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Intro


Mindfulness for Change

Practice in Action

Get your ticket to Hui #3, may 12-14, ōtaki, Wellington
 

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Intro


Mindfulness for Change

Practice in Action

Get your ticket to Hui #3, may 12-14, ōtaki, Wellington
 

 

Mindfulness for Change is a network of people and communities committed to improving human experience by facilitating relationships with self, other people and the world. We support each other to develop projects and relationships that benefit the wellbeing of all.

 
 

How Does Mindfulness Contribute To Change?

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People


People

Who is Mindfulness for Change?

Why are we here?

People


People

Who is Mindfulness for Change?

Why are we here?

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Nick Laurence

I am a listener, facilitator and clinical psychology student. I'm currently completing my internship in Taranaki and finishing up my doctoral thesis on mindfulness, wellbeing and climate change. Work with fellow MfC contributor Michael Smith on a social enterprise creating companion apps for Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other mindfulness programmes.

I'm interested in change at all levels, from one-on-one relationships to small groups, high performing teams, restorative communities, Teal organisations, non-hierarchical networks, social movements, and media/politics. Working with others on setting up the commons of MfC so that as contributors we can all contribute our gifts at whatever level we are pulled towards - and do so in a way that's fun, effective, and makes us come alive. Also a keen hockey player, cricket watcher and bedroom DJ.

Caroline Taylor

I am a change-maker, systems geek and committed meditator. I've spent many years as a policy manager and lawyer for government. I'm a local coordinator for the climate action group 350 Aotearoa, and I organise a Wellington eco-Buddhist group. I'm passionate about Theory U and I've co-convened the Wellington ULab hub.  

Mindfulness has been transformational for me. I believe if many of us bring the greater awareness we gain from mindfulness to our interactions with each other we will be able to change society's systems to benefit us all.

Martin Giles

I am an explorer in every sense of the word. I’m driven by an endless curiosity about people and the world around us. My work has been varied and interesting over the years, from engineering to psychology and it has taken me around the world and brought me to manydifferent people. As a consequence of watching and learning, I have developed a clear understanding of where people source their happiness. Everyone’s happiness and growth comes from the present moment – whether you are just starting out or at the end of your life – everything good comes from standing in your truth and just being there as much as possible, even when it is uncomfortable. This is not always easy, but worth the persistence required.

Overall, my role in the world is to encourage people to be fully themselves and to share their personal gifts with those around them, without fear. People all carry a golden core of light and love and it is our sacred duty to help that shine through.  I get to do this both in my work as a business change consultant and as a mindfulness coach and I'm grateful for that.

Meredith Youngson &

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Dr Robin Youngson is an anesthesiologist in New Zealand, internationally renowned for his work on compassion in healthcare. A founding member of the national Quality Improvement Committee in New Zealand, Robin was the NZ representative on the WHO International Steering Committee for Patient Safety Solutions. Current positions include: Editorial Board of the Journal of Compassionate Healthcare, and Global Compassion Council of the international Charter for Compassion. In 2016 Robin was given the highest honor of the New Zealand Medical Association, the Chair’s Award, for outstanding contribution to the health of New Zealand. Robin is the author of the acclaimed book “TIME TO CARE – How to love your patients and your job” and more recently, “From HERO to HEALER – Awakening the Inner Activist

Meredith Youngson began her career in medical microbiology but expanded her health roles to leadership in the interface between community and health authorities. She has a long history in community development and was a founder and community coordinator for Waitakere Health Link, a grass-roots organisation that brings the community voice to healthcare planning and decision making. Most recently she was a community broker and relationship manager for Project Twin Streams in Waitakere City, a $60million environmental restoration project.

As Co-Founders of Hearts in Healthcare, Meredith and Robin work together on organisational strategy, movement building, consulting and workshop facilitation. Their work has taken them to fifteen countries. Happily married for 36 years they have three grown up daughters and two gorgeous grandchildren.

Sarrah Jayne

I am an oxytocin co-creator, I work with individuals and groups in many settings to help them feel calm, grounded, confident and nurtured. 

