Mindfulness Summit 

Friday 15th September and Saturday 16th September 

Venue: Zoom

This  mindfulness summit will explore many of the different applications of mindfulness around different needs and client groups. The event is aimed specifically at people who use or want to explore mindfulness in their work.

There’ll be a series of  speakers, introduced by Mark or Rachel, with a Q and A afterwards.

Speakers and times may be subject to change, as things change we will adjust accordingly.


Attending the full summit will provide 10 hours CPD and costs just £50 for the full event or £30 per day.

If you can’t make all sessions, attendees will receive access to recordings of all sessions they registered for.

Mindfulness Summit Day one – Friday 15th September 2023

Neurodiversity – Audrey Linden 

In this session Audrey will cover some basics of neurodiversity, and how mindfulness can be challenging for neurodivergent people. They will offer suggestions and thinking points to help you consider how mindfulness practices and spaces that you offer/facilitate can be made more neurodivergent-friendly.

Mindfulness and addiction – Vince Cullen

11.15-12.15 pm

Having drunk alcoholically from the age of 14 until 39, Vince Cullen sat in his kitchen and poured a glass of lager. He made a promise to himself that this would be his last drink… ever. That was 25-years ago. Since then, he has been associated with Wat Thamkrabok, the famous detox monastery in Thailand and Buddhist-oriented drug and alcohol recovery.

Vince founded and has facilitated Fifth Precept Sangha meditation-for-awakening Sit-and-Share meetings in England, Scotland, Ireland, India, Nepal, Thailand and the USA as part of his ongoing teaching of Hungry Ghost Retreats. He is a board member of the Buddhist Recovery Network and a keynote speaker at Buddhist Recovery Summits.

Vince’s talk will focus on his current practice and exploration of The Basic Pattern of Things: Managing Expectations

This session will explore how we are conditioned to protect, promote and satisfy a ‘self’ which can never be satisfied. As the Buddha says “we are the slaves of craving”. Our wise-heartedness meditation will cultivate an appropriate attitude to the vicissitudes of life.

Mindfulness for women survivors of sexual violence – Penny Edwards

12.30-1.30 pm

Women who have experienced sexual violence can find Mindfulness both triggering and healing. We will talk about how Trauma Informed Mindfulness practices can be a brave choice to support women to acknowledge their suffering and grow compassion, manage over-whelming feelings, notice pleasant senses and reconnect body and mind

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland

Mindfulness in the workplace  – Juliet Adams

2.00-3.00 pm

Mindfulness has an impressive evidence base of over 10,000 research papers.  We know it can reduce depression, anxiety and stress, and structurally change the brain for the better in as little as 8 weeks.  We know that in a workplace context it not only improves wellbeing, but improves multiple aspects of productivity and performance and improves working relationships.  How can clinical mindfulness programs (MBSR & MBCT) be adapted for use in the workplace?  Juliet is a workplace mindfulness and training design specialist who has developed a number of successful mindfulness at work programs over the last 10 years. Over the years she has co-trained over 300 trainers to teach mindfulness in a workplace context.

Juliet bio

Juliet -Mindfulness

Mindfulness and subjective wellbeing  – Mark Cieslik

3.30-4.30 pm

This talk reflects on the findings from a long-term study into the experiences of mindfulness and its impact on the wellbeing of a small group of meditators in Newcastle Upon Tyne’. It shows the distinctive ways that participants engaged with mindfulness, reflecting their life histories which framed the development of their practice and enhancements to wellbeing. It illustrates some of the many ways that mindfulness supports people to live well in challenging times.

Northumbria University

Mindfulness Summit Day two – Saturday 16th September 2023

Mindful leadership – Alan Ross

10-11 am

Alan spent 20 years in FMCG companies in the food and drinks industry, with 10 years at Nabisco and 10 years on Boards at Scottish & Newcastle plc and Booker plc. Throughout my corporate career, I focused on training and development: for myself and my teams, enabling us to perform to our maximum potential. I have now been coaching at director level for 28 years since setting up ARK Associates. I am continually learning and developing my own skills.

I am an Honorary Fellow at Durham University Business School, working on leadership, mindfulness and boardroom skills on MBA programmes for the last 16 years.

Alan’s session on Mindful Leadership will include……

  • The growth of Mindful Leadership in organisations of all sorts: education; healthcare; politics; business.
  • Some key benefits for leaders: mindfulness training can become a life-long. life-enhancing practice; relationships with others are likely to become more empathic and compassionate over time; creative thinking and decision-making can benefit from a mindfulness-based approach.
  • Two short meditation practices which will be easy to take away and do at any time.
  • Where to look for research, further reading, online resources.

ARK Associates

Mindfulness for men – Simon Rinne

11.15-12.15 pm

Simon Rinne is a qualified social worker and therapist specialising in men’s mental health. He has a podcast called the ‘mindful men podcast’ where he aims to destigmatise men’s mental health. Simon is based in Australia and is pre-recording a talk for the summit in which he will share his own mental health journey and explore some of the challenges and innovations in using mindfulness with men. This includes dropping the ‘bravado’ and developing an approach that he calls ‘mindfulness on the move.’ This is a sensory therapy practice, in which clients ground themselves in the moment using the senses.

Mindful Men

Mindfulness and pain – Alison Bale

12.20-1.30 pm

There is a clear overlap between persistent/chronic pain and mental health.

Around 40 per cent of people with chronic pain report psychological distress, most commonly anxiety and/or depression.

Chronic pain can be secondary to a long-term illness. Or it can be primary – chronic pain is the diagnosis. And in some people, it can be both.

With pain, everything matters. It has biological, psychological and social components.

Alison Bale trained originally as a chiropractor and has worked with people in chronic pain for 20 years. She trained in mindfulness initially as an adjunct to her chiropractic work, and now focuses on how mindfulness can support people living with chronic pain.

In this talk, Alison will explore:

  • The evidence for using mindfulness to manage pain
  • How mindfulness helps
  • Some mindfulness-based exercises.

The talk will be aimed at those who use mindfulness in their work, poeple who experience chronic pain, and those who care for them.

Mind Insight

Mindfulness and Cancer – Fiona

2-3 pm

Fiona Clark is a person-centred counsellor and lectures in counselling. She also volunteers at Live Well With Cancer. Live Well with Cancer aims to enable people live life fully with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. In Fiona’s talk she will be sharing some of her insights from using mindfulness with cancer patients, particularly around sleep.

Live Well With Cancer