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We are based in Leicestershire and Coventry University, our mindfulness and compassion meditation courses and our stress management events are run in London, Birmingham all over UK and now in Europe and Australia.

Suryacitta and Dr Liz Sparkes have established an MSc in mindfulness and compassion at the University of Coventry. They will be teaching there from September 2016.

Suryacitta Malcolm Smith

“Suryacitta – probably the best mindfulness teacher in the UK, in my experience.” Ed McBain

Suryacitta Malcolm Smithis one of the most experienced mindfulness teachers in the UK, starting his practice in 1989.  He is the author of three books, ‘finding contentment through mindfulness’ published in 2011 and Mindfulness and Compassion – Embracing life with Loving Kindness, 2015. Both published by Ivy Press, and A Mindful life, Who’s this in the shower with me, how to get out of your head and start living.

He has taught mindfulness and compassion meditation to 1000s of people in the UK and abroad. From 2001 to 2005 he lived in a meditation retreat centre, dedicated to intensive practice and teaching.

He is known as the teacher’s teacher having taught many of the teachers in Leicestershire, the UK and Europe.

He is renowned for his absolute down-to-earth approach, and for his simplicity, clarity and humour in teaching, being free of mindfulness jargon and cliches.

Watch a 3 minute video of Suryacitta teaching in Australia.

He has co-designed the MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion at Coventry University where he also lectures.  He is an expert practitioner and spends his time teaching others what he has learnt.

As well as Coventry University Suryacitta teaches and speaks around the world. If you would like to invite him to teach or speak just drop us a line.

Suryacitta also teaches mindfulness to sports people to enhance performance.

He is a UK network accredited mindfulness teacher and follows the UK network good practice guidelines. 

Suryacitta appears regularly on BBC Radio Leicester presenting the ‘thought for the day’.

“You have a rare gift of communicating in a way that challenges and explains in such a simple way.” Laurie

Gaynor Quilter

Gaynor Quilter, co-founder of Mindfulness CIC has worked in charities for over 30 years, principally with young people including homeless, parenting and mental health. She was CEO of Alone in London and Apex Works. Gaynor’s interests lie in the alignment between values, culture and behaviours.

Gaynor has been practising mindfulness for over 10 years. She came to the practice after the death of her Mum and found that mindfulness allowed her to stay in her body rather then her head. She found it the most helpful way of experiencing pain and loss. She also uses focusing as a creative process to help her understand her emotional life. Gaynor has a degree from Bradford University and attended mindfulness teacher training at Bangor University.

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Liz, another of our principal teachers is a registered Health Psychologist. She is currently course director for the MSc Health Psychology at Coventry University.

In 2013 Liz was awarded her PhD in pain psychology. The thesis investigated factors that impact upon pain treatment success. Liz has a number of publications on pain and women’s health, and is now focusing her research interests particularly in mindfulness and maternal health/pain.

Liz completed her teacher training in mindfulness with Suryacitta and hasn’t looked back. She is passionate about teaching mindfulness to both students in an academic context alongside running groups for those wanting to develop their knowledge and practice of mindfulness. As well as lecturing at Coventry University Liz also trains individuals to teach mindfulness and feels that it is important to provide ongoing support to those choosing to teach. Please click here to see Liz’s academic profile.

Martin Dennis

Suryacitta started to teach me about meditation in 2009. It would have been wonderful to have started years ago! I have found that mindfulness can produce remarkable benefits and I really enjoy working with groups on courses. I have now retired from my job as a Surgeon and now spending time teaching mindfulness and compassion meditation in a variety of settings.

Marnie Aston

Marnie AstonMarnie has worked with children young people
adults and families. Being a teacher in a primary school was a solid foundation for her educational work and she has worked in educational psychology since 2003.

Marnie gained her Phd from Tavistock clinic, London in 2012. Marnie works as a psychologist
in private practice. She is the director of Imagine Inclusion who promotes emotional well-being, inclusion and creativity for all.

Throughout Marnie’s life spiritually has helped her swim and survive in the ‘River of Life’.  Marnie has attended various Retreats and Courses with Suryacitta and Gaynor and has a daily mindfulness practice.

Marnie and Gaynor have been facilitating and sharing resources with young people through the use of Mindfulness and the arts to actively support their mental health and build life skills that will sustain them in their futures.


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Emma Wardropper
Teresa Costa


Mindfulness at work in UK and Europe.

Mindfulness in action in Bristol and Cardiff with Vishvapani.

Make Mindfulness Work is based in North East England and they run events for the public, health and corporate.

Breathworks mindfulness for pain and illness in Manchester and North West.

Mindfulness in Nottingham with Jake Dartington.

Everyday Mindfulness a wonderful resource or of inspiring stories of people’s experience or mindfulness and a forum started by Gareth Walker.

Mindful Medicine for mindfulness in Nottingham area run by Karen Neil.

Mindfulness Courses in Liverpool, Manchester and Wales with DR Collette Power.

Happiness and how it happens by

“A perfect beginners handbook. Absolutely spot on and beautifully designed.”

Emma Thompson – Oscar winning actress

Mindfulness and Compassion by

“Suryacitta writes in a way that everyone can understand and relate to. I found his book fascinating and enlightening.”

A Mindful Life by

“A Mindful Life focuses on four key concepts: meditation, controlling the overthinking mind, learning to embrace negative emotion, and understanding the meaning of mindful living.”

Happiness and how it happens by

“A perfect beginners handbook. Absolutely spot on and beautifully designed.”

Emma Thompson – Oscar winning actress

Mindfulness and Compassion by

“Suryacitta writes in a way that everyone can understand and relate to. I found his book fascinating and enlightening.”