‘I felt gently and skilfully ‘held’ throughout, thank you so much for this life-changing training’
Ali Lambie started Mindfulness Hampshire in 2011 when she was part way through taking a master’s degree in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses with Bangor University. A long-time counsellor, she was working in the NHS at the time as Manager of Southampton’s Primary Care Counselling Service and first began teaching Mindfulness to people who’d received counselling within the service and wanted to learn mindfulness to support them in the longer term. This swiftly led to offering courses privately to members of the public and so Mindfulness Hampshire came into being. Ali gradually increased her independent mindfulness work and left the NHS behind in 2014. She has been offering a whole range of mindfulness events to the general public, to GPs, therapists and within workplace settings since that time.
In 2013 Ali came across the work of Dr Chris Germer and Dr Kristin Neff in a training known as Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). This powerful training has become a key offering of Mindfulness Hampshire alongside Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses. Listen to Ali talking about MSC here.
Ali gained her MSc in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses with distinction. She also holds a Certificate in Teaching Mindfulness at advanced level, is a trained supervisor and a Certified Teacher and Teacher Trainer of Mindful Self-Compassion with the Center for MSC in the USA, having trained with Chris Germer. She is on the UK Teacher Listing and meets the UK Good Practice Guidance for Mindfulness-Based Teachers.
In addition to offering MBSR and MSC events locally, Ali regularly leads residential courses and retreats for the Mindfulness Network, where she is also a mentor for teachers in training and supervisor of other mindfulness teachers. Since training in the USA in 2018 Ali now trains new MSC teachers for the Center for MSC.
A number of other colleagues have contributed to the offerings of Mindfulness Hampshire over the years, and different associates lead courses or events from time to time, with Tim Gay regularly leading the drop in sessions these days.
With a background in teaching and counselling, Tim’s formal mindfulness training started in 2007 after several years of meditation practice. Since that time, he has introduced mindfulness to adult clients and students in sixth form college and school.
He has trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project and with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. He has regular supervision, and has ongoing professional development with the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers in line with their Good Practice Guidelines.
He is preparing to teach Mindful Self Compassion, and is working towards becoming an instructor in Qigong, a lovely approach to mindful movement.
He loves the fact that mindfulness is a practice which is open to everyone, irrespective of their beliefs, and can be brought into everyday life to help free us from unhelpful thoughts and feelings so that we live life more fully.
He is a keen musician and loves the Hampshire countryside.