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Organising Committee

 Eluned Gold  – CMRP liaison member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Eluned Gold has been practicing mindfulness for 20 year. During that time she has worked as a teacher and trainer for Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. She is currently Director of continuing professional development for the Centre.
She hold a MSc in psychotherapy and has worked in the field of mental health and wellbeing for 40 years.
Eluned’s teaching and research interests are in mindfulness for families, including mindfulness for childbirth. She has developed a mindfulness course specifically for parents in high stress situations called Nurturing Parents.
She has authored chapters in The Mindfulness Breakthrough, and a research paper on mindfulness for Primary School teachers.

gill-johnsonGill Johnson – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Gill works as an independent mindfulness teacher with general public and workplace groups in West Surrey, patients in hospital settings and school communities (as a Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) trained teacher).  Her mindfulness experience includes the very personal experiential training that comes with living with pain; various retreats/courses with CMRP, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Breathworks and MiSP; and currently more formal training of the Bangor Masters programme.  She is particularly interested in supporting the cultivation of good mindfulness teaching which can sustain participants after completion of the 8-week course.

gwenan-robertsGwenan Roberts – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Gwenan is a HCPC registered speech and language therapist and worked with children and adults with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and complex needs for 36 years in the NHS before taking early retirement in September 2016. She continues to work as an independent practitioner, offering specialist training and supervision.

Since 2012 she has been following the Masters in Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor university, gaining a Certificate of Competence in Teaching MBSR and MBCT in August 2016. She has decided to continue her studies and is working towards her MA, based on the process of adapting an 8-week course into Welsh, exploring vocabulary, semantics and language use, as well as  finding meaningful Welsh language poetry to enhance learning. She is currently arranging Welsh medium 8 week courses for the general public in North West Wales.

Her personal mindfulness practice is enriched through walking the North Wales coastline and paths of Snowdonia with her dog, relaxing in her caravan on the Llyn peninsula, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Heather Cayzer – CMRP Admin member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Heather Cayzer works for the CMRP at the Bangor University and is the administration support for the Friends of Bangor CMRP Alumni Group. Helping the FoB members to connect in a new way.

 

 

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Ken Lunn – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Meditation became a core part of Ken’s life over 20 years ago, supporting him through a difficult period of his life, and later on as a senior manager in the NHS. His “retirement” is now focussed on developing his skills as a mindfulness teacher and supporting the community in whatever way possible. Ken has an MA at Bangor CMRP, and teaches in West Yorkshire. His MA thesis explores ways of bridging national information with the needs of the mindfulness community, and he is keen to continue with that research.

maureenocalaghanMaureen O’Callaghan – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Maureen first became interested in the mind body connection over 30years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer and as part of a complementary approach to dealing with her illness she learned how to meditate.  Now her meditation practice is an important aspect of a life she would describe as “engaged Buddhism”.  Not only does Maureen have an established personal mindfulness practice and teach mindfulness, in November 2013 she also established Now Unlimited, a social enterprise providing mindfulness-based interventions.  The charitable aims of the business are to improve the health, wellbeing and performance of individuals, teams and organisations and to undertake research into the application of mindfulness and share the learning with other professionals.

Building upon a background in voluntary sector management, ten at a senior level, Maureen has not only established a sustainable business model but one where all aspects of the business are underpinned by mindfulness principles. Maureen has an MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches and her thesis looks at the impact of an approach that combines mindfulness and self-compassion on the emotional resilience of unpaid caregivers. Her hobbies include walking, gardening, reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

perPer Norgrren – Chair of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Per Norrgren is the Director of Training and founder of inMindSight.  Before establishing the Algarve Mindfulness Centre, he was a Visiting Tutor at Cranfield School of Management where he developed and taught the Mindfulness for Higher Performance programme.
Having experienced the life-changing impact of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme for himself, Per has been passionately studying and delivering mindfulness training in a variety of settings ever since, working with schools, local charities, corporations and government departments. In his own time, Per supported the local community in Bedford, UK, with a free weekly meditation group that had some 300 members.
 
Per trained as a mindfulness teacher with Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness and with Breathworks CIC, and complies with the good practice guidelines of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers.

philippe-goldinPhilippe Goldin – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group.

Philippe Goldin earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at Rutgers University, directed the Clinically Applied Affective  Neuroscience  Laboratory  at Stanford University for a decade, co-created the Search inside Yourself mindfulness and emotional intelligence program at Google, and is now an assistant professor and founding faculty in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California Davis Health System  where  he directs the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. His NIH- funded clinical research focuses on functional neuroimaging of emotion regulation mechanisms of mindfulness meditation, compassion meditation, cognitive-behavioural therapy and aerobic exercise in adults with anxiety, mood, and chronic pain disorders

 

vicduckVicky Walduck – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Vicky Walduck is a mindfulness teacher and trainer in Bournemouth and has completed an MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor. Vicky’s master’s thesis investigated the effects of shortened mindfulness courses on self compassion and attention. She has practiced meditation for over 20 years and is passionate about bringing the tools of mindfulness to others. Vicky has trained to teach .b with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and has delivered mindfulness training to local councils and companies and holds regular sitting groups and courses.  She holds a first degree in Life Science and Psychology from the University of Southampton and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). Vicky is a self proclaimed book monster and studies anything scientific from organic chemistry to nutrition. She is also a Listening Volunteer with the Samaritans and in her spare time she practices Tae Kwon Do and plays the flute in a concert band.