Cultivating Mindfulness Team

Cultivating Mindfulness courses and programmes are led by Mindfulness Teachers who are UK Network Approved and adhere to the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers now renamed as BAMBA. The British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA) is the lead organisation overseeing the quality of mindfulness-based training in the UK.

This means mindfulness teachers are: suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and are receiving supervision for their teaching. 

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Colin has had many careers over his life-time, all within the people industry. He was initially trained as a Community Education worker and then moved into Social Work as a group worker and then counsellor. He is now a Wellbeing Manager within a university setting. He is passionate about mindfulness and wishes that everybody has an opportunity to learn and experience mindfulness and compassion. Colin is interested in positive psychology and is keen to explore the overlap between Mindfulness and positive psychology. He graduated in 2014 from Aberdeen University with a Masters in Mindfulness.


Colin Flynn

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Julie started her career as a Consultant Training Manager before moving to a UK National Accounts Manager role in London for 18 years developing strategic long term mutual business partnerships in a corporate environment. Following the arrival of her two children she retrained as a licensed Life Success Coach/Trainer in 2006 and began a personal mindfulness and meditation practice to alleviate stress and establish a better work/life balance. Following 13 years of directly experiencing the benefits of a daily mindfulness practice she completed a teacher training pathway with the UK Network of Mindfulness Organisations / BAMBA - The British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She has been teaching mindfulness and compassion in a college and university setting to adults and young people, as well as in public, private and third sector organisations. Julie also leads our courses and workshops for the general population and is passionate about making mindfulness more accessible to young people to improve mental health and prevent issues arising later in life. In December 2019, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson awarded Julie a Point of Light Award to recognise her work for creating Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas, children's gift campaign. A mindful, kind and compassionate community of over 29,000 members that provides Christmas gifts for children affected by financial hardship or living in poverty.

Ceo and Mindfulness Teacher

Julie Griffin

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Nicola has worked in the Banking industry for 18 years and is currently a Branch Manager at RBS. She has led fundraising activities across all RBS branches for charities such as Maggie’s, JMA Trust, STV Appeal and

SAMH. She has also coordinated the fundraising activities for Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas, children's gift campaign.  A busy working mum of two girls, they inspire her to help others and support the local community as a passionate advocate for the charities that she supports. Prior to becoming a Trustee for Cultivating Mindfulness,  her partnership with SAMH gave her some insight into the struggles young people face today and how mental health support can make a real difference to their lives. She believes this knowledge together with her experience and valuable skills as a Branch Manager will contribute directly towards her trustee role. Nicola is excited to be involved in the direction and vision of delivering quicker access to important life skills to support more young people in our community.


Nicola Strange

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Karen is a busy mum of two children and works as a Marketing Manager. She has worked as a volunteer for many charities over the last ten years, including working within many volunteer roles within our own Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas children's gift campaign. With a background in marketing , admin, processes and procedures she brings a wealth of experience to her new volunteer role as Secretary. Karen completed the eight week Mindfulness Based Living Course with our charity in 2018 and is now excited to be a part of the team whose aim is to make mindfulness more accessible to the general population and young people.


Karen Healy

Our Trustees

Building Kind, Compassionate, Mindful Communities

We are also passionate about creating opportunities to cultivate kindness, compassionate action and mindful giving in our communities as a way to help and support local families and children less fortunate and suffering hardship. We organise and manage Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas (Facebook group) now in its 6th year, a children's gift appeal, were group members donate Gifts made with Love so that children affected by financial hardship or living in poverty can be included in the magic of Christmas.


Glasgow's Spirit of Christmas Campaign helped 13,460 children referred by 85 charities and organisations in and around Glasgow and the surrounding regions receive support and wake up to Gifts Made with Love on Christmas Day last year, and over 45,000 children in the last 6 years at an approximate fundraising value of £1.2 million. 

Our compassionate family has grown to over 29,000 members and we would love to have you join us, simply visit us here and ask to join our Facebook Community or to make a donation please visit our Just Giving Campaign.


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Cultivating Mindfulness is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), charity no. SC048634 providing Mindfulness Meditation Courses, Workplace Workshops and other health related activities and training programmes for adults, young people and children available throughout Glasgow, East Renfrewshire covering Newton Mearns, Giffnock, Clarkston, Busby, Netherlee, Neilston, Barrhead, Paisley, Southside, Renfrewshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and East Dunbartonshire.