Gary Heads was born in Ashford in Kent before moving to the North East of England at a young age. He grew up in Newcastle and Northumberland before eventually settling in County Durham.

After reading a book by the Dalai Lama an interest in meditation and Tibet was born which continues until this day. This has led to an appointment as a trustee of a charity working to assist the Tibetan people. After acquiring an MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches Gary founded one of the UK’s leading organisations delivering mindfulness services. His first book Living Mindfully: Discovering Authenticity Through Mindfulness Coaching is based on teaching mindfulness to over 5,000 clients and was published in 2017. It has become a handbook for those wishing to train to teach mindfulness. In 2019 his second book The Enlightened Spaniel – A Dog’s Quest to be a Buddhist was published. The book is inspired by mindfulness, meditation, Buddhism, and a love of springer spaniels.


Gary supports two charities that are close to his heart and donates a percentage of his booksales to the following –

Tibet Relief Fund works to empower Tibetans to build sustainable communities and better futures through education and innovative practical grassroots initiatives.

Northern English Springer Spaniel Rescue (NESSR) has been passionate and committed to rescuing and rehoming spaniels for over 30 years.