About Diana Thornton

I am a mindfulness teacher based in the Ashtead and Cobham areas.  I first encountered mindfulness through the Mindfulness in Schools Project when I was working in education and have since trained with MiSP to deliver mindfulness to pupils of primary and secondary age and also to school staff.  I have trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University (CMRP) to run MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) courses. I work with a supervisor as recommended by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines.  I regularly attend further training events and conferences run by CMRP and by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre as well as attending mindfulness retreats. I am currently training to teach mindful self-compassion.

 

I have had a long interest (over 20 years) in contemplative traditions and over that period have led groups in many different contemplative practices.  I have practised yoga since my 20s.  I am currently learning the joys of Tai Chi as a meditative practice and I maintain a daily formal mindfulness meditation practice and use mindfulness informally in my daily life.

I am also a trained counsellor and psychotherapist.  To find out more about counselling with me please go to www.dianathornton.co.uk

I co-lead some courses with my colleague Claire Garthwaite.

 

About Claire Garthwaite

 

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be teaching ‘mindfulness’ I would not have believed you. I am a general practitioner by training with a scientific approach to life. I first heard about mindfulness many years ago and was interested because of the growing medical evidence about its effectiveness. It was worth investigating, I decided.

My initial scepticism was quickly overcome when I began to practise regularly, immediately feeling the benefits in my life. I have found mindfulness has completely changed the way I live and deal with the daily and long term pressures of disability in our family, and the stresses of life.

I have seen how it can transform lives and help people of all ages. Their personal situations and challenges have been different, but the positive impact of mindfulness has been significant.

Qualifications

  • Mindfulness teacher training (TTR1 & 2) with Bangor University, a centre in mindfulness training.

  • Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)  Mindfulness teacher training to teach 7-11 year olds and 11-18 year olds, and teachers  ( .b and Paws b and .b foundations courses).

  • Oxford University Mindfulness Masterclasses on teaching in non-clinical settings, in businesses and to the medical profession

  • Teacher training day with Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • Specialist MBCT training

Medical Qualifications

  • MBchB, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP

  • I have worked in the past as a general practitioner

Professional Guidelines

‘Meditation is not about feeling a certain way.  It’s about feeling the way you feel.’

Jon Kabat-Zinn