I have practiced meditation and mindfulness for the last 20 years after going through some difficult challenges in my life. I started my working life as a primary school teacher for nearly 25 years - the last 6 years as a Special Educational Needs teacher in a large primary school in Cheltenham, where I was also part of the Senior Management Team. My busy work life meant I needed to find stillness and peace. Meditation seemed to help so much, giving me a detached and healthier perspective on life. I also threw myself into a silent meditation retreat at Gaia House in North Devon some years ago. Although the first few days were very challenging, I gained so much insight and awareness. I now regularly attends silent meditation retreats as a way to refresh and renew my commitment to meditation.
I also have a particular interest in caring for the carers, recognising that looking after others can be an emotional roller coaster and very draining. I use various meditation techniques to help people develop a healthy sense of detachment and understand the importance of caring for themselves.
For the past eight years I have been working part time with the Isbourne College, in Cheltenham, as their manager, helping to put together accredited courses for people interested in the holistic landscape and further training for holistic practitioners. I'm also very lucky to teach about meditation and the ego on their successful 'Introduction to Holistic Living Course'.
My teaching style is relaxed and inclusive with a fair smattering of good humour thrown in! All those years in front of a class of expectant youngsters has honed my teaching skills...I have meditated for years and also had times when I've struggled so any problems you have with meditation I can help you with because I've more than likely experienced it myself.
At the end of the day life is meant to be lived and to be fun - and that's the joy of meditation because it puts you in touch with your own unique life force. Believe me, it's there, quietly simmering away in the background. It's just that some days we can't hear its call because of the noise of the incessant mind chatter. Let me show you how to access the silence and stillness that lies at the very heart of everyone...
Please contact me if you would like to join a class, have a one to one or just chat about meditation in general. I'd love to hear from you.
My training is with the British School of Meditation and I follow their Code of Ethics.