9:00 am09:00

Half Day Retreat for Mindfulness Course Graduates

  • Sixty Eight

Give yourself a morning to pause, breathe and wake up to life

We invite you to join us for a morning of secular mindful practice, led by Tamsin Bishton, who teaches courses for Grow Mindfulness CIC and is a qualified mindfulness teacher who is listed by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. It's the perfect opportunity to meet the new year in a spirit of compassion and self-care.

Who is this for?

This is a guided meditation space for graduates of the 8 week mbsr/mbct course to spend time deepening their practice as we spend quiet time meditating together. This session is only suitable for people who have completed an intensive 8 week mindfulness course.

We have space for up to 25 people - and are offering concessions to those who have significant difficulty in paying the full cost.

What will happen?

We'll explore a number of longer meditation practices (sitting, lying down and in gentle movement) across the morning. These will be guided by Tamsin. Participants in the session will be invited to take part in the morning in silence as a support for deeping presence and exploration of awareness.

Where is it happening?

We'll be hosting this half day retreat in the wonderful, fully accessible space at 68 Middle Street, in The Lanes in the heart of Brighton. Some cushions, mats, and blankets will be available and you're welcome to bring your own as well. There will be plenty of space in this lovely, warm venue to reconnect with yourself and just be.

Mindfulness retreat venue Brighton


If you're interested in joining us and have questions, just drop us a line and we'll be happy to help. You can email Tamsin on tamsin@growmindfulness.org.

We are very grateful to Clearleft for supporting us to host this morning of mindfulness at an affordable rate for people in communities across Brighton and Sussex.

9:30 am09:30

Mindfulness in Social Work - Where are we now?

  • NCVO

What is this national conference about?

There is a growing interest in mindfulness in social work in the UK. Pilot mindfulness programmes are emerging and looking at potential benefits for staff resilience and wellbeing, relationship-based practice and effective leadership. This conference offers an opportunity to hear early findings from some of the innovators who have set up mindfulness programmes in local authority and university settings. Speakers will share evaluation results and consider the benefits and challenges in delivering mindfulness based approaches in busy organisations. There will also be opportunities to hear first hand accounts from people who practice mindfulness, including Annie Bertram of Surviving Safeguarding. As well as formal presentations, there will be some small group time in the afternoon to look at issues arising from the day and facilitate connections between speakers and others who are exploring, or wish to to explore, mindfulness-based approaches in social work.

Draft Programme

  • Arrivals & Welcome - Dr Trudi Edginton & Susan Kelly

  • Mindfulness: emerging findings and questions from a small scale longitudinal study of the transition from student to social worker - Pearse McCusker

  • Mindfulness in Practice - Genny Coutinho & Mia Holmes

  • Mindfulness, mental health and staff wellbeing - Dr Ruth Allen

  • Leading mindfully, supporting culture change - findings from a pilot mindfulness programme for managers in Somerset Council - Anna Elliott & Karen Atkinson

  • Mindfulness, recovery and surviving care proceedings - Annie Bertram

  • KEYNOTE: Can mindfulness build resilience in social workers? - Professor Gail Kinman

  • Nicole McGeown - Mindfulness in frontline social work - the East Sussex experience 

  • Carly Rhodes - Mindfulness with primary school children (TBC)

  • Break out groups: exploring themes, making connections, reflecting on what’s next

Speakers & Facilitators

  • Dr Ruth Allen, CEO, British Association of Social Workers 
  • Karen Atkinson, Director, Mindfulness UK
  • Annie Bertram, Parent, trainer and consultant, Surviving Safeguarding
  • Genny Coutinho, West Berkshire Council, Adult Social Care
  • Anna Elliott, Service Manager, Learning & Development (Children), Somerset County Council
  • Mia Holmes, West Berkshire Council, Adult Social Care
  • Susan Kelly, Social Worker & Founder, Grow Mindfulness CIC
  • Professor Gail Kinman, Director of the Research Centre for Applied Psychology, University of Bedfordshire
  • Pearse McCusker, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Nicola McGeown, Principal Social Worker, East Sussex County Council Children’s Services
  • Nicole Perkins, Mindfulness Teacher & Associate with Grow Mindfulness CIC
  • Carly Rhodes (TBC) - Mindfulness Teacher, Goldstone Primary School, Hove

Chair: Dr Trudi Edginton, Clinical Psychologist & Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation at the University of Westminster

10:30 am10:30

Growing our mindfulness work - business planning the mindful way

  • Friends Centre - Brighton Junction

Teaching mindfulness is such a special thing, that it can be challenging to balance the 'letting it unfold' with the realities of running a financially sustainable business in a secular world. This workshop offers an opportunity to turn towards these difficulties in a supportive space with peers who face similar challenges. A meaningful business plan, created with heart, can help hold our intentions, and check they are still valid, as we grow our work. In this session, we will explore how to use an ethical business planning process to create a 'soft scaffold' to support you through the joys and challenges of building a mindful business. 

What will happen at the workshop?    

Our intention is to create a safe space to enable participants to develop an understanding of the 'whys' and 'how's of creating and reviewing an ethical business plan. The workshop will be facilitated by Susan Kelly who will share her own journey in building a sustainable business (still ongoing!) and how she uses ethical business planning to manage the challenges of being a mindfulness teacher in the community. We not experts in business, but wish to share what we have learned with other mindfulness teachers - this is a collaborative workshop and an opportunity to work together with peers on issues that we all face in building a mindful business. There will be opportunities for practice, small group work and personal reflective time within the day. You will be provided with examples and planning templates which you can take away and use to continue this work beyond the workshop. More details

10:30 am10:30

Getting started: A practical workshop on setting out as a mindfulness teacher

  • Brighton Junction - Isetta Square


Starting out as a mindfulness teacher in the community or the workplace can feel a little daunting. This workshop will be hosted by experienced mindfulness teachers who have successfully set up their teaching businesses and have lots of experience and wisdom to share. They'll share practical knowledge and helpful advice about the finer detail of getting your teaching business off the ground.

