Gail Power – Darwin
Gail Power is a researcher, writer, consultant and Founder of Mindful Territory with the mission of bringing mindfulness to remote regions of Northern Australia. She is passionate and curious about what helps us become well functioning individuals, businesses and communities — as well as what trips us up in life.
She is an internationally certified mindfulness teacher, one of 700 trainers of a program born at Google for organisations and communities. Some of her lecturers have included Jon Kabat-Zinn (considered the godfather of mindfulness), Dan Siegel, Director UCLA Mindsight Insitute and Daniel Goldman, NY Times Bestseller of the book, Emotional Intelligence — and why it may matter more than IQ. Gail has been an internationally certified Kundalini Yoga/Meditation teacher for over 15 years and has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Lara Baker – Cairns
Lara is dedicated to practising mindfulness as a way of keeping herself healthy and remaining balanced as a busy mother and running a company. She has used mindfulness as a solid coping mechanism when life has been challenging.
Lara has had 14 years’ experience working in the community sector with young people and the homeless. She has an intense sense of social justice and believes everyone needs to have access to professional development and stress reduction techniques to work at their optimal and achieve a healthy life. Lara also offers equine assisted learning (working with horses through mindfulness) to a wide variety of audiences.
Lara’s tertiary background is psychology/community work; she has a Diploma of Youth Work and is also a certified trainer and assessor. Lara has worked under government and non-government organisations in various positions from volunteering, working in drop-in centres, residential services, as a school counsellor/education and working directly with people with drug and alcohol issues to managing an organisation she founded.
She has had 10 years’ training experience along with designing and running workshops for many different audiences.
Feedback from participants indicates Lara’s facilitation ability creates a warm, interactive environment for participants to learn and be heard whilst maintaining an important level of professionalism.
Lara’s company is Community Training and comes from a strength-based approach right through all levels of an organisation from direct client contact to team dynamics to administration and allows organisations to perform at an optimal level.
Maurice Harvey-Hall – Townsville
Maurice is a Mindfulness Practitioner and a practising Mental Health Nurse with a Masters in Mental Health Nursing and certificates in various psychotherapies. He has studied Eastern philosophy, in particular Buddhism and Taoism, and has integrated these principles into western psychological therapies. He has a passion for mindfulness-based therapies and is an experienced teacher in this field.
Maurice has been practising mindfulness for the past 20 years in different forms and mediums. He is also an avid triathlete who uses mindfulness in his training and racing. He is an authority in the field of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and utilises the ACT framework and meditation in his daily practice.
Michelle Ryan – Rockhampton
Michelle believes that we, as humans, truly need to return to ourselves to find inner peace and clarity. When in a mindful state, she considers that we naturally and positively influence the World around us.
In the late 90’s Michelle commenced her path of self-discovery out of curiosity and the need to manage the anxiety she often felt about the future. Her medium of discovery at the time was reading books, journaling and regularly attending Yoga.
Since this time, and particularly in the past five years, she’s participated in meditation and yoga retreats. These experiences have assisted to alleviate the stress that came with the responsibilities of running a family and a business.
During her career, you’d find Michelle often listening intently to customers, friends, neighbours and family and learning of their stories. Talking with others about their lives has been her happy place.
Having had 25+ years in Human Resource Development and Management, she’s returned to her authentic creative self and love for the esoteric.
She meditates most days to remain present, preferring to live in the ‘now’ instead of being on autopilot and missing the life in front of her. Her favourite possession is a singing bowl, which she finds helpful as a means to calmness.
Michelle is currently focused on her family of six (includes two fur babies) with a lovely husband, a son in his final year of University and her daughter in her Senior year. She loves painting, nature and snorkelling and plans to study art therapy in the future. She also runs an Airbnb holiday unit.
Her intention as a Mindfulness Works Australia facilitator is to help participants find personal peace and calm during what is an interesting time to be living.
Michelle Eckles – Sunshine Coast
Michelle Eckles is a qualified and accredited Mindfulness Meditation teacher and owner of Meditation Sunshine Coast. She has been teaching mindfulness meditation programs and workshops to kids, teens and adults since 2018. She has completed qualifications in Guiding and Teaching Meditation (Australian Centre for Mindfulness and Meditation), Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training (Gawler Foundation) and Mindfulness for Peak Performance (Monash), as well as various courses for working with kids and teens. She is a member of the Australian Meditation Association and Mindful.org.
Like most people Michelle began meditating during a particularly challenging time in her life — completely overwhelmed and about to hit rock bottom. Meditation helped her bounce back to lead a far more peaceful and balanced life, as well as find clarity, focus and direction. As a single parent of two teens, carer to her grandmother, and an events manager pre COVID, she understands high pressure roles, work and family related stress and the impact it can have on our health and relationships.
She is now dedicated to educating others on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation to not only reduce and prevent stress and anxiety, but to also create empathy and compassion, so we can be kinder to ourselves and others. She enjoys bringing the practical applications of mindfulness to the workplace and home, to demonstrate the profound mental, emotional and physical benefits it can have in our day to day life.
Debbie Lacey – Brisbane
Debbie is an Occupational Therapist with 20 years experience working in mental health and cancer care. She has expertise in the areas of stress and anxiety management with a particular interest in mindfulness and has been trained in mindfulness based cognitive therapy and ACT. Debbie believes strongly in empowering people to get in touch with their own inner strengths.
