Cathy-Mae Karelse

Cathy-Mae Karelse

I have taught mindfulness since the late 2000s and currently train mindfulness teachers. I am the Founding Director of Clear Mind Institute and lead on their education and training programmes. Our programmes are strongly influenced by the Centre for Mindfulness, Massachusetts, where I have undertaken most of my training. Although I am also trained in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), I primarily teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the UK and South Africa.

I am also a Yoga Teacher Trainer for the British Wheel of Yoga and developed and deliver their Mindfulness Module. In addition, I train yoga therapists with a strong mindfulness orientation, and am an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Prior to moving to the UK 16 years ago, I worked as an academic at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where I was politically active in the anti-apartheid movement.


  • MSc in Ayurvedic Medicine, London
  • MA in Information Science, Cape Town
  • Honours, Information Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • BSc, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Diploma Course Tutor, British Wheel of Yoga
  • Ayurvedic Practitioner and Teacher, College of Ayurveda, London

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBSR for general populations
  • MBSR for the restoration of wellbeing
  • Training MBSR teachers
  • Teaching Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreats

Supervision Experience

I have experience of mentoring yoga therapists as well as supervising students in an academic setting. Following completion of the CMRP mindfulness supervision training, I have mentored and supervised mindfulness teachers since 2012.

Supervision Specialisms

With training in MBI-TAC, my areas of specialism are:

  • MBSR for general populations
  • MBSR in clinical settings
  • MBIs in workplace settings

Personal Practice

My meditation practice started through involvement in the yoga community in Cape Town at an early age. Over the decades, I became more interested in Buddhist meditation and have practiced in both Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. With a growing interest in mindfulness, I have since undertaken trainings with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Melissa Blacker, and Mark Williams, and attend regular retreats with Christina Feldman, John Peacock and others.

Research Activities and Interests

Currently registered for a PhD in Mindfulness at the School of Oriental and African Studies, my research focuses on the trajectory of mindfulness in the West with a special interest in diversity and inclusivity within the mindfulness movement.

Further Information

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