People

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.

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Rosalie is a co-director of Optimal Living, and a full time mindfulness and yoga teacher. She has completed a five year mindfulness training  and holds a Masters Degree with distinction in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches. She also holds a certificate of teacher competency.   Rosalie teaches Distance Learning programmes and supervises mindfulness teachers for the Centre for Mindfulness Bangor.

Rosalie is a co-director of Optimal Living, and a full time mindfulness and yoga teacher. She has completed a five year mindfulness training  and holds a Masters Degree with distinction in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches. She also holds a certificate of teacher competency.   Rosalie teaches Distance Learning programmes and supervises mindfulness teachers for the Centre for Mindfulness Bangor. http://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/staff/rosaliedores.php.en

She 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. Her guiding principle in her work is that we all have the capacity for well-being it’s just a case of learning how to tap into our rich inner resources. What we are looking for is already there!

Peter Kennedy

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