Christian Fourcard – Darwin
Christian came to mindfulness following a 10-day meditation retreat in 1990. The experience led to many more retreats in various forms of meditation including Zen. He found that being mindful not only helped him greatly but also pointed to a different way of being in the world.
From there he went back to university and after graduating, enjoyed working as a psychologist for 30 years. His work took him to many remote areas of the Northern Territory where he worked with adults and children. He trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as it emphasises a non-pathological approach to the human experience and uses mindfulness as a way to meet and transform our inner experiences. He is also a trainer, with many years teaching various courses from communication skills to mindfulness.
Christian recently became a certified Living Inquiries facilitator and offers this mindfulness-based approach when working with individuals experiencing addictions and trauma.
Christian loves bushwalking, practises tai chi and yoga and enjoys meeting people. He lives in Darwin, has been happily married for 30 years and has two grown children.
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 Harvey-Hall 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.
Linda Oakford – Rockhampton
Linda started living with Mindfulness around seven years ago, but it feels like it has been in her life forever. Linda truly believes that mindfulness works and is a lifesaver. She was introduced to mindfulness practice when attending to her own mental health. Living a life of non-striving, acceptance and open curiosity has allowed her to actually live her life. She knows it helped her and knows she can help others to improve their life experience with mindfulness also.
Linda is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualification in Addiction Counselling. She worked as a Nurse Education Consultant for several years before choosing to leave structured employment and begin a small home-based therapy business in 2015. Symmetry Australia offers mindfulness holistic counselling, and combines mainstream and alternative therapies, such as Hypnotherapy and Chakra energy work.
She is a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador, which follows the ethics of embracing ourselves as we are, in the skin we are in and with a focus on mental, physical and emotional health regardless of how your body looks.
She developed a “MIND-FIT Mindfulness Bootcamp” which combines mindfulness techniques with physical exercise to improve distress tolerance emotionally, physically and mentally.
Linda recently moved from Darwin where she had lived and worked since 1993. She now delivers her services from her home in Gracemere, just outside of Rockhampton. She loves animals and has three indoor cats and a small papillon. In her spare time she likes to read, walk and continue her own journey of self-improvement.
Linda operates Symmetry Australia in Rockhampton, Australia.
Astrid de Ruiter – Sunshine Coast – MBSR Qualified Trainer
Astrid de Ruiter – MSc (Physics), Grad Dip Counseling, Dip Holistic Counseling, QCA/PACFA Clin Member
Astrid is an internationally certified Mindfulness teacher, who has been teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals since 2006. She is also a counsellor/psychotherapist and has a background in science (physics).
Astrid’s personal practice of mindfulness spans a period of over 16 years within various Insight meditation traditions. She brings a gentle yet lively and engaging presence to her teaching of mindfulness. She is strongly committed to helping participants develop their own relationship to mindfulness and mindfulness practice, so that it is personally and professionally relevant. She is gifted in her capacity to balance theory and practice, and to make the learning journey an inspiring and productive one.
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
Jonathan is an experienced facilitator who has been practising insight meditation and mindfulness for over 15 years. He trained as a clinical psychologist (focusing on cognitive behavioural therapy) but his mindfulness teaching and practice also draws on secular Buddhist teachings about the nature of the mind and human experience – which is where the Western mindfulness movement began.
Leaving aside mystical notions such as rebirth, the secular interpretation of this ancient tradition offers down-to-earth guidance about the art of living. It provides a practical and philosophical context that can deepen mindfulness practice and help establish a pathway towards reduced stress, greater contentment and more genuine relationships with ourselves and others.
Over the past decade he has facilitated meditation and mindfulness classes in Australia and New Zealand.
Jonathan lives with his wife and children in Brisbane where he works for Queensland Health. He offers individual and group mindfulness teaching at introductory and more advanced levels.
Kate Hubert – Brisbane
Kate has been practising meditation for more than 25 years. Over this time, Kate has attended many meditation workshops and classes in a variety of meditation traditions and styles.
Since completing her International Yoga Teachers Association (I.Y.T.A) Diploma in 2005, she has taught a number of yoga and meditation classes. Kate holds a Mindfulness Diploma from The Centre of Excellence, is a member of the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists and has completed Reiki Level 1 training.
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 lives in Brisbane with her husband, their three teenage sons, dog Spike and incorrigible cat Miss Kitty. Kate’s interests include photography, sewing and reading, her favorite colour is green and she has never seen snow.
Lyndi Smith – Brisbane
Lyndi 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. Lyndi now enjoys a happier, more balanced quality of life.
