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 of mindfulness and related disciplines. She runs the 8-week MBSR/MBCT in the public & private sector, and workshops and tasters in organisations, communities and family settings, and offers one to one mindfulness and transformational coaching. She is an accredited teacher through the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University studying for 5 years to gain an MA and complete her research and the Teacher Development Retreats 1 & 2 run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. Debbie has also trained as a Supervisor with the CIC via Bangor and assists new students on their path to teaching, she has also trained with Mindfulness in Schools and offers courses in Mindful Parenting. Debbie has also studied in Oxford University with the OMC training in Mindfulness in the Workplace. She is a member of the London Shambhala meditation centre, and has taught as a meditation instructor for many years.
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 been practicing for 25 years and has taught mindfulness at meditation retreats in USA and Europe and finished an 18 month world tour as a personal assistant to an eminent teacher, writer and thought leader in the field of mindfulness meditation. She has since taught in London at BBC, Barclays, Proctor and Gamble, University of Westminster, Nursing and Midwifery Council, NHS First Steps, Lambeth Council, 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. Debbie is currently an associate teacher with the Mindfulness Project and Zoe Clews and associates in central London, and offers one to one mindfulness coaching drawing on her Karuna Contemplative Psychology training and her training in counselling and currently working as a clinical psychotherapist with Ease wellbeing and continued training at the Philadelphia Association. Debbie has also trained in coaching in GB and USA and has worked for many years with clients as an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner.