I am a trained mindfulness teacher with a Masters degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive
Therapy (MBCT) from Oxford University, where I was fortunate to train with Professor Mark Williams. My background was in mental health working as an occupational therapist. For the last 8 years I have worked for the cancer charity Yes to Life, currently as a volunteer on the Helpline and a blogger. I am an Associate Teacher at Oxford Mindfulness Centre and regularly teach for the Midweek Sitting Group and Oxford Student Mindfulness Society. I taught my first mindfulness for living with cancer course at the Maggie Centre, Oxford in 2012. I am a
founding member of the Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha in Oxford.
My personal meditation practice began shortly after a diagnosis of cancer of the throat in 2005. It is core to a healing journey that is still ongoing. I felt a pull to heal my body and my life at this time and was very much guided by a wonderful training I embarked on to be a Health Creation Mentor with Dr Rosy Daniel. I started to see with more clarity what changes I needed to make to be truer to myself and to my spiritual needs. I moved from London to a
village in beautiful countryside and now feel connected to a community, nature and the cycles of life. Anytime I notice myself caught up in thoughts or worries, a walk with the dogs helps me regain perspective and come back to my senses.
I am inspired by the belief that we all have the capacity for immense inner change and to live our lives with kindness and ease.
I follow the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations.