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Event Facilitators

FoB Event Facilitators

Our wonderful event facilitators and a little bit about them.
Gill Johnson - Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor - Alumni group. Head of Connection Events.

Gill works as an independent mindfulness teacher with general public and workplace groups in West Surrey, patients in hospital settings and school communities (as a Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) trained teacher).  Her mindfulness experience includes the very personal experiential training that comes with living with pain; various retreats/courses with CMRP, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Breathworks and MiSP; and currently more formal training of the Bangor Masters programme.  She is particularly interested in supporting the cultivation of good mindfulness teaching which can sustain participants after completion of the 8-week course.
Rebecca Crane, PhD, MA, PFHEA, DipCot directs the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and has played a leading role in its development since it was founded in 2001. Prior to this she worked in the mental health field as an Occupational Therapist and an integrative counsellor. She teaches and trains internationally in both Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and is a certified MBSR teacher with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. Her research focuses on how the evidence on mindfulness-based interventions can be translated into practice settings, with a particular focus on the influence and integrity of the teaching process. She has written Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: The CBT Distinctive Features Series; Routledge, 2009.
Ciaran Saunders holds an MA in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from Bangor University, where he currently teaches on two modules of the part-time postgraduate programmes in mindfulness:  the 'Buddhist Background to Mindfulness-Based Courses' and the 'Teaching 2' modules.  Meditation, mindfulness and related disciplines have bee the core of Ciaran's full-time work for most of his adult life.
Jean Nash
RMN(retired), BS(c) Hons, Post Grad(dip) CMRP, Certificate of Competence in teaching Mindfulness Based Interventions.
Jean's professional background is in mental health nursing in the NHS. Over the last sixteen years she has been teaching Mindfulness, firstly in the NHS developing this further by training at Bangor University, the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice which has international links and expertise. She is accredited by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations.
There is an expectation that to be able to teach mindfulness, the teacher is also a practitioner. Jean has benefited personally from the practice of daily mindfulness
Sonia Eastwood
RMN (retired), Trained MSC teacher (CMSC in San Diego)
Sonia worked as mental health nurse in the NHS for thirty-nine
years, where one of her main areas of expertise was running groups for carers.
She has been teaching mindfulness alongside Jean at Malvern Mindfulness for the past five years and more recently has become a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion with the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion in San Diego, USA. . Sonia has personally enjoyed pursuing her interest in yoga and meditation since the age of 22 and is delighted that there is now scientific research supporting the benefits of mindfulness which encourages more people to enjoy its benefits.