Sophie Sansom – Teacher Training Programme (TTP) Lead

lead the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Teacher Training Pathway for the Mindfulness Network (MN). I also work for Bangor University (BU) as Module Organiser for the teaching assessment modules on the Masters programme and am an apprentice teacher-trainer on the CMRP Masters and training programmes.  I am currently a Lead Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and an MBI-TAC assessor for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC).  

I am interested in exploring ways in which Mindfulness can impact key social challenges such as equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as the climate emergency. see the value of community in the field of secular mindfulness and as a result, founded SiTT (support for integrity in teaching and training), a peer-led community of mindfulness teachers, trainers and trainees that support one another to meet ongoing good practice guidelines at monthly meetings, community days and other events. 

Qualifications 

I graduated from University in 2001 with a degree in psychology. I have an MPhil and PhD in Psychology by Research, exploring features of mindfulness training in both secular and comparative religious contexts. My training as a mindfulness teacher and trainer began within a Buddhist context and has since been developed by the universities of Exeter, Oxford and Bangor and the Mindfulness Network.  

Further Information 

My family background bought me in to contact with Mindfulness practice at a young age, my father being ordained within Triratna Buddhist Order. After completing my doctorate, I undertook a period of reflection in monastic settings in India, Thailand, Burma and at a Tibetan monastery in Scotland. This time enabled me to put theory into practice, shaped my thinking and developed my wish to create a more mindful and compassionate society in which our children, and future generations can flourish.  

I can be contacted via email at sophie@mindfulness-network.org