Growing Edges is the website of Barbara Reid. I am a long-time meditator and Mindfulness practitioner, and have trained at Bangor University as a teacher of Mindfulness-based approaches to health, stress reduction, personal development, and well-being. I teach 8-week Mindfulness courses regularly, and I also train and supervise teachers at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.
My own journey into Mindfulness began over 15 years ago with a series of mid-life crises, and a chance meeting with a long-term Buddhist meditation practitioner and former monk. This set me on the path of discovering meditation and Mindfulness practice, and since then I have maintained a daily practice (as best I can!). Over the years I have trained and studied with a number of teachers from the secular field, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mark Williams, Saki Santorelli, Chris Germer, Rick Hanson, Jan Chozen Bays, Paul Gilbert and Kristine Neff, as well as with teachers from the wisdom traditions and from Buddhism.
I discovered MBSR/MBCT through what is often referred to as the seminal 'green book' by Segal, Williams and Teasdale in which they set out their programme for MBCT. I remember thinking more or less 'hey, this is just what I did'. Mark Williams by that point had established the training programme at Bangor University for teachers of Mindfulness, and I joined this in 2007. I have since completed my Master's there, and have returned to join the teaching team. The largest part of my work however is teaching Mindfulness-based courses for groups, individuals, organisations, companies, and private clients.
As for my wider story, my background is as a university lecturer/researcher in public and social policy, a career I left in 2007 to commit myself more to Mindfulness teaching. I continue to teach in university as part of the Mindfulness teacher-training team at Bangor University, while also developing and delivering a range of Mindfulness courses in this region. Taking part in meditation retreats, and reflecting on my practice regularly with a supervisor are important to me. I live just outside Peterborough with my partner.
I am registered as a Mindfulness Based Teacher with the UK Register of Mindfulness Based Teachers - https://www.mindfulness-network.org/listingspagenew.php Registered teachers have completed a recognised training of at least 12 months, maintain a personal Mindfulness practice, are in regular supervision, participate in regular CPD, and in Mindfulness retreats.
Growing Edges as an organisation is also registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Trainers as a Mindfulness teacher training organisation. This means that we are able to offer teacher training programmes that meet the strict Network standards.
We work closely with other local MBSR/MBCT teachers who meet the UK Network's training standards or are working towards them.