All Wales Mindfulness Network
Around 80 mindfulness teachers from across Wales gathered at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on September 3rd, 2015 for a programme of talks, presentations and discussions organised by Ariana Faris and others from the Cardiff mindfulness teachers group, supported by the Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. The keynote speaker, Choden of The Mindfulness Association, spoke on mindfulness and compassion. Other presentations looked at mindfulness in education, including neuroscientific evidence and mindfulness programmes run by the Welsh Probation Service in South Wales. The day also included periods of meditation and discussion of the social and ethical concerns that mindfulness can raise, prompted by Steven Stanley of Cardiff University. This was the Network's second meeting, following a successful launch in mid-Wales in 2014 and the organisers hope that more will follow.
Welsh Launch of the Mindful Nation Report
The Mindful Nation report was launched at the Senedd/Welsh Assembly on November 17th 2015 in an event aimed at Assembly Members and other senior policy makers in Wales. Powers for Education and Health (two of the key policy areas identified by the Mindfulness APPG, are devolved to the Assembly, as are other policy areas in which mindfulness can play a role. So, for Wales, the Westminster report can only be a prompt for discussion. We hope that this event will be a significant step in a Welsh policy process that parallels what is happening in London.