Learn mindfulness or deepen your mindfulness practice with private one on one sessions with one of our expert mindfulness trainers.

One on one mindfulness training provides you with specialist coaching and training to address what you require or would like to explore in a private, safe and confidential environment.

“Thank goodness I came across Mindfulness Works. I have learnt so much in a year and am the happiest, most authentic and content that I have ever been. Learning acceptance without judgement has been an eye opener for me.” — Rebecca Young

“Mindfulness helps you to keep your thoughts in the present moment. As you practice, you tend to get better at calming the mind and keeping things in perspective. ” — Dr Grant Blashki is a practising GP and Beyond Blue’s lead Clinical Advisor


✔ Private, safe and confidential environment

✔ One on one personal attention and support

✔ Work privately with a highly experienced mindfulness trainer and coach

✔ Learn and explore practices that are suitable for your own level of experience from absolute beginners to those with extensive mindfulness experience

✔ Get straightforward and practical assistance and support for your mindfulness practice

✔ Reduced stress and anxiety

✔ Improved sleeping patterns

✔ Less self-judgement and more self-acceptance

✔ Greater feelings of joy and freedom

✔ How to get started with mindfulness including beginners mindfulness and meditation practices ✔ Working with difficult thought patterns ✔ Working with difficult emotions ✔ Mindfulness and relationships ✔ Self-compassion and self-acceptance ✔ How to establish mindfulness as a daily practice ✔ Questions and answers

One on one mindfulness training and coaching is for beginners as well as people with mindfulness and meditation experience. Your trainer will customise their training and coaching to suit what is most important to you. You are free to come to each session with questions or areas for exploration or you can ask your trainer to be more directive and suggest areas for exploration.

This one on one mindfulness training and coaching is delivered via Zoom. The steps involved are:

  1. You select the mindfulness trainer or coach you would like to work with.
  2. The mindfulness trainer or coach will contact you to provide pricing for you based on what you are requiring.
  3. You decide if you would like to progress and if so, your sessions are booked in and you begin your one on one mindfulness training and coaching.

Carissa Brown

Carissa is passionate about all forms of natural healing, energy and its inter-dimensional power. She is of Maori descent and has practised many forms of healing through Massage / Mirimiri most of her life; aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish massage, deep tissue, relaxation, sports massage, including Maori Healing, and the 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.

She is passionate about Meditation and its importance in everyday life, in staying balanced, centred and safe. Becoming an observer of her own innerness has been one of the biggest learnings and healings of her journey to date and is ongoing. The daily practice of meditation helped her find freedom from depression and PTSD. She feels honoured to have this opportunity to share this practice with others, to help them, as she helped herself, 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.

She has 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. She is really excited to have the opportunity to work with and share the freedom of nothingness, clarity, absolute LOVE, and did she say FREEDOM?

Carissa really looks forward to working with you, and sharing this gift of Mindfulness with you; trust her when she says it will change your life forever, if that is what you choose.

Chani Grieve

Chani has had a dedicated meditation practice since her mid-20s and has been teaching mindfulness classes, workshops and retreats in both New Zealand and Australia since 2012. She has participated in annual solo and group retreats ranging from a few days up to 3 months in length since 2009.

Chani moved from Australia to the Nelson region in 2017 to be in close proximity to her key meditation teacher and community, and receives daily inspiration from her community and ordinary people working to contribute to a healthier, happier, saner world. She also works as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and is passionate about helping people connect with their bodies and how they support a full and satisfying mindfulness practice.

Chani is an amateur painter and musician, loves the glorious outdoors, and is committed to promoting rest as deep practice to care for ourselves and the planet. She is delighted to share the powerful benefits of mindfulness in the community with Mindfulness Works.

Glenda Irwin

Glenda has a long established practice of mindfulness and meditation and is a lead facilitator for Mindfulness Works. She developed the official Mindfulness Works follow-on courses, Mindfulness 2.0 and Mindfulness and Relationships. She is a Trainer Master Coach for ANZCAL and in such, she trains both mindfulness teachers and coaches. Glenda is currently working on attaining a Grad Dip HSc Psychology with AUT.

Glenda is happy to see you in person or via Zoom. Situated in East Auckland, she offers ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CFT (Compassion-Focused Therapy) both of which use mindfulness trainings, for clients working through relationship challenges, parenting issues, sleep concerns and all manner of goal setting.