Debbie has been practising meditation for almost 20 years with a focus on mindfulness for the last five years. She is passionate about mindfulness as she has seen how it has changed the lives of people she works with as well as her own. In particular, Debbie has witnessed how people experience more joy in their lives and develop a more resilient approach to difficulties. She attends regular mindful retreats and has her own mindfulness teacher.
Debbie lives in Brisbane with her adult daughter (in-training!) and extremely spoiled and delightful cat, Truffles. What Debbie enjoys most about life is walking by the beach, expressive dance and yoga.
Jon Unal – Brisbane
Jon is a registered counsellor and the founder of Conscious Beginnings – Mindfulness & Psychotherapy (www.consciousbeginnings.com.au). He works with clients struggling with stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, mental illness and self-esteem issues.
As part of his training, Jon participated in a two-year group therapy that provided incredible opportunities to discover and heal deep traumas and unconscious reaction patterns. Upon graduation, he continued the self-exploration and healing through individual therapy (Gestalt and ACT) for another two years. He believes it is of utmost importance to discover, heal and understand himself before being able to help others.
He has been practising meditation and mindfulness for over 10 years and it became an essential part of his daily life. Mindfulness helps him to live in the moment and be fully present with people he works with.
His passion for consciousness took him to shamanic retreats in the jungles of Amazon, deep experiences through breathwork, and many silent meditation retreats.
He currently lives in Brisbane and runs group and corporate mindfulness workshops in addition to his private practice.
Jonathan Wood – Brisbane
Kate Hubert – Brisbane
Kate has been practising meditation for more than 25 years and teaching for 12. Over this time, Kate has attended many meditation workshops and classes in a variety of meditation traditions and styles.
Being passionate about the benefits that mindfulness brings to body, mind and life in general, Kate loves teaching people how to slow down, smell the roses and apply mindfulness practices to everything that they think, say and do.
Kate’s qualifications include International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) Diploma, Skillful MIND Meditation Leader Certification and The Power of Awareness training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, Reiki Level 1 & 2. She is currently studying Qigong teacher training with Holden Qigong.
Pasha Lyndi – Brisbane
Pasha is a Brisbane-based mindfulness trainer with Mindfulness Works Australia and international charity Mind With Heart and is a qualified mindfulness meditation teacher (BSY). She has trained in both secular and traditional mindfulness.
She started practising near burnout ten years ago and has racked up over 3,000 hours of mindfulness practice since then. Pasha now enjoys a happier, more balanced quality of life.
She has led over thirty mindfulness-and-compassion-based programmes in the last five years.
Pasha has designed and implemented mindfulness-and-compassion-based wellbeing programmes for the Queensland Dept. of Education and Training, Excite Media and Teachers Health Fund.
She loves nature, especially the ocean… the sound of waves crashing… the salty breeze… relaxing onto warm sand… She also enjoys a good laugh and notes that a sense of humour can sometimes offer a new perspective when she gets stuck.
Learning mindfulness is an opportunity for us to find moments of calm and insight – even at the desk!
“Now I sleep much better at night and I’m less distracted and irritable during the day.” — Jason
“I really felt the benefit with my daughter. She said, ‘Mummy, when you’re calm, I’m calm.’ ” — Jill
Pasha offers free consultations, taster sessions and tailor-made mindfulness programmes for the workplace. She looks forward to exploring how mindfulness works, for you.
For more information or to read what people say about Pasha’s work, visit https://listeningdeeply.org/
Sophie Jayamaha – Brisbane
Sophie is a dedicated Mindfulness practitioner and a facilitator. With her firsthand experience in applying mindfulness to her own life situations, her passion is to empower people to live fulfilled lives.
She is also a medical doctor and combines her medical knowledge and mindfulness skills in her teaching of how to apply mindfulness to improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing and quality of life.
Sophie sees a huge need in educating mindfulness to improve people’s quality of life in all aspects. She has observed that medical treatment alone is not very effective in treating chronic pain, anxiety, depression and chronic diseases which she believes are caused by a person’s own lifestyle, attitude, beliefs and mindset; that these chronic diseases will not go away until we treat the underlying causes rooted in our minds.
In her experience seeing thousands of patients, Sophie has observed that lack of resilience in coping with life’s stresses leads to anxiety and depression as well as diseases in the body. Unmanaged stress also forces people to adopt unhealthy lifestyles causing weight gain and other chronic diseases. Inadequate recovery from stress causes biochemical and physiological changes in the body collectively known as stress response.
As an anaesthesiologist, Sophie is familiar with the body’s response to stress, and she explains the scientific basis of the body becoming diseased when the mind is stressed. We do not pay attention to early warning signals that appear as discomforts in the mind and the body or even weight gain until a life-threatening disease such as cancer, diabetes, heart attack or stroke cripples us. Early warning signals are often suppressed by drugs and alcohol, as well as by the many distractions of busy lifestyles. She teaches mindfulness practices to enhance mind and body awareness and to reduce stress response in the body before a person becomes a victim of chronic illness. She can assess a person’s stress and recovery levels during a mindfulness course using a heartbeat monitor.
Her mission is to empower people with mindfulness skills to self-manage their own health to recover and reverse chronic diseases and live a better quality of life with fulfilment.
Rachel Therese – Brisbane
Rachel is an Integrative Health Coach and accredited Meditation Teacher. She holds membership with the International Institute for Complimentary Therapists and Meditation Association of Australia.
