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Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It can help us respond to life’s pressures in a calmer manner. It helps to reduce stress as well as develop more focus and mental clarity.
Combining non-religious meditation, breathing techniques and paying attention to the present moment, as well as developing positive thinking and clarity of mind, mindfulness helps people change the way they think, feel and act.
Numerous clinical studies have indicated that mindfulness may help reduce anxiety and negative feelings, as well as lead to better quality sleep and fewer visits to your GP.
Samye Foundation Wales is a compassion-based mindfulness training centre in Cardiff. We have been providing mindfulness training to individuals and organisations for more than ten years and have helped thousands of people to improve their well-being through mindfulness.
Our main purpose is to provide mindfulness training to people to help alleviate stress and anxiety and improve mental health and well-being. The training is available to individuals as well as community groups and organisations. Mindfulness is secular and open to everyone.
Our dedicated mindfulness centre in Cardiff is largely run by volunteers, and we offer mindfulness training throughout Wales.
Samye Foundation Wales Registered Charity No. 1122144 Registered Company No. 05901855 Limited by Guarantee
Values, Aims & Objectives
Our Principles and Values
We believe in the largely untapped potential of every individual and will do all we can to help people realise this based on four core values:
- We recognise that all people, regardless of circumstance, are essentially good
- We believe that all people are deserving of tolerance, respect and compassion
- We respect the value and contribution of all cultures and religions
- We believe that positive change can be brought about through the provision of the appropriate environment and opportunities
The Samye Foundation Wales aims to serve the community by:
- making the benefits of mindfulness and complementary therapies accessible and available to all
- leading the way in Wales in the development of using mindfulness to prevent and treat mental and physical health problems
- breaking new ground in exploring the social uses of mindfulness.
- promoting tolerance, compassion, respect and peace by exploring the use of meditation and providing a place for this to take place.
The Samye Foundation Wales objectives are for:
- the relief of sickness and the preservation and protection of health promoting and developing the use of meditation
- and to advance the education of the public, in particular, in the Tibetan culture and its contribution in promoting tolerance, compassion, respect and peace
- and to advance education and promote social development
“Samye Foundation Wales will endeavour to promote a greater sense of physical and mental well-being and empower individuals and communities through the provision of meditation, compassion-based mindfulness training, counselling and well-being activities.”
About Our Tutors
Lorraine Harris – CEO & Mindfulness Trainer
Lorraine is a long-time practitioner of meditation with over 30 years experience in this field and is a qualified Mindfulness instructor. She gained a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) specialising in mindfulness from Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is a lead teacher for the Mindfulness Association and is a member of the UK Mindfulness Teachers Network, as well as the Chartered Management Institute. She has trained in mindfulness with Professor Rob Nairn.
Lorraine is also responsible for the delivery and management of the Corporate Mindfulness training programme for businesses in Wales and England. She delivers Mindfulness courses to companies, third-sector organisations, academic institutions and local government bodies.
Anthony has been a practitioner of meditation and mindfulness for over 30 years. He is a qualified psychotherapist and an experienced teacher of mindfulness and meditation. Anthony is a Director of Samye Foundation Wales and has been with the charity since it began in 2006.
Anthony designed the 8 Month Mindfulness Course which offers bespoke mindfulness training to those who wish to further enhance and nourish their mindfulness practice.
Dr Marie Payton-Jones (BSc, DClinPsych) - Mindfulness Trainer
Marie has previously worked in the NHS from 1999 to 2010, training in Clinical Psychology and working as a Clinical Psychologist from 2005 to 2010. During this period Marie worked with individuals, groups and organisations. Since leaving her role in the NHS to focus on raising a young family Marie has further developed her interest in mindfulness and her own mindfulness practice.
Marie has completed training in mindfulness teaching with the Mindfulness Association. She is the most recent mindfulness trainer to join the team at Samye Foundation Wales.
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