Our Experts

Together, Dianne and Jan bring over 40 years of experience in practicing and teaching mindfulness to people from all walks of life.

Both fully Certified and experienced, Dianne and Jan are authorised by the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MTI-ANZ) to deliver internationally-recognised, evidence based Mindfulness courses to you or your organisation.

Dianne May, Director

Dianne is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and Co-Director of Mindfulness Aotearoa.

She is also Co-director of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MTI-ANZ) – a not-for-profit established to ensure the professional and rigorous training of individuals to deliver Mindfulness Based Interventions across Australia and New Zealand.  Dianne is recognised as a Senior Mindfulness Based Teacher and authorised Supervisor for MTI-ANZ, training and supervising Mindfulness teachers on the pathway.

Dianne was one of the first teachers to offer the 8 week MBSR in Auckland, and has been offering Mindfulness Based programs for over 20 years.

For the past 10 years, she has worked with Counties Manukau District Health Board offering various Mindfulness training courses to staff.

She has trained with Jim CarmodyJon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and New Zealand. Her personal practice and love of Mindfulness Meditation spans a period of over 30 years.

Jan Haworth, Director

Jan is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, and Co-Director of Mindfulness Aotearoa.

Jan first came to mindfulness when undergoing cancer treatment. She was offered mindfulness to help her cope with the physical, emotional and psychological stress and pain that comes with a serious illness. Jan soon found the benefits of mindfulness extended way beyond simply a coping strategy, and found it so life changing that she was inspired to become a teacher and share mindfulness with others.

Since then, Jan has worked with staff in a range of organisations in the public and private sector, including various District Health Boards and corporate organisations.

Alongside this, she runs MBSR courses for the general public, and has a particular interest in working with people coping with illnesses.

Jan is a long time student of Iyengar yoga, holds a psychology degree and has extensive knowledge and qualifications in positive psychology, health coaching and preventive health. She also developed Life 2.0 – a group course that provides knowledge, skills and support to help people move forward after cancer treatment in a positive and productive way.

Hannah Saulbrey-Ross, Teacher

Hannah is a registered Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and qualified counsellor, working primarily with families living with neurodiversity. 

Hannah delivers the evidence based Mindful Parenting Programme to caregivers of children with Autism and ADHD.

Hannah has a long connection with mindfulness, initially learning meditation with teachers in Singapore and Bali during 17 years living in South East Asia before undertaking an MBSR course back in New Zealand. She was so impressed with the benefits she experienced in managing the stress of parenting a child on the autism spectrum, she embarked on the teacher training pathway with the Mindfulness Training Institute (MTIA).

Hannah also holds a Grad Dip Science in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and has attended numerous expert trainings on autism. She helped set up an autism peer support group for counsellors and presents a yearly lecture to the pastoral care in schools course at Auckland University.

Hannah adheres to the Maori definition of Autism – “Takiwatanga – a person navigating life in their own space and time” and as such is passionate about strengthening parents’ capacity for mindfulness and self-compassion in their parenting journey.

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