Who am I?
Until 2009, I was an IT executive managing services and delivery of large projects around Europe. However, the stress of the role led me to MBCT and I discovered for myself the huge benefits of mindfulness to transform my life both personally and professionally.
After training to teach MBSR and MBCT in 2013, I have been delivering mindfulness training in a variety of settings ever since – working with members of the public, schools, local charities, corporations and government departments. Before moving to Portugal, I was a Visiting Tutor at Cranfield University School of Management in the UK where I co-developed and taught the Mindfulness for Higher Performance programme to senior executives from around the world. I also supported my local community in Bedford, UK with a free weekly mindfulness group that had over 300 members.
What do I do?
Resident in Portugal since 2016, I offer MBCT Training Programmes to Portuguese and International participants in group settings and as 1 to 1 programmes. I have a particular interest in making Mindfulness available to people from all walks of life and in my own time, I support local school teachers’ community in the Algarve by running mindfulness courses through the regional teacher training Centre: Centro de Formação Dr. Rui Grácio in Lagos.
Together with Marion Furr, I established the Algarve Centre for Mindfulness to offer MBCT, MBCT for Life and Finding Peace curricula to local and visiting populations in the Algarve and across Portugal. We teach at our own centre and in schools, universities and organisations. From 2020, we will offer online MBCT programmes, and the new 12-module, “Beyond the 8-week course” developed by OMC: Deepening and Sustaining Mindfulness for Life.