Welcome to Optimal Living CIC

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About Optimal Living


(MBSR) programmes as devised by  Jon Kabat Zinn and colleagues at the Umass medical centre, Massachusetts. Our teachers have completed five-year Masters degrees at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, Wales and are trained to teach both MBSR and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). We adhere to the UK Guidelines for Good Practice:






expresses our commitment and care for our participants.  From the moment you telephone or email regarding the course, through your pre-course telephone conversation, until the eighth week of your course. From start to finish, you are in contact with your teacher. We also keep our groups small to create an optimal learning environment for all our participants, one where each person feels valued, and more practically, where there is enough time for each person to receive the attention they have paid for, and deserve.



of our teaching is a commitment to personal practice and a confidence that each individual already has the capacity to live mindfully and with a greater sense of ease and wellbeing. Our teachers simply point you on your way.


  • Participants report :


  • An enhanced quality of life with greater joy and happiness in the simple things of life.

  • Reduced stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, physical pain and insomnia.

  • An increased ability to relax, improved self-confidence and greater emotional resilience in the face of life challenges.

  • A growing capacity for self care and self kindness.




About Us

ROSALIE & PETER, co directors of Optimal Living, both completed five-year Masters degrees in teaching 

Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor University. Both teachers have committed personal practices and a deep wish to share the benefits of being mindful with others.

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Rosalie Dores MA, is a full time mindfulness and yoga teacher in Central London. She also teaches Distance Learning programmes and supervises mindfulness teachers for the Centre for Mindfulness Bangor.





Rosalie is a guest teacher with The Metta Foundation, an organization devoted to teaching interpersonal meditation practice, under the guidance of Gregory Kramer.

She has been practicing & studying meditation and yoga for the past 20 years. Both practices became part of her life during a time of personal challenge and their effectiveness have meant that they have remained with her ever since. Rosalie is committed to creating well-being in all areas of her life and is keen to share the benefits of her journey with others. Mindfulness teaching is her vocation.

Rosalie regularly attends solitary and interpersonal retreats and is committed to ongoing professional and personal development.


Peter KennedyPeter Kennedy, MSc,  is co-director of Optimal Living CIC. He has been teaching mindfulness based programmes since 2005. He has been a qualified social worker for seventeen years, working mainly with people dealing with life threatening illnesses, those requiring end of life care, and those with substance misuse and mental health difficulties. His motivation to become a mindfulness trainer came after he recognised the benefits of such an approach to his own personal well-being and happiness.


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I appreciated the emphasis on kindness to ourselves. I came to see during the course (particularly on the retreat day) how essential that is to valuing our life and our experiences (ie the only things we have!)” Emma – Lawyer

Course structure

WE OFFER experiential eight-week courses, distance learning and one to one courses, workshops and retreats to the general public, and customised courses for organisations. The central component for all our courses is the home practice.

Course materials



The course includes:


  • Instruction in mindfulness meditation and gentle movement meditation.


  • Facilitated group dialogues to develop and support understanding and learning.


  • Guidance and support for learning tailored to individuals needs.


  • Daily assignments to encourage the integration of mindfulness into daily life.A custom made home practice manual to support learning.


  • Three guided meditation CD’s to facilitate home practice. A full day of mindfulness to deepen ones learning and practice.


“I thought what you gave us as our teacher was really amazing.I particularly appreciated your sense of humour, lack of pretension, and the intelligence and grace with which you drew out and wove together the raw material of what we said. I also found that the way you expressed thoughts and ideas made them more meaningful and accessible to me.”