I have been teaching mindfulness courses on a freelance basis since 2011. I teach in a variety of settings, including patient groups, health professionals, students, and the workplace. I am currently a tutor on the University of Exeter’s Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches postgraduate programme, and have supervised on the Exeter Supervised Pathway route to mindfulness training. In addition to teaching mindfulness, I also have a background as a medical doctor, and have been working as a general practitioner since 2003. Currently this is on a part-time locum basis in the Bristol area.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, University of Exeter
- Membership of the Royal College of General Practice (MRCGP)
- MBChB (Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery) University of Bristol
- MBCT in clinical and non-clinical settings
- MBSR in clinical and non-clinical settings
- Mindfulness-based Interventions in the workplace
I was interested in contemplative approaches, initially in the Christian, and then in the Buddhist traditions as a young university student. Early on in my working life, this interest developed with short retreats at Gaia House, Devon. My first week-long retreat involved practising Korean Zen with Martine and Stephen Batchelor in 2005. It was a powerful experience which inspired me to start regular daily practice.
Since then, my practice has developed under the influence of many teachers at Gaia House including Rob Burbea, Catherine McGee, Gregory Kramer, Kitissaro and Thanissara. Their teachings are mainly based in the early school Theravada Buddhist teachings, but are also influenced by western ideas and practices. Feeling a need to deepen further, in 2012 I decided to undertake a three-month retreat guided by Rob Burbea in which I spent a lot of time with ‘metta’ (befriending) practice. In Bristol, I am involved with the local Gaia house-associated meditation group called Bristol Insight Meditation, and help organise retreat days for it. I am also currently exploring ‘engaged’ Buddhist responses to climate change with the Dharma Action Network for climate Engagement (DANCE), and One Earth Sangha.
Research Activities and Interests
I taught an adaptation of MBCT for patients with chronic respiratory disease as part of a pilot project organised by Dr Alice Malpass, at the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol in 2012.
Malpass A.; Carel H.; Ridd M.; Shaw A.; Kessler D.; Sharp D,; Bowden M.; Wallond J.; (2011) Transforming the Perceptual Situation: a Meta-ethnography of qualitative Work Reporting Patients’ Experiences of Mindfulness-Based Approaches. Mindfulness 3 (1), 60-75.