Mindfulness
Connected

The why and the how explained clearly in presentations, group activities and guided mindfulness meditations.

Our approach

Mindfulness Connected brings together personal development and organisational change. 
Consulting, co-design and implementation with Mindfulness Connected enacts change at each level.

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Bringing people together

Mindfulness Connected training brings people together to use mindfulness techniques in a familiar workplace context. Clear, structured explanations, group exercises and short, guided mindfulness meditations help to explain how the mind works at the same time as providing opportunities for experiential learning.

Mindfulness for the individual

On an individual level, Mindfulness techniques enable us to defuse stress triggered by challenging situations and can help us to flourish in demanding working environments. We are all affected by the moods, speech and actions of other people. If we respond to the challenges we face more thoughtfully and compassionately, it can have a positive impact on the decisions we make, our wellbeing and those around us.

Mindfulness for the group

We are social beings and how we think and feel is closely connected to the way we relate to others. Our approach uses the way we experience social interactions in the group to understand the connection between positive emotions, relationships and mindfulness and how we can foster these for the benefit of ourselves and others.

Evolution

The Mindfulness Connected approach was developed from experience gained teaching “Frantic World” courses to CVS vets (the largest provider of veterinary services in the UK) combined with a social model of human experience. This takes mindfulness from its application as a therapy to a programme for personal development, leadership and organisational change.

Evolution

Background to Our Approach

: 2017: Mindfulness - Based Organisational Education (MBOE)

Our trademark course – Adapts Frantic World Programme to teach social mindfulness

  • A scientifically tested organisational mindfulness programme

  • Teaches mindfulness of thought, body and emotion in a social context

  • Develops ability to describe experience with colleagues

  • Empowers staff to engage in systemic change

: 2016: Making Mindfulness Meaningful and Accessible

Chapter 10, by Mark Leonard in ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace’

  • Describes teaching method developed for Frantic World Programme

  • Explains mind/body connection and function of body-based awareness

  • Explains the connection between mindfulness and social interactions

  • Argues that mindfulness is best applied as organisational change

: 2011: Frantic World Workplace Programme for CVS Vets

An evidence-informed mindfulness course for the workplace based on MBCT

  • Case study in Mindfulness Initiative’s Building the Case for Mindfulness at Work
  • Includes didactic teaching, group activities and guided meditations

  • 25% time commitment of MBCT but shown to effectively reduce stress

  • Based on ‘Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’

: 2002: Mindfulness - Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

An evidence-based meditation course tested in clinical trials

  • Combines MBSR with CBT

  • Approved by NICE for use on NHS

  • As effective as antidepressants or CBT

  • Reduces the tendency to apply “problem-solving” to mood

: 1990: Mindfulness - Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

First secular mindfulness course

  • Relies on experiential learning facilitated by teacher

  • Semi-intensive meditation course over 8 weeks

  • Therapeutic approach for groups

  • Based on Buddhist meditation

: 1979: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Provides scientific basis of mindfulness as therapy

  • One-to-one therapy

  • Investigates psychological and behavioural patterns

  • Challenges negative thinking and beliefs

  • Strong evidence-base

Meet the team

  • Mark Leonard

    Course Designer and Lead Practioner

    • Many years of personal and professional experience in mindfulness
    • Key role in establishing the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
    • Taught the first "Frantic World" courses in the workplace
    • Taught the first MBCT course to Oxford students
    • Innovator building new teaching approaches - from a therapy to systemic change
  • Chris Jack

    Researcher & Technologist

    • PhD student, Media and Art Technology Programme, Queen Mary University of London
    • Co-designer of the Mindfulness Connected App
    • Researching & designing mindfulness and contemplative technologies
    • Interested in leveraging digital technologies for well-being and perspective taking
  • Robin Leonard

    Practitioner & Designer

    • Trained under Mark Williams at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
    • Co-designer of the Mindfulness Connected app
    • Meditating since his teens
    • Taught mindfulness to staff at the Maudsley, South London
    • Enjoys demystifying meditation and making it accessible to his peers
  • Adele Krusche

    Researcher

    • DPhil Psychiatry, Oxford
    • Research Fellow at University of Southampton
    • Specialising in Web-based mindfulness resources
    • Author of a number of studies published in peer review journals
    • Currently submitting a paper on Mark Leonard's work delivering 30 mindfulness courses to staff at CVS vets, the largest supplier of veterinary services in Europe

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