Karl Baker, Wellington
Karl is a founder and director of Mindfulness Works. He has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years. During that time, Karl has worked one-on-one with a key mindfulness and meditation teacher and has attended numerous multi-day silent insight meditation retreats. Karl was involved in assisting establishing the Wellington Insight Meditation group. His principle teachers have been Stephen (Nyanaviro) Archer, Shard Rogell and Jeremy Logan.
Karl has an honours degree from Victoria University and has helped found three successful businesses. He lives in Upper Hutt with partner Claro and two cats, Nico and Shanti. He has a sweet tooth, a sweet personality (yes, he did write this) and likes craft beer.
Martin Giles, Masterton and Wellington
Martin has been working in corporate mindfulness within Wellington for the past 5 years and has been a dedicated meditator for the past 10 years. Through watching, learning and engaging with different individuals, groups and cultures, he’s developed a clear understanding of how people tap into their happiness: it’s by being fully present and actively mindful as often as possible.
Martin currently works as a government consultant in the areas of culture, engagement, change and communications and regularly leads groups within government to explore and integrate mindful practices into daily living. He has educational qualifications in business, psychology, counselling and philosophy.
In his personal life as a husband, son, brother and father, and in his professional life as a business consultant and mindfulness coach, Martin focuses on supporting people to live mindfully and well, to be fully themselves, and to share their gifts without fear, even – or especially – in times of chaos.
Jan Rivers, Wellington and Lower Hutt
Martin Wilson, Wellington and Petone
Martin is the principal of and a personal / leadership coach with Selfmade Coaching (selfmade.co.nz). He’s also an Associate for the Mental Health Foundation of NZ’s Working Well Programme.
Previously, Martin was a partner in a large commercial law firm and then established his own legal practice.
Juggling the challenges of being a busy lawyer, a parent and an over-thinking, over-achieving self, contributed to Martin’s first ‘foray’ into meditation 20 years ago. From there he developed a broader interest and participation in mindfulness work and related self-awareness growth practice, much of which he engages in as a coach.
His principal mindfulness / meditation experience comes from the Vipassana tradition and yet he is a keen explorer of other approaches.
Martin lives in Wellington, is married to Chris and has three younger adult children. Being in nature, travelling and growing self-awareness are his ‘things’.
Lucy Schwabe, Wellington and Porirua — MBSR Qualified Trainer
Lucy has a bachelor of health science, is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, qualified acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.
She has been practising Taiji since 1987 and meditation since 1995, and is passionate about mind-body interventions as a holistic approach to health and well-being.
Lucy started Wholistic Health Works in 1997, enjoys working with people in the community and offering mindfulness-based interventions for individuals and groups. Lucy’s website is www.wholistichealthworks.co.nz.
She is inspired by being in nature, is often seen practising taiji in the Wellington Botanic Garden and loves exploring the path of open-hearted mindfulness with others.
Denis Lacey — Upper Hutt
Born in the UK to Irish parents, Denis graduated from the University of London with a BA Honours in English Literature followed by a post graduate qualification in Occupational Therapy.
Denis works for Tu Ora/Compass Health providing counselling therapy with a particular focus in Mindfulness. He also provides counselling treatment in GP practices. He has worked previously in clinical settings in Wellington and London and now runs his own private counselling therapy practice in Wellington CBD.
He lives with his partner and two dogs in Lower Hutt and enjoys day walks and cooking vegan food.
Web page: denislacey.com therapy
Rachel Tobin, Porirua and Kapiti
Rachel has been practising meditation for over 30 years and is a qualified teacher in a variety of fields including the moving mindfulness practices of qi gong and Feldenkrais. She is the director of the art of mindfulness, and works individually with adults and children, teaches mindfulness in organisations and to the public, and offers one-day and residential mindfulness retreats at beautiful retreat centres in and sometimes outside NZ. She also facilitates her mindfulness programme for children, Here in this Moment.
Rachel lives in Paekakariki, on the lovely Kapiti Coast. Mākaro Press has just published Say it Naked, her first collection of poetry, accompanied by life drawings.
Glenda Irwin, Auckland
Glenda is a lead facilitator for Mindfulness Works and trains other facilitators in the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course. She has authored numerous mindfulness courses and is the author of the official follow-on courses: Mindfulness 2.0 and Mindfulness and Relationships. She is also part of the Mindfulness Works for Organisations (MWFO) team of experts who deliver mindfulness as a professional competency within organisations.
