This Mindful Life CIC
This Mindful Life CIC was officially formed in June 2017 with the aim of expanding the reach of Mindfulness to diverse communities in Hertfordshire, London and Cambridge. Prior to June 2017 This Mindful Life had been delivering mindfulness courses since spring 2014 but had not been through the formal route of formation as a CIC. This Mindful Life was formed by Becky Ridgewell, who continues to provide mindfulness courses and training through This Mindful Life CIC.
Becky Ridgewell, Teacher and Director of This Mindful Life CIC
Last autumn I was ‘featured teacher’ on Be Mindful, read my entry here: bemindful.co.uk/…_teacher/becky-ridgewell
I am a qualified teacher who has worked in the public and not-for-profit sector for more than ten years. During my teaching career I have taught both adults and children in the UK and abroad. I gained a PGCE from the Institute of Education in 2007. I followed this up with QTLS (Qualified Teacher in the Learning and Skills Sector) in 2011 which allows me to teach in both adult education and in other settings, such as schools. I have been teaching Mindfulness-Based courses to diverse communities since 2014. I have recently been accepted on to the UK Mindfulness Network’s list of Mindfulness teachers. UKMN_2017_18_MAY
My Mindfulness Practice: I have been meditating (patchily at first!) since I was 16 when I discovered a chant in a magazine which helped calm my exam nerves. Since then I have meditated with varying degrees of success. At first, using it only when stressed, meditation did not have a great impact. Then in 2001 I studied Yoga, Movement and Meditation in Rishikesh, India and made meditation part of a weekly practice alongside yoga. In 2006 I started learning about secular mindfulness meditation and started daily meditation practice. This led me to complete an MBSR course (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), taught by Michael Chaskalson, to consolidate my meditation practice. I attend at least one silent retreat each year to help deepen and support my practice and teaching.
My Mindfulness Teacher Training: In 2012 I decided to combine my interest in mindfulness meditation and my experience as a teacher by training to teach mindfulness. I undertook a reflective practice journal to deepen my practice and to get to know each meditation taught on Mindfulness-Based courses thoroughly. As well as the mindfulness teacher training and CPD events detailed below I also hold a Teaching Qigong for Health Certificate which I incorporate into my Mindfulness-Based courses.
|2013||Teach .b certificate||Mindfulness in Schools Project|
|2014||Inquiry Process in Mindfulness-Based Courses||CMRP Bangor University|
|2014||Teaching Mindfulness/MBCT to Non-Clinical Populations||Oxford Mindfulness Centre|
|2015||Certificate of Readiness to Teach MBLC||Mindfulness Association|
|2015||Mindful Self-Compassion Skills||London Meditation|
|2016||Nurturing Parents – Mindfulness-Based Well-being for Parents||Tavistock & Portman/CMRP Bangor|
|2016||From Isolation to Empowerment: Groupwork with Refugees and Asylum Seekers||Institute of Group Analysis|
|2017||Mindfulness-Based Interventions from the Inside facilitated by Jon Kabat-Zinn||Oxford Mindfulness Centre|
|2017||Mindfulness in Society Conference. Workshops facilitated by Vidyamala Burch, Sharon Saltzberg and Rick Hanson.||Mindfulness Association|
|2018||Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: MBSR & MBCT Foundations||GAIA House|
Mindfulness Supervisor Training
I am registered with Be Mindful as a Mindfulness Teacher and I am a member of The Mindfulness Association. I follow the UK Network Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/…/teacher-guidelines.pdf and I have recently been accepted on to the UK Mindfulness Network’s list of Mindfulness teachers. UKMN_2017_18_MAY
My teaching is further supported by being part of various mindfulness-based practitioner networks, online groups and through monthly mindfulness supervision. I invest in CPD (Continuing Professional Development) whenever possible to support and enhance my mindfulness teaching, recent CPD has included training on teaching mindfulness to parents and a workshop on loving kindness facilitated by Sharon Saltzberg alongside a day of practice and inquiry facilitated by Jon Kabat-Zinn. My most recent 7 day teacher-led retreat was in September 2018 at Gaia House facilitated by Chris Cullen, Christine Feldman and John Peacock, Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Read more about the retreats I have attended here: Retreats Attended
Alongside teaching mindfulness I coordinate a dynamic charitable therapeutic service for refugees and asylum seekers. In this role I bring mindfulness into the work place. I am currently training as a therapist, to read more about my training to date follow this link here: Retreats Attended When not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, writing and doing yoga. I have two children and I am a keen allotment keeper.
More about my mindfulness practice:
I am a secular mindfulness practitioner. You can read my blog, usually updated once a month, with reflections on my practice and aspects of mindfulness. I blog because I think it’s important to be authentic about mindfulness. I’m not a wise sage who surrounds her practice in mystery. I have a busy life and I am very much a work in progress. I live in the real, hectic, modern world of managing childcare needs, the school run, commuting to a demanding charity sector job, squeezed finances and juggling to balance work and family life. I don’t live in a monastery or even a large house with a quiet study that I can retreat to for some undisturbed meditation.
I integrate my daily mindfulness practice into a busy life. Sometimes I practise in my living room or my daughter’s bedroom (which frequently involves clearing the floor of lego prior to any practice – mindful cleaning!). I often practise on the train as I commute to work, at other times I practise as I walk. It can be hard to find the time but I passionately believe it’s worth finding that time. I think it’s important to be honest that undertaking to do anything everyday is a challenge but with mindfulness meditation the effort ultimately pays dividends in terms of quality of life and well-being.