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My purpose is to help you begin and sustain a gentle daily meditation practice centred on self-care.

I have always felt a strong connection to peace, grace and the natural living world. In my late teens I started a dedicated Hatha Yoga practice and working with Animal Medicine Cards, which remain part of my daily spiritual practice over twenty years on.

In 2005 I began five-years of intensive training in the Vipassana Meditation tradition. In that time I experienced two full years meditating for five hours every day, and since then over 20,000 hours on silent retreat.

I have meditated daily for 13 years and undertaken at least three silent retreats per year. I trained in Non-Violent Communication at Findhorn, Scotland in 2010, where I was inspired to begin teaching mindfulness meditation independently.

I began teaching full-time and completed the Mindfulness in Schools .b training in 2012. I was conscious of developing my own teaching style inspired by deep practice; an approach that was neither clinical nor religious in structure.

Since then I have taught thousands of adults and children to meditate - in schools, adult education, healthcare, families, businesses and individuals from all walks of life.

Since 2015 I have also been studying Energy Medicine, EFT Tapping, and the Enneagram.

I studied Fine Art at university, and in recent years have found a coherence between my creativity and spirituality that expresses itself in Intuitive Drawings. I also write most days.

I am nourished by living deeply embedded in the natural world, surrounded by mountains, rivers, woodland and bog. I am blessed by living with dogs, cats, ducks and hens, with organic gardens and a natural beekeeping sanctuary.

I connect daily with the HayHouse Community and follow a 12-step programme.



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I came to meditation in my late 20s, after years of chronic pain, panic attacks, insomnia and depression.

I grew up in Northern Ireland during the war and experienced many years of rape and torture in the family home.

When I went on that first silent retreat my life changed completely. I had finally found a way to release the traumas of the past.

To me, these meditation techniques that heal body and mind are a birth right. This is why I teach. I know from personal experience that we really can heal from anything, no matter how terrible.

It is because of a daily meditation practice that my life just keeps getting better and better.



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