Glenda came to teach secular mindfulness practices through her own parenting experiences and her commitment to a philosophy of mindful awareness. She studied with the USA teacher Amy Saltzman in 2010 and has continually pursued professional development throughout her teaching career. Trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CFT (Compassion-Focussed Therapy), Glenda is also a student of Psychology at AUT University. Her level of coaching qualification is that of Trainer Master Coach whereby she supports ANZCAL coaches to use mindfulness in theirs, and their clients’ response to change.
During Glenda’s lengthy career in teaching and one-to-one support, she has trained literally thousands of individuals. She continues to see her work as a privilege and receives consistently excellent feedback.
Chris Irwin, Auckland
Chris is a New Zealander. He ordained as a Buddhist monk for over 10 years, practising meditation with teachers in Thailand and Europe. On returning to New Zealand, he trained in Gestalt psychotherapy and post-graduate psychology. He has been in counselling, psychotherapy practice for the last 15 years seeing individuals and couples.
Chris blends an in-depth knowledge of mindfulness meditation practices and approaches of psychotherapy and psychology to help people manage and resolve personal issues — ultimately, to create wellness in people’s lives. It is from this experience that Chris has evolved his approach to mindfulness meditation that is both accessible and compassionate.
As well, he has worked extensively in the corporate world supporting culture and organisational change.
Chris has also run a number of businesses and in so doing, understands that we all face the task of balancing demands of work, family life and getting some ‘me’ time.
Teagan Fea, Auckland
With over 15 years of experience as a Yoga Teacher and Therapist, Teagan inspires and educates people how to change and transform their lives through the power of mindfulness. As an international teacher, she has taught in Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and Mexico and has assisted hundreds of people to find inner peace through yoga, meditation and counselling.
As a Coach and Counsellor, Teagan has pioneered a holistic approach that assists people to transform their lives, using Yoga Therapy and Somatic Psychotherapy. This work has been recognised for assisting and affecting positive change in hundreds of people, particularly those who suffer from anxiety and depression disorders.
Teagan only recently arrived back in NZ after 20 years living abroad, including the past 2.5 years in México.
Linda Daniell, Auckland
Linda moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2000 and until recently, facilitated teachers in higher and tertiary education to engage in the finer points of learning and teaching. She incorporated mindfulness into her professional teaching practice and noticed that as she was more present, so were her students. LNow she is able to follow her heart and focus on teaching mindfulness to as many people as she can reach – and it’s exciting!
Her yoga practice brings together mind, body and spirit, all of which strengthen her mindfulness practice.
Linda has completed Level I of the training in the MBSR course for adults through the Mindfulness Training Institute – Australia-New Zealand.
Liana Johnson, Auckland
Liana works as a shamanic and sound healer. She has facilitated holistic women’s networking for many years and is also a funeral celebrant. She has a particular passion for the emotional well-being of children and families and tells how the raising of her own children has been profoundly transformative in her own personal development.
Liana has practised meditation most of her adult life. Combined with her 15 years of holistic training and retreat experiences, Liana credits mindfulness practice as the element of self-acceptance and self-compassion that has transformed both her personal and working lives.
Wimal Wickramasuriya, Auckland and Orewa
Wimal (Wim) was born into an Eastern Buddhist culture in Sri Lanka and moved to New Zealand as a teenager to begin a life of Western culture at Gisborne Boys’ High School on the east coast of the North Island. The cultural difference made the blend of East meeting West a cognitive experience as he progressed through life working in the engineering field, selling real estate and owning a business.
Navigating mistakes along the way was the teacher of trading creative freedom for fear. If you knew an effective way to bring about change, would you do it; then guide others to do the same?
“Mindfulness Practice has helped me sharpen my awareness and transformed the way I conduct life now. Although there is so much goodness around us, admittedly some things can be better. Seeing how receptive individuals are as they begin to practise mindfulness and trust their own style of learning to develop how life unfolds for them, is an inspired injection that is intriguing and different. By learning to let go of desired outcomes, I see a world of endless possibilities unfolding within each individual attending the course; these are unique moments in the classroom.
I embrace the challenge of communication in each workshop where I’m privileged to witness individuals taking deliberate action; going to places often not seen, but felt.
