Mindful Me is the Milton Keynes Centre for Mindfulness Meditation teaching and learning, offering classes, courses and one-to-one coaching for individuals, schools and workplaces.
Mindful Me was founded by Tony O’Shea-Poon, a skilled facilitator and coach and an experienced practitioner and teacher of mindfulness.
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Hi, I’m Tony O’Shea-Poon and I founded Mindful Me in order to spread the wonderful message and practice of mindfulness to all who can benefit from it. Mindfulness has been a practice that has helped me greatly through both emotional and physical pain and which I have now learned to incorporate into all aspects of my life. It brings calmness, clarity and joyfulness to me and to everyone who learns to connect with the stillness and spaciousness of their true inner being.
I’ve been practicising meditation for more than 20 years and have been fortunate to have attended many retreats to enhance my practice, including a 10-day silent at North Fork, California Vipassana Centre in the US, a further 10-day silent retreat at Hereford Vipassana Centre in the UK and a retreat at the Plum Village Mindfulness Centre in France. I also visit the beautiful woodland cabin of Danaloka in Epping Forest for my annual private retreat.
I have been a private and workplace coach for many years, trained by both the OCM and the International Coach Federation. I bring mindfulness into my practice when working with individuals and have been influenced by the work of Liz Hall and other coaches. Being fully present allows me to see, hear and intuit much more than I could otherwise and to ask more powerful questions to be able to support clients better.
In 2012, I had the good fortune of being able to attend an 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) course, taught by Mat Schencks, who is a kind and encouraging teacher. The course introduced techniques developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, to empower people living with stress, anxiety and chronic pain. I’ve learned much from reading some of his books in recent years.
Early in 2017, I began looking for an accredited training programme and I was strongly drawn to the course run by Nick Cooke at the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation. Nick’s passion, to extend mindfulness practice as widely as possible while maintaining high academic and ethical standards, is infectious. The Teacher Training course was certainly very popular as I had to wait many months before a place became available. During the training, I was also privileged to be taught Mindful Movement by Aston Colley and to learn about working with young people and teachers in schools through the experience of Rachel Broomfield.
Having completed my training and achieved my qualification, I am now licensed to deliver the Mindfulness Now programme, which includes many elements of both the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy course, as developed by Oxford University to help manage clinical depression. The Mindfulness Now programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
While I’ve been practicing Mindfulness in some form for 20 years and have taught it informally for a number of years, I feel that my journey has really just begun. I’m looking forward to sharing this wonderful practise with many more people in the years to come.
Founder & Teacher at Mindful Me