Vanessa Hope is an accredited mindfulness teacher and honorary lecturer with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. She has trained with teachers both from Bangor and the Center for Mindfulness, Massachusetts. She has a post-graduate diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and taught on the MSc in Mindfulness at Bangor University for five years. She has regular supervision as both teacher and trainer.

Vanessa has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1990 and was led to teaching Mindfulness because of the profound effect it has had on her own life. She attends retreats at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Gaia House and with Thich Nhat Hanh.

Vanessa's professional background was as a Homeopath, having been in practice since 1990. She has also lectured at several Homeopathy colleges and been a supervisor for both students and practitioners. She now works full-time as a Mindfulness Instructor teaching Mindfulness courses and Professional Training as well as offering supervision for The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.

Vanessa started teaching mindfulness-based courses for the general public in 2001. She has also run community-funded courses for the elderly, low-income groups, social workers, carers and mental health groups. She also now teaches Mindful Self-Compassion courses, based on the work of Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff and is now also a trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion.

For more information see: www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness