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The Mindfulness team (from the left), Jan Llewellyn, Vici Williams, Paula Fairweather, Lindi McAlpine, Gavin Saunders, Lizzie Stevens, Colin Curbishley.

The Team

All of our teachers meet the requirements of the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers and hold a certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Wales, Bangor and University of Exeter. As part of our teaching practice we have regular supervision from external supervisors as well as peer supervision within Mindfulness Cornwall.

Paula Fairweather is one of our teachers. She trained as an occupational therapist and has 12 years experience of counselling in GP surgeries in Cornwall. More recently Paula has graduated from Bangor University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness based approaches and now offers supervision through the Mindfulness Network CIC and Exeter University.  Paula is also an MBITAC assessor with Exeter University.  She has had a meditation practice and has been attending retreats since 1983.


Vici Williams is one of our teachers. She has been working in mental health since 1999 in a variety of voluntary and statutory services. Vici began teaching mindfulness in a specialist mental health service in Cornwall and has offered 1:1 Mindfulness based Therapy to clients in the Community Mental Health Team and group mindfulness practices on the mental health inpatient unit.

Vici has a Post Graduate Diploma from Exeter University in Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy and has subsequently been teaching the 8 week course to Postgraduate Students as part of the Master programme at Exeter. Vici now has has several roles on the Exeter postgraduate training programme including teacher, supervisor to students on placement and MBI:TAC assessor.   Vici is also supervisor with the Mindfulness Network CIC.

Vici has a long personal meditation practice and regularly attends retreats in the UK and India.


Jan Llewellyn is one of our teachers. She has worked as a mental health nurse in the field of addictions since 1995. Jan started yoga when she was 18 and began meditating in 2000 and attended her first silent retreat in 2006. Jan has recently qualified as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga and is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness based courses at Bangor University.

Paula, Jan and Vici have been teaching Mindfulness courses in Cornwall since 2008. These have been in a variety of settings including courses for; NHS Primary and Secondary Care; Health and Teaching staff and Private courses for the general public. Paula and Vici have also been offering Individual Mindfulness based Therapy in the NHS.

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Sophie Temple Muir joined Mindfulness Cornwall after completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Approaches at Exeter University in 2012. Since training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project in 2013 (MiSP), she offers mindfulness courses in schools: ‘ .b ‘ for students and ‘ .b Foundation ‘ for teaching staff. Sophie has been practicing meditation since 1986, teaching T’ai Chi ‘ since ’95 and is a mum with two sons.

Associate Teachers specializing in Mindfulness in Schools & Mindfulness in the Workplace.

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Ben Chalwin,
Ben is from an education background and – since being inspired by a Mindfulness Cornwall event in 2013 – has certified with the Mindfulness in Schools Project to teach Paws b (primary), .b (secondary) and .b Foundations (adults in education). He also works as a trainer on the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s Teach Paws b courses.   Ben has also attended training as a “Frantic World” teacher for the MYRIAD project at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. After over a decade as Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher, Ben has now stepped away from school leadership. Passionate about young people having access to mindfulness, he is looking to develop Mindfulness in schools across Cornwall
Ben can be contacted by email at schools@mindfulnesscornwall.co.uk

Lindi McAlpine joined Mindfulness Cornwall in 2012, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, and will complete her MSc in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at Exeter University in 2013. She has also trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (www.mindfulnessinschools.org) to deliver the .b Mindfulness Programme and is a qualified Yoga Teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (www.bwy.org). Lindi’s background is in Counselling in NHS and Private Practice and Community and Hospice Nursing. Personally, Lindi finds Mindfulness Practice, its psychological insights through the wisdom of the body, to be an invaluable, accessible support and inspiration for happier and healthier living – and loves sharing these practices!

Colin Curbishley, stumbling into mindfulness some 20 years ago helped me through a particularly stressful time. This led to my ordination as a Buddhist monk in the Karma Kagyu Tibetan tradition for eight years. During that time I was very fortunate to receive meditation instructions from a number of world renowned teachers including H.H The Dalai Lama, H.E Tia Situpa and the Venerable Thich Nat Hahn. Personally I have felt the benefits and witnessed many people under go positive changes in their lives through the regular practice of mindfulness. So it is that I’m very glad to be part of the team at Mindfulness Cornwall, committed as they are to passing on these authentic methods to all those who wish to experience the benefits firsthand.

Gavin Saunders is a local photographer and all round good egg (he also manages this website!). Gavin’s family motto is “Quam difficile potest esse” (How hard can it be?). He is responsible for trying to keep some semblance of order, and dusting after meetings.


Lizzie Stevens takes requests for the day retreats and receives the deposits. Her aim is to help support the ongoing work of Mindfulness Cornwall. Her background is in the visual arts (also education and health). Regular meditation practice has had a profound impact on her life, since attending the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Relief course nearly three years ago.
Lizzie is the artistic drive behind the Eliza Freespirit project.
The development of Mindfulness Cornwall

Mindfulness Cornwall began offering Mindfulness 8 week courses in Primary care (for Outlook Southwest) for people referred by their GPs and practice based therapists. This included a course for the North Cornwall Integrated care pilot project. More recently we have taught courses in the Community Mental Health Teams along with individual mindfulness work in secondary care for those referred by their psychiatrists.

In May 2011 we developed Mindfulness Cornwall as a Community Interest Company (not for profit organisation) to be able to deliver courses in a variety of settings and to support the development of mindfulness based approaches in line with the guiding principles to promote good practice in teaching mindfulness based approaches from Bangor, Oxford and Exeter Universities.

Vici and Paula currently supervise students from the Exeter Postgraduate Masters course and are both registered with Exeter University as external supervisors.

Currently we are teaching courses to the general public for a variety of conditions including stress, depression, low mood and anxiety. Most participants are self referred however GPs and other primary care staff are also recommending our courses to their patients. We also offer Stress Reduction courses for Health and Teaching Professionals and are developing Mindfulness in the Workplace.