The Team

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Lucy Chan

Lucy is a teacher of mindfulness, self-compassion, and Buddhism who leads retreats and courses worldwide. She is part of a nationally acclaimed team delivering mindfulness for burnout retreats, and has been trained directly by the internationally renowned pioneers of self-compassion Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. As a practising doctor in the NHS, she understands the importance of integrating mindfulness and self-compassion practices as a way to keep balance in everyday life.


Ethan Pollock

Ethan has been facilitating mindfulness groups and retreats for over a decade. He currently teaches mindfulness and Buddhism at the nationally acclaimed Sharpham Trust, and local meditation groups across the UK. He was one of the founding members of Wake Up London, a still thriving community of young meditators (aged 18-35). He spent five years training at Plum Village with the internationally recognised mindfulness teacher & Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Guest Teachers

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Laila Narsi

Laila is a US-based psychotherapist and was one of the first international teachers to be trained in Mindful Self-Compassion. As the founder of The Mindful Self, she has had the pleasure of being trained by world renowned teachers including Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and The Dalai Lama. In addition to being a mindfulness and self-compassion teacher, she is a practicing Muslim who is actively engaged in her local community.


Michael Schwammberger

Michael Schwammberger began his practice at Gaia House, The Barn and Sharpham College in the early 90's; soon after inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh he was ordained as a monk and spent the next 15 years accompanying Thich Nhat Hanh on his teaching tours and living in the different monasteries of Plum Village. In 2012, after a sabbatical, he decided to return to lay life and now continues to guide retreats and courses as a lay teacher.

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Dene Donalds

Dene is a teacher in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. He also facilitates MBSR courses and trains mindfulness teachers for several organisations including within the NHS. His work includes also offering chaplaincy within prisons and mental health hospitals. We appreciate his warm and deeply compassionate presence!

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Mel Wraight

Mel (they/them) has been teaching mindfulness and self-compassion to individuals, groups and businesses for 8 years. As the founder of Stillpoint Mindfulness, they trained at Bangor Centre for Mindfulness and with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer in teaching Mindful Self-Compassion. Mel is a practising psychotherapist and also facilitates LGBTQIA+ international mindfulness spaces. 

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Rupert Marques

Rupert has practiced in the insight meditation tradition for 25+ years, and teaches internationally. Rupert lived and worked at Ecodharma, a retreat centre in the Spanish Pyrenees dedicated to exploring the role of practice in social justice and ecological sustainability movements. He directed the Nature based Practice strand of their work that marries contemplative practice with a range of approaches within the field of experiential ecopsychology in a wilderness setting.

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Jasmine Shaw

Jasmine has facilitated mindfulness groups for both children and adults for over 10 years. Most recently she helped train adult mindfulness facilitators in educational and community settings. She was trained to teach mindfulness by the internationally recognised teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, and has also undergone teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion.


Mick McEvoy

Mick specialises in bringing mindfulness practice out into nature. He lives and works at the mindfulness practice centre Plum Village, where he supports retreats combining mindfulness, deep ecology and organic farming. He is a native of Ireland, a qualified yoga teacher, and also supports LGBTQ mindfulness groups and retreats.


Kareem Ghandour

Kareem is a trained mindfulness teacher who has facilitated with various groups and charities including: Wake Up, a mindfulness community for young adults, Youth Mindfulness, and Colours of Compassion, a practice community for people of BAME backgrounds. He is a mentor with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education UK which hosts mindfulness events for young people.