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OMC is pleased to announce the UK premiere of award winning film “My Year of Living Mindfully” by acclaimed producers Shannon and Julian Harvey, followed by a live Q&A with Shannon Harvey, Professor Willem Kuyken and Vidyamala Burch.

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Monday 27th April 2020


Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre
St Catherines College
Manor Road, Oxford

Order of events

6pm: Reception
7pm: Screening
followed by live Q&A

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About the film

In the midst of a growing mental illness epidemic, award-winning health journalist Shannon Harvey enlists a team of scientists to put meditation to the test.

As she travels 30,000 kilometres around the world, from the bright lights of Manhattan to the dusty refugee camps of the Middle East, she has one simple question in mind: Could learning to quiet our busy minds be the solution the world so desperately needs?

In her search for the mental equivalent of a 30 minute daily work-out, the best of investigative science journalism meets the most personal of storytelling as Shannon interweaves her journalistic diary with the intimate stories of the people she meets along the way.

What begins as a year-long self-experiment transforms into a life-changing experience.

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Q&A – Panel

Shannon Harvey
Elemental Media

My Year of Living Mindfully is produced and directed by husband and wife team Shannon and Julian Harvey who are deeply committed to creating life-affirming, evidence-based, film- projects which find, reach, and engage global audiences in order to inspire social change.

Shannon worked as a TV, radio and online journalist before turning to feature films. She directed the internationally acclaimed documentary, The Connection which inspired 300 community screenings around the world, and is now recommended viewing for medical students at some of the most respected universities in the world. She now writes a weekly blog and her book, The Whole Health Life (2016), earned her The National Press Club of Australia’s Health Journalist of the Year award (2017).

Professor Willem Kuyken
Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Working with Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive Officer, I take joint responsibility for OMC strategic leadership.

I am the inaugural Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Sciences and Principal Investigator for the research programme within the Department of Psychiatry.

My work focuses on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, my research examines how mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan.

Vidyamala Burch
Co-Founder & Chair Breathworks

Vidyamala co-founded Breathworks CIC in 2004 and is now recognised as an international leader in Mindfulness-based Pain Management. She has written three books including the best- selling ‘Mindfulness for Health’ (co-authored with Danny Penman). This was awarded First Prize in Popular Medicine in the British Medical Association Books Awards.

In 2018 Vidyamala was awarded an honorary membership to the British Pain Association. This was for her extraordinary contribution to the field of pain management with the development of Mindfulness-based Pain Management (MBPM).

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