Ed Halliwell

Photo of Ed HalliwellEd is a mindfulness teacher and writer. He is the author of three books: Into The Heart of Mindfulness, How To Live Well By Paying Attention, and (as co-author) The Mindful Manifesto. He discovered mindfulness in 2001, during a period of depression and anxiety, and found it transformative. After several years developing his practice, including a year-long stay at a meditation retreat centre, he trained to teach mindfulness at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University, and continues to receives regular supervision and training from CMRP staff. He has been teaching full-time since 2010, and leads mindfulness courses, retreats and workshops across the UK, working with a wide range of individuals and groups. Ed has taught mindfulness in organisations such as Imperial College Business School, Tate, Ardingly College, Accenture, and UNICEF UK, and has led mindfulness events for the The Guardian, the RSA, and Alternatives London, as well as the Latitude, Wilderness and Althorp Literary Festivals. He is a frequent public speaker and commentator on mindfulness-related topics, most often for The Guardian and Mindful magazine. Ed is on the faculty of the School of Life in London, and is an advisor to and former co-director of The Mindfulness Initiative, which is supporting the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group to develop mindfulness-based policies for the UK. He wrote the Be Mindful report for the Mental Health Foundation, and was on the editing team for the Mindful Nation UK report from the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group. He teaches on the Mental Health Foundation's Be Mindful Online training course, and is listed by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations as a mindfulness teacher that meets the UK Good Practice Guidance. For more on Ed's work, visit his website.

Vee Halliwell


Vee is co-founder and director of Mindfulness Retreats and has a particular interest in linking mindfulness with emotional intelligence. leadership development and organisational change. She has found mindfulness helpful in managing challenging times in her life . Vee has been on several extended meditation retreats to deepen her experience including a month long silent retreat, and in 2010 she trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. and completed a 'mindfulness in relationship' foundation year at Karuna Institute. Vee currently splits her time between running Mindfulness Sussex (and our other offerings Mindfulness London, Mindfulness Sussex and Work with Mindfulness) and her own consultancy, Chameleonix. Much of her career has been as a human resources director and Organisational Development consultant in entertainment, retail and other high-change environments. She has worked for organisations such as The Princes Trust, TSL Global, Costa Coffee (China), Whitbread, Warner Music, Marks & Spencer and Electronic Arts. Vee is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also a commercially endorsed RYA Ocean YachtMaster and has run sail /dive catamarans in the Caribbean. Vee and Ed also have two young sons. You can find out more about Vee here.


Tessa Watt

Photo of Tessa WattTessa is author of the book Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide (Icon Books, 2012) and also Mindful London (Virgin Books 2014). Tessa has been practising meditation for 20 years, and is an experienced instructor at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. She is a fully qualified yoga teacher, trained with the Life Centre in Notting Hill and registered with the British Wheel of Yoga. She has completed the Mindfulness Teacher Development Retreat run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. Tessa is a founding director of Slow Down London, a project encouraging Londoners to challenge the cult of speed and appreciate the world around us. She is also a co-teacher on the Mental Health Foundation's 4-week taster on-line mindfulness course.

Debbie Johnson

Photo of Debbie JohnsonDebbie has been practising meditation for over 17 years and she is a meditation instructor at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. She is also a Licenced Acupuncturist and a Member of the British Acupuncture Council. She has completed the Mindfulness Teacher Development Retreat, and is studying for an MSc in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches, both run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.

All our retreat teachers follow The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice good practice guidance and receive regular supervision from CMRP staff.

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