About Us

Sue Weston

SueWestonPortraitSue has been practicing and teaching mindfulness, T’ai-Chi and Qigong for many years and has PG Diploma in Mindfulness Studies from Aberdeen University and Samyé College.  Formerly a dancer, choreographer and movement teacher she has worked nationally and internationally in film, TV and theatre. Sue was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006 for her work over several years in Sri Lanka supporting humanitarian causes. In 1999/2000 she spent a year in retreat on Holy Isle to deepen her meditation practice. Sue is the initiator of Relaxing The Mind activities providing T’ai-Chi, Qigong and mindfulness courses, classes, workshops and retreats in schools, (.b mindfulness in schools teacher), hospitals and for groups in Pontypool and Monmouth, and a week of retreat each year on Holy Isle, Scotland.



Formally a monk within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) completed a three year,


three month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness programmes drawing upon the wisdom andmethods of the Buddhist tradition, but not requiring adherence to any religious faith. He is a director of the Mindfulness Association and is working in association with the Univeristy of Aberdeen in running a Postgraduate Study Programme in Mindfulness (MSc). Choden and Paul Gilbert have recently published Mindful Compassion.



Sharon Leighton


Sharon Leighton PhD (Neuropharmacology), a highly experienced and respected trainer and consultant, has many years of experience working in both global and national leadership roles in medical information. She was a course leader

for PIPA (Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association) and module leader for Professional and Managerial Skills module of the M.Sc. Pharmaceutical Information Management at City University. Prolific speaker, blogger, writer, facilitator, consultant and mindfulness practitioner she predominantly trains teams in-house helping managers achieve their goals through project management, business coaching and skills training.

For more information on Sharon, see or her linkedin profile


Lisa Smith

Lisa trained as a nurse and worked in this capacity in the army. She started to assist Sue in the Mindfulness Based Living Courses in 2012 having participated on the course in 2011. She is a regular Qigong practitioner.

Jenny White

Jenny White

Jenny is a Shiatsu practitioner based in Edinburgh. Prior to moving to Edinburgh, she lived as a full time volunteer on Holy Isle for four years.  This is where she was living when she completed her training (Glasgow School of Shiatsu).  She says she was lucky enough to come into contact with teachers like Sue Weston,  and  began to offer treatments to guestswho came to the island seeking retreat, relaxation, and exploration of themselves and their body/mind.  She has also trained with Rob Nairn and the Mindfulness Association,  and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Emotional Education (Derby University/Atlow Mill Centre for Emotional Education). She can be contacted here.