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tessa watt

“For me, mindfulness is a lifelong path which helps
us to appreciate life fully instead of rushing through it.“

Tessa is a mindfulness teacher and consultant, running workshops in organisations as well as the 8-week MBSR/MBCT course since 2009. She enjoys supporting people to develop their mindfulness journey beyond the 8-week course, and offers regular 'graduate' retreat days and courses in London.

Communicating about mindfulness has been a big part of her work: She is the author of the books Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide (Icon, 2012) and Mindful London (Virgin, 2014). She’s also an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, one of the world's leading organisations for Mindfulness training, and teaches mindfulness in the Houses of Parliament.

Tessa has been practising meditation for 25 years, and is an experienced instructor at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. She's a fully qualified yoga teacher, and has completed the Teacher Development Retreats 1 & 2 run by the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, Bangor University. She is also a co-teacher on the Mental Health Foundation's online mindfulness course, at www.bemindful.co.uk. In her earlier career she was a Research Fellow in History at Cambridge University, and a Senior Producer with BBC Radio and Music. She has a PhD in History (Cambridge) and a Masters degree in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation (SOAS).

Tessa is an Associate of the Mindfulness Initiative, a team supporting the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness at Westminster, and co-author of the Workplace chapter of the Mindful Nation UK report. She has taught mindfulness at a range of workplaces including Transport for London, Jaguar Land Rover, Penguin Random House, Accenture, Amazon, GE Healthcare, Bayer, PwC, Otsuka , Helaba, University of Westminster, Lambeth College, Health Education England.

Tessa has two daughters (almost grown up) and lives in Balham, south London. Her passions include dancing, theatre and the arts, Georgian singing, canoeing and being in nature.

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