I set up Learning Mindfully to share the benefits of mindfulness throughout education settings in Wales, and further afield. I’m now Chair of Mindfulness Wales/Meddylgarwch Cymru, an organisation set up to support the development of mindfulness in all sectors of society in Wales in support of the aspirational goals of the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015.
I’m passionate about the potential of mindfulness to help staff and learners in all sectors of education to cope, connect, flourish and empower change. I teach mindfulness to children and adults with a particular focus on education, building on my long career in education starting as a primary teacher and headteacher and culminating as Head of Children and Young People’s Strategy in the Welsh Government. It’s a real privilege to be part of this work helping to make a difference to the mental and emotional health and wellbeing in schools, colleges, youth settings and families.
I’ve been co-leading, together with Welsh Government officials and partners from various sectors and parts of Wales, on the development of a Mindfulness Toolkit to help schools and other education settings in Wales strategically plan the introduction of mindfulness in the most effective way to support the developing Whole School Approach to mental and emotional health and the Health and Wellbeing Area of Learning and Experience in the new curriculum for Wales. This is one strand of a really exciting wider living strategy for mindfulness in Wales covering other sectors including health, public service and communities.