I teach yoga for communities and businesses. I facilitate an engineering empathy programme for the students at Dev Academy which is fast becoming an offering for other teams. I assist parents in their journey through birth as a Doula (which is kind of like a sherpa). I am also a massage therapist. 

I am passionate about individual change becoming global change and how we can make that leap together. I believe the work has to start from within but it cannot end there, we must go out into the world and create the change we want to see. I love to dance and sing and make joy! Laughter is my medicine and I love to play to relax. 

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Sam O'sullivan

A playful artistic scientist trained as a Clinical Psychologist. I believe the answers to many of our questions can be found at the edge, and we only make progress when we push through our comfort zones. Currently my focus is on creating a Youtube series (and eventual doco) called Mindfulness in NZ, which is about being mindful in an active way and learning wisdom from the natural world.

I practise and teach mindfulness in an array of settings (from Enspiral Dev Academy to Kiwiburn, have worked as a therapist at an inpatient hospital and privately at Healthfit Collective, I create content for wellbeing campaigns and programmes (including the Mental Health Foundation of NZColiberate, and The New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists), I'm learning graphic design and marketing, and I'm now an aspiring film maker. I also love to recite poetry and get loose on the dance floor.

Ming Janssen

I'll say a bit about myself soon...

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You...?

Richard Turton

I help people and organisations to understand and navigate complex change. I’ve worked in strategy consulting and management roles here in NZ and overseas, generally with government agencies such as the Ministry of Health. I’ve also been involved in the advancement of more sustainable and integrated approaches to regional development.

I believe that many of the global and local challenges we face could be resolved through greater empathy and compassion. Personal experience of meditation and mindfulness has heightened my understanding of self, and significantly enhanced my connection and engagement with the world around me.

I’m interested to explore how we can work together in mindful and creative ways that to begin to create a better future; one in which we value the environment and the diversity of human experience.

Elizabeth Connor

I'll say a bit about myself soon...

Peter Jacobson

I design, build and host beautiful and empowering experiences for people. Lately I've been working with Wellington City Council developing their civic engagement, teaching at Dev Academy, and writing about mental health and other areas. I'm currently building a german iOS marketplace application, hosting the playful and delightful Drawn In project and leading design and engineering in a health startup.

Meditation is my core practice, but I think it will take creative collaboration as well as personal growth to make systemic change. I find Mindfulness for Change an empowering and possibility expanding community. It helps me to more often serve people and change with lightness, playfulness, love, energy and clarity.

Drop me a line to peterjacobson.nz@gmail.com to have a chat - I'd love to hear your story and questions.

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Justin CONNOR

I am a facilitator who loves to cook. I help individuals, leadership teams and community groups to design their futures (sometimes referred to as 'strategy'). I've worked on most continents with the UN, NGOs, governments, indigenous communities, social enterprises and big old corporates. I've recently returned to Aotearoa - my home - to see how I might be helpful in ushering in 'the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible' (thanks Charles Eisenstein).

Meditation, yoga and journaling are my lifeline, helping me daily to re-discover my quiet self and listen to my inner-knowing. My Mindfulness for Change friends are constant companions, ever-inspiring me to more deeply find my own joy whilst navigating my social and working life toward the well-being of others. How good is that?

Elli Yates

I am interested in holding space for healing and liberation. My work as a secondary school English teacher is a great place to start! I believe whole-heartedly in the power of story, and the changes which are possible when we begin listening for and telling different ones. For this reason I seek authentic voices among the babble. As an ex-Steiner school student, I think that integration between art and science is key for stepping sideways into stories which serve the planet better. Through walking the path of engaged Buddhism, I continually come to know the world more compassionately. This journey has been painful and wonderful, guided by teachings received at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. I have helped facilitate retreats for young adults there, and am interested in the Mindfulness Aotearoa and other organisations bringing meditation to schools. I am also involved with Women's Group work.

My mates at Mindfulness for Change keep me grounded and seeking wisdom, while buoying my confidence in the human capacity for humour and gentleness in the face of suffering.

 
 

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More than sixty others

 
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