Life is not hurrying on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past”
– R. S. Thomas

“Despite illness of body or mind, in spite of blinding despair or habitual belief, who you are is whole”
– Danna Faulds

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”
– Simone Weil

"At the end of your life, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took but how many moments took your breath away"
– Shin Xiong

mindfulness therapy and counselling with Lokadhi

experienced, qualified mindfulness teacher, therapist and counsellor

With busy lives, we can easily lose touch with ourself: develop difficult patterns that undermine our well-being.
Mindfulness, one-to-one therapy or counselling can help you develop a different relationship with yourself – and intimate partners, friends, family, colleagues and people you encounter daily – and life more broadly.

I hope this website will help you decide how we might work together:

"May you live every day of your life" – Jonathan Swift 

"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home" – Bashō

"The web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together" –  Shakespeare

"The wound is the place where the light enters you" – Rumi

"Happiness is the light on the water. The water is dark and deep "–  William Maxwell

"For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so" – Shakespeare

"I would love to live ...   like a river flows" – John O'Donaghue

therapy and counselling in London

Painful events in the present, memories of the past, or worries about the future can make it difficult to enjoy life or move forward.

If you're in difficulties – or need to broaden your perspective – I can help you manage something that’s going on right now, or come to terms with the past.

As one of few people specifically trained to bring mindfulness to therapy or counselling, I have something distinct to offer. Read more ...

about mindfulness

Mindfulness is a meditation-based approach that helps us get more out of our lives. The style of learning is experiential: we cultivate skills and come directly to understand their effectiveness through practice – rather than reading or hearing about them.

The effectiveness of mindfulness has a strong evidence base, explained by contemporary neurological research, and validated by NICE: the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Based on awareness of the body and breath, mindfulness develops awareness of the activity of the mind. Mindfulness skills help us work with physical or emotional pain, stress, fatigue, chronic illness – and the ups and downs of ordinary everyday life.

Read more about mindfulness, its benefits and how it is learned ... 

mindfulness in London with Lokadhi

I’m inspired by the capacity of mindfulness to change lives – and love sharing this so others may benefit. A long-standing meditation practice, and personal experience of how mindfulness has helped me manage my own chronic ill-health and pain, form my bedrock.

why mindfulness with Lokadhi?

As an experienced mindfulness practitioner, and trained in teaching mindfulness to an advanced level, I’ve offered mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses for many years in the voluntary and public sectors.

I care deeply about upholding the quality of course content and delivery, and as a trained and experienced supervisor of other teachers of mindfulness-based approaches, support others in offering mindfulness training to a high standard of professionalism and integrity by offering one-to-one supervision and running group training seminars.

qualifications and experience

I have extensive training in the theoretical framework and teaching of mindfulness-based approaches, with a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at the University of Bangor, pre-eminent base of mindfulness research and development.

I'm registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations, the body which upholds professional and ethical standards in the field, and listed on Mental Health Foundation’s Be Mindful website. I'm also trained in the Breathworks mindfulness approach to managing chronic pain and illness.

I'm a qualified and trained therapist/counsellor, and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

ongoing practice and training

To support my own daily mindfulness meditation practice, I  regularly go on retreat.

I attend frequent  training courses and seminars. and adhere to the professional guidelines of the CMRP (Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice), of NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). I receive ongoing supervision with an experienced mindfulness supervisor, in accordance with the requirements of the UK Network of Teacher Training Organisations,

Mindfulness Courses for Healthy Living
Mindfulness Courses for Healthy Living are suitable for people who simply want to enrich the quality of their lives – as well as those who want to manage stress, anxiety, low mood, and other specific behavioural patterns or chronic conditions.

I normally run 6 9-week courses (starting January, April/May, and September/October) as well as a couple of top-up courses, each year.
 
There are various mindfulness-based approaches, most commonly MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), which have strong similarities.
 
Generally speaking, it’s not necessary to appreciate the comparatively minor differences between them.
 
The approach I generally offer closely adheres to the MBCT model. I am also trained and experienced in MBSR and the Breathworks programme for chronic pain and illness.
 

mindfulness training in London

for newcomers ...

... and those with experience of mindfulness I run regular mindfulness days. I also offer 9-week mindfulness courses (usually 6 courses a year, starting January, April/May and September/October).

for people wanting to take their mindfulness practice deeper ...

I run 3-week top-up courses, usually twice a year. You're welcome if you've already done at least one mindfulness course: Mindfulness for Healthy Living, MBCT, MBSR or Breathworks.

for mindfulness teachers

As part of the mutual support available through the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers, I provide supervision for people training, or already trained, to teach mindfulness.or training.

I offer occasional specialist workshops for mindfulness teachers to develop inquiry and other skills.

For mindfulness teachers, therapists and health professionals committed to bringing mindfulness into their work, I also run an ongoing monthly therapy group which meets on the second Tuesday of the month in north London.

If, when you've read the page for mindfulness teachers you'd like more information, do contact me.

what people who've done a course with Lokadhi say ...

