We met while undertaking our Masters training in teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor University. We recognised in each other qualities of deep kindness and compassion and the shared wish to make the benefits of mindfulness accessible to as many people as possible. We decided to set up Optimal Living CIC, a not-for-profit company.
We believe that in order to live optimally, it is important that we recognise our own innate capacity for well-being, and the endless potentials we have to realise this right here, right now in the present moment.
Rosalie is the co-director of Optimal Living CIC. Her professional background was in further education teaching English to minority and refugee groups. Now she is a full time mindfulness teacher as well as running a mindful Yoga practice. Rosalie has completed a five year MA in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches and holds a Certificate of Teacher Competency, both from the University of Bangor. She teaches Distance Learning programmes for, and is a Supervisor at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice
She has been practicing meditation and yoga for twenty years. Both practices became part of her life during a time of personal challenge, and their effectiveness have remained with her ever since. She considers her teaching work a vocation and is actively involved in the wider mindfulness community where she facilitates interpersonal mindfulness days and professional development workshops. She receives regular supervision for her practice and follows the University of Bangor’s guidelines for good practice.
Rosalie is an avid reader and student of living well. She loves walking in nature, practicing meditation, engaging in deep conversations and a good laugh.
Peter is co-director of Optimal Living CIC. He has been teaching mindfulness based programmes since 2005, and has completed a five year MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches from the University of Wales. 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.
In the past four years he has developed and manages an end of life care service for people experiencing homelessness within a large London based homeless charity.He has practiced meditation for the last ten years and his motivation to become a mindfulness trainer has arisen from the benefits of taking such an approach to his own personal well-being and happiness. He receives regular supervision for his personal and professional practice, and follow Bangor’s guidelines for good practice.
Jim Clark is an associate teacher of Optimal Living CIC. He is an experienced mindfulness teacher who has been teaching mindfulness courses since 2010 under appropriate supervision, though has been practicing/studying meditation for the past 14 years. He has also trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, and has completed a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University. Jim also works full time as a CBT therapist in the NHS where he uses cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness with clients from a range of backgrounds