Bright Blessings Fellow Companions,
My journey back to the core of myself continues until the last breath. Within and during this journey, both a calling and a sense of re-membering have felt very strongly. Connection with the land, with the Unseen and Seen, human and other than human energies has led me to this moment – a moment of both receiving and sharing the ancient wisdom of Earth based honouring offerings and Rites of Passage.
In the last couple of years I have been training and apprenticing into Rites of Passage Guide Training with ceremonialist and therapist, Kedar Brown of Rites of Passage Council from the US and nearing completion of training in Eco-Shamanism with Mandy Pullen in the UK. I also have a particular interest in ancestral blood line clearing and animism and I am following the teachings of Daniel Foor of Ancestral Medicine.
My interest in the secular applications of mindfulness/meditation stems from my long-standing personal meditation practice. This is mainly informed by the somatic practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Zen which have greatly enriched and expanded my teaching. I regularly attend meditation retreats as well as professional workshops as part of my continuing development and practice path. I am very interested in the impact of meditation on our capacity to self regulate and the relationship between trauma and somatic awareness.
I have trained in Mindfulness Based Approaches with the University of Bangor’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (Teacher Training Level 1) and with the University of Exeter (Teacher Training Level 2 – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). I fully adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses.
Mindfulness and Compassion are two wings of a bird, they are inseparable. In March 2016, I completed teacher training with Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer, the founders of the Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) programme. After teaching my first MSC course in October 2016 under supervision, I became a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and am registered on the professional directory with The Centre for Mindful Self Compassion.
I have led 8-week mindfulness and self compassion courses, introductory workshops and drop in groups in the community and in the workplace.
My professional background is in Social Work and I have worked in statutory children’s services and strategic positions within public services. I continue to be registered as a qualified Social Worker with the Social Work England.
I believe in our human richness and our resourcefulness to nourish ourselves and truly connect with each other and our planet.
We already have everything we need
Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are