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Speakers and programme will be announced by Summer 2023

We are busy putting together a comprehensive programme for our 2023 edition on 21 October. 

Speakers on this page are from the 2022 edition.



Mindful Conversations 

There is no more powerful way that our mindfulness practice can impact our lives than in our relationships. In this talk, Natalie will explore the ways that bringing awareness, acceptance, compassion and non-judgement to our conversations can enrich our relationships with ourselves, our communities, our loved ones and perhaps even our enemies! As a counsellor and community mindfulness teacher, Natalie witnesses daily the power of words; she will share stories and guidance on how you can benefit from mindful conversations. Find out more about her work at and connect on Instagram @natalirossiterwellbeing 


Room to Breathe 

Louise is the Health and Wellbeing Manager at Manchester Art Gallery as well as a Museums and Wellbeing Consultant. Having been with the gallery for 15 years, she oversees a programme of events, workshops and exhibitions that explore the relationship between art and mindfulness. Louise has developed different courses that use art and creativity as a tool to learn and practice mindfulness and often works in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health Services, Manchester Mind and other mental health organisations. From drop-in public workshops that guide people in mindful looking to curating the gallery's first mindful exhibition, Louise has pioneered mindfulness practice in the cultural sector. She works with other museums and galleries across the nation supporting them to develop wellbeing programmes and has been invited to speak about her work in various cities across Europe. She is passionate about teaching mindfulness in an accessible, practical and trauma-sensitive way. In Louise's talk, you will learn about the relationship between mindfulness and art and how Manchester Art Gallery uses creativity to support people to learn and practice mindfulness.

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Mindfulness in Schools and Education

Liz Lord is a teacher and trainer at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She is based in Manchester having spent the last 6 years as a senior researcher and the school's liaison lead for the MYRIAD project at the Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. She is passionate about communicating the latest scientific research in ‘Mindfulness for schools’ effectively to the Education community and beyond. Before joining the OMC, Liz worked as a school teacher and part of the Senior Leadership Team in a Pupil Health Referral Unit in Salford where she taught mindfulness to pupils and led its implementation. Previously, she was an Assistant Head at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital school. Liz has taught mindfulness courses to teachers, heads, parents and educational psychologists. She has an MSc in Mindfulness-based Approaches from Bangor University, where her particular interest was looking at mindfulness for school teachers.


Co-presenting with Liz Lord

Lucy has been an educator and senior leader in schools both in the U.K. and Thailand for more than two decades. After many years of her own mindfulness practice, she went on to become a qualified Mindfulness and Yoga teacher for both children and adults. This eventually led Lucy to become the Director of Mindfulness at United World College in Thailand, where she was privileged to serve teachers, parents and students in building a mindful culture together. Now, Lucy is working freelance as a mindfulness consultant and is studying for her Master's in the ‘Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health’ with King's College in the U.K. to gain a deeper understanding of mental health and its connection to different disciplines.

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Social Mindfulness as Strategy for Renewal 

Mindfulness is a radical act of self-love in a traumatised society, where the souls of hungry ghosts are never satisfied. Mark will explain how 'social mindfulness' enacts a strategy that can empower organisations and communities to meet the challenges of our times.

Mark is a leading advocate and practitioner of 'social mindfulness', which applies a social, embodied, educational process to organisational change. He played a key role in establishing the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), acted as OMC Workplace Champion, and was the first to adapt MBCT to adapt the best-selling self-help book, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World to the workplace. Then, shifting the emphasis from a cognitive therapeutic model to a systemic approach, he developed Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education (MBOE), which was trialed with NHS hospital staff to improve wellbeing, patient care, and organisational culture. The MBOE curriculum is the first of its kind, a 'moderated low dose Mindfulness-Based Programme' to be recognised by the British Associate of Mindfulness-Based Organisational Approaches and the Dutch Mindfulness Teachers' Association. He lectures on 'social mindfulness' internationally, is an advisor to the Mindfulness Network for People of Colour, and is collaborating to develop inclusion training for Mindfulness Teachers in Europe.


The Courage to Love

There can be no other single aspect to the human condition more important than our sense of belonging. Kinship is mixed with a sense of identity, attachment, and how we conceive race, ethnicity and the evolution of our human family.      

For many people, a healthy sense of belonging is indicative of their resilience, level of trauma and opportunities for planning life. Having a sense of belonging is so important, considering the titles and labels we give ourselves and others. Nearly every aspect of life is centred around belonging. We cannot separate the importance of a sense of belonging from our physical and mental wellness. The social ties that accompany a sense of kinship are the protective layers for helping us to understand trauma and our ways into 'aliveness'.

William Fley is the founder of the Mindfulness Network for People of Colour which brings culturally sensitive mindfulness-based interventions to marginalized groups. William continues to pursue his passion to eliminate cultural and other barriers to accessing mindfulness by encouraging cultural awareness and responsiveness. MNPC focuses on programs for people of colour, supporting, resourcing and exploring ways of managing life and positive identity through mindfulness. William is currently developing the ‘Healing the father wound’ program, which will merge trauma-sensitive mindfulness with therapeutic interventions to address the effect of fatherless in adults.



Waiting Well

Waiting Well - how mindfulness can change your relationship with cancer and prepare you for the journey ahead.  Whether you have been diagnosed yourself or are in a cancer family - this talk shares ideas on how mindfulness may bring about unexpected changes.  

With a long-standing mindfulness practice, Lavinia became a mindfulness teacher in 2019 shortly after her breast cancer diagnosis.  She has spent her career to date working in the public sector both in the NHS in Manchester and the education sector. She now delivers mindfulness to both individuals and corporate clients through bespoke packages and traditional mindfulness eight-week programmes. 