She has led over thirty mindfulness-and-compassion-based programmes in the last five years.
Lyndi 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
Lyndi 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 Lyndi’s work, visit lyndismith.com.
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.
Jamie Brown – Brisbane
Jamie is an accredited Mindfulness Educator, Positive Psychology Practitioner, 121 Strengths Coach and Workplace Trainer. She has worked within the corporate sector in a variety of roles, most recently as a trainer/facilitator since 2013.
Jamie’s focus is on helping individuals, teams and organisations discover and lead their most happiest, meaningful and authentic lives. She became the 47th person in the world to complete the world’s only government accredited Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and has also studied happiness and wellbeing courses at Yale University and The University of California.
Jamie is passionate about educating others to become the best version of themselves possible and to overcome any emotional and/or mental health challenges that may be negatively impacting both the home and workplace.
She has a variety of both online and face-to-face services for workplaces and individuals available at www.strategiceq.com
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.
Paul Lewis – Port Macquarie
Paul discovered mindfulness meditation when searching for an alternative to antidepressants from which he had experienced severe side effects. Many sessions with a psychiatrist and various psychologists and talking therapies seemed, in the long run, also not to be of any lasting benefit.
Depression and anxiety had been a constant companion for much of his life, at times making his life almost unbearable.
Twenty years later the symptoms are under control thanks, says Paul, to his mindfulness practices. He has also developed a regular yoga practice which also helps to bring his mindfulness into everyday life.
Paul has also been a student of Buddhist and yogic philosophies and participated in many long-term silent retreats. He’s studied in various ashrams here in Australian and in India and the U.S.
These days Paul credits his more spiritual focus with going beyond just surviving to now thriving. Life still throws up its challenges but he has an unshakeable confidence that a sense of joy can always be found in the stillness that lies within, even in troubled circumstances.
Over the past five years Paul has been teaching various kinds of meditation practices as well as co-facilitating full day mindfulness retreats. With a view to strengthening his qualifications, he is about to study to become a qualified yoga teacher.
Paul is passionate about sharing his experience in managing depression and anxiety as well as helping people discover their own inner storehouse of joy and sense of wellbeing and become the best version of themselves they can imagine.
Fatima Bacot – Gold Coast
Fatima Bacot is an Australian Metaphysical Teacher and Author whose services over the last 25 years are comprised of two main areas:
· bringing razor-sharp clarity to the profound breakdowns and breakthroughs humanity is experiencing across numerous fronts simultaneously as part of the Global Shift in Consciousness
· assisting others to free themselves of crippling mental and emotional patterns by sharing the various insights and techniques whereby they may consciously master and co-create their lives
In this regard, she enjoys utilising the following mediums: Seminars, Classes, Workshops and Speaking; Astrological Diagnosis; Personal and Online Group Mentoring; Teleseminars and Webinars; and Blogging.
Not long back from two years teaching and travelling in Mexico, Canada, the US and Cuba, Fatima’s home is currently on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She describes herself and her life as works in progress. Her website is: www.fatimabacot.com
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!
Paula Cross – Southern Gold Coast
Paula came to Mindfulness Meditation 14 years ago due to the waves of life crashing her against the rocks of suffering. With three children and working as a chef, her life was a little crazy to say the least.
Paula found solace in meditation, yoga and Buddhist teachings. As she started to feel the calming effect of these Eastern practices and how it changed not only her life but her family’s life, it increased happiness and a feeling of balance in herself.
Paula under took a two-and-a-half year training in Buddhism for beginners at Chenrezig Institute on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. After four years of yoga, she also decided to commit to a two-year traineeship with the Gold Coast Yoga Centre, to share and guide others through the waves of life. In this time she also attended 10-, five- and three-day silent retreats in the Goenka Vipassana, Tibetan and Zen Buddhism traditions.
Paula is the director of a successful yoga, meditation and breathing studio with an ongoing daily practice of mindfulness.
Recently completing a 31-hour Integrative Restoration – iRest® Level 1 Yoga Nidra Training certificate course has further opened a pathway for Paula to help people bring their life into balance and find the peace that dwells within. This is where Eastern philosophy meets Western Science, “like two great oceans meeting”.
Paula is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge with other people who find themselves lost in the ocean of life. Let’s part the sea of Manfulness and go deep within the heart of peace.
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.
See Jude’s website at www.judebaderle.com
Katrina Mason – Newcastle (Port Stephens and Hamilton)
Over 15 years of working with trauma in the Not For Profit sector has gifted Katrina with the experience of learning to manage the challenges of caregiving and stress. Exhausted and disheartened, she began to search for the answers to the phenomenon of burnout in the modern world, particularly the human services industry. Contemporary neuroscience and biological research on the effects of mindfulness and yoga practices caught her attention, scientifically explaining the gains and losses she had made in her own practice.
