Michael Atkinson

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Thank you for choosing to explore our website and the work that we do. It's a pleasure to play a role in the mindfulness field which is ever-growing as new evidence emerges and more and more individuals and organisations wake up to its profound benefits.

I started my journey in mindfulness in the late 1990's after going through a difficult period of my life, and within a few months, my life was dramatically transformed. I did not need to be convinced that mindfulness meditation and the ancient wisdom that underpins it was indeed very powerful. I have practiced it ever since and it continues to surprise and motivate me in ways that I couldn't have initially imagined.

Teaching mindfulness is the most rewarding of all the professional roles I have done and is surely my vocation in life. Helping others to find mindfulness and watching it transform their lives is a privilege that I am profoundly grateful for, and one that I continue to find thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring.

I initially came to meditation through Buddhism. However, I have fully embraced the secular approach to mindfulness as it ensures an inclusive and accessible approach to all no matter what experience, faith, or philosophyHere are more details about my background:

  • Initially studied and practiced within a Buddhist context, and pursued ordination for a few years. I therefore have a deep understanding of the teachings that underpins modern mindfulness practice. 

  • Have taught mindfulness in a range of public and private contexts: large and small businesses (for example, Tarmac and the NHS Business Services Authority); local and national conferences; Further and Higher Education institutions; health-care; and one-to-one. I also run sessions online. 

  • I have collaborated with a range of mental health and mindfulness practitioners. For example, Dr Zoe Williams who is the resident GP on ITV's Good Morning Britain and presenter on the BBC's Trust Me I'm a Doctor; Through School of Mindfulness I continue to collaborate with a range of therapists and mindfulness practitioners. For example, Mindful Steps, Newcastle Psychologist and MBCT North-East.

  • I hold a national role as Chair of the Mindfulness in Medical Education (MiME) Special Interest Group for The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME). 

  • I have completed mindfulness teacher training with Suryacitta at Mindfulness CIC in Leicester and I am currently on the teacher training pathway with Mindfulness UK to become a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor.

  • I feature regularly on Radio Tyneside's morning programme with 'Morning Mindfulness' (Chris Eggett show)

  • Hold a First Degree in Philosophy, a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training, as well as a Masters in Education.

  • Taught A-level Philosophy and Critical Thinking for a few years after which I became a Teacher Educator - teaching the PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training at University of Sunderland. I am slo a Senior Fellow with Advance HE / Higher Education Academy.

  • Currently a full-time Lecturer (Teacher Educator) in Medical Education at Newcastle University. Here I also offer regular mindfulness sessions for staff and students as well as run the 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme which is offered to all staff and students.

  • Currently reviewing articles for 'Mindfulness' journal.

  • My current research is in mindfulness and clinical decision-making, mindfulness and resilience, and curriculum evaluation.