Knowing this is another journey beginning, I’m excited to facilitate this enriching wisdom so others can cultivate their own experiences, see life through “new eyes” and have a better appreciation of life and living – a new life skill.”
Attending to life with more self-compassion and gentleness, Wimal is drawn into Mindfulness as a rich basis for living life fully and being more in tune with himself and others.
Wimal has three daughters and two granddaughters.
Jake Harvey, Palmerston North
Jake first encountered meditation and mindfulness as a teenager studying martial arts, before joining the Army at 19. He spent 15 years in the Army and while there, encountered psychology through his extramural study. This reignited his passion and interest in people and growth, and for the past six years he has been delivering rehabilitative programmes and teaching mindfulness to people attending programmes in the Department of Corrections.
Since reconnecting to his mindfulness journey, Jake has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Māori studies and continued to actively pursue his study of te reo Māori/the Māori language and mātauranga Māori/Māori knowledge.
Jake currently lives in Palmerston North with his wife and enjoys exploring the local region, reading and spending time with his friends and family.
Dr. Heidi Douglass, Hamilton
Dr. Heidi Douglass is an American-trained Clinical Psychologist with over thirty-five years of experience in the field of psychology. This Scientist-Practitioner is an expert in the treatment of obesity, emotional eating, binge eating and behaviour change. She is the lead trainer of the Mindfulness Works Mindful Eating program.
Dr. Douglass uses the power of scientifically-proven behavioural strategies, mindfulness skills and talk therapy techniques to help her clients regain control of their eating behaviour and to feel more at ease in their body and mind.
Clients who work with Dr. Douglass get their eating behaviour back under control, increase self-compassion, self-care and motivation to exercise, while decreasing their negative thinking. Her clients also learn how to manage their weight safely; without dieting, without counting calories and without food restriction. Dr. Douglass is able to break down complex behavioural change into easy to follow steps and she delivers her training materials with an emphasis on science, kindness, compassion and fun.
Dr. Douglass understands that the mind and body are intrinsically linked and that the health and wellbeing of one impacts the other. Inspired by the research literature on how yoga can help her clients keep weight off, decrease anxiety and improve body image, Dr. Douglass became a registered yoga teacher at the age of 50. She has now completed over 540 hours of Yoga Alliance approved yoga teacher training.
Over the years, Dr. Douglass has held clinical and research positions at some of the most prestigious American Institutions including: Harvard University, Columbia University, Boston University, Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC, Brown University and three Hospitals of the American Veterans Administration, and within New Zealand at the Otago Medical School. For two and a half years, she worked as an obesity expert for the public health system in New Zealand.
Dr. Douglass has a very thorough understanding of the scientific literature regarding the health benefits of a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet (WFPBD) and she is certified in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Institute at Cornell University in the USA.
Dr. Douglass is currently based in New Zealand and she works with clients in person and online. www.drheididouglass.co.nz email@example.com
Blair Bowker, Hamilton
For the last 25 years my passion for kayaking and exploring has taken me around the world. It was during these travels, back in 1996, that I first came into contact with meditation and mindfulness in Kathmandu, Nepal, where I attended my first 30 day meditation retreat – the first of many. Hooked, I spent the next several years in India learning the art of meditation under various teachers.
My deep interest in how meditation could be more fully integrated into my daily life took me around the world practising meditation and living in retreat centres. I spent two years living at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA, set up by Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, where I studied with a variety of teachers as well as doing longer meditation retreats for up to two months.
I practised mindfulness for 15 years, yet something was still missing. Somehow deep patterns remained unmoved. This drew me to Psychosynthesis, a holistic therapy with mindfulness at its heart. Working with a Psychosynthesis therapist, I started to uncover these patterns and drives and integrate what I had learnt through meditation.
Some of my other working background includes setting up and running projects for isolated and homeless youth, training organisations in social networks and communication, life coaching, and working within the mental health sector. I also work with sports teams and athletes, teaching them mindfulness to help improve their performance.
I am a qualified counselor working in private practice and training as an Psychosynthesis psychotherapist with the Institute of Psychosynthesis New Zealand. I have also just recently completed an eight-week Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) course with Dr Russ Harris and regularly attend workshops and courses so I can continue to better myself and stay updated with the latest research and practices.
I aim to help people transform and accept themselves deeply. I am interested in how we can be fully alive and present to all of life, even its challenges, while staying connected to a sense of ease.
