2-day teacher training Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-Life), Oxford Mindfulness Centre
Post Graduate Certificate & Diploma in Psychological Therapies Practices (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches), University of Exeter
Mental Health First Aid. South Gloucestershire County Council
CELTA Coleg Glan Hafren. Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff, UK
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Modern languages). University of Wales, Swansea, UK
BA Hons Modern Languages (French/Spanish) with Business Studies. University of Wales, Swansea, UK
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Suzanne is enthusiastic about sharing mindfulness approaches with others and supporting people in their own explorations. This might be to reduce stress, find greater ease of mind, clarity of thinking and contentment. Or maybe to explore ways of caring for ourselves and, as a consequence, others in challenging times.
Suzanne has been teaching mindfulness-based courses to adults in the local community since 2017 with South Gloucestershire Council Community Learning and Skills Service (click on link). During this time, she completed a 2-year training as a mindfulness teacher with Exeter University and became a BAMBA-registered mindfulness teacher in July 2021 (www.bamba.org.uk). This supports her work providing ethical guidelines, influencing her own mindfulness-based training and receiving guidance from peers and supervisors. It strengthens her own practice and understanding of mindfulness and gives participants on her courses the knowledge that they are in safe hands. Suzanne also joined the Bristol Mindfulness collective as one of the teachers for monthly drop-in sessions and other activities.
Suzanne has taught courses based on Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (2011), by Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman, as well as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). In March 2021 she supported a group following an MBCT for Cancer course, as a volunteer assistant teacher, organised by the National Centre for Integrative Medicine (www.ncim.org.uk).
Suzanne offers regular 30-minute drop-in sessions through Zoom for people who have previous knowledge and experience of mindfulness.
In January 2022 she will be offering an 8-week Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-Life) course, dates to be confirmed.
What do you enjoy most about mindfulness?
I love the fact that mindfulness is simple yet complex. There are many layers to explore and it’s the journey of a lifetime. It’s about getting to know ourselves with acceptance and care. It’s also a very practical skill that can support me at any time; stopping to pause and breathe when I feel anger in my body, for example. Having an understanding of my body and mind helps me to manage difficult emotions and sensations. It’s also about seeing the little moments of “good” we experience in daily life and bringing a sense of appreciation or gratitude to these. There can be huge challenges in life that we need to face and having a mindfulness practice helps to restore a sense of stability. Simple, yet not always easy!
What are your other hats?
I enjoy all things connected with nature and can be found swimming in the sea on trips to Wales. I’m concerned about the issues surrounding climate change and the degradation of our planet and am exploring ways I can be part of change. I’m a mum to a tween, grappling with all that’s involved with parenting in this day and age. I have a love of the Spanish language and teach a few hours Spanish in a local primary school and I also work part-time as a carer in a children’s home. I started karate at the beginning of the year but have had to put that on hold for the moment….