Vanessa Hope is an accredited mindfulness teacher and trainer with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), 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 1980 and was led to teaching Mindfulness because of the profound effect it has had on her own life. She has attended retreats at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Gaia House and with Thich Nhat Hanh and now works with a Zen teacher.
Vanessa's professional background was as a Homeopath, having been in practice since 1990. She also lectured at several Homeopathy colleges and was 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 CMRP.
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.
Vanessa contributed two chapters to the book 'The Mindfulness Breakthrough', which has been published in 8 languages and has now been reprinted as 'The Mindfulness Key'.
Since 2014 Vanessa has become passionately interested in the work being done in the compassion field and now teaches Mindful Self-Compassion courses, based on the work of Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff and is also a Teacher Trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion.