Helen Byrne M.A. Mindfulness-based Approaches, H.Dip.Ed., Post-Grad. Dip.Psych., has a background in education, psychology, family therapy and the community and voluntary sector. She qualified as a Systemic and Family Therapist with The Clanwilliam Insitute in 1996. Helen has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1997 and teaching them since 2004. She is co-founder and co-director of The Mindfulness Centre in Dublin, which runs 8-week MBSR and MBCT and Mindfulness and Self Compassion courses, introductory courses and workshops, retreats, and teacher training. She is also a senior lecturer on the M.Sc. in Mindfulness-based Interventions in UCD.
In addition to her Masters studies at Bangor University, Helen has completed all trainings with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
She trained in supervising mindfulness teachers with Bangor University and now offers this service. Helen continues to develop her practice with regular attendance at retreats and trainings led by world-renowned teachers including Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Akincano Weber and Melissa Blacker and has attended retreats lead by John Teasdale, Sharon Salzberg and Thich Nhat Hanh, among others. She recently participated in a 14-month course in Buddhist Psychology with Gaia House and continues her studies with the Bodhi College.