Minding the Gaps 2017

Symposium Schedule and Linked Resources


10.00-10.15 Tim Duerden – Welcome

10.15-11.00 Dr Leigh Burrows – [By pre-recorded video] Mindfulness student and client voices and vulnerabilities- a brief reflection on research and experience

The video is in 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.


11.00-12.45 Tim DuerdenA competency based approach to teaching mindfulness safely – experiential focus.

The guides and information sheets mentioned in the presentation are available at www.attentioncycle.com

the ‘Cultivation of Key Capacities‘ chart used in the presentation is available here as a pdf.


12.45-1.45 – Lunch


1.45 – 2.30 - Melva BurtonMindfulness and Substance Misuse: Being on Purpose

The Being on Purpose charity has a website here.


2.30 – 3.15 – Louise ThompsonManchester Art Gallery – The Mindful Museum

Louise showed 2 videos: Take Notice and Take Notice Audio Guide


3.15 – 4.00 – Tim Duerden – Conclusions from the day & closing.


Presenter Information

Dr Leigh Burrows is a senior lecturer in Education, Social Work and Psychology at Flinders University in South Australia. Leigh is currently Director of the Flinders University Mindfulness Special Interest Group located within the Student Wellbeing and Violence Prevention research centre. In her current teaching, research, professional learning provision, consultancy and counselling she is particularly interested in ‘safeguarding’ mindfulness so its potential benefits are available to all participants in schools, university and the community including the most vulnerable. She has published in the area of mindfulness, professional learning, spiritual and emotional wellbeing, inclusion, trauma and holistic approaches to working with vulnerable young people with learning and emotional difficulties and their parents. Her research draws on phenomenological, heuristic, case study, organic and narrative methodologies. More information about Leigh’s work and publications including interviews and video and audio clips can be found at the following links



https://soundcloud.com/campusreview/leigh-burrows (research interview Campus Review)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzoerv42KDw (Classroom Calm, channel 7 interview)

New book (in press): Safeguarding Mindfulness in Schools and Higher Education: a holistic and inclusive approach. https://www.routledge.com/Safeguarding-Mindfulness-in-Schools-and-Higher-Education-A-Holistic-and/Burrows/p/book/9781138735521


Melva Burton: Founder of Being on Purpose: www.beingonpurpose.org.uk

Melva has had a variety of roles in criminal justice and community safety in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. She is chair of the board of trustees at the Bridge Project, a Bradford based drug treatment charity. Before setting up Being on Purpose in 2013 she was director of Yorkshire and Humberside Circles of Support and Accountability, a charity working to support the safe reintegration of sexual offenders.
In relation to mindfulness Melva has undertaken training Integrated Mindfulness, Action on Addiction and the Mindfulness Association and she hase just completed the first year of an MSc in mindfulness studies with Aberdeen University.



Tim Duerden is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Society, University of Salford and director and trainer with Integrated Mindfulness. With Annette Dunn and other colleagues, Tim has been developing flexible approaches to mindfulness teaching that aim to adapt to participant need as it emerges over the sessions of a course. These approaches, particularly Mindful Resilience Enhancement (MRE), have enabled those trained in them to develop bespoke mindfulness curricula in a wide range of clinical, community, educational and corporate contexts. A specific interest is in rooting mindfulness teaching within a framework that integrates mindfulness principles, educational theory and our growing neuro-psychological understanding.

Please see www.integratedmindfulness.com for more details of the MRE teacher training and Integrated Mindfulness in general.

We like to share resources we develop: please see www.attentioncycle.com and, for our audio track collection including our ‘looped bodyscan’ mentioned in last year’s symposium, www.resilience.plus.



Louise Thompson: Health and Wellbeing Manager, Manchester Art Gallery

Louise uses the gallery’s rich exhibitions and collections to enable people to improve their health and wellbeing. Working alongside artists, health professionals and community partners the gallery’s health and wellbeing programme supports people to learn lifelong wellbeing skills – such as mindfulness – to practise them using art and creativity and then develop them in their everyday life, beyond the gallery walls. Mindfulness and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing are at the core of the programme.

Having been developing their work around art and mindfulness for the past four years Manchester Art Gallery launched The Mindful Museum campaign earlier this year. The campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of mindfulness practice and how it can be applied in cultural organisations.

Other links: http://manchesterartgallery.org/learn/health-and-wellbeing/public-workshops/ and http://manchesterartgallery.org/blog/take-notice-art-and-mindfulness/


Minding the Gaps – Past, Present and Future


For reference the booking page for the 2017 event is here: https://mindingthegap2017.eventbrite.co.uk

Booking for Minding the Gaps 2018 on June 29th 2018 is here: www.mindingthegaps2018.eventbrite.co.uk

You can find the powerpoints from the first symposium in 2016 here www.integratedmindfulness.com/mindingthegap2016

For finding information about these events in the future please go to: www.mindingthegaps.uk  (for now this will just take you back to this page…)

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