About The Mindfulness Foundation

The Mindfulness Foundation is a founder member of:

  • The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

           and

  • NCB Partnership for Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health CoalitionA group of over 70 leaders in health and policy.
 

Resilience and Results

How to improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people in your school. This document was produced to help schools understand the importance of supporting their pupils' emotional and mental wellbeing. 

Our Sponsor

The Zurich Community Trust is the UK registered charity that has played an integral role in the birth of the Coalition and has a deep understanding of why the coalition matters for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Zurich has donated over £65 million in grant programmes addressing key social issues and works to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people. 

The NCB Partnership for Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools - A national network of 50 key organisations from the education, health and children's sectors. 

Our Publications

Our vision is to create mindful communities

Our intention to make Mindfulness Meditation available to all UK School children by 2022 is to support more resilience, happiness, peace and wellbeing in communities.


The Mindfulness Foundation is a social enterprise formed and inspired by the nearly 700 attendees at the London Mindfulness in Schools Conference with Jon Kabat-Zinn on 27 March 2013. We advocate and campaign to give school children access to the benefits of mindfulness practice by raising the profile of mindfulness through better understanding and practice amongst stakeholders in the education and health sectors: Children, Education Leaders, Government Departments, MP's, Parents, Policy Makers, School Governors, Teachers and Teacher Training Centers.

Key Team Members

Who are the people behind The Mindfulness Foundation? Get to know some of our team of passionate creators, innovators and mindfulness meditators.

 

Yoga Bowers
CEO and Founder 

 

Snorkelling 

"In 2013 I had the wonderful experience of snorkelling in the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea's beautiful coral life."

 

Yoga is a mindfulness practitioner with decades of meditation experience who facilitated the IBM Sustainable Development agenda. Successfully steering the issue from inception through rapid growth he was awarded the IBM Chairman’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. This initiative evolved into the IBM Corporate Smarter Planet worldwide program.

 

Graham Doke
Visionary

 

Ultra-running 

"Meditation devotee and ultra-running groupie: watching limits disappear is kind of a thing, really."

 

Graham is the co-founder of Anamaya, a multidisciplinary treatment centre in London, and the chief architect of the Anamaya App, a self-development and meditation App. Coming from a background in law and banking, Graham teaches meditation and mind training to private clients at Anamaya.

 

The Mindfulness Foundation is advised on facets of
Mindfulness including Clinical, Psychological and
Psychotherapy by Paul Christelis MA and Shanti 
Burgess BSc from the School of Moments.

 

www.schoolofmoments.com

 

 

Shanti Burgess
BSc Psych (Hons), Adv. Dip Person Centred Studies

 

Year

"A year of inner and outer adventures."

 

Shanti has worked as a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, supervisor, lecturer, organizational trainer and teacher for the past 30 years, both in the UK and overseas, in a variety of settings.

 

Currently Shanti is completing an MSc in Mindfulness Based Applications at Bangor University.

Paul Christelis
MA Clin Psych

 

Amazon

"I'm looking forward to travelling in 2014 - into the depths of the Amazon and out to the tops of the high rises in New York."

 

Paul has worked as a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, writer, group facilitator and teacher for almost twenty years. The common thread in all that he undertakes, is mindfulness. He is dedicated to helping people to be more present in their lives, in their relationships, work and with themselves.

 

Paul has recently completed his MSc in Mindfulness Applications at Bangor University, Wales researching the role of Intention in mindfulness and in life.

 

Link to the Telegraph article on Mindfulness featuring Paul and his work.

Dr. Maya Spencer

BA Hons, MB BS, MRCPSych, Dip Clin Hyp

www.firststopmindfulness.org.uk

 

Mind-body medicine

"With an orthodox medical practice, and my heart in mind-body medicine, I felt that I stood astride an ever-widening chasm between allopathic and complementary medicine.”

 

Dr Maya Spencer a former Consultant Psychiatrist has been devoted to meditation and complementary approaches since 1983. Since retiring from the NHS in 2010, Maya has followed her heart and trained with Bangor CMRP as a teacher of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme. She has taught or co-facilitated more than 30 MBSR programmes in Somerset and is the principal author of the BWYQ Level 4 Certificate in Working Therapeutically with Mindfulness and Compassion. This is the first qualification in mindfulness to be approved by Ofqual, the national educational regulatory body for schools and further education.

Zoe Rikkerink
BA Hons, Executive MBA
Director of Development 

 

Traveller

"I am an avid traveller and love a great book!'"


Zoe is working with The Mindfulness in Schools Campaign as Director of Development supporting the building of resilience in young people through meditation. She previously worked at London Technology Network, building links between universities and technologists, and at the Institute for International Research, heading up the life science conference division. Zoe has an Executive MBA from London Business School and a BA in English from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Kanchan Desai
MSc PhD (Chemistry), PGCE

Greater London Campaign Manager
 

 

Chutney

“I am thrilled that I have perfected a recipe for a delicious mango-apple chutney”


Having grown up in Africa, lived and worked as a teacher in India and finally in the UK, Kanchan has wide experience of different cultures and education systems. A personal quest to find a universal humanist philosophy led her to explore Vedanta, Yoga and finally Vipassana meditation. Whereas all are compatible with each other, she feels that the meditation is unique in that it is experiential and accessible to all.  As she continues  her own practice, she is passionate that it should be available to all, in order to lead happy fulfilled lives.

Meeta Hans
Founder Route 2 Excellence
South London Campaign Manager
 

 

Mind

“My own serious practice of mind training techniques began 26 years ago on the birth of my son”


A graduate in Home Economics, Meeta holds Masters and Pre doctorate degrees in Community Resources Management. Her versatile career in supporting change in individuals, groups and organisations is backed by her rich life experiences and diverse additional training in Counselling, Motivational interviewing, Facilitator -personal effectiveness, values in healthcare, mindfulness and Science of Happiness, Positive Parenting Program, Parent and Baby Yoga and more.

Beth Ann Nyssen
Fundraising Manager 

 

Freedom
"Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Beth Ann Nyssen is an optimist and activist. She wears several different hats in her work. When people ask her what she does, her favorite response is "What don't I do?" She is a nurse, writer, and world traveler who uses her different skills and experiences to promote organizations and ideas she believes in through writing and action. Daily mindfulness practice has given her the freedom to pursue her dreams, and she is happy to be working with the Mindfulness Foundation to spread the love. Her favorite yoga pose is vrikshasana, or tree pose.

Our Story

 

The Mindfulness Foundation is inspired by the vision and work of Jon Kabat-ZinnOsho and Buckminster Fuller. Founded in 2013 by Yoga Bowers, a retired IBM Executive who established the UN Sustainable Development Goals as the foundation for the IBM Corporate Smarter Planet Initiative.

 

Our vision is to create a mindful society. We are passionate to make Mindfulness available in all UK Schools to help children, teachers and parents live healthier, richer and more peaceful lives and then help other countries.

 

The findings of positive psychology have enormous, life-changing potential for children. It is imperative they benefit from this growing body of knowledge and have the opportunity to develop the attitudes and skills to help them flourish, improve their resilience and thrive.

Our Mission

 

We are taking a 21st-century approach to building a well-lived life at the Mindfulness Foundation.

 

We now know that happiness is a skill that can be strengthened through better understanding and practice. We want to make the benefits of these scientific discoveries readily available for the use of children in Schools.

 

The Oxford Mindfulness Centre within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, have been at the forefront of mindfulness research and training since 2008. They define Mindfulness as "Enhancing Human Potential and Preventing Depression by Combining Modern Science with Ancient Wisdom." Mindfulness could provide the practical instructions for bringing about that excellence in education.