Mindfulness Sessions

About Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be described as the development of present moment awareness. When you are mindful you know that you are mindful; you are aware of what you’re thinking, feeling and sensing in your body.

For most of us, this is not how we experience our lives much of the time – instead we find ourselves running on automatic pilot, which is when our ‘buttons’ often get pushed. In addition, due to workplace demands of multitasking, instant messaging and constant connectivity, we can find it increasing difficult to switch off and concentrate, which can have a negative impact on wellbeing as well as our performance. For Leaders this results in spending lots of time in the business rather than on the business.

Mindfulness practice helps us become aware of how our own thoughts and feelings impact our experience of the world around us. It enables us to move from a reactive state of mind to a more conscious way of responding. Some of the now much discussed and written about benefits of developing a mindfulness practice speak directly to some of the biggest challenges that face us in our leadership roles and lives. Benefits such as an enhanced ability to be present, calm and focused and an increased sense of connection, empathy and compassion are, for us, at the core of strong personal leadership.

When you look at this list of benefits and add to it those connected with general health and wellbeing, it is also apparent that mindfulness can impact many aspects of our lives. Our participants have reported many and varied benefits such as becoming more grounded and connected, coping better with vast workloads and connecting more easily with others.

Most importantly mindfulness is practice not theory. We believe to really begin to understand ‘what it is to be mindful’ within your work and life, it is necessary to experience this and not just talk and read about it. For this reason, our interventions are heavily experiential and pragmatic with a high degree of focus on practice.

Sessions –

Our 1-hour introductory Mindfulness Masterclass combines the latest insights from neuropsychology and emotional and social intelligence and explores what mindfulness means, the benefits and applications in everyday life as well as providing participants with experience of at least three mindfulness practices.

This is then followed by a series of weekly mindfulness sessions to embed the practice of mindfulness into everyday life.

There is no requirement for you to attend all sessions. You can select the dates that work for you.

  • 2nd December 2021 – 15:00-16:00 (Introductory Session) – DATE PASSED
  • 15th December 2021 – 15:00-15:30 – DATE PASSED
  • 6th January 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 13th January 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 18th January 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 25th January 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 31st January 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 9th February 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 16th February 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 22nd February 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 28th February 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 4th March 2022 – 15:00-15:30
  • 15th March 2022 – 15:00-15:30

Register your place:

To obtain a place you will need to register here. Here you will be asked to indicate the dates you will be attending.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registered, your place is confirmed. There is no fee to attend.

If you are no longer able to attend a session, please email leadership.SW@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk


Damion Wonfor – Founding Partner

Damion is an experienced mindfulness trainer, facilitator, coach supervisor and executive coach utilising a breadth of experience from the last 20 years where he has been involved with leadership development. He delivers mindfulness programmes to large multinational organisations, across the private and public sectors in the UK and internationally.

He was introduced to meditation at the age of 15 as part of his training with the England Karate team and has held a mindfulness practice since 2005 seeing this as an important strategy for maintaining his presence and resilience within his work. He uses mindfulness practices as part of his 1-2-1 work with executives when working on areas such as wellbeing and resilience. Damion is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), and Association of Coaching Supervisors (AOCS). He has trained as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher with Exeter University. He holds a Diploma in Interpersonal Mindfulness, an MSc in Coaching and Development, an Advanced Diploma in Coaching Supervision, has an ESIA (EMCC), has a certificate in Systemic coaching, is a Master Coach (EMCC), Master Practitioner in NLP, has a Certificate in Training Practice and is a Certified Heartmath Practitioner. Damion is also certified in BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQi) and BarOn Emotional Quotient -360 (EQ-360), MBTI Step I and II, TKI and VoicePrint tools.

Sally Bogle, faculty member

Sally works with individuals, teams and organisations to develop their potential to  lead, to manage and to effect change.  In all her work, Sally endeavours to meet people where they are and to create with them a safe and supportive space in which they can pause and really notice what is going on.  From this place they are more able to hear challenge, to challenge themselves, to stretch their boundaries of possibility and to create new ways forward. Sally left her role as Learning & Development Director for UNITE Group plc in 2008 in order to work as an independent coach. During her 9 years at UNITE she gained extensive experience of coaching at senior levels, having worked particularly successfully with those preparing to move into the most senior positions or those having recently made that transition. 

As Learning and Development Director, Sally was responsible for the creation and implementation of the L&D Strategy, which included developing and embedding a coaching culture throughout the organisation.  She was part of a small project team who developed the use of coaching and action learning as a particularly successful methodology for the development of senior leaders across the Group.  She worked alongside the divisional MDs to ensure that the L&D team was truly helping to turn potential into performance across the business. Sally also oversaw the creation of an academic partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University to create an industry specific post-graduate qualification.

Sally holds an MSc in Coaching & Development from Portsmouth University and has broadened her understanding of group dynamics through a year’s study with the Institute of Group Analysis.  She is currently in the second year of an MSc inOrganisational Development from a Gestalt and Complexity Perspective. She is qualified in the use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, which she has used extensively with individuals and teams and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

She is co-founder of The Mindful Life. This is a social enterprise that offers retreats, training and support in developing mindfulnessbased practices and living a more mindful life.  The organization runs a project that distributes contributions from those who can afford it to those less able, with chronic illness or caring responsibilities, so that they can access a workshop or retreat for free.

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