As employers are more aware of their responsibility for the health and well-bring of their staff, they are keen to provide training in practices such as mindfulness, which are excellent for reducing stress as well as increasing mental well-being.
Mindfulness has the added benefits of making it easier to focus and concentrate on the task at hand as well as improving self-awareness and emotional-intelligence and therefore communication and relationships with fellow workers.
Better mental health of staff
Better work-life balance
Healthier cultures in organisations
Higher degrees of creativity and innovation
Stronger levels of personal responsibility and leadership
Greater levels of emotional intelligence (EQ)
Less stress and worry
ABOUT MINDFULNESS WORKS
Mindfulness Works is a leading provider of mindfulness training and education in both Australia and New Zealand, with a special focus on:
- Jargon-free, practical and non-religious courses
- Courses and training for absolute beginners, who have never done mindfulness, meditation or even anything like it before
- Using modern language and down-to-earth situations to illustrate how mindfulness works
- Experiential learning – so people actually experience mindfulness, not just ‘learn’ about it
- A diverse range of experienced, mindfulness trainers with a wide range of backgrounds so people can relate to them
- Competitively priced courses, making mindfulness as accessible as possible for both the general public and workplaces
- Supplementing our courses with the latest technology, such as the Wildflowers Mindfulness App.
“Richard Fernandez, director of executive development and a psychologist by training [at Google] , says he sees a significant difference in his work behavior since taking the [mindfulness] class. “I’m definitely much more resilient as a leader,” he says. “I listen more carefully and with less reactivity in high-stakes meetings. I work with a lot of senior executives who can be very demanding, but that doesn’t faze me anymore. It’s almost an emotional and mental bank account. I’ve now got much more of a buffer there.” New York Times
OUR WORKPLACE, CORPORATE AND ORGANISATIONAL MINDFULNESS TRAINERS
Our workplace trainers:
- Have existing work experience in organisational or corporate environments – so know what this environment is like and won’t alienate participants
- Are down-to-earth and highly relatable
- Are experienced mindfulness practitioners and educators
- Are trained in and run the highly popular, exclusive “Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation” public course.
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MEET OUR TRAINERS
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.
Lyndi Smith — Brisbane
Lyndi Smith is a Brisbane-based mindfulness trainer with Mindfulness Works Australia and is a qualified mindfulness meditation teacher (BSY). She also runs Mind With Heart Australia, a charity taking mindfulness into schools. This year, Mind With Heart are in partnership with Queensland Department of Education, in a $250,000 research project on their Reconnected programme for teacher wellbeing.
Lyndi worked as a teacher for 15 years and started practising mindfulness near burn out ten years ago. Thanks to mindfulness, Lyndi now enjoys a happier, more balanced quality of life. She has racked up over 3,000 hours of practice and is committed to ongoing practice and professional development.
Lyndi has taught mindfulness for five years, and is trained in both secular and traditional mindfulness. She has led over thirty mindfulness-and-compassion-based programmes with schools, families, local government and companies including Teachers Health Fund and Excite Media.
Lyndi 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.
Jon Unal — Brisbane
Jon Unal is a registered counsellor and the founder of Conscious Beginnings – Mindfulness & Psychotherapy . He works with clients struggling with stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, and self-esteem issues.
Jon 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.
He currently lives in Brisbane and runs group and corporate mindfulness trainings in addition to his private practice. Some of his workplace clients include Queensland Police Service, The Museum of Brisbane, Navitas English, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, and James Cook University.
Jamie Brown — Brisbane
Jamie is an accredited 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 for the past 4 years.
With an entrepreneurial nature and a thirst for “more”, Jamie has opened her own emotional health consultancy business and is also an International Motivational Speaker.
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. She is also working towards becoming a registered psychologist and is halfway through a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences degree majoring in advanced psychology.
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 created a 21-day online program which can be found on her website at www.thehappinessninja.com.au.
Jamie also runs a series of workshops based on Dr Martin Seligman’s 5 PERMA principals of flourishing.
