To be honest, the biography is a bit of a blur, as if it happened through a liquid lens, which is as good a reason as any for taking up mindfulness, I guess.
But before we even start, let’s thank Jon Kabat Zinn for letting us know that there's more right with any situation, or state of being, than there is wrong with it. Just coming back to that awareness - over and over and over again - is worth more than a million words written about mindfulness.
As for the detail, I’ve been a school teacher for eighteen years, the last twelve as a Lead Practitioner of English language and literature in Secondary schools in the UK. Then, about 5 years ago, I discovered mindfulness. And it made quite a difference: in my life and my teaching. So I went on to train how to teach it. First, with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP), learning how to teach their Secondary and Primary curriculum, then with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, so I could teach mindfulness to adults. After that I studied with MiSP again, learning to teach their .B Foundations mindfulness programme for teachers, then in the summer of 2018 I trained to deliver a spiral programme called ‘The Present’ that enables primary schools to introduce mindfulness and well-being in an incremental way, rather than as a separately delivered learning experience, or curriculum. This latter training took place at Trigonos in North Wales, with Sarah Silverton (mindfulness teacher, trainer, author and co-author of ‘The Present’) and Helen Marsh (mindfulness teacher, trainer and my own mindfulness supervisor).
Recently I completed a Postgraduate Award in Educational Studies with the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University. I based my research on the uses of mindful attention and how it can frame teacher agency and identity.
Love and Gratitude
With love to Ann, Sam, Ben and James, for being the source and inspiration for all I do.
About the photos (well, some of them)
Some of them are photos of Trigonos, where I have been on two retreats. If you've ever been there on a retreat you'll know what I mean when I say they are landscapes of the mind. Some of them are of Samye Ling monastery, in Scotland.
I recommend you find some time in your mindful life to visit both places.