I have been teaching the 8 week course in Sussex since 2005, to the general public, Carers, NHS staff, older people and school teachers.
I gained a British Wheel of yoga teaching diploma in 2002 and practised aikido for many years. Mindful movement remains a keen interest.
Since 2011, I have been a member of the core CMRP Training team and also a main trainer offering a one year teacher training through Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Since 2015, with Estrella Fernandez, I have been leading the creation of a CMRP/MN teacher training pathway (TTP) in MBCT in Spain/Latin America. In 2019, with Vanessa Hope I began another TTP collaboration with Anna Dóra Frostadóttir from the mindfulness centre in Reykjavik , Iceland.
I have played an important role in the wider UK field, being the convenor of the UK Network (now renamed BAMBA) in 2016 and also setting up the UK Listing. I have also been the UK based member of the International Integrity Network.
- MA in Mindfulness-based approaches, Bangor University, 2010
Teaching Training Specialisms
- MBCT and MBSR
- MBCT for Life
- Mindful movement
- Group process
- MBCT to NHS clinicians
- Buddhist background
I have been supervising new teachers since 2010. I have also worked with many teachers while co-teaching eight-week courses. I took part in the three-day supervision training with Cindy Cooper in 2013.
- MBIs in education
- Spanish speakers
I have been practising meditation within the Tri Ratna community since 1981.
Since that time, I have attended regular retreats in the UK and abroad.
Since 2011 I have been leading meditation retreats for mindfulness teachers, usually with other teachers such as Karunavira, John Peacock, Robert Marx and Sarah Silverton. We generally explore the Satipatthana sutra.
Research Activities and Interests
- The relationship between mindfulness and focusing
- How to present traditional Buddhist teachings in an accessible way
- Teaching metta and compassion practices in an implicit way
Taravajra’s website – www.mindfulhealth.co.uk