I began practising yoga and meditation in the mid 1970s. Following several years of living and working in Buddhist communities in London, I was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order (now known as Triratna) in 1981. Subsequently, I studied theology and religion at Bristol University, trained as a teacher, and led classes and courses for many years at Buddhist Centres in London and Bristol, as well as leading events at retreat centres in the UK and Europe. During this time I attended many meditation retreats and study seminars with other teachers. I still occasionally teach in a Buddhist context. My experience of hatha yoga is mainly in the Iyengar approach, but has been significantly influenced by other teachers. For me, ‘personal development’ has always been about bringing together awareness of mind and body. The ‘mindfulness’ approach blends these elegantly and effectively. Teaching mindfulness courses and events over the last few years has been hugely rewarding; I have seen so many people finding new ways of being in their lives.
I trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at the University of Wales Bangor, and also with Breathworks, which specializes in applying mindfulness to living well with conditions of chronic pain and illness. In addition, I have studied mindfulness-based approaches in healthcare at the University of Exeter and, following further training in supervision, I am an Associate and Supervisor with the Exeter Mindfulness Network. Over the past few years, I have also contributed to the intensive programme at the OCD Treatment Clinic in Tiverton, and been part of a team at Bristol University School of Community Medicine working on a feasibility study of mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for patients with COPD and/or asthma and co-morbid symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. Lately, I’ve been a Consultant on the mindfulness component of a project developing and piloting a web-delivered intervention for emotional distress, run by the Primary Care Research unit at the University of Southampton.
As well as experience of living in communities (of sizes between five and twenty-five), I have lived alone, and also been a married householder. I am the father of two wonderful grown-up daughters. I moved to Exeter in January 2015 and am still enjoying exploring the city and its environs.
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