My website is at Mindfully Alive.
Christine Balzer-Gibbs, Whakatane
Christine has been a yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher for over 28 years. She studied with teachers in India and has a great love for and connection to the spiritual culture there. In recent years, Christine has deepened her meditation at silent mindfulness retreats and continues to develop and enjoy this daily practice.
Christine is a naturopath and kinesiologist and runs her Lifesource Yoga and Naturopathic practice from Bay Osteopathy and Natural Health Centre in Whakatane. She is passionate about using her skills and experience in assisting people to reach their health and wellbeing goals and to find happiness and inner peace.
Christine recently moved with her husband to live at Ohope Beach in the sunny Bay of Plenty. She enjoys walking and swimming and is about to take up paddleboarding. Christine loves to travel and run yoga and meditation retreats at home, in India and in Bali.
John Fletcher – Tauranga
John has 15 years experience working with mindfulness in a variety of settings.
John first experienced the effectiveness of mindfulness when he attended a Breathworks mindfulness-based pain management programme in Manchester (UK) for his chronic back pain. He went on to become accredited as a trainer in the Breathworks mindfulness programme in 2006.
John lives in Tauranga and is an Educator for the Pause, Breathe, Smile Programme — teaching mindfulness in primary and intermediate schools. He also provides bespoke mindfulness training for groups and individuals with particular focus on health and wellbeing, chronic pain, children and families.
John is an experienced Clinical Supervisor and works with a variety of organisations around the Bay of Plenty region. His previous work experience includes senior roles in NGOs in the Disability Sector, Community Development and Children’s Services Development in the UK and NZ.
He enjoys being in the wilderness, reading science fiction and practising Taoist Tai Chi — a moving meditation. John is an Instructor for the Taoist Tai Chi Society of NZ.
Pat Alexander, Napier
I came to New Zealand eight years ago and since then, I have consolidated a passion for mindfulness. This personal journey came about from different life events, but significantly from the disconnect I felt when I was dealing with the impact of a big change in my life.
This challenging time brought a lot of self-doubt and emotional vulnerability into my life. However, I have found that mindfulness practice has enabled me to engage and rejoice in the complete person that I am and connect with the very being of me.
This journey has been in both my personal and professional life. It has been enabled through attending training, retreats and teachings and through the development of my own practice which has been a personal commitment to my journey and that at times has brought feelings of fear and trepidation. It has enabled me to connect with like-minded people and to receive guidance and mindfulness supervision through my teachers to whom I am very thankful.
As a clinician in mental health, I can see the great potential mindfulness offers and use it in my work. I observe the benefits it provides people – developing awareness and gaining a better understanding of what limits their lives and living to their full potential and freedom of choice.
I completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers practicum in 2012 and provide mindfulness-based interventions in my private practice.
I enjoy being part of the Mindfulness Works team and providing the Intro and Mindful Eating courses in Napier. With the Mindful Eating courses, we explore our relationship with food with openness, kindness and curiosity and allow ourselves more insight, understanding and compassion.
For more information and contact details please go to mindfulnessmind.co.nz
Susannah Engel, Rotorua
Susannah has been a searcher and teacher for a better way to live since being introduced to yoga and nutrition by her grandmother at an early age. Her background includes running a therapy practice as a bodywork practitioner and Alchemical Hypnotherapist. She has led an eclectic life travelling, raising a family and extending her knowledge in matters of consciousness and creating a spiritually-based life living in the marketplace.
Susannah knows that the key to overcome change and loss while remaining centred is the key to our life and the infinite.
Susannah has worked with people in the corporate world co-running problem-solving workshops and has hands-on experience beginning and running small businesses.
Over the past ten years she has been involved in the education sector, graduating from Waikato University with a Professional Education degree. Currently working as a primary school teacher, she is embarking on further training to bring mindfulness into the classroom. Susannah is passionate about her yoga practice which in turns strengthens her mindfulness.
Outside the busy world of teaching Susannah loves her organic garden, her little house in the forest and observing nature. She is excited about working with the Mindfulness Programme to reach many people on the path to their own presence.
Meegan Care, New Plymouth
I have practised meditation for 25 years, and am a registered Craniosacral Therapist (BCST) and Psychosynthesis Counsellor. I have worked with individuals in private practice for around 15 years and regularly facilitate retreats and workshops in New Plymouth.