“Jamie is an exceptional presenter and workshop facilitator. She shares her knowledge from a depth of personal experience with warmth, humour and a passion for this field. I recently was part of her series of workshops around the habits of happiness and was always engaged and surprised when it was time to leave. Thank you Jamie, I have discovered new parts of me through your process. I have no hesitation in recommending Jamie and look forward to attending future events she holds”.
– Andrew Holt, The Sunshine Coast
Primary School Teacher and Children’s Book Author
Janette Dines — Sydney, Northern Beaches and Canberra
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.
My Holland — Sydney
A well-educated, well-travelled agent of “change for the better,” My was born in Villeneuve Sur Lot in the south of France near Bordeaux, of Vietnamese parents.
My is a coach, trainer and consultant in emotional intelligence, leadership development, mindfulness, resilience, mental toughness and positive psychology-neuroplasticity. She understands the needs of corporates as she has been immersed in this in Australia as well as Japan, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam. “We are all facing an alarming attention deficit as well as burnout or low engagement,” she believes. She regularly introduces mindfulness practices in her corporate work where stress has become the new normal. She enjoys helping people and organisations to find their true purpose in life.
After demanding corporate jobs overseas and in Sydney, she moved to Bellingen to a more meaningful life and job; lecturing at university. She now runs her consultancy company in high performance workplace culture, high resilient workplace and wellbeing at work. See www.eqathappinessquotient.com. Her clients include: Macquarie University, Westpac, Headspace, E@Y, IIA and Internations.
My 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 and has two teenagers, two dogs, a cat and 13 chickens. Her new life in Bellingen has provided her a mind space where she has reconnected with what is important: focusing on what she has and not on what she does not have. She travels nationally and also to Asia for workshops and speaking engagements. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with other people who are going through stressful challenges in their working life. She has just published her first book called “Happiness is the way”.
MBA (Int. Marketing), MA (Int. Bus), BA (Japanese), Grad Cert in Higher Ed, Cert in Neuroscience and Positive Neuro Plasticity and TAE. She is accredited in the use of assessment tools including EQ-I -Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory, SEI Six Seconds, O.R.A.N.G.E.S positive psychology and the NEF Happiness at Work.
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).
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.
Tiffany is a director and partner of Optim Leadership, a boutique business psychology consultancy that offers more than 20 years of global experience in growing the capability of people in business.
Lydia Vorona — Sydney
Lydia is an experienced and qualified educator with extensive corporate experience.
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 understands the pressures of the modern workplace and the importance of managing that stress to build healthy and resilient organisations. Her expertise includes business development and project management, gained from a diverse range of industries, in both Europe and Australia.
In 2015 Lydia founded Be Still, a mindfulness training company offering evidence-based training programs for groups and individuals.
“I teach mindfulness so that it’s personally and professionally relevant for a modern audience. I understand the pressures of a busy work environment and the importance of managing that stress. Mindfulness techniques can help your people perform at their best, improving wellbeing and productivity.” See www.bestill.com.au for more information.
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.”
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
Helene Orr — Sydney
Helene is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director in the public and NFP sectors. She brings insight and experience from 30 years of working with State and Commonwealth public sector and NFP organisations undergoing major transformation with executive management experience in governance and assurance, corporate services, business planning and performance, health, human services and workplace health and safety policy, programs and service delivery.
Helene has had a life-long interest in yoga and meditation and concurrently with her career immersed herself in traditional meditation practice and training through regular silent retreats practising mindfulness through insight meditation of the Theravada Buddhist traditions for over ten years.
She has a regular practice of yoga and meditation and has experienced their benefits in the management of stress and pain and insight and wisdom at major crossroads in her life.
With a strong interest in mind body science and wellbeing, she is currently completing her Masters in Health and Social Wellbeing and completed mindfulness teacher training with the Mindfulness Training Institute Australasia in 2015 and Yoga Teacher Training with Samadhi Yoga in 2006.
