Debbie and Tessa have been delivering mindfulness courses since 2009 and have taught over 1,000 students the practice of mindfulness. We have been practicing ourselves for over 25 years and have trained with Bangor University, one of the UK's leading mindfulness training organisations. We follow the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. There are lots of mindfulness teachers springing up now in London, but many are not properly qualified or experienced, so do take care when you book a course. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our background and experience.
Tessa is a mindfulness teacher and consultant, running workshops in organisations as well as the 8-week MBSR/MBCT course since 2009. Tessa is author of the books Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide (Icon, 2012) and Mindful London (Virgin, 2014). She is an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, one of the world's leading organisations for Mindfulness training, and she teaches mindfulness in the Houses of Parliament. Tessa has been practising meditation for 25 years, and is an experienced instructor at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. She is a fully qualified yoga teacher, and has completed the Teacher Development Retreats 1 & 2 run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. She is a co-teacher on the Mental Health Foundation's online mindfulness course, at www.bemindful.co.uk. In her earlier career Tessa was a Research Fellow in History at Cambridge University, and a Senior Producer with BBC Radio and Music.
Tessa is an Associate of the Mindfulness Initiative, a team supporting the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness at Westminster, and co-author of the Workplace chapter of the Mindful Nation UK report. She has taught mindfulness at Transport for London, Penguin Random House, Accenture, Amazon, GE Healthcare Otsuka , Helaba, University of Westminster, Lambeth College, Health Education England, and a range of other workplaces.
Debbie is a mindfulness teacher, trainer and consultant with over 20 years of personal practice of mindfulness and related disciplines. She runs mindfulness courses in the public & private sector, in organisations, communities and family settings, and also offers one to one coaching. She is an accredited teacher through the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University to MSc standard and she has trained as a mindfulness teacher in the Shambhala meditation tradition.
In 2009 Debbie and Tessa founded Being Mindful, one of the first companies in the UK to offer mindfulness courses in London. Debbie follows the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations; this is the Gold Standard model of mindfulness taught throughout the world, and includes continued practitioner development and supervision.
Debbie has taught mindfulness at meditation retreats in USA and Europe and recently finished an 18 month world tour as a personal assistant to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, an eminent teacher, writer and thought leader in the field of mindfulness meditation. She has since taught in London at Proctor and Gamble, University of Westminster, Nursing and Midwifery Council, NHS First Steps, Ratio Financial LLP, Insight Network, GK Strategy Ltd, Feelgood.com, Professional Women of Warwick Network and Southfields Academy, as well as a range of other workplaces and schools.