Sue 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 that offers T’ai-Chi, Qigong and mindfulness courses, classes, workshops and retreats. This provision ranges between delivering mindfulness courses at her home, Mill House Farm, in schools, (.b mindfulness in schools), hospitals, prisons, the workplace and for groups in Pontypool and Monmouth. Each year Sue facilitates the annual Qigong & Meditation Retreat on Holy Isle, Scotland. Sue continues to attend retreats and teachings that help to deepen her own practice as well as widen her understanding of the complexities of being human.
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. Sharon is currently taking a break from her consultancy and focusing on deepening her own mindfulness practice.
Siobhan is an award-winning, published poet with a Master’s in Creative Writing. She has twenty years’ experience facilitating creative writing workshops. Her workshops are fun, lively and supportive, focusing on writing as a tool for self- expression, healing and creative growth. Much of her poetry celebrates the re-emergence of the Sacred Feminine and our deep connection to the Earth. For latest news of Siobhan’s activity visit her Facebook page.
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.