Love Mindfulness is a partnership of Mindfulness teachers Dr Carolyn Drake and Annie Akasati McAuley. The name and logo for ‘Love Mindfulness’ emphasises the qualities of kindness, emotional positivity and resilience fundamental to mindfulness practice.
We have been delivering mindfulness training since 2014 to a range of individuals and client groups including American Express, ISP foster care agency, Graves Son & Pilcher estate agents, a wide range of independent and state schools / colleges (staff and pupils) including Bangkok Preparatory and Bellerbys International Schools, English language schools, the NHS, carers groups, drug and alcohol recovery, sports and art centres.
We have both trained with the Sussex Mindfulness Centre, and are qualified to deliver Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). We are also trained to teach Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) courses. We operate throughout East and West Sussex.
From 2019 we have included Nicky Mouat as an associate teacher. Nicky brings her experience of mental health work and is qualified to deliver Mindfulness for Addictions (MBRP) and Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL).
We all have enhanced DBS checks.
Annie and Nicky are registered with the UK Mindfulness Network.
Annie Akasati McAuley
Mindfulness, as a part of my Buddhist meditation practice, has been the source of much creativity and joy throughout my adult life. I completed ordination training in Buddhist philosophy and practice in 1999 and since then have regularly lead meditation courses and retreats within a Buddhist context.
I have a background in education and have 17 years' experience working in secondary schools and with Special Needs students. The opportunity to introduce mindfulness to the schools I taught in enabled me to see the benefits of this practice directly in the classroom.
I have managed and led many meditation retreats and also worked as an events organiser for the UK registered charity Buddhafield.
I am also qualified in Counselling Skills and Counselling Studies (Levels 2 & 3)
Dr. Carolyn Drake
My approach to teaching mindfulness is underpinned by a committed personal practice of mindfulness and meditation. I have a scientific background in Cognitive Psychology, Education and Neuropsychology, with a particular interest in brain development and function. I also have practical experience in primary education.
Since 2003 I have explored mindfulness in its secular and Buddhist contexts and delight in the heart-opening qualities of awareness and positive emotion the practice brings.
I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse, with 30 years of experience working in both Mental Health and Addiction services within the NHS.
I came across mindfulness during a period in my life where I was finding the pressures of work and family were affecting my psychological and physical health, and I found it really helpful. So much so that I was inspired to train as a mindfulness teacher, and I have been teaching 8-week courses within the NHS since 2015.
I completed additional training and have been teaching Mindfulness for Addictions (MBRP) and Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) also. I am passionate about teaching mindfulness and feel very lucky to have the opportunity to do this work.