Dr Tony Bates becomes Patron of MTAI

Dr Tony Bates is the founder of Jigsaw, the National Agency for Youth Mental Health.  After a long career in clinical psychology, he co-edited ‘Vision for Change’, the mental health strategic review in 2006.  That work motivated him to create an NGO with a mission to provide mental health resources for young people. Jigsaw now has 13 centres across Ireland and has become a critical part of support services for young people in Ireland.

Tony is also credited as one of the people who brought the practice of mindfulness to Ireland following his own experience at the buddhist retreat centre in Plum Village, France with the spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh. He is the author of ‘Coming Through Depression, a Mindful Approach to Recovery’.

MTAI at GP Conference

We had a stand at the recent annual conference of the Irish College of General Practitioners on the 3rd/4th of May which was held in the Conference Centre.  Thanks to Ming Rawat a GP and a member of the MTAI for getting us a free stand.

Mairead O Keefe, Ming  and Josephine Lynch  manned the stall. There was some relief from GP’s as they understood there was now a professional body where they could refer patients to with some confidence.

EAMBA Annual Meeting and Teacher Festival

EAMBA Teachers' Festival - 23 August - Vilnius

  • August 23, 2019
  • one-day teachers’ conference, open to all mindfulness teachers.
  • Venue the Grata Hotel, Vilnius
  • Programme is mainly experiential and skill/practice-based, offering a lecture and 7 workshops.
  • Register HERE until August 1
  • Note: separate registrations for this event and the EAMBA Annual Meeting on August 24/25
  • A limited amount of scholarships is available.

EAMBA 2019 Annual Meeting - 24/25 August -Vilnius

  • Meeting will start at 09:30 am on Saturday 24 August and end at 13:00 on Sunday 25 August, 2019
  • Full Programme of Conference HERE
  • Venue the Grata Hotel, Vilnius
  • No registration fee. Lithuanian Association covering the fee and the cost of the lunch on Saturday
  • Register HERE until July 1
  • Accommodation details provided by Lithuanian Association once registered.
  • Accommodation in Grata Hotel (where meeting taking place), and in several nearby hotels.

EAMBA Retreat 2020

  • Jaya Rudgard will teach next year’s EAMBA retreat.
  • Save the dates: January 2-7, 2020
  • in Hof Oberlethe, Germany.
  • Registration not yet open.

Supervision or Supportive Mentoring : What is it and Why it’s Important?

A general day on Supervision / Mentoring will be held on Saturday 14th September 2019 in Dublin, another one is planned for Limerick with date to be confirmed.

“Personal and Professional Development as a Mindfulness Teacher – Investigating the mentoring relationship as an integral part of teacher development.”

Further details and venue to be confirmed.

Topics will include:

  • Exploring general concept of Supervision and its role in professional and personal development.
  • Role of Supervision in Mindfulness teaching
  • The MBI TAC and other tools
  • Exploring / Gathering needs of community around Supervision / Mentoring

This day is being organised by the MTAI for members and prospective members who have questions about supervision or supportive mentoring. 

More details to follow

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