Astrid de Ruiter – Sunshine Coast
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.
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
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.
Louise O’Connell – Newcastle
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 a Newcastle-based 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.
Hannah Perkins – Newcastle
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
Alison Hutchens – Sydney
Alison’s career of 25+ years was initially in the corporate arena. She has lived and worked across Australia, Asia and in Europe in various Business Consulting roles.
Alison is a fully certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and has been teaching meditation classes for more than 10 years. She is an accredited member of the Meditation Association of Australia (ATMA) and a member of the International Meditation Teachers Association (ITMA). She is also an Energetic Medicine Practitioner (AcuEnergetics), NLP Practitioner and Professional Coach (London Coaching Academy).
Alison has a passionate interest in and understanding of wellness, preventative treatments and alternative therapies. She currently teaches Mindfulness and Stress Management techniques to corporates and at various sectors of the community including schools. She offers “Zen Warrior” Mindfulness Meditation classes for young children and teens. Alison loves to inspire and empower all her clients to become aware of their unlimited potential for living a wonderful life full of vitality and happiness. One of her primary roles is to educate her clients on how the mind, body and energy are all interrelated.
For more information go to her company: www.mindbodyenergy.com.au
Christine Davie – Sydney
Christine has been a long-time mediation practitioner and was first introduced via yoga 40 years ago. Over the years she has explored mindfulness with teachers from many different traditions and believes completely in meditation as a means to support a natural state of awareness and presence. Her experience has taught her that like any other practice, mindfulness requires participation, exploration, enquiry and regular practise.
Her teaching style is a unique blend of skills and experience from her training as an Alexander Technique teacher, Scaravelli-inspired teacher, Satyananda teacher and trauma-sensitive yoga teacher. She teaches yoga in the community for mental heath, trauma, disability and seniors, always offering a safe and supportive environment to encouraging curiosity and discovery, listening and trusting in our own body wisdom.
An avid bird lover, Christine shares her home with a cheeky cockatiel called Charlie who is never far from her side and has a way of meditating at the same time remaining completely still and present.
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
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 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 in the human services sector.
She is a lover of nature, music, travel, learning and cats, especially Mischa and Olley, and enjoys weekend cooking for her family.
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
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 The Still Mind. Please refer to www.thestillmind.com.au for more information.
“I have a personal commitment to practise mindfulness and to embody the benefits, helping individuals and organisations reach their full potential. I understand the pressures of the modern workplace and the importance of managing that stress. As a musician I have a particular interest in how mindfulness meditation fosters creativity and innovation. 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 affect 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
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 three years ago when she completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR). 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 (MBSR), 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.
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
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 is currently completing 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.
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 passionate about personal development, life-long learning and growing. He sees this as a means towards living a calmer, happier and more interesting life and he is keen to share this with others.
Neil started his practice over 18 years ago, mostly seeking strategies to better manage the life challenges he was experiencing at the time. After an experience with mindfulness and meditation, he developed a fascination for it and has since participated in a significant number of meditation retreats, practices and workshops. Some interesting examples are several years of mindfulness meditation practice with a Buddhist Lama, the challenging “Vipassana” 10-day silent retreat and an Eckhart Tolle retreat in Costa Rica. He also practised yoga for a number of years to help with the mind-body connection.
Neil is a Mindfulness Works facilitator with qualifications in Mindfulness, Coaching, PSYCH-K facilitation, Workplace Training, Lean
Six Sigma and a number of other corporate and technical subjects. He has also had ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) training with Dr Russ Harris.
He comes from a corporate background in Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, Consulting, Systems Management, Business Improvement, Presenting and Training.
He is inspired by natural beauty, travel and creativity. As an avid traveller, he has trekked and motorcycled through Nepal, walked Tasmania’s 7-day Overland Track and motor-homed through Europe along with numerous other travel adventures!
Neil’s ethos is “Life is to experience.” His focus is also to simplify where possible, be kind and avoid anything too extreme – he believes the world could do with some more smiles and kindness!
