I started my meditation and mindfulness journey over a decade ago within the Buddhist meditation tradition and continue to receive meditation instruction from world renowned meditation teachers and their senior students. Under the guidance of my main teacher, I set up a not-for-profit organisation in 2013 where I provide instruction in meditation for my local community. I continue to deepen my personal practice by applying the instructions in daily life and within retreat contexts.
Having received much personal benefit from the practice of mindfulness myself since 2007 and wanting to share those benefits with others, I began exploring the secular application of mindfulness by completing an eight week course with London Meditation, before going on to complete a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Retreat with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford. Combining my experience in meditation with my teaching qualification (PGCE), experience in the fields of education and training, plus a BACP Accredited Diploma (NHS) in Psychotherapuetic Counselling, I began delivering mindfulness courses and workshops in a variety of settings.
I feel passionate about having the opportunity to share the many benefits of mindfulness with others and approach doing so with a sense of responsibility to transmit the authentic methods I have been taught to the best of my ability, while continuing to deepen my own personal practice and application of mindfulness.
I am listed on the British Association for Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA), a regulated directory of training organisations and teachers who adhere to the BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines. It requires teachers to be suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and receive supervision for their teaching.
I currently teach private and public courses as well as run training and development courses for organisations including NHS Primary Care staff via the Tenterden Mindfulness Group and am a co-founder of and Mindful Running Coach at RUN:ZEN.
I also work as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Supervisor in private practice and have a background in teenage and adult education as well as in training, employability skills, team leadership, management and substance misuse counselling as a contractor within the UK prison system.
Cesare completed the Teacher Training Retreat in Mindfulness Base Cognitive Therapy with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry. Cesare adheres to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines, engages in ongoing CPD and Supervision.
Cesare is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the largest professional organisation which represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. Cesare adheres to the professional and ethical guidelines as set out by the BACP, engages in ongoing CPD and Supervision.
Cesare completed his training as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with Interpsyche, part of the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust. The course was fully Accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the largest professional organisation which represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.
Cesare completed his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the Institute of Education at the University College London, London University.
Cesare completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) in Western Analytical Philosophy with King's College London, London University.
I met Nicole during our university days at King’s College London, and years later we have found ourselves on a similar mindfulness journey. We have peer supervision and sometimes co-lead retreats together.
Nicole trained to teach mindfulness with Bangor University, is a UK Network Registered Teacher and runs mindfulness courses, workshops and retreats, as well as a monthly drop-in in London. Nicole is completing a research PhD in Psychology at King’s College London. She has a particular interest in the cultivation of compassion through mindfulness, the science of meditation, and mindfulness of dream and sleep.
I met Stuart over a decade ago at a meditation group that he runs. Since then our mutual interest in mindfulness meditation, and health and fitness have grown and developed, leading us both to create RUN:ZEN, which integrates the benefits of running and mindfulness through workshops and courses.
Stuart is an accomplished triathlete and a licensed running fitness coach. He is also an experienced meditation practitioner of over two decades and has trained to teach mindfulness with Bangor University.