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.
Dr. Lyndsay Lunan
Lyndsay has been working in education for thirteen years. She received her doctorate in literature from Glasgow University where she lectured until 2005. She undertook counselling training in 2008 and completed a BSc in psychology in 2011 and she currently teaches literature and psychology at City of Glasgow College.
Lyndsay went on her first retreat in 1998 and has been practising mindfulness ever since, drawing inspiration from various teachers and traditions. She is the author of an HMIE awarded mindfulness curriculum for teens and delivers mindfulness courses for both young adults in Further Education as well as offering CPD courses and workshops to staff.
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.
Michael was born in the UK, but grew up on the island of Ibiza, Spain. In 1995 he managed the Gaia House retreat centre and in June 1996 he visited Plum Village after reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book: “Peace is every step”. He stayed and became a monk in February 1997, receiving his full ordination in 1998.
He traveled extensively with Thich Nhat Hanh and was also based in the monasteries in the US. In 2004 he returned to Plum Village, France and became abbot of Son Ha temple in 2005. In 2011 he was granted a one year sabbatical. After one year he decided to continue the sabbatical and disrobed in 2012. He continues to lead retreats in the UK, France, and Spain.
Kareem began exploring Mindfulness practice at the age of 19 while finding his way out of a period of heavy substance abuse in his teen years. Originating from Jordan, he left his home country to study in the UK and completed a BA in media and cultural studies and two MAs in digital marketing and sustainability. In the last five years, he has been highly engaged in Mindfulness communities for young adults (“Wake Up”)
where he enjoys volunteering by facilitating sessions, retreats and contributing to areas of outreach as well as community building and communications. Kareem is passionate about creating empowering youth to youth initiatives to share mindfulness with young people in accessible ways and address relevant issues in their lives. He is currently delivering mindfulness programs in local institutions alongside organising retreats.
Jasmine met the practice of mindfulness at the age of 17, from the age of 20 upwards she volunteered organising, co-ordinating and facilitating within a young adults community of mindfulness practitioners alongside working as a Support Worker. In 2011 after spending 3 months on retreat, she decided to return to study Creative Arts Therapy Studies at Plymouth University. She has also been trained to teach the Mindful Self Compassion programme, taught by Self Compassion researcher Kirsten Neff.
Currently she is helping to deliver the Youth Mindfulness programme in a local school and college as well as running a Non- profit community organisation, Mindful Living Retreats (www.mindfullivingretreats.co.uk). Jasmine is inspired by the empowerment of choice that practicing mindfulness brings to individuals and communities, she aspires to bring the practice into the Care sector, knowing its transformative potential for positive social and cultural change.