinical research focuses on (a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive-affective mechanisms in adults with anxiety and chronic pain disorders, (b) differential effects of mindfulness meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy and aerobic exercise on brain-behavior correlates of emotional reactivity and emotion regulation, and (c) compassion meditation training in healthy adults. Dr. Goldin developed the Search Inside Yourself program at Google and also founded a start-up ( which delivers mindfulness-based emotional intelligence and leadership skills training programs world-wide

Annee Griffiths

Annee Griffiths has practised meditation since 1975 and has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 2001.  She is a senior teacher at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. Annee enjoys teaching and also training and supervising teachers. However her contribution to Bangor University’s Masters in Mindfulness-Based Approaches was on the Foundation year which focused on meditation practice.

She has developed a follow on course for participants who have taken the eight week course and is very interested in how to encourage participants to continue to practice.  Often this needs to be framed in a secular context as modelled in both MBSR and MBCT eight week courses.

Annee’s background is in Social Work and Further Education. This involved working within health and community settings as well as coordinating community programmes for disadvantaged groups.  

Sharon Hadley

Sharon is the Business Manager for CMRP and has a central role in the team; managing all the business aspects including quality assurance, governance and compliance, marketing, accounting and conference management. 


Sharon's background is business and developing on her MBA research Sharon is working on a Ph.D. in Health Economics which will investigate the impact and cost effectiveness of mindfulness training in the workplace. The research which primarily aims to explore if a proactive approach to employee wellbeing (via mindfulness training in the workplace) is cost effective includes a randomized controlled trial which will run until the end of 2015.  Sharon hopes to publish official findings consisting of several papers including a policy recommendation paper in 2016 / 17.  Sharon is also contributing to a UK all Party Parliamentary Group set up to study the benefits of bringing mindfulness into public policy.

Gary Hennessey

Gary has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 35 years and has taught internationally for many years with a particular interest in Buddhist psychology and philosophy. He was spiritual Director of a Buddhist study centre in North Wales for several years and is the author of The Art of Reflection, a practical guide on how to reflect and contemplate in the context of Buddhist practice. For the last few years he has been leading reflection retreats and workshops in the UK, Sweden and Germany.

In 2003 he started working with Vidyamala Burch - going on to co-found Breathworks as a Community Interest Company (CIC), with Sona Fricker and Vidyamala, in 2004.

Since then he has been Head of Training, focusing particularly on developing the teacher training programme running in the UK. He regularly trains health professionals and others in mindfulness as a health intervention.


Vanessa Hope

Vanessa has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1980 and sees both of these as integral to her life.  She practised as a Homeopath for 18 years and now works full-time as a Mindfulness Instructor and Trainer, teaching and deepening into the practices that have sustained her for so many years.

More recently, Vanessa has written two chapters for Sarah Silverton’s book ‘The Mindfulness Breakthrough’ which has been translated into 8 languages and is training to teach Mindful Self-Compassion.


Nick Johns

Nick is a senior lecturer in social and public policy at Cardiff University. He originally had to return to education via an access course in humanities and from there studied and worked at the University of Plymouth. His interests are mainly driven by issues of equal opportunity and diversity, although he has written about anti-terror policy, sentencing theory and more general welfare policy. Latterly he has published a book on criminal justice and policy and this is a developing area of interest. What characterises his work in the main is an inability to focus on any particular niche and this diversity has now been supplemented by delving into the area of mindfulness - albeit as an interested outsider.

Mary Kavanagh

Mary Kavanagh is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working with TalkingSpace,  the Oxfordshire IAPT service. She completed her MBCT teacher training under the supervision of Dr. Christina Surawy, and currently provides MBCT groups to people with long term physical health conditions in the NHS. Mary originally trained as an Occupational therapist, and worked for many years in both physical and mental health settings.

Frits Koster

Frits Koster is a vipassana meditation and qualified mindfulness teacher who trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse and teaches mindfulness and compassion in mental health settings. He was a Buddhist monk in Asia for six years in the 1980’s and has been practising vipassana meditation for 35 years. He is a teacher and member of the faculty of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) and other training institutes in the Netherlands and Europe. Three of his books have been translated into English. (Silkworm Books). See or

Willem Kuyken


Willem Kuyken (PhD) is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Co-Founder of the Mood Disorders Centre at the University of Exeter in England.  His work is focussed on mood disorders and evidence-based approaches to mood disorders. The aim is to better understand depression and translate this understanding into cost-effective approaches to preventing and treating depression. He has been teaching MBCT since 2001 and has published on mindfulness mechanisms, clinical trials and implementation. All of his work is informed by a longstanding personal mindfulness practice in the Vipassana tradition.

