I’ve been teaching mindfulness-based courses with a significant emphasis on compassion-based practices since 2011. I’m a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher and supervisor, a senior Breathworks teacher, trainer and supervisor, and I also teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
I’m an experienced retreat leader and offer meditation and mindfulness-based retreats in the UK and Europe. I also work with people on a one-to-one basis using mindfulness, self-compassion and enquiry skills. I deliver training across a range of sectors including education, health and business.
Previously, I have worked as a social researcher commissioned by the NHS, and have lectured in sociology, research methodology and women’s and gender studies. I am a qualified Counsellor and taught counselling skills for many years.
- Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher (Centre for Mindfulness, University SanDiego)
Trained supervisor (CMRP)
- MBSR & MBCT teacher (CMRP)
- Senior Accredited Breathworks teacher and trainer
- .b teacher (Mindfulness in Schools Project)
- PhD, Liverpool University
- MA Women’s Studies, Liverpool University
- Certificate in Education, Liverpool John Moore’s University
- Diploma in Counselling, City of Liverpool Community College
Teaching Training Specialisms
- Mindful Self Compassion
- Breathworks Mindfulness for Health (for people living with pain & illness) and Mindfulness for Stress
- Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
- Embodied Enquiry
- The Work that Reconnects – Deep Ecology work
Retreat Lead Experience
I have been co-leading Mindful Self Compassion Intensive and silent retreats for Bangor University since 2016, and leading Breathworks Teacher Training and silent retreats since 2014. I also lead my own personal mindfulness and compassion-based retreats in the UK and Europe.
- Mindful Self Compassion Intensive and Silent retreats
- Mindfulness-based silent retreats
- Mindfulness-based teacher training retreats
- Meditation retreats
I’ve been practising compassion and insight-based meditation since 2005. My practice is informed by embodied enquiry. I have regularly attended silent meditation retreats over the past 12 years with a range of teachers. I’m very interested in seeking ways to apply the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of suffering and social-justice.
Colette’s website – www.mindfulnesscourse.co.uk.
You can also read Colette’s blog, Missing Class, by clicking HERE. Missing Class examines the class-based inequality that exists in the mindfulness and dharma communities, and the work that must be done within ourselves and within these communities to address it.