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Mindfulness and Compassion
The Mindful Way to Reducing Stress  

Feedback from Course Delegates...

"Robert is brilliant - I have done loads of similar courses but this was by far the best."

" Excellent instructor - truly embodying the spirit of mindfulness."

"Instructor was gentle and kind. The perfect host."

"I felt valued as a participant & safe to share my thoughts & feelings - that's a very special thing "

" Great teacher, very knowledgeable. Well presented. Brilliant teaching methods + materials."

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"Sally was kind, compassionate & knowledgeable. Never judgemental and made me feel ok just as I am."

"Sally was brilliant, patient and explained everything really well. Her enthusiasm is infectious."

" Sally was a wonderful instructor - I really found her calm & kind manner a real benefit in settling my anxieties about this course."

“This was the best event I have attended in my 23 years with the CIPD.  What Sally did was bring a genuineness, passion  and knowledge which allowed us to experience mindfulness from a fresh perspective”

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"Lauri is brilliant, gentle and insightful."

"I really liked the instructor's non-judgemental, calm demeanour and found her voice very soothing and easy to focus on during the meditations."

"Lauri, the instructor, was professional, patient, funny, understanding, kind and gentle."

"Felt the instructor exudes mindfulness. Enjoyed her calm, humorous and methodical approach"

"Lauri is very good. She holds the space and it feels like a safe space to share. Very calm."

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Mindfulness Instructor and Founding Director

Robert is a professional mindfulness, well-being and emotional intelligence coach, specialising in stress and neurobiology having trained with some of the field leading researchers from the US and UK.

Robert's background includes 30 years of personal meditation study and practice. He has been teaching mindfulness meditation across Yorkshire for the past six years in a variety of settings including the NHS, universities, schools, charities (cancer and substance abuse), veterans and self-referrals. He has spoken about mindfulness in healthcare on many occasions and is an active member of Hull's NHS Local Interest Group exploring how mindfulness can be developed within the community.

Prior to starting The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, Robert's career includes 15 years of Business Management experience for large organizations where he has an acknowledged strength in developing individuals and teams in operational and sales roles.



Associate Mindfulness Instructor and Mindfulness in the Workplace Lead

A self-confessed workaholic meditation would never have been on Sally's agenda.  It was only as a result of ill health that she found herself at a local Buddhist centre and then drawn to the secular “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” Course.  It was this powerful combination of Mindfulness, Buddhist Philosophy and Western Psychology which transformed both her health and her approach to life, as being “something to be lived rather than a project to be managed”.

Despite originally intending to return to her career as an Human Resources Manager (MCIPD) Sally was inspired by the growing base of empirical research supporting the use of mindfulness in healthcare, organisations and education.  This, coupled with her own personal journey and the transformation she has seen in others, led Sally to train as a “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” Instructor in 2012.  Sally is also a Mindfulness in the Workplace Accredited Trainer (The Mindfulness Exchange) and is passionate about the potential of mindfulness in the workplace.




Associate MBSR Instructor and Retreat Programme Lead

Lauri has recently completed her Ph.D. in mindfulness and engaged Buddhism, the key teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. It is the practical application of mindfulness that Lauri is now taking forward through our secular MBSR courses and retreats. Lauri is also particularly interested in developing mindfulness and creativity workshops and retreats, as she recognises her own creativity is enhanced through practising mindfulness, particularly poetry. She regularly posts poems to her Mindful Living blog (lauribower.blogspot.co.uk). Lauri has 27 years of personal meditation and mindfulness practice and 14 years experience of running and organising retreats.



Associate MBCT Instructor

Kamila is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an Accredited Member of British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy. She is registered with the Health Professions Council and British Psychological Society. She has been cultivating mindfulness in her personal and professional life since 2005. She is an experienced Mindfulness Teacher having completed both Mindfulness Teacher Development Training Levels 1 and 2 and is a qualified Mindfulness Supervisor. She follows Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses developed by UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers. She has worked in the NHS for over 10 years and privately for the last 7 offering one to one therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy courses mainly in the Leeds area. She has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness as a method of personal and professional development and regularly offers training in this area to other clinicians.



Clinical Director NCMC / York MBSR

Clinical Director, York Stress and Trauma Centre

MSc, BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner, DipHE (MHS), RN (MH), PGCert Clinical Supervision, NLP Master practitioner, BABCP Accredited Trainer

Matthew has worked in health care since 1988, focussing on mental health since 1994.  Matthew has worked in the MOD, the NHS, the private sector and for mental health charities. He is also an associate tutor at York St John University, York and provides clinical supervision to a range of private and public sector organisations. He has had his research published in various journals and has presented his research at national conferences and is currently working on his PhD looking at integrating EMDR and mindfulness. Matthew's interest in mindfulness has grown over the past 13 years and he uses mindfulness based interventions daily in his clinical practice.




Colleagues and Partners...


Breathworks Courses in the Whitby Area


We are delighted to be working in assocation with Dr Nicholas Bateson and Dr Farhad Emad who offer Breathworks Courses in the Whitby Area.

Dr Nicholas Bateson and Dr Farhad Emad

Retired GPs, each with thirty years expereience of working in the NHS Nick and Farhad both initially used mindfulness successfully to improve their own health, before going on to train as Breathworks Instructors.  They now co-deliver introductory and 8 week Mindfulness for Health courses for local people in a beautiful meditation space near Whitby, as well offering education workshops for GPs.

For general information about Mindfulness for  Health courses please visit the main Breathworks website.

For information about courses near Whitby please contact Nick and Farhad direct by emailing farhademad@tiscali.co.uk or NGBateson@aol.com.




Mindful Employer promotes awareness of mental health at work and supports organisations to respond positively and effectively to mental health matters.  Over 1000 employers have signed the Mindful Employer Charter as a commitment to their staff's mental well-being since the initiative began in 2004.  We are deligted to be working with Mindful Employer to offer mindfulness training as an effective means of supporting employers in taking a proactive approach to mental health.




We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Children’s Society to promote the use of Mindfulness in Schools as a part of their “My Life 4 Schools” Initiative which offers free tailored resources to help teachers deliver SEAL and PSHE and Citizenship.




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