Motivated by her experiences and the support of science, she founded Being. Wellness & Mindful Innovation; offering purposeful, realistic and efficient pathways to emotional wellbeing and professional longevity.
GradCert Grief, Loss & Trauma Counselling
Bachelor Social Science
Registered Yoga Teacher
Hannah Perkins – Newcastle (MBSR Qualified Trainer)
Hannah discovered mindfulness as an antidote to the stress of working with various environmental campaigns: UNDP, Greenpeace and Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine (UK). She took up regular meditation and yoga because she noticed it made her day better and helped her to recognise the spiral of negative thoughts that she often found herself in.
However, when diagnosed with cancer at age 29, she discovered the incredible healing potential of her body-heart-mind. She turned towards the pain, grief and uncertainty of illness, embarking on a journey of radical self-care and learning to be in her body exactly as it is. Read Hannah’s story about her journey.
Hannah teaches Mindfulness courses, weekly yoga classes, is a sought-after public speaker and has co-facilitated a weekly meditation group and retreats in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Hannah’s website is at https://www.lovethismoment.com.au
Louise O’Connell – Ballina and Lismore
Amazed by the benefits of mindfulness for a back injury a decade ago, Louise investigated meditation and yoga practices on three continents. She left corporate life in Australia in 2013 to teach and study around the world.
Louise is now based in Carrington full-time mindfulness and meditation teacher, yoga teacher and yoga therapist.
She uses postures, breathing exercises, meditation and guided imagery to improve the individual’s experience of mental and physical health. The holistic focus of mindfulness encourages the integration of mind, body and spirit for optimum health.
“For me, mindfulness is about focusing on sensations in your body through movement and breath. This brings awareness of ourselves – and therefore mindfulness – both during practice and beyond. I get such joy from mindfulness and I love to share this through teaching others.”
Louise offers tailored practices to suit all levels, with a focus on working with mental and physical injuries.
Her students tell us they particularly enjoy Louise’s individual focus on meeting the student where they are and her infectious enthusiasm for practising mindfulness.
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.
Elisha Xantaya – Maitland
Elisha is the Founder and Practitioner of Xantaya Health – borne from her own personal journey towards health, happiness and inner freedom. Elisha is a qualified Bowen Therapist. This has been the foundation of her healing practice, alongside Sound Healing and Energy Coaching. She has experienced both formal and non-formal meditation training on silent retreats and practised with the ancient wisdom of indigenous meditation, or communication with nature’s elements.
She has come from 7 years in training, leadership and group dynamics as an Engineer Officer in the NZ Army, blasting in Australian Coal Mines, freelancing as a Graphic Artist and now operates her business as Holistic Health Practitioner, Energy Coach and Inspirational Speaker. Her passion is education and empowerment through many channels including workshops, songwriting, art, spoken word performance and community gatherings.
Elisha facilitates Quantum Connection Workshops, 5–Elements Meditation courses – in Newcastle and online courses, Sound Healing and training programs for individuals and groups of all ages. Her experience is grounded in science and bridges the realms of physics & energy – the physical and non-physical aspects of ourselves for alignment of mind, body, spirit and reconnection to our innate wisdom.
Elisha is an avid explorer and eternal optimist. Her toolkit for freedom has been nature and adventure…freedom from the ‘status quo’ through vanlife touring, singing, art, festivals, dance, spontaneity experiments and travel! She also makes a pretty sweet curry.
Elisha can be contacted at email@example.com
Margie Braunstein – Erina
Dip Som Psych. Grad Cert Ad. Ed.
PACFA Reg. Clinical 21630
Margie is lead facilitator with Quest for Life Foundation and a Clinical Psychotherapist in private practice. She is the founder of Heartnicity which provides transformational learning programs across Australia. All of Margie’s work springs from her commitment to a life purpose to teach with consciousness, compassion and gratitude.
Margie has facilitated thousands of people in their quest for peace and happiness through learning programs based on contemporary neuroscience, positive psychology and a holistic approach to health.
Margie values authenticity and engages her audiences with humour and warmth to inspire people to take charge of their own happiness using conscious choice. She is endlessly energised by the incredible human potential we possess to develop across our entire lifespan.
Margie’s book Getting to the Heart of Stress is a practical guide to a joyful, conscious life that draws on her own life experience as a woman, partner, mother, friend, psychotherapist and educator. This book introduces The Heartnicity Method practices of Awareness, Acceptance and Action for profound personal development.
