Jayne Howie, Director and Mindfulness Teacher:
Jayne became the Director of EMS (Mindful Way) 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. 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 and 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 there delivering mindful based interventions with students and undertaking research, such as Promoting Conscious Competence . Jayne learned about meditation through yoga and her first retreat was an inspiring experience encouraging a deeper interest and she went on to complete a Yoga Teaching Diploma. She has practiced yoga and meditation for over 20 years and taught it 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 and 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 she has combined her love of counselling, mindfulness and yoga in her work with EMS and developing her own Private Practice . She values the experience and benefits of regular practice and adheres to the UK good practice guidelines having regular supervision and attending retreats and is listed with the UK Network of mindfulness Teachers
Jeannie Mackenzie, Associate Mindfulness Teacher:
Jeannie is the original founder of Everyday Mindfulness Scotland and was 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 and she has made a significant difference to many people’s lives. 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 and supervision to other mindfulness teachers. She is committed to her professional development, keeping up to date with research and developments, and is listed with the UK Network of mindfulness Teachers
Aryln Bolton, Associate Mindfulness Teacher:
Arlyn has been employed in the social care field and voluntary sector for over 10 years, working to support people with homelessness, poor mental health and addictions. She is an experienced practitioner who has delivered group work programmes in these areas and has amalgamated her experience to work in private practice as a counsellor and as a mindfulness trainer. She is passionate about both these area and the way they can contribute to change and growth through the development of our inner resources. Mindfulness was introduced to Arlyn while undertaking a diploma in therapeutic counselling in 2011 and then she went on to complete the MBSR with Everyday Mindfulness Scotland and her Adult teacher training and the Youth Mindfulness programme in 2016 and teaches mindfulness to adults and to children. Arlyn is strongly committed to helping individuals develop their own relationship to mindfulness so that it is personally and professionally relevant. Mindfulness has taught Arlyn to be a mindful parent and she enjoys the aspect of bringing her attention to today, right now, to enjoy the precious moments for what they are.
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 Mindfulbased Living Course Teaching Skills. 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.
Gill Wark Business Manager Administration Support:
Gill developed a keen interest in mindfulness in 2014, while working for a commercial company and living in Yorkshire. She had a demanding 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 as it has enabled her to cope with personal caring commitments.
Our Advisory Group:
We are supported by an advisory group who meet regularly and the group helps realise the vision of the organisation and advises on it’s operation, and is a sounding board for planning supporting the director in her role. Most of the members are individuals who understand and practice mindfulness and some former students of Everyday Mindfulness Scotland. They all reflect interests and needs of the community the social enterprise serves. In legal terms, Everyday Mindfulness Scotland operates as a sole trader; and the Advisory Group have no financial or legal obligations to the organisation. For further details about our advisory board click on the link, Advisory Board webpage