Mindfulness in Grief

This talk will share the ways in which mindfulness can help to support the grieving process and help people to move forward in grief. Lucy will share her own story of personal growth following the loss of her twin brother and daughter, and discuss ideas to help people in grief start a simple mindfulness practice. This talk is suitable for anyone as grief is universal and grief doesn’t always have to be directly related to the loss of a person.

With nearly a decade in Psychiatric Nursing, Lucy became a mindfulness teacher after the loss of her daughter in 2017. Lucy’s experience of using mindfulness to help ease some of the secondary experiences of grief led her on a path to want to help others affected through baby loss. Lucy now uses her personal, clinical and experiential knowledge to help families across the globe understand and practice mindfulness. She now develops baby loss-specific mindfulness resources, sessions and eight-week mindfulness baby loss courses to help support families in grief. To find out more about her work visit



Mindfulness in Politics: Recent Developments

Chris Ruane was a teacher and deputy head from 1982-97 and an MP from 1997 to 2019 (with two years out of parliament 2015-17). He is a long-time advocate for mental health and human flourishing. Working with the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre (OMC) and the Mindfulness Initiative, he helped to establish a Mindfulness practice group in UK Parliament in 2013 and the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group in 2014. He was also an officer on all party groups for Wellbeing Economics, Art and Wellbeing and Gut Health. Over the past 8 years, 300 UK parliamentarians and 500 members of their staff have received Mindfulness training. Chris has helped to introduce Mindfulness in 11 legislatures around the world and developed links to a further 35 legislatures. He has spoken at the Google Wisdom 2.0 conference in 2014, United Nations in June 2019, OECD Wellness Summit in October 2019, as well as at the Mind and Life Mindfulness Conference Munich in September 2019. He has delivered talks and lectures on Mindfulness and wellbeing at the following Universities: Oxford (Said Business School and the Dept of Politics), Berkeley, Harvard (Kennedy School of Government), Toronto, Galway, UCL, Warwick, Bangor, Radboud, Aarhus, Lyon, and Manchester Metropolitan. Chris has recently published his account of taking Mindfulness into the political sphere in the UK and around the world in The American Psychological Association's Journal, The Humanistic Psychologist.


The Cross-Cultural Dimension of Mindfulness: An Asian Perspective

Nikhila is Country Director, Centre for Mindfulness India. Nikhila's discovery of Mindfulness has allowed her to explore and live life to the fullest by finding its value in her various roles as an employee, spouse and mother amongst others. In her roles of a Country Lead and a Mindfulness Teacher, she envisions to pay this forward by helping everyone live life mindfully and eventually to do her part in making this Earth a better place for our future generations. She is excited by the opportunities in the field of Applied Mindfulness, the possibility of achieving the balance that might be missing in people's lives to build a strong foundation for personal and spiritual growth. And the most exciting part for her is that Mindfulness applications do not just create growth and clarity at an individual level but also contribute to positive growth in our community, society and the world where everyone co-exists beautifully.

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Mindful Movement: Learning to Slow Down in a Busy World

In this session Amy will guide you in an exploration into how you embody states of rushing, striving and speed. We will then work through the body (gentle movement, posture and breath) to influence our state; finding ways to slow down and be. 


This is a playful, none athletic session that is suitable for all. 


Rainbow Mind LGBTQ+ Project

Rainbow Mind is a collaborative project between Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest and Mind in Salford, aiming to tackle mental health issues for individuals within the LGBTQ+ community.
At a time when LGBTQ+ issues have never been more in the spotlight, and with a disparity between the number of LGBTQ+ individuals experiencing mental ill health and the rest of the population (the average is 1 in 4 people in any given year, but in the LGBTQ+ community can reach levels as high as 70%), Rainbow Mind hopes to address this growing need for support in key areas of the UK.

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Festival Host 

Christoph is the founder of The Manchester Mindfulness Festival. His vision is simple: To organise an event in central Manchester that makes Mindfulness more accessible to both beginner and advanced practitioners, without bells, whistles or territoriality, but with inclusion, collaboration, and respect for the integrity and essence of Mindfulness.


He is a BAMBA Registered Mindfulness Teacher (MBSR), Learning & Development professional, and also teaches on the app, Insight Timer. His personal development book, ‘Life of a Lifetime,’ is published by Business Expert Press, NY. Christoph is particularly fascinated by the intersection of neuroscience, Mindfulness and spirituality. He is studying for a Master’s degree in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches at Bangor University. For MBSR courses with Christoph, visit his website.

Enactus (University of Manchester) will deliver a talk based on their @breathe.Manchester Project. You can also visit them at their stall! 

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Event Support 

& Select meditations in the Practice space 

I am a Mindfulness Teacher, on the Teacher Training Pathway with the Mindfulness Network, studying for a Master's in Mindfulness at Bangor University and a Trustee (Deputy Chair) of The Mindfulness Network. More info at I am also a Street Wizard at Street Wisdom (street-based creativity and mindfulness workshops). You can watch my TED talk on Street Wisdom, here. My quest is to use mindfulness as a tool to support individuals and businesses in the areas of wellbeing, productivity and an overall improved approach to living. My approach combines a passion for mindfulness, a range of teaching qualifications and understanding of the business world based on 30+ years of experience.



Event Support Lead

Ed is our Event Support Lead.

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Event Support

Philippa will be assisting guests at the festival. She has an administrative background, working mainly in the NHS.  Philippa now works for the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation as the Finance Officer/Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.

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Event Support

David is an experienced Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher. Visit his website for info on courses and drop-in sessions: BreatheEasy 

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