mindfulness stress reduction, Edinburgh, mindfulness meditation

Dr AVINASH BANSODE M.B.B.S (India), Postgraduate in Mindfulness Based Approaches (Bangor, UK)

​ My main background is in Medicine and Buddhist Psychology, especially with Mindfulness-Based Approaches (MBA's).

 With 25 years of training in mindfulness and medicine through leading Universities in the UK (Bangor and Oxford) and India (Mumbai and Pune), I have carved a career in teaching mindfulness that I deeply love and passionately share. After years of practising as a GP, I decided to embark on full-time mindfulness teaching role as my interest has always been in preventative and integrative medicine.   (Click Here to Read More)


Derek has been practising mindfulness and related meditation techniques for nearly forty years, mainly within a Buddhist context. He has, more recently, also trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University to teach in accordance with the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme. 

He has a keen interest in exploring the broader mindfulness culture, especially its literary developments, the historical background to the practice and the complementary skills in kindness and compassion. Derek currently edits the Mindfullybeing monthly newsletter.


​Ann has been practising Mindfulness and Tai-Chi since 2000 and teaching this approach for well-being since 2005. Ann has completed two years Mindfulness and Compassion Training with Rob Nairn at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland during which she attended number of retreats exploring mindfulness meditation. 

Ann’s experience and insight through the practice of mindful movement has led her naturally to explore and study mindfulness practices. She now delivers mindfulness courses and leads the Day Retreats. She also delivers training for organisations including Edinburgh Council, Deaf Action and Scottish Huntingtons Association.

​“Come, come, Whoever you are. 

Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. 

Ours is not a caravan of despair. 

Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. 

​Come, yet again, 

Come, Come.” ​

Rumi​ (Sufi Poet)