Neil’s company is Inner Synergy
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 has undertaken formal training in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and 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 a background in MICBT (Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). 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.
Jennifer Bishop – Melbourne
Jen has worked with corporate organisations, and university and community groups for over 20 years in consulting coaching and training in marketing, social media, management and leadership.
Over the past 10 years she has created customised course content for corporate and SME organisations and facilitated corporate groups to achieve specific learning outcomes. She has also been a guest speaker for corporate/university conferences and events.
She is degree qualified in Business/Marketing, has taught at Deakin and RMIT Universities and is a qualified Workplace Trainer (Cert4). She has also held leadership and executive positions in ASX listed business.
Jen developed an interest in Buddhist meditation 20 years ago to address anxiety issues and has regularly attended and informally studied Tibetan Buddhist practice since.
In 2012, she contracted a neuroimmune illness that left her seriously affected. During this time, she radically transformed her life and lifestyle by researching everything she could about this disease. This included nutrition/meditation and behavioural changes; specifically, using meditation to reduce the stress response to improve her immune system.
She is now a qualified teacher in Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation through the Gawler Foundation and has completed the Google Search Inside Yourself Leadership Mindfulness Program. She has also completed the MBSR program as a participant and the Monash Mindfulness for Peak Performance course as well as courses in Neurobiology, Genetics and Neuroscience.
She is the founder of Mindful Life Training http://mindfullife.com.au (under development) which will facilitate Mindfulness training for individuals, leaders and the workplace for mental agility, resilience and compassion.
She is passionate about helping inspire others to positively change their minds, brains and health using mindfulness practices from a scientific and evidence-based perspective to reduce stress, improve performance, enhance happiness and catalyse their lives.
Karen Bradford – Melbourne
Karen came to meditation and mindfulness in 1994 when going through a very difficult time in her life. She began studying and practising mindfulness, meditation and yoga.
These practices had such a profound and extraordinary impact in her life that she wanted to share these skills with others. So 10 years ago, Karen studied to become a Meditation and Yoga teacher and currently runs a successful Yoga and meditation business.
Karen’s background in science (Registered Nurse) led her to explore and look for evidence-based mindfulness practice. She began studying Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Dr Russ Harris (author of The Happiness Trap), the basis of which is mindfulness practice.
She was looking for a way to make these valuable skills accessible to everyone without having to be traditionally interested in spirituality; bridging the gap between science and spirituality.
Karen also works in the corporate world, training health professionals to become coaches. She is able to deliver a perfect balance to this world using mindfulness practices and combines a wealth of training delivery experience into high-performance group facilitation.
Karen keenly continues her own personal journey and is currently studying with Dr Joe Dispenza (author of Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind) who uses the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience and quantum physics to not only heal illness but also to enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life through meditation
Karen has a great love for learning, applying and teaching and is very excited about sharing these skills with you.
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.
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.
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.
Jamie Brown – Brisbane
Jamie has created herself a pseudonym called The Happiness Ninja. The Happiness Ninja dons a ninja costume and conducts both conscious and random acts of kindness. The Happiness Ninja hits the streets and attends events with the aim of bringing the world closer together and encouraging greater kindness. She has made appearances in five countries around the world so far.
Aside from this, the face behind the mask is a coach, emotional health consultant, trainer, facilitator and international speaker. Jamie’s focus is on helping individuals, teams and organisations discover and lead their most happiest, meaningful and authentic lives. Jamie became the 47th person in the world to complete the world’s only government-accredited Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. She is also working towards becoming a registered psychologist and is half way through a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences degree majoring in advanced psychology.
After suffering from suicidal thoughts from the age of 12 and a total of 17 years of anxiety and clinical depression, Jamie turned her life around when she discovered the world of Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. Drawing on her previous knowledge and experiences of yoga and meditation (10 years of inconsistent on-again off-again practice), Jamie combined these with her new learnings of positive psychology and neurosciences. She imbedded formal meditation practices and applied Positive Psychology methods into her daily life over two years ago and successfully left behind her long past of mental health challenges. Last year Jamie completed her first 10-day Vipassana course in a remote location in The Philippines.