Trish Lück

Dr Patricia Lück, MBChB, MPhil Palliative Medicine

Trish has worked in adult and paediatric palliative medicine in South Africa, has held the post of medical director at Hospice Witwatersrand and team leader of the Paediatric Palliative Care Team, Charlotte Maxeke Teaching Hospital.  She teaches mindfulness-based interventions within the health sector, with particular attention to mindfulness interventions as a ‘care for the carer’ programme for palliative care and hospice workers, and clinician resilience and burnout. She currently resides in London, is working toward an MSc in Medical Humanities and teaches mindfulness for healthcare workers internationally.


Peter Malinowski

Peter Malinowski, PhD, is the founding director of the Meditation and Mindfulness Research Group at the Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour, Liverpool John Moores University. In his work he builds on his experience in practicing and teaching meditation within the Karma Kagyu / Diamond Way tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and on his expertise in Cognitive Neuroscience.

His research focuses on investigating how meditation practice influences psychological functions and the related brain processes. He is particularly interested in advancing meditation as a preventative approach and a way of unveiling inherent qualities of mind. Dr Malinowski’s current projects are concerned with the question if and how regular meditation practice can help staying cognitively fit in older age and whether mindfulness-based surgery preparation can improve recovery. See

Jody Mardula

Jody is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor and has been involved with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice from its early years, retiring from 3 years as Centre Director in December 2011. She teaches the Foundation and Mindfulness and Individual Therapy Masters modules and delivers Mindfulness Teaching, Training and Supervision for CMRP and has a private practise where she offers Mindfulness Informed Therapy and Clinical and Mindfulness Supervision. Drawing on her experience of delivering generic and clinical Supervision Training, together with her practise and knowledge as a mindfulness teacher, she collaberated with her colleague Cindy Cooper in the development of a Mindfulness Supervision Model and Training programme and they have been delivering this training since 2010.  

Stirling Moorey


Stirling Moorey is a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust and Visiting Senior Lecturer at Kings College London. He has written and researched in the application of cognitive behaviour therapy to cancer and palliative care. Oxford Guide to CBT for People with Cancer. Second Edition (Moorey & Greer, 2012)

Dominic Morris

Dominic works for Mindfulness in Schools Project (.b) where he manages the .b Foundations training in mindfulness for school teachers and staff, delivered in over 100 schools across the UK. His background is in teaching languages, having come through the Teach First teacher training route. This experience informs his interest in how mindfulness can be offered in schools in an accessible and effective way. Dominic currently teaches staff and pupils in London and trains teachers in .b and .b Foundations. More information on the Teach .b Foundations 2-day training is available here (next training 1-2 July in Bangor).

Ruth Passman

Ruth Passman is the Head of Equality and Health Inequalities for NHS England. Ruth has enjoyed a diverse portfolio career spanning the voluntary, academic and public sectors. In the field of health and regeneration, Ruth has acted at Directorial and Chief Executive Level, establishing and leading organisations and renewal programmes. She has worked in the Department of Health and across government on the wider determinants of health agenda as Senior Health Policy Adviser/ Public Health Specialist and covered all major policy portfolios including local area agreements, social value and sustainability, human rights in healthcare, end of life healthcare, ethnicity and health, and recovery.  Ruth is the external Policy Consultant on CMRP, Bangor University’s Mindfulness in the Workplace research trial which is being delivered in NHS England.

Ron Purser

Ron Purser, Ph.D. is a professor of management at San Francisco State University, and former chair of the Organization Development and Change division of the Academy of Management. In 1981, he began studying Buddhist psychology and practicing meditation at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley.  He began formal Zen training at the Cleveland Zen Center in 1985 under Koshin Ogui Sensei, who had been Shunryu Suzuki’s personal assistant in the early 1960’s.  After returning to San Francisco in 1997, he continued to study and practice with Zen teachers and Tibetan lamas. In 2013, he received ordination as a Dharma instructor in the Korean Zen Buddhist Taego order.  His research focuses on the application of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices to management and organizations, exploring the challenges and issues of introducing mindfulness into secular contexts, particularly with regards to its encounter with modernity, Western consumer capitalism, and individualism. His recent articles on these issues have appeared in such journals as Mindfulness, Inquiring Mind, Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, Organizational Aesthetics, Tamara, and The Humanistic Psychologist.  His Huffington Post blog (with David Loy), “Beyond McMindfulness,” went viral in July, 2013.

