Suryacitta Malcolm Smith, is one of the most experienced mindfulness teachers in the UK, starting his practice in 1989. He is the author of two books, ‘Finding Contentment through Mindfulness’ published in 2011 and Mindfulness and Compassion - Embracing life with Loving Kindness, 2015. Both published by Ivy Press. He has taught mindfulness and compassion meditation to 1000s or people in the UK, Italy, Spain, and Australia. From 2001 to 2005 he lived in a meditation retreat center, dedicated to intensive practice and teaching. He has co-designed the MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion at Coventry University in the UK where he also lectures. He is an expert practitioner and spends his time teaching others what he has learned. Suryacitta appears regularly on BBC Radio Leicester presenting the ‘Thought for the day’.
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 behaviors. Gaynor has been practicing 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 than her head. She found it the most helpful way of experiencing pain and loss. She also uses focusing on 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.