I have been committed to caring and supporting people with social and healthcare needs for most of my life.
From working as a nurse/midwife and teacher I have experience of with many different ages e.g. children, young adults ,community groups. In the past few years I have been working in a community primary care setting helping all those living out their lives at home- the elderly and other people who are physically and mentally challenged .
I have been affected by chronic Osteoarthritis for many years myself having had numerous treatments and surgeries to correct joint deterioration. I have had a meditation and tai chi practice for nearly 30 years and this led me to to train as a mindfulness teacher.
Practicing to be more self compassionate has developed my capacity to accept that suffering is part of our human condition. Not trying to change it helped my response to loneliness, isolation, self judging and wanting things to be different with a chronic condition.
I teach introduction to mindfulness meditation and MBSR courses to young adults, the worried well, dementia carers and people that are clinically challenged such as chronic pain groups and degenerative disease sufferers. I use mindfulness practices which focus on abilities, rather than on disabilities e.g using the gentle movements of shibashi tai chi as part of my mindful movement teaching.
Times for groups or one on one can be scheduled according to the needs of your group/individual in the late afternoon, early evening or at the conclusion of the working day.