About Diana Thornton

I am a mindfulness teacher based in the Cobham and Leatherhead 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 and with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion to teach MSC. I work with a supervisor and regularly attend training events, conferences and annual mindfulness retreats. I am registered with BAMBA, British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches and follow the Good Practice Guidelines.


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 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

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


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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.


  • 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


  • 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