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 became the Director of EMS in April 2017. She comes from a background of promoting social change in people bringing a wealth of experience from different settings through working in the statutory sector, voluntary sector and further education. After completing her BA in social science she worked in London for ten years across a range of care settings, including mental health, child protection and addictions, before moving into training and higher education. She is committed to promoting change through relationship based practice. From 2002 till 2015 she lectured at the University of the West of Scotland and continued her interest in emotional wellbeing through a holistic approach to her work. She incorporated this into her time at the University delivering mindful based interventions with students and undertaking research, read article Promoting Conscious Competence

Jayne 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 Teaching 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 mindfulness 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 jeannie Small

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 stepped 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, 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.

George Gillen, Associate Mindfulness Teacher       

George first started his mindfulness journey in 2013 with Everyday Mindfulness Scotland and completed the mindfulness Course in March 2014. He then went on to complete the Facilitating Mindfulness for Young People course in 2015 which is SQA accredited and latterly he achieved the Mindfulness Based Living Course Teaching Skills. George crop1

George has been an ESOL Lecturer at Glasgow Kelvin College for the past ten years and for the last two years he has organised and run a variety of mindfulness courses for staff and students. These have ranged from eight week courses to lunchtime drop ins. George is keen to incorporate mindfulness into his everyday teaching and working life and is fully conversant with the challenges facing students and colleagues. To this end he provides the support necessary for students to embed mindfulness tools and skills into their daily lives.                                                                                                     

 Our Administration Support, Gill Wark Business Manager Administrator

Gill developed a keen interest in mindfulness in 2014, while working for a commercial company and living in Yorkshire. She had a GillWarkdemanding job as an accounts manager and found mindfulness was a key way of enabling her to build resilience to work place stress. She broadened her interest in mindfulness after reading more about it through text such as the full catastrophe of living Kabat-Zinn and undertaking courses to develop her knowledge and practice. In 2016, after returning to Scotland, she undertook the MBSR course with Everyday mindfulness Scotland and has been a passionate supporter and practices mindfulness ever since