I am Janine and I am a qualified meditation and mindfulness teacher. I am both an experienced practitioner and facilitator and I work in the private, corporate and charity sectors. I have worked with people from all walks of life from company directors to the homeless. I teach all over the UK and in Greece. I run classes and courses in West London and on the South Coast in particular.
I have been interested in mindfulness & meditation, personal development and stress reduction for many years. I have a down-to-earth approach and love seeing people enhance their wellbeing with practical, proven methods that have an immediate impact.
I was drawn to meditation because I heard that it was a way to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing. I was going through a very difficult period in my life – ‘a long dark night of the soul’ – which started suddenly with panic attacks and quickly became a joyless place of social phobia and fear.
I searched for a solution and tried counselling, hypnosis, positive thinking and affirmations. Whilst these all helped it was learning to meditate that turned my life around and gave me back my confidence, sense of inner calm, self -belief and joy. I have become less stressed, more authentic and more able to deal with the demands and pace of modern life.
Finding this inner balance has been very life changing.
As well as my daily meditation practice and teacher training course, I have attended several residential retreats which have supported my development as a teacher. These include:
Oct to Dec 2009 : Introduction to Meditation course at Brighton Buddhist Centre
Mar 2010 : Weekend Meditation retreat at Rivendell Retreat Centre, Sussex
Oct 2010 : Awakening the Heart 8 day silent retreat at Gaia House, Dorset
Jan 2011 : 10 day silent Vipassana retreat in Pushkar, India
Feb 2011 : Meditation and Mindfulness 6 day silent retreat at Gaia House, Dorset
Oct 2011 : 10 day silent Vipassana retreat in Hereford
Jan 2012 : 10 day silent Vipassana retreat in Jaipur, India
Oct 2012 : 10 day silent Vipassana retreat in Hereford
Nov 2012 : Weekend Zen & Yoga retreat with Brad Warner in the Lake District
Dec 2013 : 8 day Meditation Teacher Training with Zenways at Gaunt’s House
Oct 2014 : 4 day Zen Intensive at Gaunt’s House, Dorset
May 2015 : 6 day Satori Intensive at NanPantan Hall, Leicestershire
Oct 2015 : 3 day Zenways Teacher’s Conference, Mirfield Monastery, Yorkshire
Nov 2016 : 6 day Zen Sesshin, Nightingale Centre, Derbyshire (Feeding the Hungry Ghosts)
Feb 2017 : 4 day Zen Intensive Noddfa, North Wales
Nov 2017 : 6 day Zen Sesshin, Nightingale Centre, Derbyshire (Facing Death. Fierce and Fearless)
Jan 2018 : 3 day Zen Women Retreat, Redfield Centre, Bucks
Aug 2018 : 3 day Zen Women Retreat, Redfield Centre, Bucks
Aug 2018 : 6 day Mindfulness Based Self Compassion Retreat (Mindfulness Exchange Training), Columba House
Nov 2018 : The Gentle Art Self Compassion Retreat (Serenity Retreat), Nightingale Centre, Derbyshire
Additionally I have attended day retreats at Brighton Buddhist Centre, Insight Meditation London, and Zenways London. I also go to several yoga classes a week which support a mindful approach to life.
I have taken the 10 Rinzai Zen precepts (Guidelines for Ethical Living). My Zen name is Daigan (which means Great Vow)
I am currently teaching Mindfulness & Meditation courses and running retreats and workshops. These all introduce the concept of Mindfulness for Well-Being/Insight. Recently I have worked with Mitsubishi Bank, Haymarket Media, Edit Development, Thames Valley Housing, SPEAR, NHS Hammersmith Hospital and spoken at Richmond Carers Conference.
Feedback included the comments
- The Mindfulness was a fantastic session. I learnt a short meditation which I intend to use
- Mindfulness – taking time out to re-focus – the activities were very useful
- Mindfulness: how to calm the mind and body whilst at work and home
I am happy to provide a quote for Mindfulness Training. Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I also run full day workshops and retreats in Twickenham and St Leonards and residential weekend retreats in various UK and European locations.
I see the practice of meditation and mindfulness as a very ordinary activity, rather than something exotic or especially spiritual. It is something that is available to everyone without exception and can quickly become a tool for living a calmer, less frantic life. It is something that has immediate discernable short-term benefits, and in the long term can be transformative and life changing.
Please join me to find out how to incorporate these benefits into your life now.