In clinic, I specialise in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, stress and chronic pain conditions, and I love to teach my clients mindfulness-based approaches that support their health and wellbeing.
I live in central New Plymouth with my husband, two daughters, dog, cat, and two happy roaming chickens.
Here is the link to my website: meegancare.co.nz
I am passionate about all forms of natural healing, energy and its inter-dimensional power. I am of Maori descent and have practised many forms of healing through Massage / Mirimiri most of my life; aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish massage, deep tissue, relaxation, sports massage, including Maori Healing, and th more ancient practice Kaha Ra Mirimiri, using hot stones and sound and working at a cellular level to help release and recalibrate cellular memory, releasing traumatic emotional triggers.
I am passionate about Meditation and its importance in everyday life, in staying balanced, centred and safe. Becoming an observer of my own innerness has been one of the biggest learnings and healings of my journey to date and is ongoing. The daily practice of meditation helped me to find freedom from depression and PTSD. I feel honoured to have this opportunity to share this practice with others, to help them, as I helped myself, to remember how to be still, to be present, to be kind to oneself. Knowing firsthand how powerful it is for people to understand this process for their own wellbeing and that of their families.
I have completed training in other methodologies of meditation —Transcendental Meditation, Beautiful State. So when the opportunity to become a part of the Mindfulness Works team, it absolutely felt 100% meant to be. I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with and share the freedom of nothingness, clarity, absolute LOVE, and did I say FREEDOM?
I really look forward to working with you, and sharing this gift of Mindfulness with you; trust me when I say it will change your life forever, if that is what you choose.
David Wakeling, Nelson
David has practised and taught mindfulness for 29 years. He lived as a Theravadin Buddhist Monk for 18 years in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand leaving the monastic order 11 years ago to pursue a secular approach.
David now teaches mindfulness for Mindfulness Works and The Cancer Society and privately runs regular practice groups and workshops. He also focuses on meditation, daily life practice, yoga, stress reduction, trauma recovery, interactive mindful enquiry and residential courses.
Jaime Howell, Nelson — MBSR Qualified Trainer
Jaime has a Masters in Education and has spent much of his adult life teaching and developing educational pathways that lead to wholeness. Jaime’s background involves teaching Health and Outdoor education. He has spent the last ten years developing mindfulness courses in community settings. In 2006 Jamie began facilitating rites of passage events for families and communities. This has resulted in a lot of work exploring functional relationships between fathers and sons.
Jaime began studying mindfulness through the Burmese Tradition of Insight practice. Later he studied in the Thai Forest Tradition. In 2007 he graduated from a three-year study into living dharma. He has spent many a month in solo retreat putting theory into practice; it has been challenging, beautiful and an extremely valuable experience.
Currently Jaime is the director of Opening minds (www.openingminds.co.nz) an organisation dedicated to developing mindfulness and education. Jaime has developed mindfulness programmes for primary school children, teachers and parents. He is currently contracted by the Mental Health Foundation to deliver the Mindfulness in Schools programme. He is a trained to deliver the MBSR programme.
Having said all this, Jaime explains that he has had his fair share of struggles; burning out in the workforce, ten years of RSI, amputation of a number of fingers, building a house, surviving a MEd Thesis, relationship highs and lows… the full catastrophe. Through it all, it is mindfulness that gives him a sense of belonging, a refuge, a pole star to navigate the beauties and challenges of living in a modern age.
Lin Ong, Christchurch — MBCT Qualified Trainer
Lin, like you, is a human being who encounters the ups and downs of life and the universal wish to be in contact with happiness and peace. She has experienced moments of this in mindfulness practice. She invites you to embrace this path of discovery in the ongoing journey. Her first encounter of mindfulness practice begun about 25 years ago. Her search for a way to understand suffering in the mental mind began with observation and then studies in psychology, social work and coaching, including working as a psychologist and even a wildlife guide.
This led her to various explorations and adventures that brought her eventually to Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Through the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), UK, she is certified to deliver MBCT and related programs, through a supervised pathway. Lin is an OMC Associate, trainer and supervisor for MBCT and related mindfulness programs. She has deep respect and gratitude for Prof Mark Williams and her other mentors Prof Willem Kuyken, Marie Johansson, Christina Surawy and Antonia Sumbundu. Her training stems from members of the team at OMC; Melanie, Ann, Antonia, Mark, Chris, Ruth, and Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn. She facilitates mindfulness groups locally and internationally.