She has practised meditation for almost 20 years, developing practices using various techniques. It has become an integral part of her daily life. Noticeably it has assisted her in cultivating a more compassionate and accepting way of being, lowering reactivity and managing anxiety.
After completing Meditation Teacher training in 2018 with Yoga & Integrated Medicine Institute, Rachel then went on to do an 8-week course as a participant in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She knew this was the style of meditation she wanted to teach. She has completed intensive training in MBSR with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia.
She enjoys completely immersing herself in ongoing personal and professional development with regular workshops, retreats and further training.
Rachel is extremely passionate about sharing her knowledge and holding space for others to learn and implement the life changing skills Mindfulness Meditation has to offer.
For more information on courses, workshops, retreats and coaching please visit Rachel’s website, www.mandalameditation.com.au
Mel Priddin – Toowoomba
Mel has been working in the field of education and community welfare for over 20 years as a teacher, police officer and social worker. She is currently working as a social worker across a mainstream and alternative school campus. As well as her work within schools, Mel facilitates training for community service providers in respectful relationships education for young people in conjunction with NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect).
Mel began her mindfulness practice as part of a large university study to support counsellors working in the area of child protection. The study introduced workers to mindfulness as a way to enhance overall wellbeing and cope with the significant stressors and demands that arise when working with traumatised individuals and families. Since that time, Mel has undertaken further study in mindfulness completing a year-long certification course with Mindful Schools and 200hrs Yoga Teaching Training.
As well as maintaining her personal practice, Mel is passionate about holistic wellbeing and incorporates mindfulness into her work with both young people and adults. She also has a particular interest in trauma-informed practices that allow for consideration and understanding around the ways that mindfulness can be safely utilised to support individuals impacted by trauma.
Mel is married to a Police officer, and is mum to four teenagers. Working fulltime with a busy family, Mel understands the need for peace and clarity in an often crazy and chaotic environment. Mindfulness and a daily yoga practice definitely help to keep her sane and she looks forward to sharing the ways that mindfulness can support your health and wellbeing in everyday life.
Gustavo Cestari – Southern Gold Coast – MBSR Qualified Trainer
Gustavo is the founder and director of AMAR Centre for Growth and Mindful Living, an organisation devoted to bringing forth what is best in human beings and bringing to life the applied art and science of happiness and living a meaningful and fulfilling life. He is a psychotherapist, has undertaken three degrees in Psychology, is an experienced mindfulness meditation instructor and educator, a yoga teacher and a keen advocate for positive change in individuals and society.
Along with introductory courses, Gustavo also runs the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), Mindfulness at Work and Mindfulness in Schools programs, and Mindfulness Retreats in Nature on the Gold Coast and overseas. He assists individuals and professionals of diverse backgrounds to better deal with the stresses from work and life, increase resilience, reconnect to their true values, and live a healthier and more balanced and satisfying life. His psychotherapy work is largely influenced by the field of Positive Psychology, which seeks to identify and expand on human strengths, maximise potential and performance, and promote fulfilment and vitality in life.
Gustavo’s meditation practice stretches over 16 years and his work with mindfulness meditation is informed by extensive training and is based on both experiential and academic grounds. He brings much warmth, presence, clarity and passion to assisting others in cultivating mindfulness in their lives.
In the domain of his own life, Gustavo fully embraces living a meaningful, empowered, adventurous, healthy and fulfilling life; a life based on his values, authenticity and creativity!
Jude Baderle – Coffs Harbour
Jude is an experienced Mindfulness practitioner and teacher. She started practising over twenty years ago and attended retreats regularly. It was when she first went to India to meditate and practise Mindfulness that it became a foundational practice in her life.
For the past ten years she has been sharing her understanding of the mindfulness and meditation through online mentoring, groups and teaching on retreats in the Insight tradition.
Jude’s approach is non-traditional and creative. She likes to use nature and the arts to help people find their unique way of bringing meditation into their lives. She is an advocate of what is called taking the practice off the cushion.
Jude is mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapist, life coach, artist and small business owner.
Along with the courses at Mindfulness Works, she runs mindfulness courses, day retreats, workshops and one-on-one mindfulness coaching.
Her calm manner invites relaxation and slowing down and she is passionate about teaching people to live with deeper awareness.
Tanya Barry – Newcastle
Tanya is a registered nurse who specialises in end of life and palliative care. Parallel to her professional vocation, she has explored the healing powers of meditation and various types of yoga for managing her own challenges.
Following the tragic death of her son and husband, Tanya was forced to put everything she had learned into practice. Each day she aims to “live her second best life” and part of that includes a deep dedication to offering the knowledge and wisdom she has gained from her life experience to others.
She considers herself a “guide” not a guru in this learning. She delivers the content through a medical lens with a side of ironic humour and always looking for any opportunity to have a good life.
When not teaching, practising and working, Tanya now enjoys living her “second best life” with Suzy the dog, camping in her T Van, spending quality time with loved ones, and taking personal retreat on her kayak down the Darling river whenever possible.
Paul Bibby – Ballina and Lismore
The practice of mindfulness has been transformational in my life, helping me to find a deep sense of inner peace, and I am passionate about helping others to do the same.
After a personal meditation and mindfulness practice spanning nearly 10 years, I decided to share my insights and experience through teaching two years ago.
I’ve studied a range of meditation practices in Australia and overseas, learning from some of the world’s most respected teachers.
