Heather began training in Mindfulness with Rob Nairn in 2004. She is a British Wheel of Yoga trained yoga teacher, has a PGDip in Mindfulness Based Approaches from the University of Bangor, Wales and a Masters Degree in Studies in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2010 she co-founded the Mindfulness Association (www.mindfulnessassociation.net) which is now one of the largest Mindfulness Training and Mindfulness Teacher Training organisations in the UK and of which she is currently the Managing Director. She teaches Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight courses and leads the team that developed and delivers the Mindfulness Teacher Training program to teach the 8 week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC). She is a past convenor and member of the executive committee of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training organisations, which develops good practice guidelines for Mindfulness teachers and which runs the UK Listing of Mindfulness teachers. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Aberdeen and was involved in the development of their Masters program in Studies in Mindfulness (http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/Courses.aspx#Aberdeen), which is a collaboration between the University and the Mindfulness Association and she also teaches on the Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight modules of the program.
Author 2 - Choden
Formally a monk within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) completed a three year, three month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn, an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness and compassion programmes drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, as well as contemporary insights from psychology and neuroscience. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Aberdeen and teaches on their Postgraduate Study Programme in Mindfulness (MSc) that is the first of its kind to include compassion in its curriculum. In 2016 he completed a one year retreat focused on the foundation practices of Tibetan Buddhism.
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