Jamie is passionate about educating others to become the best version of themselves possible and to overcome any mental health challenges they may have. She has created an 21-day online program which can be found on her website at www.thehappinessninja.com.au. She also runs a series of workshops based on Dr Martin Seligman’s 5 PERMA principals of happiness and flourishing.
Jamie’s aim is the make The Happiness Ninja a well-known global figure with multiple revenue streams, so that she can travel the world (her biggest personal passion), conducting random acts of kindness and giving back to communities and individuals in need, and encouraging and allowing as many people in the world as possible to thrive, not just survive!
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.
Anne Rodgers – Adelaide
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 qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitator, trained by the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia.
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 (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) 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.
Annie’s website is www.magpiecoaching.com.au
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
Cherise Vallet – McLaren Vale
Cherise Vallet came to Australia from Canada in 1989 on an adventure quest. She has always been keen to deepen her understanding of what it means to live consciously and to realise the full potential of this precious human life.
Following this adventurous path, Cherise has lived in or spent time in many intentional spiritual communities around the globe since her early 20s. In the corporate world, she has spent challenging years in management positions which were rich learning experiences about human nature, especially her own! Over the past 20 years, Cherise has pursued the contemplative practices of yoga and mindfulness, and is currently developing the therapeutic application of these practices to support individuals in one-on-one settings. She has been teaching her thoughtfully-crafted classes in corporate environments, yoga studios and local community halls around the country for the past dozen years.
Formal study has included a Bachelor of Arts in Canada, Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design in Australia and Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga Teaching qualifications, plus recent completion of a Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy. She has also had long-time personal development as a creative cook, catering for medium-sized crowds with rustic, delicious and nutritious food.
Cherise lives in the beautiful surrounds of McLaren Vale on a small acreage, sharing further adventures with her partner, her border collie and four busy chickens.
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 has practised yoga for 20 years including sitting meditation practices and is currently completing her yoga teacher training. In the last couple of years she has moved more towards mindfulness, completing the MBSR 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!
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.
Linda Oakford – Darwin
Linda started living with Mindfulness around 6 years ago. Even though she is relatively new to living a mindful life, she 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. She worked as a Nurse Education Consultant for Addictions for several years before choosing to leave structured employment and begin a small home-based business in 2015. Symmetry Australia offers personal, professional and physical development for mind, body and soul.
Linda is a qualified counsellor (intuitive and mainstream), mindfulness coach, hypnotherapist, Reiki II practitioner and adult educator. Her husband offers group fitness sessions to fit in with the physical aspects of good mental health. 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 has lived in Darwin since 1993 and delivers her services from her home in Karama. 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 and her husband operate Symmetry Australia in Darwin, Australia.
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’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 centers, 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 whist 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.
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
Michelle Taffe – Geelong and Bendigo
Michelle Taffe (BA, YT200Hr) is a certified yoga teacher and meditation teacher, a writer and an avid traveller. She has been travelling the world since 2011, profiling yoga and meditation retreats and events through her website, The Global Yogi. Thanks to this work she has had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing many different yoga and spiritual teachers around the world.
With a practice spanning some thirteen years, her first contact with mindfullness was at a Vipassana retreat at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand in 2004. This was the beginning of her journey into mindfullness meditation and the art and science of wellbeing using the principles taught by the Buddha all those many years ago. Michelle’s personal practice is based in Insight Meditation of Theravadin Buddhist tradition, and she has also learned much from other traditions including Advaita Vedanta teachings of non-duality. Michelle has a very warm and engaging presence, and really enjoys helping students find breakthoughs in mental and emotional patterns through mindfullness teachings. She is also skilled in leading guided meditations on the themes of loving kindness, compassion and cultivating joy.
Michelle’s life is founded in mindfulness in everyday activities, a strong and grounded daily yoga practice, and creativity and adventure to feed and activate the soul.
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