I have specialised training in mindful self-compassion, and the use of body-sensing techniques to achieve deep relaxation, and to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
I am also trained in working with people who have experienced trauma, and helping people to manage challenging thoughts and emotions.
Nat Mallia — Gosford
Nat is a certified Mindfulness and Metaphysics Coach who empowers busy professionals to bring a sense of balance and calm to the overwhelm and pressures of their day.
In 2015 Nat faced the devastating prospect of going blind – the catalyst that ignited a personal journey to explore techniques to help manage her anxiety around this life-changing situation.
Whilst her hope was to live a fulfilling life despite her disability, mindfulness proved so powerful that after spending three months in a Buddhist meditation retreat, her vision was miraculously restored with the help of surgery.
It was at this moment Nat realised the real power of mindfulness, so she left her busy Executive role in the Australian Government to follow her dream of moving to the beach and becoming a mindfulness coach.
Nat attends several Buddhist meditation retreats each year and is continually learning about mindfulness. She has also traveled the Buddhist pilgrimage trail through India and Nepal and met His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
Nat believes it’s her personal experiences that make her more relatable and compassionate to those who are trying to heal and transform their own lives.
Nat runs Wellness with Nat located in Umina Beach.
Gavin Eichholz – Northern Beaches (Avalon and Brookvale)
Gavin is a mindfulness-based coach and psychotherapist with a Masters in counselling and psychotherapy.
He is also a Chartered Accountant who has worked in corporates and accounting practices where he has held numerous roles at a manager and senior manager level.
In the last 15 years Gavin has embarked on a personal self-development journey that was sparked by an interest in meditation, mindfulness and how the mind works. Gavin is passionate about mindfulness and meditation and has used them daily in his own life for an extended period of time. He has done numerous meditation and mindfulness-based retreats and workshops all over the world including three 10-day insight meditation retreats.
Gavin’s practice and understanding of mindfulness has allowed him to get an experiential understanding of how it positively impacts his moment to moment experience of life. He has a passion for sharing these insights and the benefits of mindfulness with others.
Gavin is also passionate about nature and uses his own extensive experience of mindfully being in nature to facilitate experiential Connect Mindfully with Nature sessions.
Gavin operates his coaching and psychotherapy business Empower to Shine to assist people with gaining more clarity and confidence with various life issues and to facilitate mindfulness and meditation sessions. He also does financial coaching for individuals on cash management/budgets and using mindfulness to effectively manage anxiety over money-related issues and decisions.
Gavin’s website is www.empowertoshine.com.au
Alison Hutchens – Sydney
Alison is a former senior executive. Her career of 27 years includes 24 years holding senior corporate positions, running teams in high pressure sales, consulting and service delivery environments. She has also lived and worked across Australia, Asia and Europe in various Business Consulting roles. Within this time, Alison has had first hand corporate experience working with monthly targets, productivity challenges, staff retention, customer satisfaction, stakeholder management and managing team morale. She has managed several diverse workforces with different challenges and knows what it is like to work under pressure whilst trying to maintain work/life balance
Leveraging her experience, Alison has become a fully certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and has been teaching classes for more than 10 years. She is an accredited member of the of Meditation Association of Australia (AMA) and a member of the International Meditation Teachers Association (ITMA). She is a certified Emotional Intelligence Facilitator (GENOS), Master Practitioner of NLP and a Professional Coach (London Coaching Academy).
Through her own personal practice, Alison gained greater Emotional Intelligence (EQ), She found that her mindfulness and EQ training supported her mind to be more focused, clear and effective. She became more resilient. Productivity and performance increased significantly within her teams. This also allowed her to attract and retain quality staff.
Alison is passionate about delivering the benefits of Mindfulness and Resilience Coaching along with Emotional Intelligence to corporate life.
For more information on the various programs available visit her website: www.mindbodyenergy.com.au
Helene Orr – Sydney – MBSR Qualified Trainer
Helene has had a lifelong interest in yoga and meditation. She has had a regular practice of meditation, in a variety of traditions, since 2000 and experienced its benefits in the management of stress and pain.
With a strong interest in mind body science and wellbeing, she is currently completing her Masters in Health and Social Wellbeing. She completed mindfulness teacher training with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia in 2015 and Yoga Teacher Training with Samadhi Yoga in 2006.
Helene is a mindfulness educator and currently teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the community and in corporate settings and provides one-to-one coaching in health and wellbeing strategies, including meditation and mindfulness, through her company Insight Governance. Refer to www.insightgovernance.com.au for more information. She is keen to explore and assist people with using their inner resources to achieve balance and perspective in their health, wellbeing and everyday lives.
Helene is also a non-executive board member in the NFP and public sectors and a consultant in governance, risk management, organisational leadership and development. She is a lover of nature, music, travel and learning.
Lisa Lythall – Sydney
Lisa is a Somatic Psychotherapist / Counsellor with over 20 years clinical experience and is currently practising in Caringbah, Sydney.
Natalie Hull – Sydney
Natalie has been at the forefront of social change for over 20 years working in community and education inspiring sustainable change in individuals, families, communities and organisations. She is a passionate trainer and facilitator who has worked with people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and abilities.
Natalie has spent most of her life exploring the human condition and how we can create change with knowledge and education. She has formal qualifications in Adult Education, Community Welfare, Meditation Facilitation and Visual Arts and is an accredited NLP practitioner and coach.
