Ticket price includes free access to seminars and practice sessions with some of the greatest speakers, authors, teachers and minds in the worlds of mindfulness, meditation and relaxation

SPEAKERS

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Ed Halliwell
Teacher, Speaker & Author
Mindfulness Sussex & Mindfulness London

'Into the Heart of Mindfulness'

Alongside scientific evidence and public interest in mindfulness, there has also been misunderstanding and hype. Ed Halliwell dispels some myths by taking us 'into the heart of mindfulness', sharing his experience of how practice can help in difficult times, as a sustained way of working with the challenges of life.  He will offer grounded and practical ways we can be more appreciative of the joys - and cope better with life's stresses.  Also exploring how it can help us create a more compassionate and contented society.


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Sharon Salzberg
Teacher, Speaker & Writer
Sharonsalzberg.com

Closing Session 

Sharon Salzberg will lead the closing session of the event with a talk and meditation session.   Via video link from America Sharon will join us to focus on friendship and openness as we reflect in our closing session.


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Ruby Wax
Comedienne and Writer
rubywax.net

A Mindfulness Guide to the Frazzled

The forum is an opportunity to engage in discussion with me to explore further the power of mindfulness practice and how it can be applied in daily life. This event is your passport to saner living. I might not be sane myself but I do a pretty good imitation!



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Katie Warriner
Mental Skills Coach - Team GB

'What does it take to win Olympic Gold and how can mindfulness help?'

Mental skills coach, Katie Warriner, shares unique insights into how mindfulness is used in elite sport to help athletes achieve their dreams and discusses how to apply the learning in everyday life. 


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Vidyamala Burch
Teacher, Author and Co-Founder of Breathworks
Breathworks

Free the Mind, Even When the Body Hurts 

Vidyamala will explore how meditation - both mindfulness and compassion - can help you to help 'live well' even if living with a long term health condition.  Vidyamala knows this from the inside having lived with a spinal injury for 40 years. In this talk Vidyamala will share some of her 'top tips' on how to free the mind even when the body hurts.



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Jenny Edwards CBE
Chief Executive
Mental Health Foundation

'Breaking Down Barriers to Access Mindfulness'  

With the evidence base growing on its effectiveness to prevent common mental health problems, Jenny will discuss the importance of ensuring that communities at greater risk of developing mental health problems are able to benefit from mindfulness. Exploring what advocates, both inside and outside of government, need to do to break down barriers to access.


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Dan Harris
Journalist and Author
ABC News

10% Happier - Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Relax, skeptics; meditation doesn't require robes or crystals. Nor does it involve magically "clearing the mind." It's simple, secular, scientifically validated exercise for your brain - and, increasingly, it's being practiced by some of the most high-achieving people in our society.  Via video link from America we hear from author Dan Harris on how to be 10% happier.


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Michael Chaskalson
Author and Trainer
Mindfulness Works

Mindfulness at Work

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain - stress is on the increase. Learn about how Mindfulness can improve our working lives giving skills in resilience, collaboration and focus.


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Jamie Bristow
Director
The Mindfulness Initiative

Creating a Mindful Nation 

Hear how over 145 MPs and members of the House of Lords have now been on an eight-week mindfulness course in Parliament. After conducting an inquiry into how mindfulness training could be applied across UK services and institutions, many politicians are now interested in how mindfulness could become a foundational capacity of a flourishing society.


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Gary Heads
Author and Director
Living Mindfully

The Journey of 'Living Mindfully'

Bringing Mindfulness to healthcare.  Learn about the innovative work and approaches of this pioneering organisation within public health, practitioner training and mindfulness based coaching worldwide.


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Anna Black
Artist, Mindfulness Teacher and Author
Mindfulness Meditation Now

Mindful Drawing Workshop 

Explore your creativity in our Mindful drawing classes with a unique taster workshop led by artist, mindfulness teacher and author Anna.  


