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 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.
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
MBchB, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP
I have worked in the past as a general practitioner
I am a member of the BAMBA, British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches and follow the Good Practice Guidelines.
I am supervised by a senior trainer from Bangor University and attend regular workshops and retreats.
I am a member of the West Surrey Mindfulness Teachers Network – www.westsurreymindfulness.org.uk.