She believes that we can effect great change through the development of greater self-awareness, leading to greater social consciousness, being mindful of our actions and interactions with each other. Through this approach, we become the true leaders of our lives, families and communities. When we transform ourselves, we motivate change, impacting those around us, bringing greater wellbeing, connection and peace to our relationships, our families, our communities.
Natalie is a self-confessed over-worker and achiever who discovered the benefits of mindfulness in overcoming her attachment to the constant lure of ‘busyness and overworking’, a pattern that affected her health manifesting in chronic back pain. Mindfulness has enabled her to be more present with each moment as it arises, accepting the pain and the joy of life without wanting to fix or improve it. Mindfulness has allowed her to heal her pain and return to her life’s work of supporting others to manage pain and life’s challenges and to experience greater peace, wellbeing and joy.
Natalie is a creative soul, a lover of music, travel, art and spending time with her loving husband and three adult children. When she isn’t teaching mindfulness or coaching, she is delivering transformational programs and retreats in beautiful natural environments, empowering women to create positive life changes aligned with their unique strengths, passions and purpose.
Natalie’s website is at https://www.inspirewomenswellbeing.com
Rita Young – Sydney – MBSR Qualified Trainer
Rita is a Somatic Psychotherapist with 20 years clinical experience. She uses her knowledge of the body and psychotherapy to ground the skills of mindfulness into daily life.
Rita has completed all levels of training outlined by the Centre for Mindfulness (MASS) for the facilitation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course and has been facilitating these courses for over 15 years.
She is also a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher who has completed Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program.
Her extensive experience includes teaching MBSR in the fields of health care, corporations and education, most notably to medical students at the University of Notre Dame. Corporate clients have included the Reserve Bank of Australia, Bupa, Schneider Electrics, Taylors Wine and War Memorial Hospital. She has also facilitated workshops at Google and facilitated the first Google Detachment day; a full day mindfulness retreat for Google staff.
Rita believes people are most receptive to learn when they are taught in a relaxed, engaged and lighthearted way. This is how she teaches and it seems to work based on the feedback and referrals she gets.
“Teaching mindfulness is a continual and gentle re-examination and reflection of my own motivations for teaching which constantly change and mature – a living teaching – a lifetime engagement.
It is not so much a method or technique but rather a way of tapping into all aspects of what it is to be human: the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.
My intention is to come back to awareness over and over, and to be able to live my life consciously from moment to moment, and support others who choose to live the same way.”
Rita’s website is www.sydneymindfulnesstraining.com.au
Catherine Sherlock – Sydney
Catherine is a certified iRest® meditation teacher, a member of Meditation Australia and a Level 2 Yoga Australia registered yoga teacher. She specialises in applying yoga and meditation for mental health and wellbeing. She owns and operates a centre for yoga, meditation and wellbeing in Richmond NSW known as Yoga from the Inside. She also loves to take these teachings into the community to reach marginalised populations.
Catherine has studied iRest with Richard Miller since 2014. iRest (Integrative Restoration) is an evidence-based transformative practice that is based on the ancient teachings of meditation.
She has had a 30-year career in administration, management and leadership roles in public, private and community settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Analysis, a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.
She is passionate about helping people from all walks of life to find their own inner teacher and to tap into the true purpose, meaning and value of their lives.
Catherine lives in Bilpin in the Blue Mountains of NSW with her husband John. She loves long walks, anywhere, but especially in nature.
Clare Gough – Wollongong
Clare was introduced to mindfulness and meditation in 2013 during a period of high stress in her life. Within weeks of committing to a daily practice of stillness, she experienced the physical and mental benefits of this ritual, and is passionate about sharing her experience with others so they can live healthier, more fulfilled lives.
Originally in the banking and finance sector, Clare decided to make a significant career change and follow her passion for health and wellbeing; she currently works for an HR consultancy as a People and Wellbeing Coordinator facilitating wellbeing workshops, helping people to be the best versions of themselves at work. Firmly believing in a holistic approach to health, Clare recently completed a Bachelor of Nutrition Science, is a Mental Health First Aider, and is currently studying a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.
Clare enjoys connecting with people through her warm, relaxed and sincere facilitation style; she is motivated to help others become active participants in shaping their wellbeing through the sharing of mindfulness and meditation education and resources.
Clare has a cheeky 5-year-old daughter and an energetic border collie. She loves walking, yoga and good food, and is in her happy place in her garden.
J0-Anne Flynn – Shellharbour
Jo is an Executive Coach, Facilitator and Therapist who has spent 20 years delivering frameworks and methodologies to instil self-mastery in work and life.
Program design and facilitation of Leadership Development Programs at Senior Management level ongoing for 12 years, with thousands of executive graduates.
Design and presentation of hundreds of Personal Development workshops delivered to over 5,000 clients. Modules include; Meditation, Buddhist Gratitude Strategies, Aikido for Assertiveness, Womanhood, Anxiety Awareness, Take a Stand for Life, and Slow, Happy Yoga.
In her own words
“In the last 17 years I’ve birthed three businesses and two children. The minefield of achieving work-life balance is very familiar terrain. As a businesswoman I’m proud of the initiatives I’ve launched. I have authored and led culture change programs at senior levels of management in global organisations. My corporate career has challenged my capacity to think critically and to articulate my viewpoints and vision, and required me to find my spine… to stand for change in the face of enormous resistance and negativity. As a mother I’ve experienced how satisfying it is to shape self-authoring, powerful beings who navigate complex transitions with care and sensitivity.
