Workplace & Leadership

Current & Recent Work

Wales Audit Office

London Business School: Mindfulness Teaching on the AT Kearney Programme

Cardiff Business School: Mindfulness teaching on the Executive Education Programme and Executive MBA

Wales Audit Office: Mindfulness and Stress Awareness training for senior staff

Said Business School, Oxford University: Mindfulness teaching on the UK Government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy

Tact Care Wales fostering agency

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Cardiff University Research Scientists

Talk in the Bay: counselling service

South Wales Adult Learning Difficulties Directorate

Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust: training day for counsellors

Macmillan Cancer Support training Nurse Specialists in collaboration with Breathworks Mindfulness

Velindre Cancer Centre: training complementary care and other staff

Care and Social Services Inspectorate, Wales: session for 60 staff

MIND

Wales Probation Service: we’re working with the National Offender Management Service to develop an integrated programme for Offender Managers and Offenders in South Wales

Mindfulness for Your Organisation

Mindfulness can help staff and leaders in your organisation manage stress. It also opens up ways to work more creatively, reflectively and harmoniously. That supports innovation, effectiveness and cohesion. Every organisation is different and mindfulness training in the workplace can meet many needs, so the training we offer is flexible. If you would like to explore how this might work for you, please contact us.

What We Offer

We offer coaching, tasters and courses and bespoke programmes, tailored to your needs in either English or Welsh. Our experience in working with a range of organisations helps us tailor mindfulness to the needs of individual organisations, whatever their size. Contact us to explore how we can work with you to bring mindfulness to your workplace.

Workplace Mindfulness

Workplace Mindfulness Training events are a chance for your staff to relax and de-stress. They will learn skills to help them manage stress and experience greater wellbeing. We offer these in a number of formats.

Tasters

These can last between 30 and 90 minutes., depending on your needs In that time we will introduce mindfulness, practice meditation and, time permitting, leave participants with a simple practice they can apply in daily life.

Tasters often take place in the context of well-being days, and we offer a drop in format where people can come for one or more of several 30 minute sessions that run sequentially.

Mornings/Days/Two-Day Events

Our Mindfulness Training events are a chance for your staff to step out of their normal working environment, unwind and explore new ways to operate at work and at home. They will learn meditation and mindfulness skills, practice them together and reflect on what they are learning. The longer we have the deeper the experience can be.

Courses

The optimum length of a course is 8 sessions lasting 1.5 hours each, though we can also offer it in 4- and 6- week versions and with variable session times.

The course is based on the book, Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Prof. Mark Williams and Danny Penman, and participants receive a copy of the book and accompanying CDs. The course is a thorough introduction to mindfulness and meditation aimed at people with busy lives who want to operate differently at home and at work.

Stress Awareness Days

These days are aimed at managers who are responsible for staff but not trained in wellbeing. They will learn to identify when they are experiencing stress and take effective steps to address it and identify problematic levels of stress in staff members and have clarity about what actions to take. We do this by:

  • Looking at the nature of stress, indicators that stress is becoming a problem for a staff member and strategies for addressing it.
  • Identifying attitudes and approaches that foster or discourage stress, including mindfulness and meditation.

Skills in interpersonal awareness and communication are intrinsic to the theme of the workshop; so we ask participants to share personal experiences and reflections.

Leadership Training

Day/Two-Day Events 

This course introduces mindfulness in the context of the challenges facing leaders. Topics covered include

  • The foundations of a mindfulness and meditation practice.
  • Finding space and clarity in the face of multiple demands.
  • Decision-making with awareness.
  • Mindfulness in communication.

Courses

Mindful Leadership courses integrate the leadership skills mentioned above with a course structure based on Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Prof. Mark Williams and Danny Penman.

The optimum length of a course is 8 sessions lasting 1.5 hours each, though we can also offer it in 4- and 6- week versions and with variable session times.

Bespoke Programmes

We work with organisations on specialised programmes, integrating our expertise with that of specialists where necessary. If you’re interested, lets talk.

  • Whole Service Programmes for staff and service users (we are developing a model for this with Wales Probation Service)
  • Mindful Organisation Programmes for organisational transformation
Vishvapani

Vishvapani

Vishvapani is the Director of Mindfulness in Action. He has led over 70 mindfulness courses and has worked with leading business schools and organisations in innovative programmes that integrate mindfulness in organisational change. He is an engaging speaker, with wide experience as a writer and broadcaster. Vishvapani is an Associate of Breathworks Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Initiative and the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group.

Heather Fish

Heather Fish

Heather is a Work-based Learning Fellow at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David where she has founded the Mindfulness in the Workplace Programme.  Heather teaches the MBSR programme independently in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, and is also a writer and performance poet.

Kamalagita

Kamalagita

Kamalagita  is a Lecturer and Mentor in Work-based Learning at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David where she teaches mindfulness in the workplace programmes along with Heather. She also heads our Education Programme and our Community Mindfulness Programme. She has been a film-maker, writer and teacher, and works in both Welsh and English.