I teach the Mindfulness Association’s 8-week mindfulness course known as the ‘Mindfulness Based Living Course‘ (MBLC) and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s 8-week course known as the ‘Mindful Self-Compassion‘ (MSC) course, in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.   As well as holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Studies in Mindfulness, I have completed teacher-training with the Mindfulness Association and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and have an ongoing commitment to adhering to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers ‘Good Practice Guidelines’, including regular supervision by a more experienced Mindfulness Association tutor.

Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)

This 8-week MBLC Mindfulness Course is the Mindfulness Association’s own 8-week course that richly combines experiential development of mindfulness and compassion.  The course is based on the Mindfulness Association’s Mindfulness One Year Training. It is an eight week course consisting of eight classes, which are typically two hours long, preceded by a free introductory class before the eight week course begins.  If you miss this introductory session then you are still more than welcome to sign up for the course.  A ‘retreat’ day of mindfulness practice is also typically included between weeks 6 and 7.

The weekly themes are:

Introductory Session – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
Week 1 – Start Where We Are
Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
Week 4 – Working with Distraction
Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer
Day of Practice
Week 7 – Self-acceptance
Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life

The course cost includes your manual, access to meditation practice recordings (MP3s) and a full day retreat. The course cost is £165 (£30 deposit payable at the time of booking and remaining payment of £135 at first session of the course, or in 3 x monthly payments of £45).  There are ‘pay what you can’ places available – please e-mail me to enquire.

Upcoming Course Dates

April 2018 course: Mondays 7.15pm-9.15pm starting 23rd April 2018 with subsequent sessions weekly on a Monday for a total of 9 sessions (no session on 14th May).  Book online via the Strathaven FTPT’s booking system by clicking here.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. Research is demonstrating that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.

In this program, you will learn :

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

This Mindful Self-Compassion course is offered in an eight week format, that meets once a week. Each session lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes sessions and is held in a classroom/discussion group format.  An optional 4-hour retreat is included.


2018 course: dates not set yet – please email me to be kept informed of course dates.