Mindfulness Teacher – Coach – Author
I have 10 years experience in working between Youth Justice and Education, piloting innovative family practice and coaching through change.
Passionate to ‘make a difference’ and following the flow of my creativity, I left behind a well paid, and respected public sector role to take a ‘leap’ into the unknown and open to new lifestyles and ways of contribution.
In 2010, after being awarded a Winston Churchill Research Fellowship, I found myself travelling across America researching alternative restorative approaches that supported families experiencing adolescent abuse. You can view my Churchill Report here.
On return, I founded Alternative Restoratives, as a Training and Professional Awareness Raising Platform. I was committed to developing practitioner training that supported restorative ways of working with adolescent to parent abuse. For two years, I spoke at conferences around England and in Canada before retiring from this field of contribution in 2013.
It is said we all have a book in us, and mine was born when I finally wrote Reclaimed – Turning an Uneventful Life into an Adventure.
My main purpose for writing a piece of my life’s story was to inspire and awaken others to open to their own life purpose and adventure. I have since found myself speaking at women’s groups, facilitating coaching circles and later, training mindfulness based workshops.
With a long term meditation practice of my own, it seemed natural to train as a teacher with Breathworks and to offer my skills and services by teaching teaching 8 week Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses along with facilitating retreats and mindfulness nurture groups. I also offer personal coaching sessions on a 1-1 basis.
Between May 2017 and September 2018, I deepened my own meditation practice when I lived and worked as a residential retreat coordinator at The Barn Retreat, jointly coordinating over 30 mindfulness retreats. I journeyed with hundreds of beautiful souls.
Combining my previous expertise in criminal justice with mindfulness teacher training, I am delighted to be offering mindfulness based interventions (MBA’s) in prisons. As an Associate of Exeter University, and inspired by Dr Imaculada Adarves-yorno’s Mindful Leaders work in Kenyan Prisons, I am part of the development and delivery team of Alternative Lives prison programme, in partnership with Exeter City F.C. Community Trust.