During 2019 Glenda trained with UK specialist Dr Paul Gilbert, so as to offer compassion practices within mindful therapeutic support. The focus of Glenda’s approach, named ‘Respons-ability’, builds on our capacity to respond to life experiences rather than falling into the habitual patterns of reaction.

Dr. Heidi Douglass

Dr. Heidi Douglass is an American-trained Clinical Psychologist with over thirty-five years 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 developed, and 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. Her clients learn how to manage their weight safely; without dieting, counting calories or food restriction. Dr. Douglass delivers her training materials with an emphasis on science, kindness, compassion and fun.

Inspired by the research literature on how yoga can help her clients, Dr. Douglass became a registered yoga teacher at the age of 50. She is certified in plant-based nutrition-T. Colin Campbell Institute at Cornell University. She works with clients in person and online.

Lea Godfrey

Lea has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology, is certified in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, is a graduate therapist in Integrative Psychotherapy (Hakomi) and is a certified Buddhist chaplain.

She has extensive experience using mindfulness, cognitive behavioural skills and psychotherapy for depression, anxiety, workplace stress, burnout and general mental health. 

Lea has a long personal meditation practice, with seven years living in India and Nepal, she had 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.

Aware that meditation and mindfulness is a key to a healthy body and mind, she is passionate for others to experience the benefits of mindfulness practice and cognitive-behavioural skills training.

Lynne van Bilssen

Lynn  is a British trained cognitive behaviour therapist from 1979. When her professional organisation began promoting training workshops, she immediately signed up. She has done this for the last 12 years but prior to this, had the opportunity to complete a month-long course at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. The main focus, however, has always been teaching the 8-week Mindfulness Stress Reduction programme created by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, initially for pain management.

Lynne’s interest in mindfulness came through reading the work of Prof. Mark Williams who along with others, developed the use of mindful practice for severely depressed people. She has seen the benefits of this as a relapse prevention strategy in her own CBT practice.

Lynne returned to NZ five years ago and has continued using her CBT skills, firstly in community mental health in the Coromandel and more recently as a Health Improvement Practitioner at Invercargill Medical Centre.  Lynne also works privately as a CBT therapist.

Lucy Schwabe

Experience an integrated approach to bringing mindfulness and care more fully into your daily life.

Lucy’s philosophy of mind-body work has evolved over years of education and practice. Beginning with a Bachelor of Health Science, she qualified as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner and certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher. She is passionate about a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, enjoys working with individuals and groups in the community and practising tai chi in her spare time. Her favorite slogan is ‘Choose to stay curious.’

Martin Wilson

Martin is the principal of and a personal/leadership coach with Selfmade Coaching and a graduate of Coach U Inc. He’s also been an associate for the Mental Health Foundation of NZ’s Working Well Programme as well as a director of the International Coach Federation Australasia Inc.

Previously, Martin was a commercial lawyer. Juggling being a busy lawyer, parent and an over-thinking, over-achieving self, contributed to Martin’s first ‘foray’ into meditation many years ago. He then developed a broader interest in mindfulness/self-awareness growth work, much of which he engages in as a coach. His principal meditation experience is from the Vipassana tradition and yet he is a keen explorer of other approaches.

Martin operates in a highly integrative way, ensuring mindfulness and coaching are not ends in themselves, but complementary ‘vehicles’ for negotiating successfully life and/or work changes or challenges and for growing as a person in a more self-aware, integrated way.

Pat Alexander

Pat is a Mindfulness Works facilitator, mental health clinician and registered social worker. She has a private practice and contracts with ACC, EAP and PHO. She works primarily with adults but also works with younger people.

Pat has been a mindfulness practitioner for the past 10 years and has recognised the value this brings to her and the people with whom she works. She keeps engaged and interested in this work through her own practice and supervision with a mindfulness teacher and by regularly attending retreats. She also facilitates workshops and retreats.

The focus of Pat’s work is based on awareness; emotional regulation and opening the heart using the breath, our senses and nature. She believes this helps us connect to our true authentic selves which helps anchor us in the present and manage whatever arises in our lives with greater compassion and support.

