SamMantra - Founder & Mindfulness Teacher
Photo Naomi Arnold Photography
I’m Sam, and I’ve been teaching mindfulness since 2015. I live with my partner and two teenage daughters in Esher, Surrey. I love to practice yoga and meditate regularly, and I first became aware of the benefits of meditation through an interest in Buddhist culture having visited Asia as a student over twenty-five years ago. Since then I have extending my knowledge and have been benefitting from living mindfully; through my practice, training and teaching which has been truly transformative and life-changing in so many ways.
I am passionate about helping to eliminate the growing disease of stress in society today, having witnessed first-hand how leading a life of constant busyness and (yes, striving for perfection!) can lead to ill health, stress and suffering. In 2011, I gave up my professional career in the Museum sector, and signed up for an 8-week mindfulness course hoping to find some stillness for my over-active mind. Since then, I have not looked back and went on to train as a teacher and established my own wellbeing practice: SamMantra - my mantra, to a healthier, happier me.
I like to say to those that meet me that ‘I am a mindfulness teacher in training’ as my personal meditation practice is very much an ongoing learning journey.
Daily practice can be as simple as remembering to breathe, slow down and to notice my thoughts. Through self-awareness of our thinking and behaviours mindfulness can really help keep life’s challenges and stresses in check bringing with it new paths of peace and happiness to our daily lives.
Breathe, Smile & Go Slowly
Zen Buddhist Master - Thich Nhat Hanh
Training & Qualifications
Trained in a number of mindfulness-based intervention courses I teach in public or workplace settings. This includes the 8-week MBSR accredited course (Mindful Stress-based Reduction) established by Professor Jon Kabat Zinn, and the 8 week Finding Peace in a Frantic World programme by Professor Mark Williams ex Director from the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre, where I completed my training with Chris Cullen.
I am also qualified to teach the Misp (Mindfulness is Schools Programme) .b programme for 11 to 18 year olds. I offer taster sessions and wellbeing talks for schools; teaching practical tools and techniques to staff, parents and students.
Since 2016, I have been teaching a 6 week Mindful Parenting Programme in partnership with a Coaching Psychologist. This is a practical based course offering cognitive based learning, resources and mindful practices to help parents learn to thrive and (not just survive) the challenges of daily family life. This course is also available as an online programme from Autumn 2018.
As part of my ongoing training, I attend annual silent retreats, CPD days, conferences and masterclasses. I also have regular supervision with an accredited supervisor from the UK Network for Mindfulness Based teachers, whose mentoring support has been invaluable for my ongoing professional development.
As a coach and practitioner, I adhere to the good practice guidelines for the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based teachers in the UK.
CPD Training: Breathworks, Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff & the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Retreats
DBS – Enhanced Criminal Records Certificate
NSPCC Child Protection & Safeguarding
Full professional indemnity & public liability insurance for Meditation & Mindfulness