Jo Rycroft-Malone

Jo is a Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research and Head of School for Healthcare Sciences. She co-leads an internationally recognised Implementation Research programme at Bangor University - Implement@Bangor. Jo works at the interface of research and practice using mixed methods to study the processes and impacts of approaches to bridge the gap between evidence and practice/service delivery, which led her to be listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s highly cited researchers ( Jo has been an adviser and member of a number of international and national and strategy development ‘think tanks’ and funding groups and later this year begins as Programme Director of the National Institute for Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR). Twitter @jorycroftmalone


Saki Santorelli

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Director of the internationally-acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic and Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society a the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since 1980, he has worked with thousands of medical patients and has educated and helped mentor generations of practitioners of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). He has engaged in more than 30,000 clinical hours of MBSR. In 2001, he founded Oasis Institute - a comprehensive teacher education and training program in MBSR and in 20013, established an annual international scientific conference on mindfulness now in its 11th year. He is the author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine.

David Shannon


David worked within the CMRP Core Management team from January 2012 to January 2015 as their Mindfulness Lecturer / Masters Programme Co-ordinator, David was responsible for the day to day management of the Master’s Programmes and complimented the existing teaching team.  David has now moved to Dublin to take up a clinical post and remains part of the CMRP team as a Core Trainer and Masters Programme Tutor and Foundation Module Co-ordinator.

David regularly facilitates MBSR and MBCT for people affected by cancer, he has been teaching mindfulness since 2006 and has completed formal MBSR/MBCT teacher training with the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches. David’s interest in meditation developed alongside an interest in psychological aspects of end-of-life care. As a result, he worked as a care assistant in palliative care for four years whilst completing an MSc in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores’ University. Following this he worked as a research assistant in University College Cork before being accepted onto the MSc in Counselling Psychology in Trinity College, Dublin.


Christina Shennan

Christina Shennan is an experienced psychotherapist working in the oncology field, in hospice and day care settings. She has been teaching MBCT to cancer patients and carers since 2008. She leads mindfulness workshops for cancer health professionals and wrote: What is the evidence for the use of mindfulness-based interventions in cancer care? A review. Shennan, C., Payne, S. and Fenlon, which was published in Psycho-Oncology in 2011.


Sarah Silverton

Sarah Silverton has been a teacher and trainer with CMRP since it was established. She has been involved in teaching a range of mindfulness curricula to clinical and general public populations.

5 years ago she was introduced to the exciting and newly developing area of mindfulness in schools and has been involved in this work since then.

Sarah has been part of the development team at Mindfulness in Schools Project for .b Foundations, a curriculum for adults in busy school contexts. She has been teaching .b Foundations and training others on the Teach .b Foundations course over the last two years.

Sarah designed Paws b, a primary school curriculum for children aged 7-11, working with teachers at Ysgol Pen Y Bryn in Colwyn Bay, MiSP team members and Dusana Dorjee (neuroscientist, Bangor University). 220 teachers have now been trained to teach Paws b in the UK and internationally.


Anne Speckens

Prof Anne Speckens is a Professor of Psychiatry at Raboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands since 2005.  She is the founder and director of the Radboudumc Centre for Mindfulness.  The Centre offers mindfulness courses for patients with psychological and somatic problems, university and hospital staff, and the general public.  It also provides a 1,5 years teacher training course for professionals with a health, education or business background.  Anne conducts clinical research into the (cost)effectiveness and working mechanisms of mindfulness for both clinical populations and health care professionals in collaboration with both national and international colleagues. She has been principal investigator of several randomized controlled trials on mindfulness based interventions in recurrent depression, unexplained physical symptoms, cancer patients and their partners, medical students and medical residents.


Judith Soulsby

Judith has practised mindfulness meditation over the last 40 years or so, receiving teaching mainly in the Theravadin Buddhist tradition, and attending regular 5 and 10 day retreats. Judith has been trained as an MBCT teacher within the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) in North Wales, and has also attended MBSR trainings in North Wales and the USA given by teachers from the Massachusetts Center For Mindfulness.

Judith has now retired from directing the CMRP's Master’s Programmes and works part-time as a freelance mindfulness supervisor and teacher with the CMRP, teaching the 8-week course of MBCT for stress reduction locally, and training professionals in mindfulness teaching on both our CPD and Master’s courses.

Judith enjoys learning more about working with mindfulness therapeutically (having used it informally in her professional life as social worker and psychotherapist), and is now also teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion course. Judith finds that teaching mindfulness is one of the best ways to develop her own life, work and practice open-heartedly, and considers herself wonderfully fortunate to be able to do this work.

