My name is Barbara Boxhall. I have been practicing Mindfulness for over 20 years. As I was growing up I didn't know what it was not to be anxious.  That to me was how life was. It was the norm. Over these last years of practising Mindfulness I have become aware of the toll anxiety and it's related conditions of stress and depression take on people's lives, including my own.  Increasingly over the years of practicing Mindfulness, my sense of calm, well-being and stillness has become the bedrock from where I live, teach and counsel. More recently, the addition of self compassion practice has deepened this way of being. I have a great sense of gratitude to all my many teachers of Mindfulness, Compassion and Presence.

I am a qualified as a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy from the Institute of Mindfulness Based Approaches. This was a 16 month professional teacher-training. I adhere to the 'Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses'. I studied for for an Msc in Mindfulness and Compassion with Aberdeen University at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland and gained a diploma in Mindfulness. This course covered Mindfulness, Compassion, Insight and Wisdom. I have now completed a international teacher training for an eight week course on  Mindful Self Compassion.  I am a member of the Mindfulness Association which also requires members to abide by their ethical code for teachiing Mindfulness. I am on the UK listing of approved mindfulness teachers.

I am also a qualified Counsellor with over 20 years experience and a Registered and an Accredited Member of the BACP. I have been working with clients since 1994.  For more details about counselling sessions please see the Counselling page on this website.

In the early 90’s I started integrating Mindfulness and Radical Acceptance approaches informally into my teaching in a men’s prison where I ran the Art Department for 12 years.

I currently teach Mindfulness: eight week courses to groups, give talks and shorter Mindfulness courses, practice and  introductory days and lead weekends in beautiful places.

"I found the day really energising, and appreciated the strong emphasis on practice. I came away with renewed enthusiasm for the principles of Mindfulness, and a clearer awareness of the warm, friendly, accepting and positive character of it that you spelt out for us" . Robert. 

I also teach Mindfulness including the eight week course, on a one-to-one basis and integrate Mindfulness and Counselling together if this is asked for. These one-to-one sessions are from my office in Oving near Chichester.  I also teach Mindfulness courses and counsel via Skype. I can also travel to you for one-one sessions by arrangement.

From 2004 to 2009, as a joint director with my husband Mike, I ran ‘Duncton Mill Retreat Centre’ listed by the Guardian as 'one of the ten best retreat centres in the world'.

From 2009 to 2011 I co-ran the ‘Mill Retreat Centre’ Normandy France.

Since 2004 I have been studying Mindfulness through the work of my husband Mike Boxhall, international teacher of Embodied Presence.  I have attended over thirty 4 - 5 day residential courses with him, in America, Ireland, France, Spain and England. These are recognised and accredited for ‘Continual Professional Development’ in several countries.

Currently I am focusing on developing self compassion practice and have now begun to teach these as a result of the experience of compassion training on the Msc. More recently I have trained in Mindful Self Compassion with Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, world leaders in secular self compassion practice. I am now a qaulified as a Mindful Self Compassion teacher and find that this path dovetails perfectly with everything I have been involved with until now.

I am also a Supervisor and Mentor to the CEO of Mindfulness at Work and for those teaching Mindfulness in the corporate world, and for those working in other disciplines.

If you are committed to your practice, you need a great supervisor to grow and expand.  You need someone who will both challenge and nurture you as well as gently, yet firmly push you to bring your best to your work.  Barbara is that person.  She has a gift for keeping our time together both exploratory and interesting, yet also on task and focused.  Barbara has surpassed my expectations and I would not hesitate to recommend her highly. Meredith G. Oct 2016

Recently I have been given the role of 'Wise Counsel' for Mindfulness at Work, supporting those in difficulty both at work and domestically.

I live in a village near Chichester, West Sussex with my husband. Tragiically my son Julian died last year and I am trying to learn to live again. Some people who came on my MSC course in January of this year said that my teaching had deepened as a result. An idea for a series of images (see below) grew into an expression of love of our family, garden, village, locality and life.  It was the inspiration for me to create and photograph twelve heart images, one for each month of the year.  They are made from found, natural materials collected in our garden and village.  The whole project took three years to complete, quite a few years ago now.

 My aim is to introduce Mindfulness and Compassion including Self Compassion to as many people as I can, not only to those who are suffering but to help all people to live their life as fully as possible.