Alexander Irving

Alexander Irving

I am a mindfulness teacher and supervisor.Since 2011 I have worked as an independent mindfulness teacher, teaching general public courses and in workplace settings such as the Houses of Parliament, NHS England, Deep Mind, Jamie Oliver Group, Johnson & Johnson, Twinings, and PWC.With a background in Osteopathy and a Master’s degree in Pain Science, I have experience helping people navigate persistent pain.I have a particular interest in deepening and extending mindfulness learning beyond foundational courses, exploring this in my MSc thesis “Mindfulness beyond eight weeks; exploring mindfulness teaching that happens after eight-week courses.” Over the years I have developed my own courses and have taught programs such as Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre’s Taking it Further course.


· MSc Teaching Mindfulness, Bangor University, 2016

· MSc Pain, Science and Society, Kings College London, 2010

· BSc (Hons) Osteopathic Medicine, British College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2003

Teaching-Training Specialisms

· Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for the general public

· Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for general well-being

· Finding Peace in a Frantic World course

· Mindfulness based Compassionate Living

· Taking it Further course

· Mindfulness approaches to persistent pain

· Working one to one

Supervision Experience

I completed the supervision training in 2017 and have been supervising since 2019.

Supervision Specialisms

· MBSR for the general public

· MBCT for general well-being

· Finding Peace in a Frantic World course

· Taking it Further course

· A mindful approach to persistent pain

Supervision Rates

1 hour individual session – £60

I have a number of reduced fee places.

Please see our Supervision FAQs for more details on the cost of supervision.

Personal Practice

I have been practicing mindfulness for the past twenty years, primarily informed by the Insight Meditation tradition. For the first ten years much of my learning developed on silent retreat at Gaia House. In the last ten years, whilst silent retreat practice has continued, my practice has been informed by guidance from Insight Meditation teacher Catherine McGee and an emphasis on integrating mindfulness and compassion into daily life.

Research Activities and Interests

Inquiry and embodiment as dimensions of practice and teaching.

Deepening and extending mindfulness learning beyond foundational mindfulness programs.

Mindful approaches to persistent pain.

Further info

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