Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Life are experiential secular programmes for adults helping to develop mindfulness in everyday life. A more present moment awareness and non-judgement will significantly help you to improve your sense of fulfilment, sense of self and support you in simple effective ways to reduce stress, anxiety and associated challenges. You will be invited to take up practices, including movement, which will allow you to begin to live more fully and clearly in the present moment, engender a sense of gratitude, kindness and compassion thus enabling a sense of balance and peace of mind. These courses are of value to those with no previous experience and those who have some experience. More than thirty years of scientific research evidence has shown that mindfulness brings wide-ranging physical and psychological benefits, supporting our inner resilience, stability and well-being.
Chantek Mary McNeilage has been practising and studying meditation, movement and contemplative traditions for more than forty-five years. Her private practice has included a background in body-centered therapies, Craniosacral Therapy, integrative psychotherapeutic practices, teaching, working with special needs children and running depth process groups both in the UK and abroad.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, meditation and supporting inner enquiry are interwoven into her work, where she specializes in a wide range of stress-related difficulties and health challenges. Chantek has been running Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses in the Saffron Walden area, Cambridge, London and abroad for the last eleven years. She is affiliated with the Mindfulness Network where she is a supervisor of other mindfulness teachers and is a Distance Learning tutor. Over the last few years, she has taken the mindfulness stress programme into a local high school and been part of an Oxford University research project, ‘Myriad’, looking at the efficacy of mindfulness in schools. Chantek has trained in both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the Centre for Mindfulness and Research at Bangor University, as well as trainings in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Life and Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living.
Locally Chantek runs mindfulness-based groups and works one-to-one in Saffron Walden. What she values most, both as a facilitator, teacher and supervisor are the qualities of listening, warmth, depth, humour, kindness, compassion and clear reflection. She is listed with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers.