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About

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Caroline Stewart
(Mindfulness NI – Teacher/Supervisor)

Caroline is the founder of Mindfulness NI.
She has been practicing mindfulness for more than 16 years and began teaching mindfulness approximately seven years ago, running workshops for groups and also introducing mindfulness to individual clients.
Caroline trained to teach Mindfulness with Professor Mark Williams at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and is a registered teacher with the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA) Caroline has maintained her links with Oxford Mindfulness Centre receiving supervision of her mindfulness group work from a very experienced member of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre training team in accordance with the Good Practice Guidelines.
Caroline has a wealth of experience teaching mindfulness which enabled her to gain a qualification to supervise other Mindfulness teachers.
She continues to develop her mindfulness practice by attending workshops and retreats.

Accredited Psychotherapist / Tutor / Supervisor

Caroline trained to be a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in 2003.
She is accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapies (BACP) and is also registered with the UKRCP and is a member of the Health Professionals Counsel (HPC)
She has gained extensive experience as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working within the NHS and also in the private sector.
Her work as a CBT Therapist has included working with individuals and groups and has also worked for many years as a course tutor and clinical supervisor on the Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy.
Previously Caroline worked for 15 years in a business environment within the corporate finance division of a large company.
She lives in Bangor with her son and two cats and dog (Archie) She enjoys walking, yoga, cooking and travel.

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MINDFULNESS NI

Mindfulness NI was formed by Caroline Stewart.
It has been Caroline’s long-term dream to promote mindfulness to all regardless of social, economic, religious or political boundaries; to provide an opportunity for people to understand what mindfulness is and experience the beneficial effects on wellbeing, and inner contentment, as well as reducing stress and ill health.
With the increasing acceptance of mindfulness, mainly based on the quantitative and qualitative results arising from the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Relief, (MBSR), programmes, Caroline felt that it was time to offer mindfulness to a wider audience and so started the centre.
The 8-Week Mindfulness Programmes and specifically tailored Mindfulness Workshops are taught: by professionally accredited and trained Mindfulness Teachers, who follow the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers ‘Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses’
The Centre has intent to deliver mindfulness training in several areas:
  • Mindfulness for the general public
  • Mindfulness in the workplace
  • Mindfulness in education
  • Mindfulness in healthcare
In addition to providing the standard 8 Week Mindfulness courses, The Centre can also provide:
  • Specially tailored workshops and courses
  • Taster sessions
  • 4 week and 6 week course options.
  • 1 to 1 – personal coaching
As an organisation we are passionate about extending the benefits of mindfulness to all. Whilst we endeavour to keep the cost of the 8-week programme within the reach of most people, we do give a concession for those who are on low income or unwaged.
Mindfulness NI also intends to provide services on a charitable basis as the occasion arises.

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8-week (online) MBCT for Life Mindfulness Programme including retreat.

This programme is the equivalent of the in-person training and is accepted by Oxford Mindfulness Centre and all other training institutes as a pre-requisite for mindfulness teacher training programmes.
Caroline had just completed training with Oxford Mindfulness Centre to deliver the 8-Week Mindfulness Course online when we were all hit with COVID-19 and the explosion of online trainings.
Caroline is one of the few mindfulness teachers to have had formal training to deliver the 8-week MBCT for Life mindfulness programme online.
The online 8-week programme will include all the elements of teaching that are included within the (in-person) course.
  • Didactic teaching about mindfulness using whiteboard examples
  • Formal and informal meditations
  • Group discussions
  • Video clips, poetry and examples from everyday life.
  • All Day silent retreat
The online 8-week MBCT for Life programme can be offered at a reduced price due to the decrease in expenses associated with the in-person version and Caroline would like to pass this onto participants.
 8-week MBCT for Life programme to include:-
  • 8 x two-hour classes
  • All Day retreat
  • 141-page course handbook
  • Downloadable meditations
  • Email Support throughout the course
  • Certificate of completion
    The online experience of mindfulness training, can be as rich and fulfilling as the in-person one:-
    Hear what some participants have said about the mindfulness sessions that Caroline has delivered already.

Testimonials

“I was very lucky to participate in a wonderful 6 week on-line course, ‘Living Mindfully in a Global Pandemic’ developed and led by Caroline Stewart. Caroline is a wonderful teacher, bringing warmth, insight and a tremendous sense of calm. Her sessions worked really well in an online format, involving people in small group and plenary sessions but putting no pressure on anyone to contribute, unless they wished to. We made on-line friends over the six weeks and always came away refreshed, re-focused and ready to experience the joy of the everyday. Thank you, Caroline” Alice, Holywood, April 2020

“With all that is going on in the world right now, I found joining in on Caroline’s Daily Meditations and Weekly Workshops online an absolute life saver. It has helped me to become mindful of what is going on in the here and now and gave me a place of solitude. Amazing sessions delivered on line via Zoom, so much so you felt like you were actually face to face with others. Lovely way to connect, thank -you Caroline” Claire, Bangor, April 2020