We are an association of teachers of mindfulness ably supported by a voluntary advisory group. As a group we are committed to sharing mindfulness with everyone and aim to improve emotional health and wellness through our mindfulness programmes. Most of us are caught up thoughts of our past or the future whereas being mindful 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. Jeannie Mackenzie, the Founder of Everyday Mindfulness Scotland, is no longer offering training, but remains as our voluntary adviser.
Jayne Howie, Director
Jayne comes from a background of promoting social change in people and brings a wealth of experience from different settings having worked 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 a variety of 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 while continuing to promote the emotional wellbeing of individuals through a holistic approach to her work. Jayne 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 silent days and is listed with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations..
Aryln Bolton, Associate MindfulnessTeacher
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. She is especially passionate about working for an organisation that supports people to face the daily challenges of everyday life.
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 and mindfulness practice, so that it is personally and professionally relevant. She trained to deliver the Mindfulness Based Approach to Caring (MBAC) course in 2016, and delivers this course for us in Dunbartonshire and surrounding areas. She also completed the Youth Mindfulness Kids programme in 2016 and teaches this in primary schools. This is a 16-lesson introduction to mindfulness for children, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. She loves teaching the program to children enjoying the way that mindfulness holds the possibilities for self-discovery, connectedness and the freedom that mindfulness offers them.
As a mother of a young child she is reminded on a daily basis of the joys of mindfulness and this keeps her practice fresh. She is committed to her professional development and continues with her personal practice by being involved in regular mindfulness peer groups and attending workshops and retreats throughout the year.
Kate Lindsay, Associate MindfulnessTeacher
Kate delivers our MBSR course in the West of Scotland. Kate’ has a background of developing and delivering training and participatory community based research and for the last few years she has been doing so on a freelance basis with various organisations. She has been involved in: delivering training for trainers and service user involvement for Scottish Drug Forum; policy development on domestic abuse and substance use with East Ayrshire Women’s Aid and consultation with asylum seekers for the Scottish Refugee Council. Previously Kate worked with people in recovery from addiction, encouraging them to participate in service user involvement activities as volunteers. In addition, Kate was employed by the Scottish Poverty Information Unit in Glasgow Caledonian University for 12 years where she worked to empower communities across Scotland and various groups of people who are living in poverty.
Carrying out this type of work means that Kate has extensive experience of designing and delivering training and in facilitating groups. She also has a keen interest in empowering and enabling people to develop their potential and to effect positive change in their lives.
Kate has an MSc in Applied Social Sciences (2006) and a Certificate in Counselling (2012) and came to Mindfulness through participating in an 8 week course in 2012. Following a period of personal practice, she undertook a teacher training course with NHS Ayrshire & Arran in 2014. Since then Kate has co-facilitated numerous 8-week mindfulness courses in a volunteer capacity for the NHS. She strongly believes Mindfulness has a transformative power which can help people with relevant issues in their lives. She has experienced for herself the difference it has made to her life personally. She is committed to her professional development and she continues with her personal practice by being involved in regular group practice and runs silent days twice a year.