Without a simple mindfulness practice I doubt I would have stayed sane or on track with any of that! It is the primary activity that has sustained me, and the one I weave into every course I teach.”
Neil Shepherd – Canberra
Neil is a very experienced and qualified mindfulness educator who loves making a difference and helping people thrive!
He is an internationally certified HeartMath™ resilience and stress management coach and mentor and helps build awareness, personal resilience and stress management skills using advanced resilience building and science-backed techniques with biofeedback.
Neil trained with Dr. Joe Dispenza and studied the neuroscience behind mindfulness and meditation, and trained with Dr. Russ Harris in mindfulness-based ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). He completed Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership program and is a Peaceful Kids and Peaceful Parents facilitator.
The various mindfulness practices learnt over the past 20 years are an integral part of Neil’s life. He loves learning and growing and helping people develop invaluable life skills especially in times where self-awareness, self-regulation, stress management and resilience are so important. He believes that life is to experience, not to struggle with!
Neil’s company is Inner Synergy
Catherine Ogilvy, Hurstbridge
Catherine is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of mindfulness and meditation. She began practising in 2000 and meditation has inspired profound growth and positive change within her life. Catherine completed a meditation course early on in her practice and has expanded this practice through many silent retreats. Catherine began a study of mindfulness and specifically the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. She has completed the 8-week MBSR course herself twice and went on to train as an MBSR teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute Australia and New Zealand in 2017.
She is extremely passionate about teaching meditation and loves to create a safe and welcoming space for people to connect with themselves and others to learn the wonderful practice of meditation. She has taught the MBSR course for a couple of years now as well as an ongoing Meditation/Mindful Movement classes.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and continues to work in a corporate environment, understanding the day-to-day challenges of these roles. Supplementing her studies, she completed a Graduate Diploma of Applied Psychology and currently volunteers in this capacity. Catherine has a wealth of life experience to draw from, informing her empathetic approach to teaching and being with people.
When Catherine is not working, she likes to hang out with her family and friends, do yoga, meditation, sing and play music and exercise.
Catherine has a strong interest in research-based approaches that bring together the strength of modern science and ancient wisdom to help empower people and familiarise themselves with their own mind and body.
She is deeply grateful to developers and teachers of MBSR/MBCT, and her other precious teachers and friends from various walks of life. Catherine believes everyone has a story and there is an opportunity to learn from every interaction.
A link to her website: themeditationpractice.com.au
Ajay Ramdas – Melbourne
Ajay, Success coach and founder of At Peace Meditation Group is a qualified meditation teacher. Ajay embarked on this journey of discovering, practising and applying the techniques of meditation and yoga in India 16 years ago. The transformation continues to inspire Ajay and his passion to share these techniques saw him founding At Peace Meditation Group in 2009.
Since then Ajay has taught meditation to hundreds of individuals and has touched the lives of many more.
Ajay is a student of Vedanta and also holds a Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The meditation sessions are designed to be non-religious and do not subscribe to any group or community.
Ajay is a White Ribbon Community Partner, a Healthy Relationship Ambassador and an avid campaigner against family and domestic violence.
A qualified corporate trainer by profession, Ajay has worked in responsible positions for Fortune 500 multinational corporations as well as national organisations including local government.
Ajay resides in Melbourne with his family.
Karen Bradford – Melbourne
Karen is a Mindfulness Educator and Clinical Hypnotherapist who specialises in stress management and chronic pain Management. Karen is also a Registered Nurse and has over 8 years’ experience as a corporate trainer creating, developing and delivering education and facilitating workshops to professionals.
Topics including mindfulness and stress management build strong relationships in team and health-related topics, for example, sleep, downtime, enhancing energy levels naturally. Also teaching coaching skills, advanced communication skills, behavioural change and assisting people to identify their inspiration, values, purpose and passion, change management, goal setting and working on making committed action and overcoming barriers.
Karen is qualified in self-compassion mindfulness through the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and has studied extensively ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy). She is also a qualified mentor/coach with HeartMath Institute specialising in building resilience. She has a keen interest in neuroscience and has studied with Dr Sarah McKay from the Neuroscience Academy, Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health course. She also has a Certificate, Diploma and Master Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Karen works with people individually or in groups using mindfulness education and therapy as well as clinical hypnotherapy. And she offers a free half–hour discovery session which is totally without obligation; it is an opportunity to discuss and explore people’s aspirations and needs are then how we might work together.
Karen is passionate about empowering people to acquire the skills needed to reduce stress and suffering, improve life experience and find joy in all that they do.
For more information, you can go to www.perfectlybalancedlife.com.au
Kathy Jerin – Melbourne
Kathy is a registered Senior Meditation Teacher, HeartMath Trainer and best-selling author. Each day provides Kathy with an opportunity to do what she loves most — advocate the benefits of meditation as an integral part of life.
The pace of life is not slowing down; in fact it is only getting faster and our current strategies for coping with stress are inefficient. Understanding the mechanics of stress gives you the advantage of being more aware of and sensitive to your own level of stress, and knowing when and how to take proactive steps. Meditation helps us to stop and consider how our body system is being depleted and helps us to more intelligently manage our energy in order to thrive in a world of flux, change, challenge and opportunity.
Kathy’s website is https://www.bodymindandyou.com.au
Amit Agarwal – Melbourne
Amit is a dedicated mindfulness and meditation practitioner and teacher. He started his journey with meditation at a young age when he went to a school set up by Maharishi Mahesh yogi at his high school. Maharishi Mahesh yogi is the inventor of Transcendental meditation. Amit realised the benefits of meditation right away and started building on his practice. Over the years he learned and practised different kinds of meditation.
Amit did his teacher training course in 2016. Since then, he has been teaching mindfulness and meditation at different levels. He is very passionate about sharing the benefits he has received from meditation with his students.
In 2019 Amit did his Vipassana 10-day silent retreat which he considers as a turning point in his life. Since the retreat, he has seen immense benefits in all walks of his life. He now has a very strong Vipassana practice for himself and would like to continue to improve on it.
Amit also holds a Master’s Degree in IT and has been working in the corporate environment for the past 15 years. He has a young family and loves spending time with them. Some of his hobbies are motorbike riding, reading and art.
Amit also delivers individual and group meditation and mindfulness sessions through his own business: Calmminds Meditation.
Kirti Dube — Geelong
Kirti is a devoted Vipassana and MBSR practitioner. She had her first introduction to meditation at the age of 10 through her Grandfather who was a dedicated yoga practitioner in India. Since then, she’s had a strong inclination towards working on self through various techniques of meditation. Her fondness for meditation took the form of regular committed practice and became a way of living for her a few years ago when she used alternative therapy and meditation to avoid surgery and cure her chronic medical condition. She has firsthand experience of what can be achieved in personal health and in life with meditation and mindfulness.
Kirti is a certified Trainer for students with Intellectual Disabilities and regularly uses mindfulness at work. She has worked with youth and their parents, helping them achieve academic goals through her coaching and mentoring skills. She has designed and facilitated half- to full-day professional development workshops for job seekers at work and for small to medium businesses in her community on using meditation and mindfulness to improve productivity. Some of her techniques also come from her mother who is a Psychotherapist and who has mentored her over the years.
Participants from her workshops say that Kirti brings great energy and vibe into her workshops and that she has a powerful way of reaching the attendees through her own stories and experiences. Tools and techniques given by her, when practiced regularly, transform the way participants cope with stress and anxiety and bring about positive change in their mindset.
Kirti practises Vipassana with her husband with whom she has been happily married to for 23 years. She is also the proud mother of one son.
Anne Rodgers – Adelaide – MBSR Qualified Trainer
Formerly Managing Director of Starcom, a global media and communications agency, Anne turned to yoga and mindfulness to support her own mental health and to cope with the rigours of business. Anne was so taken with the benefits of mindfulness with her own wellbeing, she took a great leap of faith and changed her life’s direction to share her passion with others.
Anne now supports people to deal with the pressures of daily life through mindfulness-based practices; guiding her clients to replenish and regenerate the mind-body emotion connection with emphasis on breath awareness and balancing the nervous system.
Anne not only holds a Diploma of Management, she is a registered Hatha Yoga Instructor and has completed a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. She is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitator from the Jon Kabat-Zinn lineage.
Anne’s own happiness is supported by her personal practice of yoga, daily mindfulness practice, Argentine tango and rock ‘n roll dance – and snuggling her Russian blue cat Archie.
Annie Harvey – Adelaide
Teacher, tutor, speaker and wellbeing coach since 1999, Annie works one-on-one and in workshops to help with stress management and encourage people to live their life with purpose. Trained formally in MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Adolescents) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Annie believes that living a life on purpose whilst using mindfulness skills in everyday life, is the only way to experience real joy and success.
Annie was introduced to mindfulness when going through a difficult time in her life. She began studying and practising mindfulness and meditation as well as devouring hundreds of personal development books. These practices had a profound impact on her life and she wanted to share the skills with others. She hopes that teaching mindfulness within her community will provide an opportunity for people to experience moments of calm, joy and connection in this busy digital world that we all live.
Annie attends silent retreats in Thailand and Australia. Both lifelong learners and travellers, Annie lives with her husband Mark and their labradoodle, Meg, near the beach in Glenelg. They are also both trained Laughter Yoga Leaders which always provides a good conversation starter.
Leanne Camilleri – Adelaide
Leanne is an organisational wellbeing specialist and coach. She is passionate about helping people to bring out the best in themselves and others.
Drawing on the foundations of positive psychology and wellbeing science, she educates workplaces and individuals with evidence-based tools and strategies to mindfully manage stress, improve mental fitness and build resilience.
As an agent for positive change in the Defence Industry, Leanne introduced mindfulness to the Shipbuilding Industry to help people navigate a time of high stress and uncertainty. She is passionate about promoting positive redundancy.
Leanne is the host of the Work Well, Live Well Podcast. Her passion is inspired by using meditation as a tool to manage her own adversities throughout life.
Cherise Vallet – McLaren Vale
Cherise is a qualified senior-level yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, as well as a yoga therapist and mindfulness practitioner. She has taught yoga classes and mindfulness courses/workshops in the Adelaide and McLaren Vale region for over a dozen years, as well as in many corporate settings in Adelaide and interstate.
Cherise also has a long background in management roles within the corporate world of print, media and newspaper production.
Her further development as a Yoga Therapist has allowed Cherise to bring her knowledge of yoga and mindfulness together to work one-on-one with individuals, providing coaching, mentoring, and assisting with developing personal practices for healing, strengthening and deepening on all levels – mental, emotional and physical.