Margie holds a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education (UTS) and Diploma in Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy and is a Clinical Member of PACFA Australia.
Her website is heartnicity.com
Gavin Eichholz – Northern Beaches (Avalon)
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 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 and Northern Beaches (Brookvale)
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
Christine Davie – Sydney
Christine has been a long-time mediation practitioner and was first introduced through yoga 40 years ago. Over the years she has explored mindfulness with teachers from different traditions and believes meditation supports a natural state of awareness and presence. Her experience has taught her that mindfulness requires participation, exploration, enquiry and regular practise, every moment.
Her teaching style is a unique blend of skills and experience from her training as an Alexander Technique teacher and a yoga teacher and she has completed MBSR Level 1 teacher training. She teaches yoga in the community for mental heath, trauma, disability and seniors, always offering a safe and supportive environment encouraging curiosity and discovery, listening and trusting in our own body wisdom.
Emma Corbett – Sydney and Gold Coast
Emma began attending yoga classes with her father at age 12. However she always left before Savasana because she ‘didn’t have time’. Growing increasingly stressed managing multiple businesses as well as her circus performing career, Emma became drawn to Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness as an antidote to her endless ‘busy-ness’.
Now dedicated to ‘Being More’ and ‘Doing Less’, she has completed her Purna, Rocket and Yin Yoga teacher trainings, has presented at the Evolve Yoga Festival in Byron Bay and the Goddess Festival in Rajasthan, India. She is a regular guest instructor at Bali Silent Retreat in Indonesia and Head Teacher at the Flores Joyful Retreat.
She currently travels and teaches, leading her own yoga retreats entitled, The Heart of Yoga: www.yoga-retreat.se.
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.
Lydia Vorona – Sydney – MBSR Qualified Trainer
Lydia is an experienced educator, qualified mindfulness facilitator and an iRest Yoga Nidra Instructor specialising in trauma and PTSD.
With a Bachelor of Music, Diploma in Education and accreditation from the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia, she brings an educator’s passion to her work as a facilitator.
Lydia also has extensive corporate experience. Her adventurous career has taken her from tour guiding in Europe to corporate management roles in Australia, across a range of industries.
Lydia teaches mindfulness to all sectors of the community, in corporate settings, healthcare and in schools. She offers a range of workshops and courses including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and specialised programs to teachers and students of all ages with her company Be Still. Please refer to www.be still.com.au for more information.
“I am motivated to help individuals and organisations experience the benefits of mindfulness. I understand the pressures of the modern workplace and the importance of managing that stress. My studies include body-based techniques, iRest Yoga Nidra, Qi Gong and Iyengar yoga. I look forward to sharing the wisdom and the joy of the practices with you.”
Mary Jamieson – Sydney
Mary is a coach, trainer and facilitator with a strong commitment to making a real difference to the people she works with. She enjoys assisting individuals, teams and organisations to be more purposeful, authentic, collaborative and satisfied in how they work and relate.
Mary has been practising meditation for over twenty years and is deeply grateful for the difference it has made in her life and the freedom it has brought her over time. She has become less convinced of her own stories and experiences her internal world with greater curiosity, compassion and welcoming acceptance.
She is also one of the leaders of Authentic Sydney a group that seeks to cultivate greater transparency and intimacy in our communication with the important people in our lives; one conversation at a time. Passionate about learning, Mary is also mad keen on improvised dance and learning about fermenting food.
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 10 years.
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.”
Tiffany Scotton – Sydney
Tiffany is a qualified psychologist and accredited executive coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She has over 20 plus years of experience working with individuals and groups across Australia, Asia Pacific, the USA and the UK. Her work is underpinned by a focus on positive psychology, mindfulness and acceptance commitment therapy (ACT).
She is passionate about supporting others to enhance their levels of psychological well-being and happiness, both personally and professionally. She derives great pleasure from positive shifts her clients experience around inner peace and joy, and authentic, meaningful connections as a result of a consistent mindfulness practice.
Having practised yoga and meditation for the past 20 years, her formal daily mindfulness journey began over five years ago. She has also introduced the concepts and practice of mindfulness to many family and friends, many of whom have embraced it as a way of life. She is excited about continuing to deepen her own mindfulness practice and supporting others in their journeys.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and two daughters where she runs a positive psychology practice. She loves kick-boxing, cooking, travelling, reading and time with family and friends.
My Holland – Sydney
A well-educated, well-travelled agent of “change for the better,” My was born in Villeneuve Sur Lot in France; in the south of France near Bordeaux of Vietnamese parents.