She has found that what we cannot escape from is that knowledge remains mere knowledge until we integrate the practice into our own lives. Lin has a strong interest in research-based approaches that bring together the strength of modern science and ancient wisdom to help empower people, be familiar with the mind-body and to access the natural spring of well-being in people.
Lin is deeply grateful to developers and teachers of MBCT, and her other precious teachers and friends from various walks of life. She is touched by those whose lives she has encountered.
Her motivation is to work alongside you in a way that enlivens and empowers, so that you can continue to benefit yourself and others around. She is open to working to make this possible through means that fits. www.naturenurturesparks.com
She is very happy to join Karl Baker and Mindfulness Works and to journey together with the community towards deeper awareness and joy.
Lea Godfrey, Christchurch — BSc Psych
Lea has been practicing meditation for 18 years. During that time, she spent seven years living in India and Nepal, with the great fortune to meet meditation masters from the Tibetan tradition and to study and undertake retreats under their guidance. She also worked in the translation and publication of Buddhist texts.
With a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology from Waikato University; Lea has worked as a Life Line counselor, and also as a Bereavement Counselor at Nurse Maude hospice. Presently qualified as a NZ Buddhist Chaplain through the NZ Buddhist Council and Amitabha Hospice, she volunteers on the Spiritual Care Team at Nurse Maude Hospice, supporting the terminally ill and co-facilitating the Grief Support Group.
Lea is currently studying Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in order to further her approach to facilitating mindfulness. Aware that meditation and mindfulness is the key to a healthy body and mind, she is passionate for others to experience the benefits of mindfulness practice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Brandram-Adams, Rangiora — Registered Mindfulness Teacher and MBSR Teacher
Kate has a love for practising and teaching mindfulness. She has her home in rural North Canterbury. Her passion is to offer professionally led mindfulness workshops, retreats and courses to groups and workplaces in the area https://mindfulnessnorthcanterbury.wordpress.com/
Mindfulness is a fundamental part of Kate’s life. She has a daily meditation and yoga practice, attends regular meditation and mindful living retreats and has done personal development work with mindfulness therapists. It is a value of hers not to teach anything that she is not willing to experience herself, allowing her to teach with authenticity and compassion.
Kate is a Registered Mindfulness Teacher with MTIANZ and is trained to teach the worldwide evidence base course Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) that she offers as a follow up course in Rangiora. She is committed to ongoing training in mindfulness teaching and has recently completed her yoga teacher training too.
She is also a Registered Mental Health Nurse who specialises in addictions and holistic approaches (integrating body, mind and spirit for wellbeing) including training in naturopathy, nutrition and massage.
Kate has a passion for the integration of ancient wisdom with modern day neuroscience, thus uniting the art and science of supporting people to discover their own source of wisdom, wellbeing and healing; connecting with their own “inner teacher”.
Kate is grateful to the many mindfulness teachers in her life that include the animals and the nature around her.
Kovido Maddick, Dunedin
Kovido has over 35 years’ experience in mindfulness and meditation and spent 10 years training as a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest tradition under Ajahn Sumedho.
Kovido has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programmes since 1996. He is co-facilitator of the Dunedin Men’s group and is a Hakomi Graduate. Although his training is primarily Buddhist he is very eclectic, drawing on the wisdom of many different traditions and contemporary teachers including Rumi, Osho, Ajahn Chah, Ram Dass, Jeff Foster and Thich Naht Hanh. Probably his greatest teachers have been his two foster children, Mason and Savannah, who can take him to love, joy, delight and rage and frustration and despair on a daily basis.
For many many years, Kovido tried to get enlightened, improve himself, get better at meditation but constantly failed. Gradually his focus has changed to more self-acceptance, trusting his own intuition and being with life as it is on this wonder-full and mysterious journey as a human being.
Julie Anderson, Invercargill
Julie has been a practitioner/teacher of Reiki for over 20 years. In 2006 re-sitting all levels in the Traditional System of Reiki, ignited a deep passion of self-enquiry and a connection with the breath. In 2014 she attended a Level 1 course with Breathworks to begin working more deeply with breathing and Mindfulness to help lessen her own physical pain as well as offering Mindfulness to patients at Hospice Southland.
