"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 expand my work with adults and children in a range of settings, including schools and companies. I've been teaching mindfulness in education to students and teachers since 2017, and find it rewarding to support individuals and communities through mindfulness meditation training.
Besides mindfulness, I'm also an experienced drama teacher. Mindful awareness can help young people manage challenging situations, and drama can be a key way for them to explore this. I'm currently developing a project in which children use drama and mindfulness activities together to find ways to cope with difficult thoughts and emotions. Children of an increasingly young age are struggling with stress and anxiety, and it is great that mindfulness is now taught in many schools. The children's course includes mindfulness exercises for anxiety, meditations for sleep, how to deal with anger, and help them develop healthy minds.
Registered UK charity
Mindful Surrey is a registered mindfulness charity which aims to provide mindfulness training to all throughout Surrey, to help people be happier and find greater peace of mind amidst life's difficulties. We are very grateful to the National Lottery and the Community Foundation for Surrey who support our work, which means we can offer mindfulness training to schools and individuals at a subsidised rate and sometimes for free. As a mindfulness charity, we are committed to supporting all people and we offer discounts to those with financial concerns.
Although our mindfulness centre is Dorking and Reigate, we offer mindfulness throughout Surrey as well as online, with participants from around the world. We are delighted that our in-person classes in Dorking have been able to resume.
Thank you to our trustees, Pauline Saxby, Diana Davies and Eleanore Hargreaves for their support and expertise.
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 took up Yoga and 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 blog to find out how I actually came across 'modern' mindfulness. When I did, it felt like coming home.
- Following my Drama degree, I trained as a secondary school teacher in 1983.
- I took my first MBSR course in 2013 and have been meditating regularly ever since.
- I trained with MiSP (Mindfulness in Schools Project) to teach mindfulness meditation to 11-18 year olds.
- I trained to teach the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to adults at The Mindful Academy in Spain, which is at the forefront of mindfulness training in Europe.
- In early 2020 I trained to teach the online mindfulness course.
- 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 events such as bereavement with calm and confidence, as well as find greater joy in life. I'm immensely grateful, especially at the current time, to have my mindfulness practice; it offers me rocks of calm to rest on when facing different challenges. I'm committed to sharing what I have learned so that I can empower and inspire others.
If you'd like to know more, please get in touch.