Mindfulness Coaching – Gary Heads 2018-08-29T13:13:31+00:00

About Me


Having practiced meditation for the past 25 years I began my journey as a mindfulness teacher in 2005. I trained at The Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, University of Wales, Bangor; where I completed an MSc with distinction in Mindfulness Based Approaches.

In 2009 I became a founding director of Living Mindfully. My work has involved both designing and delivering mindfulness/coaching programmes. This includes The Living Mindfully Programme, and the Mindfulness Based Coaching programme (T.I.M.E.). My work continues to evolve in new areas including training mindfulness teachers, introducing mindfulness into education, and writing.
My first book, Living Mindfully-Discovering Authenticity through Mindfulness Coaching is published in 2017.
For the past 12 years I have been fundraising for Tibet, a cause close to my heart. I currently sit on the fundraising committee for Tibet Relief Fund. You can read about my current fundraising project here.


Living Mindfully – Discovering Authenticity through Mindfulness Coaching.
Wiley Blackwell 2017.
ISBN 978-1-119-16326-8

Such a useful book

Gary’s book is excellent. Having studied the 8 week course, this gives us a true insight into how mindfulness techniques can truely transform your life. The case studies are a very real replication of how mindfulness can be built into your everyday routine. Very easy to read and accessible.

Jude Brown
Excellent resource for Mindfulness Coaches

This is a clear and well referenced guide to developing mindfulness teaching and coaching techniques – in order to lead others in mindfulness meditation and techniques. It includes a number of case studies that underline the effectiveness of the approach here.

N Gratton
A ‘complete’ guide

This is a wonderfully insightful book and such a useful resource for both student and teacher, making it cleverly unique in this respect. Students, because it gently explores our relationship to thoughts, feelings and emotions through a structured 5 week programme. Teachers, transcripts to help guide the student through this process. Such care and attention has been given to the detailed content which left me enthused and gifted with inspiration with maybe one day teaching/coaching using mindfulness techniques.

M Bell
Five Stars

This book has really helped me focus on the present and believe in my own abilities.

Not just another book on mindfulness.

Not just another book on mindfulness. Gary Heads draws on the integrity of the gold standard eight-week MBSR to develop innovative and thought provoking perspectives on the field of mindfulness teaching. A book, not just for teachers, but also for those wishing to deepen their understanding of mindfulness, and those considering training.

Rosalie Dores
Listen to ‘Guided Meditations’ from Gary Heads at Insighttimer.com

Staying Well: A Follow Up of a 5-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme for a Range of Psychological Issues M Mitchell, G Heads – Community mental health journal, 2015 – Springer

Living Mindfully
Mindfulness Coaching Book


The Programme
In the five-week programme there are five, two and a half hours sessions delivered in a group format. During these sessions participants receive training in the following four core mindfulness practices.

The Body Scan, Mindful Movement, Walking Meditation, and Sitting Meditation. Participants have access to these four meditations as part of the home practice element of the programme, and are asked to practice for thirty minutes per day. Added to this are opportunities to practice and reflect upon introducing mindfulness into daily life.
Over the five weeks participants are encouraged to explore their experiences, moment-by-moment. They endeavor to cultivate an attitude of curiosity and to let go of judging those experiences as best they can. Within the sessions it is always the intention to bring kindness to whatever experience is arising in the moment, and to pay careful attention to that experience. With this intention, attention, and attitude, it may be possible to cultivate an alternative way of living. Perhaps accepting that the constant tides of change that flow through our lives, whether they are welcomed or unwanted are simply the nature of life itself. If we learn to recognize and let go of old habits and our reactions, then it may be possible to find alternative ways to respond that are more helpful.

The Living Mindfully programme has been commissioned and delivered to a wide-ranging client base, the following list demonstrates the diversity of interest.

  • Public Sector staff under potential threat of redundancy
  • Local Authority departments to address workplace stress
  • Police officers to develop resilience when dealing with stressful situations
  • University students to assist with exam pressure
  • Young carers
  • Long-term unemployed
  • Those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction
  • Pregnancy and beyond, for clients at risk of post-natal depression
  • Trainee radiographers to develop resilience and reduce potential burnout
  • Schoolteachers to address workplace stress
  • Family Nurse practitioners
  • Mental Health practitioners and Coaches
  • Men’s support group
  • Veterans support group
  • Vulnerable and at risk young people

In 2015 the Living Mindfully programme was subject to a research project funded by Public Health, County Durham in conjunction with Northumbria University.
Staying Well: A Follow Up of a 5-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme for a Range of Psychological Issues M Mitchell, G Heads – Community mental health journal, 2015 – Springer.