"You're an excellent teacher, and have given me a great deal."
"I enjoyed this course far more than I ever thought I would!"
"I've found Lokadhi an inspirational course leader in many ways."
"Thank you, Lokadhi! You have made a real difference to my life." 
“I liked the relaxed, supportive vibe; very experienced leader.”
"I’ve learned how to slow down and reflect."
“Thank you very much for your creativity and honesty.”
“This is one of the most beneficial things I have ever done.”
“I’ve learned different ways of relating to negative thoughts.”
“The course was well run, with a kind and insightful teacher – thank you.”
“My wife said it would help me. It did. Thank you.”
“Wonderfully and sensitively led.”
“I also gained a great deal from the other people on the course.”
“This course was highly recommended by a friend.”
“Lokadhi is a very experienced, thoughtful and sensitive teacher.”
“I’ve gained more resilience in dealing with people.”
"I’m really grateful for your engagement with us all each week.”
“I have more presence of mind generally.”  
"Thank you for your kindness and your wisdom.”
“I now have awareness of my thinking patterns and of their true impact.”
“I now have ways of shifting my mood.”

mindfulness courses for healthy living in London

Mindfulness Courses for Healthy Living are suitable for people who simply want to enrich the quality of their lives as well as those who want to manage stress, anxiety, low mood, and other specific behavioural patterns or chronic conditions.

9-week MBCT courses

Mindfulness Courses for Healthy Living are normally run 6 times a year (January/March, April/June and October/November) at the North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, London N7 8JG. They follow the MBCT model and are entirely secular in content.

3-week top-up courses

You're welcome if you've already done at least one mindfulness course (Mindfulness for Healthy Living, MBCT, MBSR or Breathworks) and want to take your practice deeper. Also at the North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, London N7 8JG.

what people who've done these courses say ...

"The course has left me with profoundly positive experience, and plenty of curiosity to continue."

"You have an engaging conversational style of teaching which sits with me very well."

"The poetry really hit the spot each time – resonated with what was going on for me."

“I’ve become more aware of being kinder to myself – I look after myself." 

"It felt like you’re passionate about this approach and are genuinely keen to share it with others.”

"Coming to the sessions each week has helped break some of my ‘inert’ evening patterns of behaviour."  

"I’m more centred, self-aware and more able to deal with difficult emotional situations."

"I’ve valued the group work, and your gentle, skilful teaching. I also enjoyed the practice day very much."   

"I feel more alive after doing the course. And I've made good connections with people."

“I’ve learned new skills for dealing with things that are tough and challenging.”

"I’ve learned to not judge my experience, not be so critical of myself.”

“If all working people did this course it would make offices a much nicer place to be!”

“I’ve recognised how ultimately I have responsibility for my actions and consequently can contain them. I do not have to push them aside.”

“I can now recognise the early-warning signs and mechanisms of my anxiety.”

“The course was recommended by a friend who also suffers from migraines, as it helped her."

“I’ve gained a greater understanding of mindfulness in general, and the paradoxes involved in particular.”

“I’ve got some practical tools for practising meditation and a greater sense of how practice interacts with and affects the brain.”

“The greatest ‘gem’ I’ve taken away from this course is sitting with myself and noticing.”

“I found taking on the home practice hard but didn’t give up on the bigger picture, allowed for progress."

“I struggled with my stress levels and tiredness due to my domestic situation, but the course was always a real refuge and inspiration.”

mindfulness workshops in London

mindfulness days

Come to a mindfulness practice day to try mindfulness for the first time – or to support your ongoing practice if you've done a mindfulness training course (MBCT, MBSR or Breathworks). Read more ...

"So glad I did the course - I want to continue, and will book myself into regular practice days, otherwise I won't!"

“I enjoyed the stand-alone practice day, and felt a course would benefit me, help me feel happier.”

for mindfulness teachers and health professionals

mindfulness supervision

As an experienced, trained supervisor listed with the Mindfulness Network CICI support other mindfulness teachers through regular one-to-one or group supervision sessions.

I also mentor mindfulness teachers engaged in specific projects or working in particular contexts. Read more ...

monthly therapy group for health professionals

I run a monthly mindfulness therapy group for therapists, counsellors, clinical practitioners and others committed to bringing mindfulness into their professional work. 

The group offers a supportive context, informed by mindfulness, and a range of perspectives for personal change. Read more ...

workshops for mindfulness teachers

From time to time I offer inquiry and other mindfulness training workshops for those who've done mindfulness teacher training or are currently training. Read more ...

booking Mindfulness Courses for Healthy Living

All courses and practice days are held at
North London Buddhist Centre,
72 Holloway Road, London N7 8JG.

The Centre handles all matters relating to place availability and bookings.

Once you’ve booked, you need to register online before your place on the course is confirmed; please allow up to a week for this process.

online bookings

For online bookings please click on the button below to direct you to the North London Buddhist Centre website and scroll to the appropriate course or practice day.

phone bookings

Please call the North London Buddhist Centre:
0207 700 1177
Normally open Tues-Fri 15.00-18.00 - hours may vary.
The office is closed at weekends and on Mondays.

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