Mindfulness Sussex was founded in 2010 by Ed and Vicki Halliwell. Since then we have offered a growing range of mindfulness workshops and courses for beginners, as well as practice sessions, courses and retreats for people who have already completed an eight-week mindfulness course (graduates). Based in Cuckfield, West Sussex, we have welcomed participants from across Sussex and beyond, many of whom continue to join us for follow-up events to sustain and deepen their practice. Inspired by the benefits mindfulness has brought to our own lives, we are committed to offering a pathway of support so that people can learn at their own pace - from introductory workshops, into gold standard eight-week mindfulness courses, though to graduate practice sessions and retreats. Read media coverage about Ed Halliwell and Mindfulness Sussex here.
Ed is a mindfulness teacher and writer. He is the author of three books: Into The Heart of Mindfulness, How To Live Well By Paying Attention, and (as co-author) The Mindful Manifesto. He discovered mindfulness in 2001, during a period of depression and anxiety, and found it transformative. After several years developing his practice, including a year-long stay at a meditation retreat centre, he trained to teach mindfulness at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University, and continues to receives regular supervision and training from CMRP staff. He has been teaching full-time since 2010, and leads mindfulness courses, retreats and workshops across the UK, working with a wide range of individuals and groups. Ed has taught mindfulness in organisations such as Imperial College Business School, Tate, Ardingly College, Accenture, and UNICEF UK, and has led mindfulness events for the The Guardian, the RSA, and Alternatives London, as well as the Latitude, Wilderness and Althorp Literary Festivals. He is a frequent public speaker and commentator on mindfulness-related topics, most often for The Guardian and Mindful magazine. Ed is on the faculty of the School of Life in London, and is an advisor to and former co-director of The Mindfulness Initiative, which is supporting the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group to develop mindfulness-based policies for the UK. He wrote the Be Mindful report for the Mental Health Foundation, and was on the editing team for the Mindful Nation UK report from the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group. He teaches on the Mental Health Foundation's Be Mindful Online training course, and is listed by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations as a mindfulness teacher that meets the UK Good Practice Guidance. For more on Ed's work, visit his website.
Vicki is co-director of Mindfulness Sussex and has a particular interest in contemplative arts and workplace health and wellbeing. She has found mindfulness helpful in managing her own experience of chronic fatigue during a challenging time in her life . Vicki has been on several extended meditation retreats to deepen her experience including a month long silent retreat, and in 2010 she trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. and completed a 'mindfulness in relationship' foundation year at Karuna Institute. Vicki currently splits her time between running the operational and marketing side of Mindfulness Sussex (and our other offerings Mindfulness London, Mindfulness Retreats and Work with Mindfulness) and caring for two young sons. Much of her career has been as a human resources director in entertainment, retail and other high-change environments. She has worked for organisations such as The Princes Trust, TSL Global, Costa Coffee (China), Warner Music and Electronic Arts. Vicki is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also a commercially endorsed RYA Ocean YachtMaster and has run sail /dive catamarans in the Caribbean. In 2017 she will start an Msc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing at the University of Nottingham.
Bridgette is a mindfulness teacher and supervisor, and a consultant clinical psychologist. She has worked in NHS mental health services for over 15 years and has been teaching mindfulness since 2002. She is also a meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and trained to teach and supervise mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University; she receives regular supervision and ongoing training from CMRP staff. As well as supervising and training mindfulness teachers, Bridgette is helping develop innovative applications of mindfulness within the NHS. She is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. She leads mindfulness courses and workshops for a range of individuals, groups and organisations.
All Mindfulness Sussex teachers follow The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice good practice guidance.