If you are interested in attending or commissioning a Living Mindfully Programme please email gary@livingmindfully.co.uk

TIME Programme


The TIME Programme
T.I.M.E. stands for Training Individuals in Mindfulness and Excellence. The excellence is not based on gauging oneself against another, competing for the highest mark, or striving to climb the ladder of perceived success decreed by society. it is about being authentic and true to yourself, and having the courage to follow your own path, and being the best you can be.
The Programme

The programme delivered over four weekly sessions is taught in a group format, with a minimum of eight participants up to a maximum of twelve. The sessions are designed to allow participants to reflect and explore initially how they have arrived at the situation they find themselves in, and to then see the beliefs, habits, and conditioning that keeps them stuck in this place.



Long-term Unemployed – Derwentside Employment Team
Long-term Unemployed with mental health issues – Derwentside Employment Team
Single Parents Unemployed – Northumberland County Council
Unemployed 18-25 years – Northumberland County Council
Displaced Teenagers 16+ – Northumberland County Council
NHS Health and Well Being Apprenticeship Programme – County Durham NHS



Practitioner Training Programme
Living Mindfully is a participating member of the UK network of mindfulness-based teacher training organisations. Our trainers adhere to the good practice guidelines for trainers and we encourage the teachers we train to adhere to the good practice guidelines for teachers.

Living Mindfully offers a comprehensive Mindfulness Practitioner Training Programme meeting the best practice in the UK and culminating in teacher assessment, using the Mindfulness Based Interventions-Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC).

Mindfulness Practitioner Training Programme

Living Mindfully CIC provides a one-year, mindfulness practitioner training programme for those wishing to train to develop skills in delivering the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR). The training programme is designed to meet some of the key requirements for teaching mindfulness-based approaches as identified within the UK ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses’.

Training with Living Mindfully

Teaching MBSR requires an in-depth understanding of the experience of engaging in mindfulness meditation. It is essential that participants have an established mindfulness practice of no less than six months and have completed an 8-week MBSR/MBCT programme. The mindfulness practitioner-training programme consists of five, two-day modules, over a twelve-month period. All participants will be expected to attend all sessions, and engage in reflective journaling throughout the programme. They will receive support from Living Mindfully including periodical telephone reviews, access to monthly practice groups, and silent retreat days.

If you are interested in attending the Mindfulness Practitioner Training Programme please email gary@livingmindfully.co.uk

Living Mindfully CIC

Living Mindfully CIC

Living Mindfully CIC is a social enterprise set up by Gary Heads to help build communities and assist disadvantaged learners globally.The company provides mindfulness coaching and invests profits in projects that encourage children to reach their full potential through education.
Fundraising for Bakhang School

Suryadaya is a primary school in the tiny village of Bakhang in the Nepali Himalayas. The village is very remote and is an eight-hour drive and a further eight- hour trek from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The village itself is home to 200 families of Tibetan origin who still speak Tibetan, practice Buddhism and live a Tibetan way of life. There are 85 children in Bakhang and they all go to Suryadaya School. Even though a lot of people in Bakhang were born and raised there, most do not speak Nepali and the majority of adults never had the opportunity to go to school. This makes it very difficult for them to get jobs, even in the bigger towns or in Kathmandu. So in Bakhang, people rely on unpredictable farming to earn a living – growing what they need to eat and keeping and trading livestock.

That is why education is so important. With a good basic education, the village children can go on to further studies at bigger towns or in Kathmandu. This gives them a much better chance of getting the jobs they need to live secure, independent lives. There is very little money in the village and most families struggle with the daily basics of food, clothing and shelter. They simply cannot afford to pay any school fees and so the school relies heavily on any funding it can get from charity and individual supporters.

Living Mindfully has partnered with Golden Flatts School in Hartlepool to raise money to provide the school with some much needed resources and support. At the moment, the school has no computers at all and most of the children have never even used a computer. We are raising money to buy two laptops for the school so the children can get comfortable with using them as soon as possible – a crucial skill they will need for their future education and careers. The school was totally destroyed in the two massive earthquakes, which struck Nepal in 2015. Tibet Relief Fund paid for the reconstruction of the School, which was rebuilt using ‘earth brick’ technology by the villagers themselves and a local organisation, Build Up Nepal. The new school is now complete and children are returning to classes but there is no money for running costs going forwards.

Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation



neconnected promotes book
New book to train mindfulness practitioners across the globe […]

PR contact Lindsay Parker




Business Design Centre London


Let’s Talk

The best conversations are the ones where you don’t have to worry about what you say, you can just be you.