In 2015, based on a commitment to share the benefits of mindfulness and her experience of its application in corporate settings, she established Insight Governance, a consulting firm advising Boards and organisations in a range of areas of corporate and personal governance using mindfulness based tools to enhance organisational life and performance.
She provides advice to organisations on corporate and leadership wellbeing strategies to support sustainable business performance and employee engagement and resilience. These programs include Introduction to Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Leadership and Positive Leadership and Culture and are based on her own career challenges and insights, experiential practice and contemporary research evidence.
Helene’s preference is to work with clients in a trusted long-term partnership to achieve sustained results that link strategy, culture, leadership and human potential. In her work with Boards and senior executives, Helene focusses on advice and skills for self-mastery to strengthen and transform leadership presence and resilience exploring new ways of thinking and being in such roles.
In her current roles as non-executive director on Boards in the health and human services areas, she promotes and supports mindfulness and compassionate-based service delivery and staff wellbeing and is cognizant of the many programs and tools that support this approach in different workplace settings.
She also teaches mindfulness in a range of community settings.
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.
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.
Coco Nkrumah — Melbourne
Coco has been involved with mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years. He is certified in Chinese Taoist meditation and shaolin qi gong and is a martial arts instructor and sports coach. He has had a background in MICBT (mindfulness-intergrated cognitive behavioural therapy) and MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) and he currently studies non-dual teachings such as Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism.
Coco shares his down-to-earth, non-religious and practical knowledge on mindfulness in workplace and corporate settings. Some of his clients have included 7/11, Melbourne Men’s Shed, DFP Recruitment and Co-health.
He takes an interactive and hands-on approach to workplace and corporate training. So don’t expect a boring PowerPoint presentation in his workshops! He has a passion for developing a culture of wellbeing with every organisation he works with. Reaching personal performance goals in the workplace through the practice of mindfulness is another one of his passions.
Coco’s company, Reality Based Mindfulness (RBM), is a Melbourne-based company dedicated to providing mindfulness training in a range of contexts. Operating in workplace and corporate settings, RBM strives to enable organisations to develop a culture of wellbeing, compassion, creativity and productivity.
Coco knows how to cater his training to the individual’s needs. Having a background in sports coaching and martial arts enables him to get the most out of each person in his workshops and reach desired outcomes for organisations.
Anita Tesoriero — Melbourne
BA (Hons) Psychology; MA Applied Psychology, University of Melbourne; MAPS
Anita Tesoriero is a registered Psychologist. She has broad experience in organisation development, large scale cultural change, leadership development, coaching, facilitation, counselling and mediation. She has successfully delivered services across a wide range of industries including local and state government, manufacturing, finance, retail and banking and has worked with many large organisations including Department of Primary Industries, Thales, Nillumbik Shire Council, Batessmart, BHP, Ericsson, Coles Myer, ANZ, NAB and Cadbury.
Anita is accredited in the use of a variety of developmental tools including the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), TMI (Team Management Index), DiSC Behavioural Profile, EQ-I -Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory and the Realise 2 Strengths Inventory.
Jennifer Bishop — Melbourne
Jennifer has worked with corporate organisations, university and community groups for over 20 years in management, consulting and training in marketing, social media, management and leadership. She has held senior leadership positions in AGL, PMP and Assa Abloy and Telstra and has developed and delivered Corporate Training programs for Microsoft, Toyota Australia and the RACV.
She has been a sought-after Guest Speaker for conferences, exhibitions and national corporate training events for Excellerate Australia, RMIT, AFMA, and Toyota Australia.
As a seasoned corporate facilitator, she is degree qualified in Marketing and has Post Graduate Qualifications in Digital Marketing, Stress in the Workplace and Workplace Training.
She is certified by The Gawler Foundation as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, has done post Grad study in Stress in the Workplace and has Cert1V Workplace Training Qualifications. She has also completed the Google Search Inside Yourself Leadership Program that focusses on meditation, neuroscience and emotional intelligence. She has had 20 years attending Buddhist-based meditation programmes and has completed the MBSR programme.