Steven Stanley

Steven Stanley, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. A social psychologist interested in the critical and qualitative study of social life, he teaches mindfulness and Qigong courses and retreats, both inside and outside of the university. He is particularly interested in the potentials of early Pāli Buddhist ideas and practices, as well as modern retreat practice, for potentially reorienting our relationship to life in capitalism. In his research, he has investigated historical changes in meanings of mindfulness and meditation, ethics and politics of the mindfulness movement, mindfulness meditation as a psychosocial research methodology, interactional aspects of ‘inquiry’ sequences in mindfulness courses, and pluralism in mindfulness-based mental health care interventions. His teaching explores mindfulness and socially engaged Buddhism as styles of contemplative education for social science and Social Work. He has recently completed the Committed Dharma Practitioner Programme and Pali Summer School.

Christina Surawy

Dr Christina Surawy is co-director of the Masters of Studies in MBCT currently offered by Oxford University, and is involved in both teaching and training MBCT as part of her work at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  Christina has taught MBCT on the trial exploring its benefits for Health Anxiety and has been involved in developing the approach to sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  Recently she has been involved in teaching and training MBCT for people with long term physical health conditions in the NHS. She has been providing supervision both in MBCT and CBT for a number of years and trained originally as a clinical psychologist and cognitive therapist.

Chris Tamdjidi

Chris is the co-founder and Director of the Kalapa Academy and Kalapa Hotels.  As Director of the Kalapa Academy Chris is currently leading a study on Mindfulness in working life, in which over 40 companies are taking part.   As part of this he has been invited into the UK Parliament twice to speak on the results of the study and the workplace benefits of mindfulness. 

He is Director and Owner of a Hotel Management company which runs a castle hotel in southern Germany.  The Hotel is focused on offering both mindfulness training and authentic leadership seminars, in addition to functioning as a normal Hotel with 30 employees.  Prior to this he worked for 6 years as consultant and project leader with the The Boston Consulting Group. In addition he also spent 7 years as the Director of a European Network of 75 Buddhist meditation centres. 

Chris has a Degree in Physics from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and an MBA from UT in Austin.



Taravajra has been practising meditation since 1981, initially in a Buddhist context within the Tri Ratna community. Since 2005, he has been teaching MBCT in Sussex. Other major influences on his approach include yoga, aikido and Focusing. After completing his MA at Bangor, he joined the CMRP core training team in 2011. Taravajra also trains teachers for the Sussex Mindfulness Centre. He is currently exploring the .bFoundation course for school teachers and developing his capacity to offer mindfulness in Spanish.


John Teasdale

John Teasdale was one of the developers of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, and has co-authored three books on that subject.  Since retiring as a research clinical psychologist working for the Medical Research Council in the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge for 30 years, he has spent his time practicing, teaching, and attempting to better understand mindfulness and meditation, and their place in the reduction of suffering and the awakening of new possibilities of mind.

Erik van den Brink

Erik van den Brink is a psychiatrist/psychotherapist and qualified mindfulness teacher. He studied medicine in the Netherlands, and trained and worked in psychiatry in West Yorkshire in the UK. He has been practising meditation (vipassana and Zen) for over 20 years, and trained in MBSR, MBCT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CFT and Interpersonal Mindfulness. He works at the Center for Integrative Psychiatry, an innovative mental health clinic in Groningen, and is a member of the organizing committee of international scientific conferences. He has specialised in solution-focussed, mindfulness-based and compassion-focussed approaches in mental health care and is often invited as a guest-teacher across Europe. See   

Cosimo Urgesi

Cosimo is assistant professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Human Sciences, University of Udine and also serves as senior research collaborator at the Scientific Institute Eugenio Medea in Italy. His major expertise is in behavioral and brain stimulation studies of body and action representation. He coordinates the Body Lab Udine ( conducting research on i) the neurocognitive organization and development of corporeal knowledge, ii) action observation and motor learning, and iii) the neural correlates of spiritual and religious experiences and traits. Cosimo is currently on sabbatical leaving and serves as a Marie Curie senior research fellow in the School of Psychology at Bangor University, where he conducts research on the effects of self-transcendence and meditation practice on the behavioural and neural correlates of social perception and empathic responses

Mark Williams

Mark Williams was Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford until 2013, and before that at Bangor University between 1991 and 2002. He is interested in understanding suicidal depression and how best to prevent it, and collaborated with John Teasdale and Zindel Segal in developing Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to prevent relapse and recurrence. Now retired, he continues to live near Oxford, to teach mindfulness to teachers-in-training across the world, and to explore, with colleagues, how mindfulness and compassion might most authentically be cultivated in public policy.