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.

Mindfulness Aotearoa is currently the only organisation in New Zealand to have all it’s teachers fully Certified as MBSR teachers.

Dianne May

Dianne is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and 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 Australasia. She is a recognised Supervisor for MTI-ANZ, training and supervising Mindfulness teachers on the pathway.

As an authorised Senior Mindfulness Based Teacher in New Zealand, Dianne is also of the first teachers to offer the 8 week MBSR in Auckland. She has been offering Mindfulness Based programs for the past 18 years.

For the past 8 years, she has worked with Counties Manukau District Health Board offering various Mindfulness training courses to staff.

She has trained intensively over the past 14 years in MBSR including with Jim Carmody, and in 2009 attended the Sydney health professionals training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Her personal practice and love of Mindfulness Meditation spans a period of over 30 years.

Jan Haworth

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.

Jan is now a Certified MBSR teacher and has worked alongside Dianne running mindfulness courses for staff in hospitals across Counties Manukau District Health Board, as well as in many 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 holistic nutrition, health coaching, positive psychology 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.

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