Mindfulness

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We live in an age of information overload – we are often working for our minds, rather than our minds working for us! Mindfulness is the foundation stone for all aspects of our personal and work life – making us more integrated, centred and effective.

Mindfulness is ‘the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally‘ (Dr John Kabat-Zinn 2005). This skill is developed through engaging in systematic meditation based practices.

In December 2014 an interim report of the UK Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) stated that:-

The Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group has carried out an eight-month inquiry into the potential for mindfulness training in key areas of public life – health, education, workplaces and the criminal justice system. We find that mindfulness is a transformative practice, leading to a deeper understanding of how to respond to situations wisely’…

We offer two 8 session programmes. ‘Effective Presence’ is a generic programme for those interested in an introduction to Mindfulness. It is based on the standard 8 week programme that is offered by many other organisations and teachers. This flows out of the work of John Kabat-Zinn and others.

The second course is called ‘Mindful and Effective Leadership’ and is ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) approved. This is offered to individuals and organisations with a focus on those in a leadership and management role. Whilst this is also based on the standard 8 week programme, it focuses more on the attributes and skills required of an effective leader. Participants receive an ILM certificate at the end of the course.

Roger Rowett delivers the course. Roger first explored Meditation in the late 1970s in India and then continued this interest through his Aikido practice over a 25+ year period. He completed his part one Mindfulness instructor training with MTi (Mindfulness Training International) in 2014. Roger was also highly influenced by the work of Dr Carl Rogers and his research on the core conditions that support effective relationships.

He is particularly interested in the synergy between Mindfulness, Appreciative Inquiry and Aikido, and is constantly exploring ways in which they can enhance and complement each other. He is also keen to explore how Mindfulness can make us more congruent and authentic; qualities that are highly valued within the workplace (and elsewhere!).


  • Thank you for an energising and informative day - a great mix of theory and practical experience which has shown the value of AI. I'm buzzing with ideas of how we can apply this approach across the organisation and we will be setting up an AI collaborative of the attendees at the workshop to explore all applications and cascade the techniques across the museum. Thank you Roger for your expertise and experience in leading us through this invaluable day and for setting us off on our journey.
    Head of Policy & Planning, National Museum Wales (2011)


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    Peter Drucker

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  • If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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