Michael discovered mindfulness at the age of 18 and has been practising ever since. He established Youth Mindfulness 3 years ago and in that time has taught thousands of children, teens and young adults. Bringing humour, energy and passion to his teaching, Michael seeks to inspire young people, enabling them to realise that such qualities as awareness, inner strength, clarity, and kindness can become living realities.
He is currently working in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh in evaluating the Youth Mindfulness Kids programme as well as leading the development and delivery of a mindfulness programme for young offenders. He holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and has trained in mindfulness with both the University of Bangor and the University of Aberdeen.
Lorna has been teaching for ten years in provisions for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She received her MA in Literary Studies from Glasgow University; her PGDE in Secondary Education from Strathclyde University and is currently in her final year of an MSc in Studies in Mindfulness at Aberdeen University.
Lorna worked in Quarriers Seafield School of Wellbeing for seven years and in her role as Principal Teacher had the remit of embedding innovative methodologies to improve wellbeing and attainment. Currently Lorna is Wellbeing and Harm Reduction Advisor for Quarriers where she is creating an organisational wellbeing strategy and teaches mindfulness for staff and young people supported by Quarriers in both one to one and group formats.