I warmly welcome you to the Chilled Out Child website and hope that after spending some time here and reading some of the blog posts, you feel inspired to learn how to meditate and cultivate a mindfulness practice, to enable you to enjoy being mindful as part of everyday life.
I have enjoyed my journey studying many disciplines of holistic healing and am truly passionate about the benefits of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and emotional freedom techniques. Along with writing meditation and holistic healing training and personal interest courses, overseeing the Chilled Out Child mentored online meditation and mindfulness facilitator training programme and the eight week mindfulness for family living course which will be available from May 2018, I also work for the National Institute of Health Research. In this role I support among other specialties, the Public Health and Mental Health National Specialty Groups, the latter which also incorporates a group of clinical researchers who are child and young peoples mental health champions. I am a Mind Body Champion for our host University and also enjoy my role as a wellbeing warrior for the Clinical Research Network, where my focus is supporting and encouraging wellbeing in the workplace.
One of my most exciting achievements in recent years has been the writing and teaching of the Chilled Out Child programme, which has evolved year on year. This programme has been acknowledged as offering a high standard of course materials, tuition and mentoring by one of the yoga alliances.
I started practicing yoga and meditation in 2001 and since then have qualified as a Transformation Meditation teacher, mindfulness facilitator, EFT Master Practitioner, Yoga Alliance International accredited yoga teacher and a children’s yoga teacher, whilst working full-time.
In 2013 I became increasingly concerned about the level of anxiety I was noticing in children. This coincided with my own child working her way through the school system. It was around this time I was approached by one of the mums whose daughter attended my children’s yoga classes. She politely insisted I needed to share yoga and mindfulness with more people by training adults to teach these skills to their own and other children.
I took some time to reflect on what she was suggesting and believed that there was one important element missing in most children’s yoga training courses – meditation. I decided to write a programme focusing on meditation and developing a more mindful way of being to fill this gap in training. I always included meditation in my children’s yoga classes, as I quickly learned that meditation and mindfulness practices were the activities children of all ages seemed to crave. They needed and wanted quiet time. Time to rest their bodies and minds. Time to relax and just “be”. It is also very important that adults who teach children these skills to children, practice them themselves.
I decided to write the programme for adults who wish to develop their own meditation practice and learn how to share anxiety management techniques and mindfulness with children and teens.
The Chilled Out Child meditation and mindfulness facilitator training programme is a comprehensive twelve module mentored programmme covering many aspects of meditation and how to share meditation with children and teenagers, leading to living in a more mindful way as well as developing an appreciation and understanding for compassion and the importance of kindness, tolerance and patience with themselves and others.
From 2018 the Chilled Out Child training programme has been revised allowing for it to be adapted to individuals requirements. This is ideal for teachers working in schools who wish to use these skills in their classrooms.
As of January 2018, the Chilled Out Child training programme is available to all individuals who wish to learn how to share meditation and mindfulness techniques with children and teenagers and who may potentially wish to set up a mindfulness programme within their existing professional workplace setting (nursery schools, primary and secondary schools or a clinical setting) AND/OR wish to set up regular children’s, teens and family friendly mindfulness classes in the community. The exciting change to this programme, is that with prior consultation and on an individual basis, the programme can be tailored to suit your particular working environment if that is what you require.
NEW IN 2018…
This programme can be tailored to focus on and benefit your current working environment. This is particularly useful for school teachers or those working with children in clinical settings.
If you would like the programme tailored to your specific working environment, this will be arranged on an individual basis with flexible start date to fit in with your working schedule.
In 2018 start dates for the facilitator training programme run with a group of up to six individuals will be offered in March, April, May and September. Remember if you would like the training to be adapted to your current workplace, then flexible start dates are available.
The next group start date is the 5th of March.
It is birthday season in our family and therefore between now and the end of March 2018 the programme will be discounted by 25% to anyone who signs up and pays in full for any of the following programme start dates:
5th March 2018
26th March 2018
16th April 2018
To read testimonials from past participants of the facilitator training programme please follow this link.
To find out more information and for start dates in 2018, please fill out this form:
If you would love to learn how manage your stress and live life mindfully, sharing these benefits with your family, the transforming family life with mindfulness course, which is adapted for modern day family living and inspired by traditional mindfulness training programmes, will be available from May 2018.
I believe there is value in offering a simpler introduction to mindfulness to enable you to manage stress and live mindfully on a daily basis. Many people indicate that they are looking for an informative course to introduce them to mindful concepts and how to integrate them into their lives, be that at home or work.
This course offers easily transferable skills that work at home with your families, which can be acquired through affordable, practical training which relates easily to everyday life for you, your families and others around you.
The transforming family life with mindfulness course will offer exactly that. An affordable, practical, fun and inspiring eight week adapted mindfulness course, which takes inspiration from traditional mindfulness programmes and provides you with skills that benefit you, your family and others around you without you having to embark upon an extensive training to become a meditation teacher.
An eight week introduction to mindfulness course for you and your family – Transforming family life with mindfulness:
This course is inspired by traditional mindfulness programmes, but has been adapted for today’s modern family and consists of eight modules, covered over eight weeks. It focuses on helping you develop your own mindful practice and looks at how you can adapt each of the mindfulness exercises for children so that incorporating mindfulness into family life is fun, effective and not boring for younger participants.
Joining this course is an opportunity for personal growth and the beginning of an exciting lifelong journey discovering the benefits of mindfulness for yourself and those you care about.
I look forward to spending this time with you and mentoring you on your journey to more calm, clarity and connection with those around you.
Starting in May 2018 🙂
For further information about the eight week mindfulness for family life course, please complete the form on the contact me page.