"Catherine is an honest and dedicated teacher. There was an immediate sense of trust and care from the start." Mark
I set up Mindful Surrey in 2018 to support individuals and businesses through mindfulness meditation training. I run Mindful Surrey with the support of three trustees, Pauline Saxby, Diana Davies and Dr Eleanore Hargreaves.
Mindful Surrey is a registered charity which aims to provide mindfulness training to all, to help people be happier and find greater peace of mind amidst life's difficulties. We are grateful to the National Lottery and the Community Foundation for Surrey who support our work, enabling us to offer mindfulness training to schools and individuals at a subsidised rate and sometimes for free.
Although our mindfulness centre is Dorking and Reigate, I deliver mindfulness training in Surrey as well as online, for people throughout the UK and abroad.
Mindfulness for Young People
Our Healthy Minds course includes mindfulness exercises for anxiety and meditations for sleep. I teach mindfulness in education to students and teachers, and work in a range of schools. Additionally I offer one-to-one coaching to 10-18 year olds. Besides mindfulness, I'm an experienced drama teacher. I've developed a project in which children use drama and mindfulness activities together, finding ways to manage difficult thoughts and emotions.
Meditation on the Radio
I was delighted to make a guest appearance on BBC Radio Surrey at the start of 2022. Besides giving a short explanation of mindfulness, I was also asked to lead a meditation live on the air. The presenter joined in with audible breathing so as to avoid any radio silence!
The Joy Club
I also give regular mindfulness classes with The Joy Club, an online activity club 'for people who enjoy keeping busy'. They offer a range of activities for people over 65. Do take a look if you'd like to widen your horizons and meet new people.
I've led a varied career based around helping people of all ages, which began with teaching self-development courses in London. I enjoyed supporting people in achieving their goals and expressing themselves. I studied Dramatherapy, at the same time as working as a professional theatre director, before going on to teach in schools and have children. Visit my mindfulness meditation blog to hear how I came across mindfulness with a fluffy rug!
- Drama degree (Hull University); PGCE to teach Drama (Middlessex University)
- MBSR course (Mindfulness Sussex).
- Teacher training to teach mindfulness to 11-18 year-olds. (MiSP, Mindfulness in Schools Project, London).
- Teacher training to teach mindfulness to adults. (The MBSR Mindful Academy, Spain).
I follow the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching mindfulness of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers.
I've found mindful meditation techniques profoundly useful over the years. It's helped me experience daily life and major events such as bereavement with calm and confidence, as well as find greater joy. I'm committed to sharing what I've learned so that I can empower and inspire others.
If you'd like to know more, please get in touch.