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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Full Proposal Feedback

Since my last update I have completed some very valuable teacher training offered by the Mindfulness Association. 

In January,  I attended the fabulous week-long Compassion-Based Living Course (CBLC) teaching skills retreat; and in March, the Inquiry and Group Dynamics CPD weekend.

Both of the training courses not only deepened my own personal practice but also gave me the tools and confidence to take my studies and teachings further. They were also very beneficial in terms of my MSc dissertation as these will underpin my Studies in Mindfulness with regards to the facilitation of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

With this is mind, it is with great joy that my full proposal for my dissertation has been approved and therefore it is all systems go. The next three months will be spent finalizing my three years in the study of Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight.

Looking forward to June and the last end of year retreat on the beautiful Holy Isle of Arran. A week where I will be able to deepen my practice even further and hopefully get closer to writing the 15 - 18,000 words needed to graduate. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Past helping the Present

Carl Sagan wrote “You have to know the past to understand the present.” Well in my case, it seems that the knowledge of my professional past (IT consultant, Knowledge Management, web development, technical architect....) is enabling me to understand the need to reinvent myself technologically for the present moment - which inevitably will sow the seed for the future.

All this knowing from the past is helping me to get ready to start this new project. To get it out in the open and to be technically ready for the next stage of the process.

It has been a long process. Getting the website code re-engineered, moving the domains to a more stable development environment, engaging and reinventing my social media presence, resurrecting my blog, bringing it all into the new coding paradigm of this decade and optimising the whole lot for search engines. I couldn't believe it when I realised that my old website had not been updated since 2007. That's ten years!!!

So I am now finally technologically up to date. I have considered that I was using this "technical migration" as a means to avoid what I need to do in terms of the project plan - write the white papers, create a teaching plan, etc... But that is not the case, at some point I will have needed to do this. I will have needed to spend time to be ready for the digital world of marketing. So, the time was spent well.

I give gratitude for my previous professional life as I have been able to do all this by myself - even though it has taken months - and I when I work out the (wo)man hours, I know that this would have cost a lot to get someone else to do it. But this has also given me the time and space to look at this offering called "MindfulPlayUK" and see it from a technical and social point of view. Now the hard work begins. Hashtag Happy. :)

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Project status update

Project status: MSc Studies in Mindfulness

In March 2017, I wrote a Professional Enquiry (PE) which posed the question "How does the practice of Mindfulness manifest in the facilitation of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshops?" This preliminary study looked into combining both Mindfulness (MBLC) and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodologies.


LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is not only a methodology steeped in research and Mindfulness, it is also an activity which should be done mindfully and ethically.

I am extrememly pleased with the outcome of this Professional Enquiry (PE). My current thinking is that I could use this as a case study for the Work-Based Project (WBO) that would be conducted in Year 3 of the MSc Studies of Mindfulness. I will look into the feasibility of setting up and facilitating a "Mindful Serious Play" hybrid workshop and assessing its value. I am going to call this hybrid "MindfulPlayUK".

Once I have designed the course, I would love to take it on a road trip.

Thank you for your interest. For more information, please visit the contact us section on the website.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Introducing MindfulPlayUK

MindfulPlayUK

We are Mindfulness and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® consultants.
We Understand Knowledge Management. We Practice Mindfulness. We Play Seriously.

We provide clients with consultants skilled in:
  • Knowledge and Information Management
  • Mindfulness: Ready to Teach Mindfulness-Based Living Courses (MBLC)
  • LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology: certified facilitator
  • Areas of training, development and support of systems, projects and people
  • Speaking English, Spanish and French

We have supplied consultants for organizations in Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

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Full Proposal Feedback

Since my last update I have completed some very valuable teacher training offered by the Mindfulness Association.  In January,  I atten...