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Karen Atkinson
Director, Teacher and Trainer
Mindfulness UK

Mindful Self Compassion

Having experienced first-hand the transformative, healing combination of mindfulness and compassion as a result of being diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, Karen will explore how to integrate these skills to promote mindful self-compassion. This supports wellbeing for one’s own health, increases compassion and connectivity to others and builds a kinder society in which to thrive.


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Dr Patrizia Collard
Teacher, Author & University Lecturer
Enter Mindfulness

'Managing Stress and Anxiety with Mindfulness'

Exploring the scientific basis for stress and anxiety and practical exercises to effect these conditions with mindfulness.


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Tessa Watt
Teacher and Founder
Being Mindful

Being a Mindful Parent

Mindfulness can nourish us as parents and greatly benefit our family lives. Learn how it can help us to reduce stress, speed and destructive behaviour; enable us to disengage from emotionally-charged stimuli; and support us to be fully present for our children.


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Karuna Priya
Founder, Teacher & Buddhist Chaplain
Akanista Mindfulness, Imperial College & Royal College of Arts
Establishing a Regular Practice

Karuna will use his experience to advise participants on strengthening their existing practice and overcoming obstacles which arise.  A session designed for those who have experienced mindfulness and meditation and want to learn more.


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Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi
Clinical Director
The Centre for Mindful Eating and The Mindfulness Project

Mindful Eating - The End of Dieting

This session will cover the core principles of mindful eating, the latest research findings in the field and practical tools to begin your mindful eating practice.


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Anandi The Sleep Guru
Founder
The Sleep Guru

Mindful Sleep  

Anandi will guide you through the causes and effects of sleep deprivation. She will show you how to use the breath as a tool for health, vitality and in particular sleep.


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Frances Trussell
Teacher, TV Mindfulness Coach and Therapist
Mindfully Happy

An Introduction to Mindfulness Practice

Frances will explore the initial stages of Mindfulness practice; what it is, how we meditate, how mindfulness works with our perception of everyday life.  


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Julian Daizan Skinner
Zen Master
Zenways

Zen Tales 

Zen has a thousand year history of teaching meditation and mindfulness work with a strong emphasis on health and wellbeing as well as the development of insight. Much of this wisdom is encoded in stories. Daizan shares stories arising from his 30-odd years of full-time Zen practice.


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Dr Mark Westmoquette
Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher
Zenways

The Outer to the Inner World of Energy

You know those days when you're low in energy, or buzzing with excitement. But what is this energy? Mark will talk about both what physics and Zen has to say.


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Katie Sheen
Teacher, Speaker and Founder
Soul Nutrition

Mindful Eating for Health & Happiness

Discover which foods provide the building blocks for serotonin, the ‘happiness neurotransmitter.’ 
Explore how mindful eating can help you to gently and compassionately identify, adopt and enjoy the eating patterns that support your happiness most effectively.


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Trish Bartley
Mindfulness Teacher Trainer
Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, Bangor University

'Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer'

Anxiety and distress often accompany cancer. Research shows that mindfulness can help. This talk will outline a mindfulness-based approach specifically for people with cancer, with short practices to take away.


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Neil Seligman
Founder of The Conscious Professional, Author and Artist
The Conscious Professional

'Digital Wellbeing: A Mindful Guide to Smartphone Sanity'

The age of information has quickly become the age of distraction! Come and learn proven techniques to help bring a mindful approach to your digital life in this interactive session.


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Tom Evans
Creator of Mindfulness-based Time Management
TomEvans.co

'Being Mindful Timeful Kindful'

Discover how mindfulness meditation leads us to timefulness so we get more done with less time. Then, with more time on our hands, this opens the door to more kindfulness.



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Eva Ruijgrok-Lupton
Mindfulness Teacher
Everyday Mindfulness

'Mindfulness and Common Humanity'

In a world with growing divisions, this workshop will offer Mindfulness and interactive exercises to raise awareness of our inherent interconnection, and reconnect with our common humanity and compassion.