What will happen at the workshop?  

Our intention is to create a safe space to enable participants to learn about 'the business side' of teaching mindfulness in communities and workplaces. There's no such thing as a 'silly' question in our view. So if there's anything from a practical point of view that you're feeling uncertain about as you begin your work as a teacher - this is the place to ask. We aren't experts, but teachers just like you. We hope we can share what we've learned so you can avoid some of the pitfalls and grow your mindfulness teaching in an ethical and sustainable way. This is a collaborative workshop and an opportunity to work together with peers on issues that we all face in building a mindful business. More details

10:30 am10:30

How to use social media for business the mindful way (for beginners)

  • University of Westminster

If you'd like to get started with using social media to help you reach new course participants and to connect with the online mindfulness world, this course is for you.

Social media and other digital tools can be a powerful support to mindfulness teachers, but it can feel daunting if you haven't used them before and overwhelming when you first get started. 

In this half day workshop we'll help you get to grips with setting up social media profiles on the key platforms:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • A blog
  • Google Drive and DropBox
  • SoundCloud

We'll also help you to understand the basics around:

  • How to set up a profile and start using the platform
  • How to protect your own and your students' privacy
  • How to use the platform to connect with the wider mindfulness online community
  • How to use the platform to reach new audiences and potential course participants
  • Being yourself on social media

All attendees will be given a full written manual to refer to and use beyond the workshop with the key 'how to' information.

This course is run by Tamsin Bishton, a trainee mindfulness teacher, non-exec director at Grow Mindfulness and digital communications specialist for nearly 20 years.

We'd like to tailor this course as much as possible so if there are specific questions or things you'd like us to cover in the session, please email us athello@growmindfulness.org

Who is this event for?

We have places for up to 16 people.This event is open to all mindfulness teachers - whether you are a member of the Grow Mindfulness network of not. It's also open to student and training teachers. (Members of the Grow Mindfulness network are guaranteed first priority for places and also receive 25% discount on the standard price.) Any profits from events are re-invested to support our work.

Please note that we are a not-for-profit organisation and are charging a small fee for tickets to cover costs. If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact the team so that we can support your attendance through concessions or a payment plan.  

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3:00 pm15:00

Mindfulness teachers networking event (London)

  • University of Westminster

You are invited to this half day network event for mindfulness teachers - offering participants the opportunity to meet each other, talk informally,  and also to be involved in more structured networking activity in small and large groups. 

You are invited to this half day network event for mindfulness teachers - offering participants the opportunity to meet each other, talk informally,  and also to be involved in more structured networking activity in small and large groups.  

(For our friends in the north we're also holding an event in Manchester in June - details here.)

At our launch event in March, we heard how important it is for mindfulness teachers to be able to get together and share ideas - we've organised these events to meet that need and have set up a structure to help participants network and problem solve together. We'll learn from each event and deliver a regular programme around the UK as we grow. Our intention is to run our next event in Glasgow as we expand our reach. There’s a full agenda below.

We’re inviting you to contact us ahead of time if you have a specific question, challenge or request for help you’d like to share with the rest of the network. We will have space in the agenda for up to 4 people to spend five minutes asking their questions or explaining their challenge or need for help. If you’d like to make use one of these four slots, please email us at hello@growmindfulness.org

Who is this event for?

This event is open to all mindfulness teachers who are practising in accordance with the UK Network Best Practice Guidelines – whether you are a member of the Grow Mindfulness network or not. Teachers who are currently doing their training are also welcome. (Members of the Grow Mindfulness network will recieve priority on tickets and a 25% discount.) 

Please note that we are a not-for-profit organisation and are charging a small fee for tickets to cover costs. If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact the team so that we can support your attendance through concessions or a payment plan.  

19 June in London at University of Westminster, 3pm – 6pm – book your ticket here http://mindfulnetworkinglondon.eventbrite.co.uk

MHAW15 : MindOut Event w/Sheila Roche - Brighton
5:30 pm17:30

MHAW15 : MindOut Event w/Sheila Roche - Brighton

  • Anahata

Mental Health Awareness Week is focussing on Mindfulness this year, and MindOut is delighted to offer, with the Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Meditation Group at BodhiTree Brighton, a Mindfulness session run by Sheila Roche.

Thursday May 14th 5.30 – 7pm

All LGBTQ people welcome, new and experienced practitioners alike.

@ Anahata Centre, Edward Steet, Brighton. Contact Sheila: 07789 861367

MHAW15 : Mindfulness UK Free Open Event
1:15 pm13:15

MHAW15 : Mindfulness UK Free Open Event

  • Mindfulness UK


MindfulnessUK are hosting an open event to support Mental Health Awareness Week this Wednesday, 13th May and offering FREE mindful practices 1.15 to 2.30pm.  Everyone Welcome - No need to book.

Venue:  MindfulnessUK, 27 Canon Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SW
Tel: 01823 323206

Other Mindfulness UK events taking place this week for MHAW15:

MindfulnessUK are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week with the following workshops and events:  "Managing Stress, Developing Resilience and Enhancing Well-Being Using Mindfulness Skills and Practices" half day workshops with professionals from Public Health and the Environment Agency.

MindfulnessUK " Staying Mindful "Practice Session this Tuesday will be focussing on Mental Health Awareness and we are offering mindful practices that focus on strength and resilience.