Rachel Tobin

Rachel has over 20 years experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and ages. She offers a mindfulness and movement-based approach. Through listening and skilful intuiting, she will guide you in the learning and practice of mindfulness and movement tools relevant to you. She is trained in mindfulness, qi gong and the Feldenkrais method.

Sessions will help you to accept and understand yourself more fully, to relax and let go of tension, overcome anxiety and depression, improve your relationships with others and generate health and wellbeing.

“I have found Rachel to be positive, warm and accepting in coaching sessions. This meant I was fully able to share myself and at the same time feel completely safe. It was the first time I felt deeply, in my bones, that I am totally OK, just as I am.”  — L. B. Wellington

Rachel loves helping and guiding people to open to their innate wisdom, and live their everyday lives with more joy, ease and wellbeing.

Susan Manning

Susan is a passionate mindfulness facilitator and coach. She offers a stimulating approach to bring mindfulness to life and accessible to people ready for change.

Mindfulness has been central to Susan’s approach to life over the past four years — reconnecting with her interest in meditation and personal growth while navigating great change. Experiencing the impact of mindfulness first-hand Susan wanted to bring this forth for others, clearly seeing the powerful application for both personal and business growth.

Susan is the Founder of Mindful People, a company focussed on optimising individual and organisational effectiveness using mindfulness approaches. Her corporate, entrepreneurial and personal experience positions her well to inspire and support leaders, small business owners and business start-ups in navigating growth and change. She also works with individuals navigating or wanting change in their lives, offering a range of courses including the 8-week MBSR programme, the most globally recognised, evidence-based mindfulness programme.

Her extensive background spans 25+ years in roles including training, human resources, senior leadership, organisational development, teaching and business start-ups. She has a Human Resources degree and Teaching degree (UK) and is currently completing a Diploma in Psychology. Susan is a Professional Member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and is a Chartered Member of Personnel & Development (CIPD, UK).

Susan is a trained meditation and mindfulness teacher. She has completed Level 1 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training through Mindfulness Training Institute – Australia-New Zealand. Susan teaches from her own experience, gained through her own daily practice and regular attendance at seven-day silent retreats.

Susan moved to Napier eight years ago from Auckland. Originally from the UK, Susan now thrives on life in the sunny Hawkes Bay along with her husband and twins.


Mindfulness Works is the largest mindfulness training organisation in Australia. Over 10,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course. Mindfulness Works is committed to:

  • Providing accessible and affordable mindfulness courses.
  • Offering a diverse range of experienced and skilled mindfulness trainers.
  • Providing courses in a practical format with exceptional supporting resources.
  • Improving the mental health of all of us and fostering self-love in all.
  • Supporting our facilitators with options for further professional development.

What people are saying about the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course and course facilitators

“I feel calmer. I am able to use techniques when my triggers go off. Using the meditation at night has allowed me to get a better night’s sleep.” — Sue Mathew

“Am so glad I did the course and would recommend it to everyone.” — Rosie Smith

“Huge reduction in anxiety, calmness of mind and body and empowerment over my symptoms.” — Jo Kirwan

“Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted.” — Sandy Good


“Thank goodness I came across Mindfulness Works. I have learnt so much in a year and have the happiest, authentic and content that I have ever been. By learning acceptance without judgement has been an eye opener for me. I’m continuing my journey of self compassion and feel excited and hopeful for my future. But am grateful of the now and who I am today…” — Rebecca Young

“Using mindfulness to help me better manage unrelenting anxiety, obsessive worrying & sadness. I have found that using the apps is helpful when having a stressful day, & I intend to keep practicing daily. Thank you.” — Cecily Wilson

“Mindfulness is now my go-to tool when I’m overwhelmed or need to re focus.” — Biljana Rufati

“The facilitator was exceptionally good. Really highly skilled.” — Victoria Barkway

“The facilitator took her time to explain things, asked questions, and was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.” — Janine Taylor

“The facilitator was interesting, captivating, funny, down-to-earth, compassionate and extremely good at what she does.” — Rosie Smith

“The facilitator presented well and had a very calming demeanour. I looked forward to the class every week.” — Paulette Fraser

“[The course] covered all key areas of peoples’ basic issues and addressed them well. I also like the apps you recommend and all the extra info in the booklet!” — Biljana Rufati