Power of Mindfulness - panel discussion at POW!Thanet 2017
Yvonne Christie will lead a panel discussion exploring the power of mindfulness with six mindful Thanet women who will share what they have found to be it's impact on their lives and in their communities. Mindful Thanet believes mindful meditations and other activities can energise, refresh and help positively shape all our lives.
Meet the panellists
Facilitator, Yvonne, believes in women building and striving together - and that they always have the internal power to find ways to deal with their issues. She has spent decades working with people who have lived experiences of emotional and social challenges. Yvonne describes herself as a Jamaican-Brummie, but is now based in Thanet. She is looking forward to exploring how mindfulness has changed women’s lives and what it has to offer us all.
Mounira Almenoar is a globe trotting yoga, health and wellness practitioner who has worked as a dance therapist, secondary school teacher, film education consultant & freelance project manager and is mother to a wonderful now-grown-up son. She describes herself as both a yogini and a 'wellness warrior' of sorts and currently works between Australia and the UK.
Teresa Askew directs site-specific outdoor arts events with a strong focus on spectacle and community participation. In 2012 she was the Creative Producer for the Rio London collaboration, a London 2012 Festival Commission. She is a director of Artaha, a Ramsgate based Outdoor Arts company. They produce Great British Carnival, a development programme for top quality carnival arts. Teresa is a practising Buddhist who chants every day to stir up courage, compassion and wisdom.
Clare Freeman is founder and editor of the Margate Mercury and a serial entrepreneur who has launched and run two travel startups. She works as a freelance copywriter and PR consultant, and has travelled extensively, previously living in Shanghai, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Berlin, and London, now based in and loving Margate, she has found meditation and mindfulness practice has helped steer her path towards leading a fulfilling life and contributing to her community.
Michelle Thomas is a marketing and pr professional with twenty years experience in the global entertainment industry. After giving birth to her son, she struggled with post-natal depression and sought help. She was lucky to be prescribed CBT as well as anti-depressants - and learned mindfulness techniques which she continues to find useful in her life every day, as a successful business woman and busy mother; she says that the work has saved her life.
Lorraine Williams is the co founder of Mindful Thanet and the Open Meditation free community meditation group which meets at Archive each Wednesday. She is a communications professional with a strong interest, commitment and passion for mindful living, always open to new ideas, spotting connections between different disciplines and keen to share mindfulness principles and practices with individuals and groups who may find it beneficial. She teaches what she describes as Practical Mindfulness and has worked with groups of students and the over 50s here in East Kent.
With many thanks to Naomi Grady for supporting this event and the weekly Open Meditation sessions at