"What is Mindful Culture? A critical, appreciative perspective." 9th Annual Conference: 16 Sept 2022

If culture is made up of the values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours shared by a group of people - then how can mindfulness and a greater awareness of social inequalities transform the status quo? Our keynote speakers will share their research and experience of how mindfulness can contribute to a more inclusive culture.

Keynote speakers:

  • Opening address from Jane Padmore, Chief Executive Sussex Partnership 
  • Chris Ruane:  Creating a mindfulness culture in politics
  • Miia Chamber: Co-producing a radically caring culture
  • Chris Tamdjidi: Transforming our mind, transforming our culture: Mindfulness in organisational life
  • Prof Willem Kuyken: Is mindfulness (based cognitive therapy) coming of age? The story so far and a vision for the future.

Find out about the speakers in this blog post

With workshops:

  1. Beyond the Basics - Exploring mindfulness-based inclusion training  - Dean Francis
  2. Mindful Calligraphy - Juan Du 
  3. Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention; Using mindfulness to bring perspective and choice to addictive behaviours - Nicky Mouat
  4. Mindfulness Research - Clara Strauss
  5. Widening the field: Mindfulness as Social Practice - Rosalie Dores
  6. Poetry and Mindful Reflection - Heather Ball and Hazel Ragoonanan

Find out more about the workshops and the people leading them here, and the theme of the conference here

Find out more and buy your tickets here

See more details on the flyer and the programme.


Previous conferences

8th Sussex Mindfulness Centre Annual Conference 

"Emerging from COVID: extending mindfulness reach to schools, politics and marginalised groups"

See films of our speakers below:

Caroline Lucas: The impact of Mindfulness in Politics

Prof Willem Kuyken: Stepping back and taking a wider view. Preventing depression and realising human potential across the lifespan

Byron Lee: ‘Mindfulness – a source of liberation or masked oppression?’

Celia Heneage and Nicola Smith:  Mindfulness with people with learning disabilities (Film credit: Sonam Nguyen Temple)


Mindfulness for people with learning disabilities (Gill Hurren, Nicola Smith, Lucy Westcott and Celia Heneage, with a contribution from L’Arche Bognor Regis. Film credit: Rob Claveria)

Mindfulness for staff – colluding or coping? (Robert Marx and Clara Strauss)

Mindfulness for people with an emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) diagnosis (Hannah Shutt, Lisa Ransom, Kate Axford)

Mindfulness and climate activism (Abbie Mead and Tamsin Bishton)

Handout: Mindfulness and Climate Activism next steps

Extending mindfulness demographics, expectations & provisions (SMC Mindfulness advocates)

Advocates background note

HaMakom: Jewish mindfulness (Bev Cohen and Solomon Slade)

Are there any positive ‘side effects’ of COVID-19? Insights from neuroscience and a personal journey (Helga Dittmar) See the presentation here.

6th Annual Conference 2018

Friday 21st Sept 2018, Sussex Education Centre in Hove 

The theme of our 2018 conference was community mindfulness: staying connected, local and accessible. We had workshops, mindfulness practice, discussions and short talks led by mindfulness teachers, researchers and service users. View the programme.

5th SMC Annual Conference, 2017


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