Julie continues her lifelong journey of self-discovery. She is an avid follower of Thich Nhat Hanh and recently stepped into a new journey of Qigong which encompasses breath awareness, mindfulness, movement and much more. She has attended many weekend silent retreats and 7- and 10-day silent retreats.
Julie has her own business as a Relaxation therapist offering Massage, Reiki, Breath Awareness and Meditation in the stunning bush at Otatara, Invercargill. She spends many hours just sitting in nature and soaking up the beautiful birdsong.
Tammy Magness, Invercargill
Tammy is a yoga practitioner with nearly two decades of study, teaching and practice. Considering yoga as a mindful movement practice, the step towards mindfulness meditation was inevitable. Formal mindfulness practice and study began 4 years ago. Tammy continues to receive mentorship through Natasha Rix of the Mindfulness Education Group and is a Pause, Breathe, Smile facilitator.
Tammy is fortunate to live in Fiordland with her husband and two sons. She takes every opportunity to get out into the rugged beauty in her backyard.
Angelina (Angel) has been practising yoga and meditation for several decades. She is a qualified yoga teacher in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Hot Yoga and Meditation including Japa Mala, guided meditations and more.
Also a Journey Practitioner, Angel works one-on-one with adults and children healing physical and emotional trauma, mental health and enabling loving relationships to flourish. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness in schools and on retreat in Australia with authors such as Brandon Bays (The Journey) and Sharon Turton (The Art of Peaceful Parenting).
Angel currently lives in beautiful coastal Southland at Omaui.
Antonia Fiteni, Whangarei – MBSR Qualified Trainer
MSc, Post Grad Ed., BA (Hons) Humanities, MBSR, Yoga Teacher 200 hrs, Life Coach.
Antonia is Founder of The Mindful Coach and has been teaching meditation for 18 years. She delivers the internationally recognised MBSR Mindfulness Meditation program and has been formally teaching mindfulness courses to groups of children and adults for the last four years.
Her passion for mindfulness meditation was borne from a personal journey from a high stress working environment, wanting to move towards health and inner freedom.
Antonia’s meditation practice started in 1997 and she has since attended many and various meditation retreats. She runs the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course and online training courses as well as a private mindful coaching business supporting clients with mindfulness, life coaching and positive psychology.
She places a strong emphasis on supporting participants in developing their own mindfulness practice and delivers this with an engaging and encouraging style, skilfully combining neuroscience, neuroplasticity and positive psychology, coupled with her nearly 20 years of experience into her delivery.
Antonia is also trained in Hatha Yoga (200 hrs), Yin Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Nidra Teacher Training.
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Andy Spence, Waiheke
Born in England in 53, I always loved life and the natural world. I went on to study zoology and teaching. I worked as a park ranger for 16 years and now run my own business as well as enjoying theatre and singing with my wife, Maya. We also have a very active border collie that likes swimming at the beach.
I’ve been interested in love and the heart from a very early age. Spiritual teachers were my childhood heroes. I dabbled in the Spiritualist church, divine light and alternative medicine before turning to the teaching of the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. I could be called a non-religious Buddhist but prefer to acknowledge the lineage of teachers and the understandings that I have realised as a result of following their instructions, which are both utterly simple and profound.
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What people say about the trainers and the courses…
“I had never done meditation before and already had preconceived notions of what it would be like such as “religious and a bit airy fairy”. Surprisingly, this course was the opposite. I found Karl very relatable when he talked about our thoughts. Like a lot of people, I tend to overthink everything from past events to future, or simply beating myself up. Karl helped me to take a step back and recognise I’m not my negative thoughts and they do not define me. I now feel a sense of peace. The mediation itself is relaxing and helps you de-stress from the day’s events. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to de-stress and gain inner peace.” – Summer
“I love working with Karl. His ability to guide and help me find my own answers and truths has been phenomenal. He is also very caring and not judgemental. I have grown as a person, businessman and practitioner, and the work we have done has been critical for my personal evolution over the last six months. I look forward to every session and always feel better after each one.” – Gareth Rapson
“I have been working with Karl for several months now and have found out so much about myself and making choices that are best for me. I have spent my life thinking I need to please the world and that has left me lost and confused, not knowing what I really want in life for myself and my family. Having Karl teach and support me has helped me be me and make some hard but great choices. I am genuinely happier within my day-to-day life and know how to cope with the hard times better.” – Bridget Adair