Cherise has completed training with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia to develop her skills in bringing the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program to life through her own embodied practice and intensive study of this life-enhancing approach.
It is her greatest privilege to introduce individuals to the latent power within each of us to live fully and skilfully and in compassionate engagement with all the challenges and joys that come our way.
Diploma of Hatha Yoga Teaching – February 2005
Train the Trainer Certificate (TAFE) – November 2006
Relax&Renew® Restorative Yoga Trainer Certificate – August 2013
Somatics Exercise Coach Certificate – July 2013
Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy – October 2017
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitation (Level II) – February 2019
Sharon Johnson – Launceston
Sharon has been teaching yoga classes and organising yoga and meditation retreats since 2002.
Having been trained in the South Indian yoga tradition of renowned guru T Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, Sharon furthered her yoga knowledge by completing a Diploma of Yoga Studies in the North Indian yoga tradition of Swami Satyananda. Her teaching method utilises Hatha yoga practices of mindful movement, breath awareness and meditation to further develop a sense of presence, insight, and ease.
Sharon continues to enhance and expand her own yoga practice by regularly attending silent retreats and residential courses in Australia and India.
Melissa Howden – Hobart
Melissa an experienced Yoga and Meditation teacher with a particular interest in the use of Mindfulness Meditation as a cornerstone for healing. After a serious illness in 2013 – the kind that shakes the foundations and wakes you up! – she found herself living in a yoga ashram in NSW where she completed a two-year Diploma in Yogic Studies.
Alongside her yoga practice, she studied meditation with Ian Gawler and undertook Mindfulness Teacher Training at the Gawler Cancer Foundation in Victoria over three consecutive years.
At the heart of her practice is the knowledge that Mindfulness Meditation positively impacts health on every level – mind, body and soul – and leads to a more meaningful and joyful life.
Melissa founded Mountain Mindfulness in 2020 and currently teaches in the Hobart area.
You can find out more here: www.mountainmindfulness.com.au
Claire Guild – Perth
Claire is founder of The Well-Being Creative, a lifestyle and wellness-based service for women. She has a Masters of Mental Health and is a trained Art Psychotherapist, Nurse and Wellness Coach with over 15 years clinical experience working in both Australia and the UK.
Claire is a qualified yoga teacher. She has practised yoga for 20 years including sitting meditation practices. In the last couple of years she has moved more towards mindfulness training and establishing her own mindfulness practice.
In her work as a psychotherapist, she has worked predominately with complex trauma and has incorporated mindfulness into her individual and group therapy work with children, adolescents and families.
Claire is passionate about working from a relational, transpersonal and positive psychology frame, integrating eastern philosophies into western practice. In her own life, Claire is passionate about living authentically and from a place of personal growth. She loves travel, the arts, the beach and all things health and wellness!
Karen Metcalf – Perth – MBSR Qualified Trainer
Karen is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitator with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and studied at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre in the UK to become a certified Mindfulness in the workplace facilitator and facilitator of Mindfulness: Peace in a Frantic World.
Karen presents at conferences and facilitates mindfulness in workplaces and the general community. She guest lectures on mindfulness at the University of Notre Dame. Her clients include the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian Medical Students Association, City Councils of South Perth and Stirling and the Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development.
Karen discovered mindfulness ten years ago as a participant in a mindfulness research project while working at Curtin University. With directly experiencing the myriad of benefits of mindfulness in her own life, Karen was inspired to share this with others. She includes mindfulness in all aspects of life, ranging from work, to being a parent, leisure and everything in between.
Karen is honoured and deeply grateful to share and facilitate people’s journeys with mindfulness.
Nicky Smith – Bunbury, WA
Nicky, of True Equanimity Yoga, is a qualified Dru Yoga teacher and a registered Level 1 teacher with Yoga Australia. She is currently completing a Dru Meditation Mastery course and has completed Mental Health Aware Yoga training with Dr Lauren Tober to align her yoga teaching with her experience working in the mental health sector.
Karl Baker – Founder
Karl founded Mindfulness Works New Zealand in 2013. He has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years. During that time, Karl has worked one-on-one as a key mindfulness and meditation teacher and has attended numerous multi-day silent insight meditation retreats. Karl was involved in assisting establishing the Wellington Insight Meditation group. His principle teachers have been Stephen (Nyanaviro) Archer, Shard Rogell and Jeremy Logan.
Mindfulness Works New Zealand runs 30 introductory courses every month, with over 600 people attending on a monthly basis. Mindfulness Works New Zealand has over 30 facilitators involved in delivering mindfulness courses throughout the country.
Karl founded Mindfulness Works Australia in 2015, with the intention of bringing low-cost, practical, non-religious and effective introductory mindfulness and meditation courses to the whole of Australia.
Karl has an honours degree from Victoria University and has helped found three successful businesses. He lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with partner Claro and two cats, Nico and Shanti. He has a sweet tooth, a sweet personality (yes, he did write this) and likes craft beer.
What people say about the trainers and the courses…
“The course was very relaxed and friendly, and full of useful practical advice that recognised the limits to time that everyone faces. Also I liked the mix of people attending, with a range of different reasons for being there.”
— Rosie Cree
“Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions, I have enjoyed ‘noticing’ my own state, but also it has transferred to everything around. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted.”
— Sandy Good
“The course guidebook was a useful guide and very informative. I also enjoyed the formal practice and the way different strategies were explained.”
— Linda Daniell