About Vishvapani Blomfield


Vishvapani is an experienced teacher of mindfulness, having led around 100 mindfulness courses, including 70 eight week courses over the last decade. He started meditating when he was a teenager and taught meditation for many years in Buddhist settings before starting to offer secular mindfulness courses. He loves working with people through mindfulness and also sees people for 1:1 coaching and training.

Vishvapani is also a writer and broadcaster, best known for his contributions to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. His biography of Gautama Buddha was published in 2011 and he has often written for publications such as The Guardian and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. 

His work as a mindfulness teacher takes him into many different fields. He teaches mindfulness in many organisations and workplaces and specialises in criminal justice settings. As an Associate of Breathworks Mindfulness (which specialises in mindfulness for people with chronic pain and illness), he offers training for healthcare professionals.

Vishvapani is interested in how mindfulness can change society. He was part of the editing team for The Mindful  Nation UK report produced by the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group in the UK Parliament. He’s an Associate of The Mindfulness Initiative and he liaises with The Welsh Government.

Vishvapani is one of the two teachers on the mindfulness apps Mindpilot and Quility and a Workforce Development Fellow at the University of Wales (Trinity St Davids).

He has pioneered the use of mindfulness in prison and parole settings in the UK. He is currently working with Wales Probation Service on a Mindfulness in Probation programme and with Parc Prison on mindfulness programmes for staff and prisoners. All these programmes are Randomised Controlled Trials. 

He is registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teaching Organisations and follows their Good Practice Guidelines.