The teachers in addition to extensive professional training, have each many years of personal practice in Meditation, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. They are secular in their approach and bear witness to the balance, strength and resilience that those practices have to offer, especially, in times of crisis in their own life.
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion allows us to grow by enriching our lives with self-kindness: promoting awareness and self-acceptance, regulating stress and emotion as well as extending our ability to savour more deeply the positive moments, to over shadow the difficult times and magnify the joy of living. Each day we can begin again, anew, revitalizing our body, mind and heart, to find renewed vitality and purpose.
Marie Bloomfield [B.Sc(psych.), M.Clin. Psych(UNSW), MAPS(Coll.Clin.Psych.)] is a leader in teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in Australia. She is a warm, experienced and engaging group facilitator, clinical psychologist and teacher. Marie is an accredited teacher who conducted over 20 Mindful Self-Compassion programs since 2014.
When Marie started working as a psychologist in 1980, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy(CBT) was the new evidence-based approach. Over the following 35 years, the field of psychology has evolved considerably and her work has kept up with the advances made in neuro-science. Following her own a personal meditation practice of 30 years, Marie began including Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in her professional work and in her private practice. She believes that mindfulness and self-compassion are key to promote well-being and healing for herself and for others. After extensive training she designed and presented her own Mindfulness and Self-Compassion group training programs (based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction- MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy- MBCT) in Canberra in 2011.
In 2013, Marie was keen to join Kristin Neff and Chris Germer when they co-created the program in Mindful Self-Compassion in the US. So in June 2014, Marie attended the first public residential Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training program presented by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer in California. Marie is one of the first few registered and accredited Mindful Self-Compassion trained teachers in Australia. She received initial formal Teacher Training in Mindful Self-Compassion from the designers of the program Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer as well as from Michelle Becker and Steve Hickman. Subsequently, Marie was individually mentored by a well-known teacher trainer and psychologist, Steven Hickman who is an expert in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion. Her competence was further accredited and certified by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the University of California in San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Since July 2014, Marie has conducted over twendy Mindful Self-Compassion programs for the general public but also workshops which specifically targeted health professionals.
Marie, as a clinical psychologist is also running a private practice in Canberra...
Mal Huxter (MAPS, AABCAP) is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Lismore, north of NSW. He has been teaching mindfulness and the four heart qualities to the general public, different cultures, clinical populations, therapists and other professionals since 1991. He began training in Buddhist meditation practices in 1975, living in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years in the late 1970’s. As well as Buddhist practices he has trained in a variety of third wave therapies and is a certified teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and a trained teacher of Mindful Self Compassion (MSC).
Mal is the author of “Healing the heart and mind with mindfulness. Ancient path, present moment” Routledge 2016