Mark taught the first courses based on the best selling book Mindfulness: A Practical Guided to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman. He initially delivered these to students at Oxford University before later teaching around thirty courses to staff of CVS Vets, the largest supplier of veterinary services in Europe.
Mark helped to establish the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), and was Champion of the OMC ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace’ Project. He went on to establish the OMC workplace training spin-off, The Mindfulness Exchange, before working with M4C.
Originally working in fisheries and waste management, Mark came to the conclusion that raising awareness and policy were never going to effect the changes we need to see in society, to make a sustainable world. He realised the solution had to be behaviour change, and that meditation was the key. Mark then got involved in fundraising for the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and helped to establish the Oxford Mindfulness Centre with Professor Mark Williams, Geoffrey Bamford, Venerable Dhammasami, Marjorie Wallace and others.
Mark has led the field in adapting mindfulness, from an evidence-based approach – designed for therapy – to short courses for the workplace and for the general public. These were always just steps on the path to finding a way of teaching meditation to the widest possible audience.
Mark’s goal is to positively change behaviour – to bring about systemic change in organisations, and in wider society; to shift our priorities from self-interest to quality of experience and better relationships, producing a happier, more equitable society with a reduced environmental footprint, making a better world for all.
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