about the teacher
I love sharing this approach to reducing stress and anxiety. It gave me so much as a former participant. This very practical and well-structured course provides a safe, nurturing space to explore what keeps us in unhelpful habitual patterns and the tools to choose another approach. I find it so empowering to learn how I relate to the many stressors in life and that, working with the practices, I can choose to meet them differently. My aim is to provide this opportunity for all participants.
Hello and welcome.
I have been facilitating courses since 2016. I completed my MBSR training with the University of Exeter from where I received a Certificate in Teaching Mindfulness-based Approaches. I have undertaken training on the delivery of 'Finding Peace in A Frantic World' course, with Chris Cullen, founder of Mindfulness in Schools Project. I have a Certificate in Counselling Skills, accredited by the National Counselling Society which supports me in holding space for reflections and inquiry during the course.
I am currently undertaking training to become an BACP registered Integrative Counsellor at Iron Mill College, Exeter, due to complete in July 2022.
I have supervision, as per the UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teachers' Good Practice Guidelines . I first tried meditating back in 1988 and it has been a rock and rudder for me ever since. I sit regularly, guided or in silence and also attend a weekly meditation group. I attend silent residential retreats to support my personal and teaching practice. Until the pandemic I held a weekly local meditation group on a donation basis.
I have a background in development and for nearly 20 years have worked for numerous arts, charity and higher education organisations helping them to achieve their aims. I enjoy singing, painting, writing learning how to grow food. Meditation, walking in nature and yoga keep my feet on the ground and my heart open.
What participants have said:
‘The mindfulness course with Cat was exactly what I needed. Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and not sleeping well, I felt a definite improvement over the course and everything became easier. The course was a very safe space to share and to be with one another and we learnt different techniques. Highly recommended!’
'The sessions were very clear. A patient and supportive teacher, Cat shares a genuine enthusiasm for the benefits of practising mindfulness.'
'Having attended one of Cat’s first courses a few years ago, I wouldn’t hesitate to take the course again as it was so rich and full of ideas, exercises and ways to look at yourself, others, and the way we interact together.
Cat is an incredibly sensitive and professional facilitator and I found myself wanting to do the practises and exercises between classes. The course was a really good introduction to mindfulness but equally would be a good refresher. It could also support those who are having a current difficulty in their lives. We were given very useful handouts at every session and I still refer to them now. Going to this course enhanced and improved my meditation practice and gave me many insights. I would definitely recommend it.'