Simon studied at Bangor University in 2010 and gained a Masters Degree in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches with merit. Assessment on the masters programme is based on the Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC). This assessment is an internationally recognised process, and assessments are made by highly experienced teachers who have themselves undergone lengthy and rigorous training in how to assess reliably.
Simon is also a trained mentor and coach, plus he trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project to teach the .b Curriculum to teachers and 11-18 year olds.
More recently he undertook the Mindfulness in the Workplace programme with Oxford Mindfulness Centre. This course is for experienced mindfulness teachers to build the competencies required to offer mindfulness training in organisational contexts.
“My experience as a mindfulness teacher is grounded in the integrity of 35 years experience of spinal cord injury. Despite this life-changing event, I see the glass as half full and firmly believe we can all see life this way, no matter what the circumstances.
“This may sound flippant but it’s far from that. Dealing with my own challenges has taught me that unwanted negative thought patterns often arrive without notice and often overwhelm us. I’ve also learnt that with a little practice we can refocus the mind to embrace life’s challenges with a spirit of acceptance.
“Life doesn’t always go the way we want but we all have the choice to move forward with positive intention, whether that’s about a health issue, stress, relationships, or deciding to become an activist or not. We just have to connect with our authentic self and act accordingly.
“This mindset has been so helpful to me over the years and I want to share it with everyone, this is why I continue to learn how to the best mindfulness I can be.”
Simon is registered with the British Association for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA), and abides by their Good Practice Guidelines.
Simon’s teaching experience began in 2012 and he’s guided hundreds of people to live more mindfully with stress and anxiety.
“Mindfulness is an amazing life-skill and it’s been an honour and a privilege to share it with so many people in groups, businesses and schools.”