UWTSD host All-Wales Mindfulness Practitioners Conference


18.10.2018

The 5th All-Wales Mindfulness Practitioners Conference was held recently at the University’s Lampeter campus.

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The All-Wales Mindfulness Practitioners Conference is an annual event which is held in different locations every year. Often hosted by academic institutions and led by mindfulness practitioners, this year’s event also saw the launch of UWTSD’s 'Well-being and Mindfulness' project. Practitioners from around the country gathered in Lampeter with delegates and speakers from different sectors including education, the NHS, the prison service, a county council and freelance mindfulness teachers contributing on the day. This year’s keynote speaker was Sarah Silverton, a leading mindfulness teacher and author who in recent years has been at the forefront of developments in school curricula for mindfulness teaching for primary age children.

With such a range of experts, the conference celebrated good practice in relation to the groundbreaking ‘Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) report, Mindful Nation UK, which was published in 2015. This report explored mindfulness in key policy areas such as education, criminal justice, health and the workplace and informs activities going forward.

Heather Fish, Mindfulness and Well-being lecturer at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus, said:
"We were delighted to host the conference here in Lampeter this year and to bring together such a great array of speakers from the mindfulness world. Reflecting the burgeoning of mindfulness in schools in Wales, we were very pleased to hear from Sarah Silverton, co-developer of ground-breaking mindfulness programmes for primary school children, and some impactful case studies from schools in Swansea and Pembrokeshire.

It was our aim to create a day which nurtured our participants, and drove the important debate on the coordination, sustainability and funding of mindfulness in Wales in all sectors."

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Heather has also welcomed the launch of the University’s 'Well-being and Mindfulness' project which she has been part of since its inception this year.   She added:

“Mindfulness has had a lot of coverage in the media over the past few years.  For a meditative practice, with its roots in Buddhism, it is interesting to consider where the practice has found its place in the 21st century.   From the NHS, to schools, universities and heavy industry, more and more people are trying it out and finding that it can, indeed, be beneficial for our physical, emotional and mental health.

Therefore, it was pleasing to see the University’s 'Well-being and Mindfulness' project being officially launched.  UWTSD has engaged with the practice of mindfulness since 2013 when it launched a module focusing on mindfulness and the workplace.  A case study on this, with Tata Steel, featured in the Mindful Nation UK report. 

More recently Student Experience at UWTSD conducted a pilot programme of mindfulness for students on our Lampeter campus during the last academic year.   This year the course will be offered at Lampeter, Swansea and Carmarthen campuses.  The Well-being and Mindfulness Project is also collaborating with Carmarthenshire County Council on mindfulness for teachers, school staff and children.  We’re looking forward to seeing how the project develops in the coming years.”   

 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / Arwel.Lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk