About

The People

Lucy Chan

Lucy is a mindfulness and self-compassion teacher who has delivered over fifty mindfulness retreats in the past two years. Having worked as a doctor in the NHS for over a decade she knows first hand the pressures of daily life and the ever present threat of burn-out. Mindfulness and self-compassion practices helped her meet the challenges of a stressful job and her passion is to help others incorporate these practices into their lives. She is part of a nationally acclaimed team delivering mindfulness for burnout retreats, and has been trained directly by the internationally renowned pioneers of self-compassion Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.

One of her retreatants shared ‘Lucy’s presence and compassion was transforming and her meditations were some of the most powerful & nourishing that I’ve experienced.’

Ethan Pollock

Ethan has been facilitating mindfulness groups and retreats for over a decade. He currently also teaches mindfulness and Buddhism at the nationally acclaimed Sharpham Trust, and local meditation groups around the UK. He was one of the founding members of Wake Up London, a still thriving community of young meditators (aged 18-35). He spent five years training at Plum Village with the internationally recognised mindfulness teacher & Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The balance of work and meditation in the monastery led to a deeply integrated practice; he still treasures the insights of joy, awakening and community life. His teaching helps people touch more calm and ease in their everyday lives by bringing awareness and appreciation to simple daily activities, retreatants especially love his guided meditations!

Erica Rayner-Horn

Erica is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist in private practice. An instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program she teaches mindfulness meditation and stress management in medical, educational and corporate settings and has extensive experience working with people living with cancer based on her personal experience as a cancer patient and her professional training. She is passionate about teaching mindfulness as an effective way to cope better, and live well, through the challenging experience of cancer.

 

Erica is the author of the best-selling “Finding Tranquility-Guided Mindfulness Meditations for Stressful Times,”, a book and audio series on cancer and mindfulness. Erica is a native Brit but has lived in the USA for many years and currently resides near Seattle.

www.mindful-therapy.net

 

 

Mick McEvoy

Mick specialises in bringing mindfulness practice out into nature. He spent the last four years in a mindfulness practice centre called Plum Village, where he supported retreats combining mindfulness, deep ecology and organic farming. He also mentors those who come to work on the organic farm there.

 

He is a native of Ireland, with a background in gardening and ecology, he worked at the Royal Botanical Kew Gardens and with the National Trust for many years, before dedicating his time to helping people from all walks of life discover the joys of nature and growing food alongside mindfulness practices. He also supports LGBTQ mindfulness groups and retreats.

Jasmine Shaw

Jasmine worked as a carer for 9 years from the age of 19 upwards and in parallel has been dedicated to bringing the practice of mindfulness into her everyday life and facilitating for others. She has facilitated mindfulness for over 10 years- to her peers as a young adult and more recently for children and adults. Most recently she Programme coordinated and facilitated on Youth Mindfulness’ One Year Programme- training adult mindfulness facilitators for educational and community settings.

She holds a Foundation Degree from Plymouth University in Creative Art Therapies Studies and has completed a 2-year in-depth Certified Mindfulness Teacher Training programme with internationally recognised teachers Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield. She has also undergone a teacher training course in Mindful Self Compassion with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.

 

 

Kareem Ghandour

Kareem has a BA in Media and Cultural Studies and two MAs in Digital Marketing and Sustainability. In 2011 he joined the founding group of a grassroots mindfulness community for young adults “Wake Up” and played an active role in supporting the community to grow through facilitating weekly sessions, retreats, and organising outreach projects.

In 2015 he joined the Scottish charity “Youth Mindfulness” Where he served on the facilitator team for adult teacher training programmes and retreats alongside delivering programmes in local schools. He is currently a mentor with the project Inward Bound Mindfulness Education UK which hosts annual mindfulness retreats for young people. He is also a facilitator and core member of “Colours of Compassion” Which is a mindfulness community for practitioners from BAME backgrounds. 

Kareem has recently completed an internationally recognised Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Programme in the U.S and has trained in person with principal teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

Michael Schwammberger

 

Michael was born in the UK, but grew up on the island of Ibiza, Spain. In 1995 he managed the Gaia House retreat centre and in June 1996 he visited Plum Village after reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book: “Peace is every step”. He stayed and became a monk in February 1997, receiving his full ordination in 1998. He traveled extensively with Thich Nhat Hanh and was also based in the monasteries in the US. In 2004 he returned to Plum Village, France and became abbot of Son Ha temple in 2005. In 2011 he was granted a one year sabbatical. After one year he decided to continue the sabbatical and disrobed in 2012. He continues to lead retreats in the UK, France, and Spain.

 

 

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