About West Surrey Mindfulness Network Teachers

All teachers in the West Surrey Mindfulness Network follow the Good Practice Guidelines of the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers.

Alison Armstrong has been teaching mindfulness since 2013, running an average of 8 courses a year through her company Present Minds. Alison lives in Godalming and can be contacted at:
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Alison’s background is as an academic studying mindfulness in relation to sustainability, gaining her PhD in 2012 from the University of Surrey. She has trained as a mindfulness teacher with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, taking Level I training in 2011 and Level II in 2015. She has an ongoing personal practice,
having begun meditating over 20 years ago. She teaches in the community, as well as within the workplace, NHS, and for charities supporting those with mental health difficulties. She has trained as a yoga teacher (2005, Devon School of Yoga), and worked for 10 years in industry as an engineer in the UK and USA. She currently works for The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well doing research on Well-being in Older Age

Amy McMillan is a mindfulness, yoga and primary school teacher. She teaches in the community, schools, workplace and retreats. She qualified through Mindfulness UK in 2015 and is also trained through the Mindfulness in Schools Project to offer the Paws B curriculum to 7-11 year olds.  Amy is based in Guildford and can be contacted at:-


07884 264555

Ann Wood has a special interest in the wellbeing of families and children. Having trained at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, she teaches Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP). MBCP is an antenatal course which can be delivered over 9 weeks or as weekend workshop.

Claire Garthwaite is a doctor, a general practitioner by training and teaches mindfulness in the community in the Guildford area and in schools, businesses and the NHS. She can be contacted at:
07787 517859
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Claire has trained as a mindfulness teacher with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University (TTR1&2), and completed Mindfulness in Schools Project training  to teach mindfulness to 7-11 year olds, 11-18 year olds and teaching staff. She has attended several masterclasses at Oxford university to teach mindfulness in non-clinical settings, in businesses and to the medical profession. She has attended teacher training workshop with Jon Kabat-Zinn. She has a regular on going mindfulness practice and is supervised by a senior trainer from Bangor University. She attends regular workshops, conferences and retreats.
Medical Qualifications: MBchB, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP

Collette Cousins is an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher. She offers two types of course – ‘Mindfulness for Health – living with pain and illness’ and ‘Mindfulness for Stress’. She can be contacted at:
07773 386858
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She has a regular personal mindfulness practice and practices mindful movement in the form of yoga and Tai Chi. Collette is also a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor registered with BACP. She works in a school, supporting staff, parents and students age 7-18.

Dereca Trevail is a nurse who trained in MBCT at The Oxford Mindfulness Centre and then did specialist training in MBCT for cancer at The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.  She also teaches regularly at a local Hospice.  She can be contacted at

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 She has a regular on going mindfulness practice and is supervised by a senior trainer from Bangor University. She attends regular workshops, conferences and retreats including Masterclasses at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.’

Gill Johnson has been facilitating mindfulness courses for the general public, schools, hospitals and workplaces (as an independent consultant and a volunteer) since 2009. She is always happy to hear from you:
07785 921950
Read moreShe has an on-going personal mindfulness practice.  She has trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University (MBSR level 1 & 2, level 3 – Jan 2016), John Teasdale and Christina Feldman, Breathworks, Mark Williams and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (MBCT), Michael Chaskalson, Susan Kaiser-Greenland, the Mindfulness in Schools Project and Jon Kabat-Zinn.  She is currently enrolled on the Masters programme at Bangor, and is supervised by Ciaran Saunders (core team tutor at Bangor).

Helen Banks trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at Oxford University, where she also completed further training to deliver Mindfulness in the Workplace.  Helen can be contacted at:
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 Helen has also qualified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) to help adolescents manage stress & anxiety and develop resilience.  Helen teaches mindfulness to the general public from The Brightspace Studio on the edge of Farnham and at venues across  the area. She also runs workshops and programmes in businesses, hospitals and charities and has delivered mindfulness keynotes at events in Europe.Before forming Brightspace, Helen held board positions in a number of global corporations and has experienced first-hand the pressures of juggling a demanding career, childcare, home and voluntary commitments. Helen is supervised by a senior trainer at Oxford University and regularly attends training, conferences and retreats.  She has a particular interest in the latest research and combines this with her ongoing personal practice of over 10 years, to offer evidence-based, experiential teaching.

Jackie McGarry began teaching mindfulness in an NHS community mental health team in 2011, and since 2015 has also taught MBSR courses in the Guildford area. She can be contacted at:
07985 656014
Read moreShe initially trained in teaching mindfulness one to one in 2010 with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University before going on to train as a mindfulness teacher of MBSR again with Bangor in 2013  at Level I and Level II  in 2016.  Trained as a mental health nurse, Jackie has a personal practice of mindfulness meditation going back over 20 years.

Paul Jeffrey is a secondary school teacher who has been practising mindfulness for six years and has been facilitating courses for three years. He runs courses within his school for students and staff, for staff at neighbouring schools and also to members of the public. He has trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project and offers .b and .b foundations courses within schools. He has also run courses for adults within the wider community, following training at Bangor University. He can be contacted at:
01428 684039
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Paul has worked in a variety of educational settings – as a craft teacher, squash coach, support worked for young people with learning difficulties, history teacher and pastoral Head of Year. He thoroughly enjoys the process of working with adults and young people to help them understand their own interests and experiences, and to help them see how mindfulness might help them further enjoy and enrich their lives.

Rachel Crookenden is a Chartered Physiotherapist and has recently completed an extensive programme of further training with MindfulnessUK. Rachel is qualified to deliver the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) and is registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teachers and the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA). Rachel is based in Guildford and can be contacted at
07795 106478

Suzette Jones is a Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health, Kings College University London. As the Health & Well-being Adviser, Communities Engagement Team, Diocese of Guildford (The Church of England), she delivers and facilitates training, talks and supports groups on a range of health and social issues including mental health, disability, Modern Day Slavery, Mindfulness and well-being to the faith, voluntary and statutory sectors. A liftlong Christian meditator she has been teaching mindfulness for over six years offering introductory, drop-in and courses which are open to all regardless of faith or none. She can be contacted at:
01483 790335