Mindfulness Association Teachers
Rob Nairn is one of the world pioneers in presenting Buddhist philosophy and practice in a way that is accessible to the Western mind. In 1980 he resigned as professor of criminology at the University of Cape Town to commit full-time to his spiritual path. His training in psychology and Buddhism-including a four-year cloistered retreat at Samye Ling-enables him to translate ancient Eastern wisdom into concepts that we can understand and apply.
Rob Nairn has developed a unique secular training in mindfulness, which takes us on a step by step journey into a deepening experience of being present and accepting ourselves as we are. The training includes teachings in Western psychological language that provide a context for understanding what is happening in our minds as we practice and working with obstacles that arise.
Choden completed a three year, three month retreat in 1997 and has been practicing in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism since he took refuge with Akong Tulku Rinpoche in 1985.
He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned and practiced meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn.
He is involved in developing Buddhist programmes for schools and in introducing mindfulness practice into everyday life settings. He is a founder member of Mindfulness Scotland, a charity set up to run mindfulness training programmes within health care, education and other professional sectors.
Heather Reagan-Addis originally trained as a Patent Attorney and then became interested in yoga and obtained the British Wheel of Yoga's teaching diploma. Through her yoga practice she became interested in mindfulness meditation and began her training in mindfulness meditation with Rob Nairn. She is also trained on the University of Bangor's Mindfulness Based Approaches Masters degree programme to Post Graduate Diploma level. She now works full time as a Mindfulness trainer both as a tutor for the Mindfulness Association and on the University of Aberdeen's Mindfulness Studies Programme (MSc).
Annick Nevejan (1964), originally trained as a Dutch performing artist and contemplative psychologist, is independent professional trainer and personal coach. She works with individuals in private sessions and with groups in larger organizational settings (profit and non-profit) with her own company since 2001. She is a certified mindfulness-trainer and offers mindfulness and compassion courses in Amsterdam. In her work she integrates her performing arts background with contemplative psychology and twenty years of intensive study and practice in Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of the 12th TaiSitupa. Since 2010 she is both student and an Honorary Teaching Fellow in the Mindfulness Studies Program (MSc) at Aberdeen University and tutor/supervisor for the Mindfulness Association in Scotland, UK.
Annick's deep motivation is to contribute to emergence of compassion and authentic intelligent performance in relation to self and others.
Fay Adams has trained to teach mindfulness under the guidance of Rob Nairn. She now teaches around the UK and South Africa, mainly for the Mindfulness Association and for Holy Isle. She is based on the Holy Isle at the World Centre for Peace and Health, where she is a long term resident. She is currently helping Rob Nairn to edit his upcoming book on insight.
Fay was originally drawn to mindfulness practice because of her debilitating chronic pain. Mindfulness has enabled her to work with the pain and to live a full life again. Her experience of mindfulness has developed beyond pain management and is now the foundation of her daily and spiritual life.
Clive Holmes has been teaching meditation for the last fifteen years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas.
He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet. He also has a degree in western philosophy. He is co-editor of "Taming the Tiger"- a highly successful Tibetan therapy book of the ven Akong Rinpoche that has been published in eight languages.
Angie Ball has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism at Kagyu Samye Ling in the Scottish Borders for over 30 years. Within that time she has learnt Tibetan Buddhist practices including that of Mindfulness. She also trained for over 20 years in a comprehensive therapeutic process entitled 'Tara Rokpa Therapy'. Initially developed at Samye Ling, this combines the wisdom and integrity from both East and Western psychological traditions. Self-reflective writing, painting, relaxation, bodywork and an exploration of the 5 Tibetan Elements to help promote health and well-being are key components within this discipline. In addition to being an experienced Tara Rokpa workshop facilitator, Angie holds a teaching certificate, she is a trained counsellor in Transpersonal Psychology and N.L.P (Neuro Linguistic Programming), and a qualified massage therapist (ITEC). She has been teaching and running workshops since the 80's in both the private and public sector, throughout the UK and Europe.
Angie has completed a two year Mindfulness and Compassion teacher training programme with South African tutor and author, Rob Nairn and is currently undertaking an MSc in Mindfulness with Aberdeen University. She runs weekend workshops and 8 week sessions in the practise of Mindfulness.
Coming from a creative and community arts background, her teaching style is interactive, experiential, fun and informative as well as giving a strong emphasis on practice and the beneficial journey of self-discovery all within the ethos of developing loving kindness and compassion both for oneself and others.
Dave Oldham has been working as a counsellor both in private practice and in a local day care hospice for about 11 years and having trained in a variety of approaches qualified to masters level in 2005 where he researched the impact of neuroscience on the practice of counselling. He has taught mindful meditation and self compassion within these roles and continues to develop these approaches particularly in relation to oncology working closely ith Macmillan cancer care and helping to train their professionals in the same approaches as for clients. He began teaching with the mindfulness association in 2011.
Christine Steverson is a Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Trainer. Having worked both in the NHS and privately, her own practice has developed through the teachings of Rob Nairn and the Mindfulness Association, Alistair Wilson in the NHS and on retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. Christine now teaches at various locations in Glasgow with Chooseself Mindfulness Training and with The Mindfulness Association.
Lawrence J. Ladden, PhD, CPsychol, is a Clinical and Health Psychologist. He served as a senior instructor with the Penn Program for Mindfulness of the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System in the United States from 1998 until 2013. In addition to teaching the public foundation mindfulness based stress management courses, he has developed and implemented numerous adaptations of mindfulness training for both health care providers and for people with specific mental or physical health concerns (multiple sclerosis, cancer, obesity, anxiety, bereavement). He began his mindfulness practice in 1974 and became a Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition in 1983. He has developed Contemplative Group Dynamics as a group expression of classical mindfulness practice and training.