BA, Grad Dip Journalism, Certification to teach MBSR (Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches)
Niamh began her training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 2007 with a foundation year at the University of Bangor in North Wales, and completed her training with the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Germany), graduating in 2010. Prior to this, her working life was in documentary film and television production.
In 2010 she began teaching the MBSR programme in Kilkenny and Waterford and since 2013 she's offered it in Wicklow, Dublin city and in 2021, online. She is also a mindfulness-teacher trainer and supervisor. Niamh has been a committed meditation practitioner for fifteen years and regularly attends silent retreats and further training, receives supervision while teaching and adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines.
Niamh's practice has brought her to explore the intersection of mindfulness and social engagement through her own practice, retreats and teaching. From summer 2019 she facilitated a group through a six-month, long-form mindfulness and social engagement project, showing up, which engaged with the ongoing housing and homelessness crisis in Ireland. Also in 2019, she facilitated a day-long retreat on the theme of bearing witness to gender-based violence and resilience. With the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, showing up moved online to offer mindfulness and 'connection circle' sessions to groups of foster carers, healthcare workers, school principals and members of the general public who wanted to connect in a mindful and meaningful way with others during the pandemic, and to build community. It continued with its socially-engaged focus online with anti-racism practice and study circles, which are ongoing.
Niamh receives ongoing training and mentoring in the facilitation of council circle practice with the Center for Council (U.S.). Council circle is a form of heart-based, mindful communication that greatly fosters community- and resilience-building. She is a member of the socially-engaged Buddhist and interfaith organisation, Zen Peacemakers International.