She is the founder of Mindful Life Training that helps organisations to transform people leadership, workplace engagement and wellness through evidence-based mindfulness and compassion training.
MLT trains teams in the health and wellness for peak performance productivity and health. We work with employers to identify workplace employee health, wellness and positive habit development goals. Then co-jointly create the best programmes focussing on the evidence of Neuroscience, Emotional Intelligence Research and Mindfulness to improve outcomes for your staff. These programmes can be health, resilience, engagement, performance or teamwork focussed.
Our programmes are based on the three pillars of:
- Emotional Intelligence
to create an organisation that THRIVES with measurable increases in:
Employee Engagement Leadership/Performance Capability Well Being (Health)
Taster education/Workshops/8 week Courses/The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation/The Attention Economy/Action Addiction
Guest Speaker/seasoned corporate facilitator.
The ROI for evidence-based Mindfulness Meditation in the Workplace /Introducing the Mindful Leadership Paradigm /Mindfulness for Peak Performance/Engagement/Productivity/Creativity/Growth Hacking/Reduced Absenteeism/Presenteeism/Improved immunity, Attention Training and Decision Making.
Anne Rodgers — Adelaide
A business leader with a difference! Anne’s extensive business and leadership experience has taught her that what’s happening isn’t important: what matters is how you choose to respond. The key to happiness at work and in life is finding the personal strength and wisdom to act from your core values and with authenticity.
Formerly Managing Director of Starcom, a global media and communications agency, Anne led the Adelaide and Perth teams for 15 years. Achieving $90million billings peak with a team of 50 people across the disciplines of media and production for brand and functional advertising.
Anne holds a Diploma of Management, and is a registered Hatha Yoga Instructor with Yoga Australia. She has completed a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, and is a Level 1 Mindfulness Teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia.
Anne’s own happiness is supported by her personal practice of yoga, daily mindfulness practice, Argentine tango and rock ’n roll dance.
Annie Harvey — Adelaide
Annie Harvey is professional educator with more than 20 years combined experience as a teacher, adult educator and trainer, work and life coach, Annie is the owner and operator of a private tutoring centre, supporting an average of 90 children each week in literacy and numeracy.
Alongside this she works with private and corporate clients, with recent workplace experience including Centracare, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, TAFE SA, ISBEC and the AEU. Passionate about maintaining good mental health in the workplace, Annie applies various methodologies, including mindfulness, ACT and positive psycholdogy, to help people balance busy work and private lives.
International Business people and leader’s experiences of mindfulness programmes…
“Mr. Duane [a Google Engineer] took S.I.Y. four years ago and considers it as sort of an organizational WD-40, a necessary lubricant between driven, ambitious employees and Google’s demanding corporate culture. Helping employees handle stress and defuse emotion helps everyone work more effectively, he says.” New York Times April 2012
For Karen May, vice president for leadership and talent, S.I.Y. is a useful tool on several levels. “We have great people,” she says. “Now how do we keep them? Teaching employees with terrific technical abilities also means helping them to develop presentation skills and communication skills, helping them to understand their impact on other people, their ability to collaborate across groups and cultivate a mentality from which great motivation can spring.” New York Times April 2012
“The practice of mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you’re living it. It teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations. When you are mindful, you’re aware of your presence and the ways you impact other people. You’re able to both observe and participate in each moment, while recognizing the implications of your actions for the longer term. And that prevents you from slipping into a life that pulls you away from your values.” – Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former chair and CEO of Medtronic.
” Google’s “Search Inside Yourself” programme has introduced mindfulness to more than 1,000 employees. “ Financial Times Magazine August 2012
“Aetna, one of the largest healthcare benefits companies in the US, began rolling out mindfulness and yoga programmes to its employees in 2010. The initiative was dreamed up by Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, himself a meditator. After attracting 3,500 employees, Aetna this year began offering workplace meditation and yoga as a service it sells to customers.” Financial Times Magazine August 2012