I first encountered Meditation in Sikkim, Darjeeling and Sri Lanka in 1976 in the Buddhist Monasteries that I visited. This was followed by my exploring Buddhism in Korea, Japan and Taiwan in 1978. My interest took me to the various Buddhist groups in the UK including Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, the New Kadampa Tradition and the Insight Meditation Society where I have undertaken many silent retreats with IMS teachers. In 2012-14 I undertook the Committed Dharma Practitioner Programme, now run by the Bodhi College. I am a co-founder of the Sheffield Insight Meditation Group.
I studied Mindfulness with Breathworks and undertook the role of Assistant. In 2013 I attended the MBLE course and trained with John Darwin to lead courses and have subsequently trained other co-leaders. Since 2017 I have been training as a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher with Chris Germer and expect to qualify as a Trained Teacher in 2019 and continuing to train in order to attain Certified Teacher status.