My is a coach, trainer and consultant in emotional intelligence (SEI, EQi2.0), leadership development, mindfulness, resilience, mental toughness (MT48) and positive psychology-neuroplasticity (PNT).
She introduces regularly mindfulness practices in her corporate work where stress, burnout and feeling overwhelmed seem to have become the new normal. She enjoys helping people and organisations to find their true purpose in life. After being posted overseas for demanding corporate jobs, she moved to Sydney and to Bellingen. She was after a more serene, a more meaningful life. She lectured at university and coached and she now runs her consultancy company in happiness at work: www.eqathappinessquotient.com. She works with corporates as well as the general public.
She is also the 1st World Kindness Ambassador in the Mid North Coast of NSW. She regularly donates her skills and time to the local community or communities overseas. She organises regular meditation sessions for peace and Random Act of Kindness events.
She is a mother, wife and social entrepreneur and understands the double life-work challenges that women are going through. She practises yoga, taichi and Japanese martial arts and loves travelling and studying. She is happily married, has two teenagers, two dogs, one cat and 13 chickens. Her new life in Bellingen has provided her a mindspace where she has reconnected with what is important: focusing on what she has and not on what she has not. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with other people who are going through stressful challenges in their working lives. She has just published her first book called “Happiness is the way”. She looks forward to helping you in your journey.
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.
Janette Dines – Northern Beaches
Janette is a highly experienced lawyer and former senior Commonwealth Government public servant. She was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from November 2012 until July 2014. Prior to that, Janette was the Director-General of Emergency Management Australia, responsible for coordinating Australia’s response to natural disasters and national security incidents.
Janette learnt mindfulness and began meditating in 2006 after experiencing panic attacks and brain freezes due to a high level of work stress and anxiety. At first, meditating seemed like just another thing on the ’To do’ list, but Janette kept it up because she felt and saw the benefits. She felt more able to slow down and enjoy time with her family. Time didn’t seem to pass in such a blur, she learnt to stop multitasking and focus on one thing at a time. She also felt less impatient and critical of the people around her. At work, Janette gained a greater level of focus and clarity and an ability to connect more fully with her staff. She believes that her meditation practice made her a more compassionate leader and and enabled her to not just survive but to be successful in very demanding jobs.
Anna Broadhead – Wollongong
Anna was first introduced to mindfulness through yoga over 10 years ago and finds her practice provides her with the mental clarity, resilience and energy required to support her family. Anna is passionate about enhancing the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of others as well as sharing mindfulness and its benefits with others as it has given so much to her.
With over 15 years corporate experience in Human Resources and Organisational Change, the elusive work-life balance has been an ongoing challenge for Anna and she has turned to meditation and breath work as a coping mechanism. Now Anna coaches others on the power of bringing awareness, focus and attention into their lives.
Anna holds a Bachlor of Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing from the University of Wollongong, is Prosci Certified in Change Management and is a qualified workplace trainer (Cert IV in Training & Assessment).
For professional development, Anna has recently completed her Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and continues her personal development through daily meditation practice.
She lives on the south coast of NSW with her husband and three small children. She loves walking, yoga and sourcing fresh produce from the local farmers’ markets.
Denise Crew – Wagga Wagga
Denise is an experienced mindfulness practitioner and regularly uses meditation and yoga to maintain and improve her mind and body health. She has used the training she received from a Buddhist teacher in Canberra to lead mindfulness classes for children and meditation sessions for small groups of adults. She has been using mindfulness and meditation in her daily life for more than a decade and accepts that it is a lifelong practice from which we can learn how to cope with the stresses and strains of modern life, but at the same time, grow spiritually. She is a qualified and experienced teacher with a background in science who has been tutoring and mentoring young people for many years. She has used this experience to bring a mutually respectful, supportive, and positive environment to her teaching so that each individual can feel comfortable and relaxed enough to focus on their own practice.
Denise has lived and worked in Australia, England and Germany. She has explored mindfulness through both religious and secular teachings and with many cultures and traditions through her travels to every continent. She strongly believes that mindfulness goes beyond all our differences of faith or custom and helps us to become more connected to our human family, and that of the living planet.
Denise is happy to work with individuals, small groups or classes, in private, and in workshop or class settings. She is particularly interested in working with children and young adults; to teach them how to use mindfulness as a tool to help cope with the challenges facing young people in this modern world.
Denise has a successful tutoring and mentoring business based in Bungendore NSW, as well as a growing coaching and mentoring service in the Riverina, NSW. www.heartinmind.net.au
Joan Cornish – Canberra
Joan is a wellbeing coach, who finds time spent in nature to be the greatest healer. She uses a blend of mindfulness, coaching, NLP and Hawaiian bodywork to help others embrace life with greater self-awareness and joy.
A long-time meditator, Joan knows firsthand how practising mindfulness is one of the most important things we can do to free ourselves from worry, judgement, self-criticism and struggle. She sees sharing mindfulness skills as a gift, and a way to help build greater compassion in the world.
When she’s not working one-on-one to assist clients to find and follow their bliss, Joan leads wellbeing walks and workshops for women. With a focus on compassion, creativity and connection, her Soul Food Sundays program provides the opportunity to experience firsthand the benefits of nature-based therapy. Through simple guides exercises, Joan shows how regular mindful walks can calm a busy mind, boost the immune system and enhance your sense of connectedness to yourself and the world around you.
Joan practises daily yoga and is a committed student of Self-knowledge. With many years in designing behaviour change environmental programs and a lifetime interest in personal development, she brings a unique blend of insights on how we create change both within ourselves and at the community level.
Neil Shepherd – Canberra
Neil is a passionate mindfulness educator and presenter who specialises in helping people develop mindful living skills in an exploding information age; a time when having skills in stress management, resilience, self-awareness and self-regulation are paramount for peak performance both professionally and personally.
Neil is a qualified educator for Mindfulness Works, the largest network of mindfulness facilitators and mindfulness public course providers in Australia and NZ. He also specialises in providing corporate custom mindful solutions tailored to meet an organisation’s specific drivers and requirements. Neil has worked with the prestigious ANU University, National Health and Medical Research Council and Murray Darling Basin Authority as part of their staff well-being programs. He delivered high performance focused mindfulness training for an elite cross fit gym, did staff training for aged care and a mental health care organisation, and a number of public service and private organisations.
Neil originates from a corporate background so he understands corporate challenges, structures and cultures. He has experience in both public and private sectors across a variety of businesses and areas, including information systems, business intelligence, data analytics, systems management, business improvement, presenting and training. He has worked in senior management, held both senior consultant and technical roles across Airservices, ACTEW, Eden Technology and Asset Services.
Neil developed his mindfulness living skills over the past 20 years, growing both knowledge and application through a significant number of training courses, mentoring, lengthy experiential meditation retreats, practices and workshops. He has qualifications in Mindfulness, Coaching, PSYCH-K Master facilitation, Workplace Training, Lean Six Sigma (and numerous other corporate and technical areas). He has trained with Dr Russ Harris to an advanced level in the mindfulness-based Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has also completed a PTSD awareness course. Neil’s latest exciting area of study is live workshops with Dr Joe Dispenza (neuroscientist) and learning the in-depth neuroscience behind the mind, body and meditation practices.
Neil is committed to an ongoing program of professional development and sharing his experience with others.
Neil’s company is Inner Synergy
Jarrod Paine – Mt Beauty
As an education outdoors teacher for the past 18 years, and adventurer for life, Jarrod has great skills and patience in teaching and brings an enthusiastic and infectious passion to all his classes along with his personal experiences.
He is one of those human beings who has a constantly busy mind and body; always working on something, rarely resting, always achieving. It was these characteristics and a strong virus that set him up to crash with chronic fatigue and it was formal and informal mindfulness practices that picked him up and returned him to a high performing personal state.
Jarrod developed his personal practice with no formal training over years of extensive reading, guided practice and lots of time sitting. Combined with later completing numerous formal courses in Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Jarrod has established his own unique, blended approach to daily mindfulness; part yoga, part adventure flow and part formal sitting.
He is passionate about mindfulness meditation for the way it can improve the efficiency of the brain, essentially the brain’s fitness, spanning across emotional control, improved concentration and volume of task completion. Jarrod believes this brain training is as important as numeracy and literacy in this high performing busy modern world and teaches this Introductory course as a way of helping more adults get brain fit.
Jarrod also delivers training for Mindfulness in Nature, Organisational Brain Fitness and Flow Adventure Mindfulness through his own business Comma.
Carolyn Bourke – Bendigo
Carolyn’s love of mindfulness meditation has evolved over recent years as a direct result of realising first hand its transformational effect on enabling a more calm, balanced mindset.
She discovered mindfulness early this decade, whilst quite challenged by an overactive mind, that led to debilitating bouts of anxiety and subsequent depressive episodes.
Carolyn was born and bred in Bendigo. She’s travelled Australia’s east coast extensively and happily moved back there a while ago to offer her other speciality of Aerial AntiGravity Yoga at Z Fit Wellbeing Hub.
Carolyn is concurrently Feelgood Fitness’ mat Yoga Instructor and recently began offering ‘Slow Mindful Yoga’ at the new local indoor pool complex Gurri Wanyarra. Carolyn’s calm presence, zest for life, approachability and love of imparting the tools of mindfulness meditation shine through in her classes.
She’d like you to know that she feels blessed to offer this opportunity to Bendigo people to gift themselves a tool chest of mindfulness meditation techniques to integrate into their everyday lives and see for themselves the practical changes that might occur for them with ongoing use.
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
Anita Tesoriero – Melbourne
Anita has been practising as a registered psychologist since 1996. She has extensive experience as a coach, facilitator, trainer and counsellor. Anita has worked with children, adolescents, adults and groups in both private practice and corporate settings.
Anita’s professional areas of interest include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.
Anita first came to Mindfulness many years ago as a means of managing stress, improving attention and becoming fully present in daily life. Since that time, she has also sought to incorporate Mindfulness into her therapy and weave it into the leadership and personal development programs that she designs. Anita continually seeks to deepen her own learning and practice.
Anita works in private practice in Moonee Ponds (Mindspire Psychology) and also consults to a variety of organisations in the areas of well-being, emotional intelligence, leadership, team development and high performance cultures.
Angie Roach – Melbourne
Angie has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 20 years and finds it brings a flow and calm to her life. Living life mindfully brings her clarity, happiness and peace and sharing this knowledge with others has become her life’s work.
She has studied yoga and many traditions of mindfulness and meditation; her official training coming from the lineage of Venerable Ayya Khema. With a background in horticulture and permaculture, she brings her mindfulness to her work in kitchen gardens, teaching children mindfulness and meditation techniques and helping them to feel a connection with the earth and each other.
Angie is the founder of Green Heart which runs workshops in meditation, mindfulness, permaculture and earth connection. Her passion is helping people find peace in the present moment and feeling connected to the earth and each other.
Coco Nkrumah – Melbourne
Coco has been involved with mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years. His training began with Chinese Taoist meditation and during his years of training, he accomplished three certifications in Chinese meditation and shaolin qi gong. During this time, Coco traveled to Southern China twice for intensive training camps with qi gong asters. He became a certified Kung fu instructor at the age of 22.
Coco also has an extensive background in mindfulness. He regularly attends workshops and retreats in these mindfulness-based modalities.
Coco is passionate about learning the various cultural backgrounds of mindfulness meditation. He is actively involved in other disciplines such as Japanese Zen Buddhism, Indian Advaita and Douglas Harding’s ‘headless way’.
Having spent years teaching as a martial arts and qi gong instructor, Coco knows how to cater his training to his clients’ individual needs. He is also a certified sports coach and his experience informs the way he teaches mindfulness. Coco’s approach to mindfulness is non-religious and he sees mindfulness as a natural process.
Karen Bradford – Melbourne
Karen Bradford 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.
Dr Lee-Anne Armitage – Melbourne
Lee-Anne has been practising meditation and mindfulness for over 25 years and has undertaken many meditation retreats. She has studied and practised across a variety of methods and systems.
Through meditation and everyday activities, Lee-Anne attempts to integrate mindfulness into her everyday life, enhancing and enriching her life with greater mental clarity, spaciousness, a deeper connection with people and the environment, greater peace of mind, as well as mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
The meditative arts have been of great interest to Lee-Anne and she has studied and practised Japanese calligraphy (shodo) and painting (sumie), martial arts, tai chi, qi gong and yoga.
Lee-Anne is a registered acupuncturist in Melbourne, Australia and practises a specialised Japanese acupuncture style called Toyohari, which is a meditative practice in itself. She integrates and teaches mindfulness and breath work into her acupuncture treatments and encourages her clients to undertake some form of mindfulness practice to assist in healing the body-mind.
StJohn Miall – Melbourne
StJohn is a designer, coach and facilitator of training programs in the areas of mindfulness, leadership development, emotional intelligence, work-life balance, self-awareness, self-management and sustainability.
StJohn draws on 30 years experience of teaching mindfulness and meditation and supporting individuals as they come to terms with the challenges that life throws up.
He is recognised for his capacity to see through complex issues and bring clarity out of confusion. As a facilitator, he is empathetic and has a commitment to making the teaching space both fun and transformational.