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Teri West
Author and Mindfulness Teacher
Community of Interbeing

'Managing the difficulties in developing a mindfulness practice'

This session looks at tools to help you through difficulties or struggles in developing a mindfulness practice.  Sylvia and Teri explore their personal experiences touching on conditions such as ADHD, exploring how to work with them to enhance your practice.


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Samantha Weerasinghe
Mindfulness Coach & Founder
SamMantra

'Mandala Mindfulness – A creative mindfulness practice' 

Colouring is an open-eyed form of meditation - using breath work and the mandala as your guide in this practical session, learn how to stay in the here and now and colour yourself to inner peace and calm. 


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Vanessa King
Board Member
Action for Happiness

'Exploring 10 Keys to Happier Living '

Evidence shows our happiness matters individually and collectively. In this interactive session Vanessa will help us explore the key areas science shows taking mindful action can make a difference for ourselves and others. You'll come away with some simple, practical tools to try.


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Paul Joseph
Co-founder
Health and Fitness Travel
'Explore the World’s Best Mindfulness & Wellness Retreats'

Discover the world’s most inspiring mindfulness retreats and wellness breaks around the world which have been vetted by Wellness Travel Specialist Paul Joseph and his team from Health and Fitness Travel, the global leaders in healthy holidays worldwide.

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Dr Itai Ivtzan
Positive Psychologist and founder
School of Positive Transformation
'Flourishing Through Mindfulness'
If you examine mindfulness research and programs you might think that this meditative practice is all about dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. Join me in learning how mindfulness could also be an invitation for deeper meaning in life, greater happiness, and evolving compassion.



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Jo Stroud
Founder
Mantra Jewellery

'Find your Mantra'

A mantra is a positive and powerful phrase, designed to make a positive impact on the way you feel. Mantras change mindset and bring self-belief. Learn what your own personal mantra for your life could be, to give you that clarity and self-belief.


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Claire Garthwaite
Doctor and Mindfulness Teacher
With Mindfulness

'Review of the Scientific Evidence for Mindfulness and Health'

Claire Garthwaite, looks at the scientific evidence for the health benefits of practicing mindfulness.



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Sylvia Clare
Author and Mindfulness teacher for Community of Interbeing
Community of Interbeing

'Managing the difficulties in developing a mindfulness practice'

I’ve had an interesting life developing mindfulness because I've also been diagnosed with ADHD and had PTSD for many years. My experience will help anybody who is also struggling.


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Dr Rebecca Crane
Director, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice
Bangor University

'Building Integrity in a Newly Emerging Field'

How do we support good practice in mindfulness teaching? The talk presents current understanding about standards, and collaborative work in the UK and internationally to lay down foundations for professional practice going forward.


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Panel Session - Friday 2nd

Can Mindfulness Offer a Spiritual Path in the 21st Century? 

Friday 2nd June 13.45-14.30pm

Join our panelists to consider different perspectives on this complex question. There are many secular approaches to mindfulness, and scientifically-proven benefits. However for lots of people meditation is part of a bigger spiritual journey - either within a particular religious tradition, or as an individual exploration of life's deeper questions. Join us to discuss the connection between mindfulness and various spiritual paths, and what spirituality means in our century.

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Tessa Watt
Teacher and Founder, Being Mindful
Panel Chair
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Karuna Priya
Buddhist Chaplain, Imperial College & Royal College of Arts
Panelist
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Dr Roger Bretherton
Principal Lecturer for Enterprise
School of Psychology, University of Lincoln
PANEL SESSION 2 - SATURDAY 3RD JUNE

Paths to Happier Living 

Saturday 3rd June 13.45-14.30pm

We often use the state of happiness as a benchmark for deciding what is good and right in our lives.  It can be something we aspire to, find, feel or lose, a path we follow.  Join our panelists to dissect what happiness is, how the conception of happiness has changed in society, and whether it can, or should be, developed in our lives. 

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Mo Seebutim
Founder & CEO
The Happiness Planner
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Dr Clare Carlisle
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Theology, Kings College London
Panelist
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Vanessa King
Board Member
Action for Happiness
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Suzy Greaves
Panel Chair
Psychologies Magazine