I started my working life as a software developer in the corporate world. After 15 years, I realised how worn out my body and mind were from the stress in that environment. After completing the eight-week MBSR program in Cape Town, I found the courage to resign from my job and take time to reflect. This led me to finding a way to combine two of my passions – children and mindfulness.
Starting in 2015, my focus was initially on offering mindfulness to Foundation Phase and young Primary School children. In 2021, I completed my training through MISP (Mindfulness in Schools Project in the UK) and started my MBSR teacher training through The Mindfulness Network (in association with Bangor University in Wales). This has enabled me to broaden out to share mindfulness with older Primary School children, teenagers and adults. I am also a professional member of IMISA (Institute of Mindfulness in South Africa).
A key focus for me is working in under-served communities offering adapted mindfulness-based programs under a holistic well-being structure. Project Playground and Bridges for Music are two incredible NPOs in Langa, Cape Town that have warmly welcomed me into their space to work with their staff and alumni.
I also offer the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program to adult groups, both in-person (at a venue in Rondebosch) and online. This program is available to anyone so feel free to look here for the next course dates.
And of course, I love my time sharing the .b (Dot Be) program at various schools around Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Mindfulness with Grade 5s and 6s is a whole lot of fun!