StJohn managed a personal development and life skills training company in Victoria for six years offering a variety of courses to both the general public and corporate clients, before moving back to set up his own company, Keep Evolving, in Sydney. See www.keepevolving.com.au
StJohn works as a corporate facilitator, program designer and executive coach. He has taught over 10,000 individuals meditation, personal development and leadership skills, both within client companies and through a range of programs for the general public. He works closely with Petrea King’s Quest for Life Foundation, facilitating both their ‘Meditate for Life’ and ‘Living Well with Cancer’ programs.
Becky Goschnick — Geelong
Becky first came across yoga, meditation and mindfulness while studying at university and struggling with heavy bouts of anxiety and depression. She very much credits these practices as the first steps that totally transformed her life into what it is today. She went from being genuinely too fearful to leave the house to living a life that is full to the brim with adventure and fun.
In 2015, she published a short book called Fearless Soul containing a run through of different mindfulness techniques that she had come across and loved. It hit the best seller list on Amazon and she got to tour up the east coast of Australia teaching seminars based on the book.
Becky is a qualified yoga teacher and surf instructor and has had the opportunity to present at multiple festivals and events on the topics of mindfulness and mental health, most notably at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Sydney.
She is now dedicated to helping others find that same sense of relief and to re-ignite their own joy through her surf and yoga company Honu Honi (www.honuhoni.com).
Fiona Lee – Ballarat
Fiona is a seasoned traveller – literally and metaphorically.
After studying Environmental Science and Education, Fiona enthusiastically plunged into teaching teenagers, developing sustainable policy and practice in the government and non-government sectors. Burnt out by 33, she swapped her briefcase for a backpack. During 5 years of travel, Fiona studied mindfulness with many teachers and traditions around the world.
Over 20 years, Fiona has developed her own unique approach as a therapist. She offers personal consultations, group and corporate training and retreats globally. Fiona also offers advanced practitioner training to other therapists.
Time alone in nature has always provided essential balance for Fiona and she chooses to live in a small town with a forest at the end of her street… (Yep, she was into forest bathing before it was a thing). As a single Mum, running her own business, Fiona is challenged to remain mindful every day. She maintains her sanity by taking micro vacations in her hammock.
Fiona is also fascinated by ancient cultures, human origins and the meaning of life. She researches, writes and presents about these things in her spare moments.
Fiona is deeply passionate, playful and practical. She loves empowering people with mindfulness and helping them to make the most of the adventure that is life. She recommends everyone buy a hammock.
You can learn more about Fiona at www.fiona-lee.com or on Facebook; Of The Wings.
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
After experiencing adversities throughout life, Leanne turned to meditation to help with panic attacks and anxiety.
She is passionate about helping people to improve their wellbeing and runs workplace mindfulness sessions for employees. She has completed the Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, and through this, began investigating more into mindfulness and the life tools to improve wellbeing.
Leanne runs a Facebook Community for women and organises retreats to inspire personal growth and wellbeing.
Leanne’s Facebook Page is www.facebook.com/inspiredgoddessevents
and her website http://www.leannecamilleri.com.au/
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
Noeline Robinson – Hobart
Noeline Robinson is a Hobart-based Clinical Hypnotherapist, Coach, Mediator and Meditation Facilitator.
Noeline has over the past 30 years studied, explored and practised many schools and philosophies of Meditation practise.
She is fascinated by all that is possible and the plasticity of the human brain.
For more information, see Noeline’s website at www.Stepup.net.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
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts in Management and is an Accredited Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia. Karen’s career includes senior executive positions in recruitment, human resources, women’s career development and training.
Karen’s own mindfulness discovery voyage began many years ago when she signed up as a research participant in a mindfulness program at Curtin University. Karen then began practising mindfulness daily, has completed many mindfulness courses, attends mindfulness conferences, attends 1–10 day silent retreats and is an active member of the Curtin University Mindfulness community. With directly experiencing the myriad of benefits of mindfulness in her own life, Karen was inspired to share this with others by becoming a certified Mindfulness teacher. Karen includes mindfulness in all aspects of life, ranging from work, to being a parent, play and everything in between.
Karen always feels honoured to share and facilitate people’s journeys with mindfulness.
Karen can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Sanderson – Perth
Meg Sanderson, founder of Sonder & Co is a qualified Counsellor, Nurse and Mental Wellbeing Coach.
With an ability to listen to and understand that each and every single one of us is living a life filled with our own chaos, Megs’ passion is to help others to own their story, re author their story and to continue to create a story that they want to live. Meg has extensive experience in dealing with individuals and their daily challenges and hopes to continue to empower others to connect to the core of who they really are.
Offering counselling and mental wellbeing coaching to those who may be seeking some extra support and guidance in life, Meg also facilitates meditation classes and mindful based workshops to the community.
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