Mindfulness Merseyside is bringing the benefits of mindfulness to the people of Merseyside with inclusive and affordable classes, courses and workshops at venues across the region, enabling people to find real peace and happiness and build resilience to life’s ups-and-downs.
Mindfulness Merseyside was established in 2015 to ensure accessibility for local people to genuine and authentic mindfulness training, and incorporated in 2016 as Mind Body Matters CIC, a non-profit Community Interest Company, under the direction of Paul Thomas and Debbie Cross.
Between them, Paul and Debbie have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a broad understanding of mindfulness, delivering almost fifty courses in the past two years to over 800 participants. Read what people are saying.
Experience gained through meditation practice together with ongoing personal and professional development, training and supervision, in compliance with the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses, defined by the UK Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Network, is at the heart of what we do.
Paul Thomas is a Buddhist in the Tibetan Kagyu tradition, a community education worker and co-director of Mind Body Matters CIC.
Paul has been practising mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. This solid foundation and depth of experience has equipped Paul to teach with integrity, authenticity, empathy and understanding.
Paul practices mindfulness and meditation daily, takes regular retreats and is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) Psychology with the Open University.
Debbie Cross is a person-centred counsellor, a qualified teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) and co-director of Mind Body Matters CIC.
Debbie trained with Breathworks and has been practising mindfulness for more than 6 years. Having personally benefitted from the practice, Debbie hopes to share her experience while supporting others on their journey.
Debbie practices every day and recently completed a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher-training programme with Mindflow.
Bernice Sant is a mindfulness practitioner and doctoral candidate with a particular interest in sport and performance psychology.
Bernice works with athletes, sports bodies and organisations, using a Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) based approach to address injury and anxiety, build resilience and enhance performance.
A competitive athlete herself, Bernice is currently working on a Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and researching the application of mindfulness in sport.
Sam Dobson is a Liverpool-based artist currently working with material, performance and sculpture to “explore the ephemeral and ever-changing quality of the internal state”.
As a mindfulness practitioner and workshop coordinator, Sam has developed an art-based approach to mindfulness in addition to her art-therapy work with palliative care patients.
Mindfulness is a key component of Sam’s art, enabling her to connect with the thoughts and feelings that inform her experience and shape her work.
Contact us for more information about our work. We also want to hear from you if you’d like to work with us, directly or in collaboration, to bring the benefits of mindfulness to the people of Merseyside.