Most of us are caught up in thoughts of our past or the future, whereas mindfulness is about accessing the present – it’s the art of being present and living consciously, truly being there in your mind and body.  

As a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations, our social enterprise is recognised as offering the highest standards in our teaching and training. Although Jeannie Mackenzie, (the Founder) retired as the Director in April 2017, she still offers training and is a core member of the advisory group.

Jayne Howie, Director and Mindfulness Teacher

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Jayne comes from a background of promoting social change in people bringing a wealth of experience from different settings from working in social services, the statutory sector, voluntary sector and further education. After completing a BA in social science she worked in London as a social worker for ten years across a range of care settings. They included areas such as mental health, child protection and addictions, before moving into training and higher education. She is committed to promoting learning through relationship based practice. From 2002 till 2015 she lectured at the University of the West of Scotland and continued to promote the emotional wellbeing of individuals through a holistic approach to her work. She incorporated these values into her time at the University delivering mindful based interventions with students and undertaking research, read article Promoting Conscious Competence

Jayne first learned about meditation through yoga going on her first retreat in the 90s. The experience inspired her encouraging a deeper interest and consequently she went on to complete a Yoga Diploma. She has practiced yoga and meditation for 20 years and taught for 10 years. She became aware of mindfulness through her counselling training, experiencing first-hand the ability it has to influence the stressors in people’s lives. It’s a way of opening your inner resources and empowering yourself. She went on to complete the teacher training course with NHS Ayrshire & Arran in 2014. She believes teaching comes out of self-practice and incorporates this philosophy into her life style. Jayne has a holistic ethos believing in and working with the links between mind and body. Over the last few years Jayne has combined her love of counselling, mindfulness and yoga by working with Everyday Mindfulness Scotland and developing her own private practice. Teaching mindfulness and yoga has led her to value the experience and benefits of regular practice. She adheres to the UK good practice guidelines having regular supervision and attending retreats and is listed with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations.

 Our current associate teachers are as follows:

Jeannie MacKenzie, Associate Mindfulness Teacher JeannieMackenzie

Jeannie is the original founder of Everyday Mindfulness Scotland and the Director for 5 years. Her vision was to offer mindfulness training to the public in a secular context and in a down to earth everyday style. All of Jeannie's student will testify that she realised this and more. She is a natural mindfulness teacher , trainer and supervisor and is passionate about mindfulness practice because of the difference it makes to her own health and wellbeing and others around her. Although her background is in school teaching, family learning and integrated children's services, Jeannie has an entrepreneurial spirit and has set up and run two successful small businesses. Although she has steped down as Director she remains with us as mindfulness teacher trainer and supervisor and can deliver all of our courses and training. She is committed to her professional development, keeping up to date with mindfulness research and developments, attending retreats and conferences and adhering to the UK practice guidelines and is listed with the Uk Mindfulness Network of Teacher Training

Aryln Bolton, Associate Mindfulness Teacher

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Arlyn believes mindfulness has taught her to be a mindful parent and the aspect of bringing her attention to today, right now, to enjoy the precious moments for what they are. She has been employed in the social care field and voluntary sector for over 10 years, working to support people with homelessness, mental health and addictions.She is an experienced practitioner who has delivered group work programmes in these specialist areas and has amalgamated her experience to work in private practice as a counsellor. Arlyn is passionate about both her mindfulness and counselling work and the way it contributes to change and growth through the development of our inner resources.

Mindfulness was first introduced to Arlyn in 2011 while undertaking a diploma in therapeutic counselling and she went on to complete the MBSR with Everyday Mindfulness Scotland.  Since then, Arlyn has practiced mindfulness in her own life and shares this with clients alike. She is strongly committed to helping individuals develop their own relationship to mindfulness so that it is personally and professionally relevant.  She trained to deliver the Mindfulness Based Approach to Caring (MBAC) and our 8 week programme MBSR. She completed the Youth Mindfulness Kids programme in 2016 and teaches this to children schools. (See our schools section for more details).  She is committed to her professional development and personal practice by being involved in regular mindfulness peer groups and attending workshops and retreats throughout the year.