About us

Leeds Mindfulness Co-operative is a local group of Breathworks mindfulness trainers based at Leeds Buddhist Centre. Uddyotani (Helen Doherty), Laura Harrison and Laura Smith are qualified Breathworks mindfulness trainers teaching in Leeds and Andrew Leathard is  a trainer based in Sheffield. Colin Mawhinney also works with the team on a voluntary basis.

Breathworks Living Well courses are a practical application of mindfulness to help people manage pain, illness and stress in their lives. They are ‘secular’ courses – using practices with their root in the Buddhist tradition but making these accessible to people with different faith backgrounds. The programmes have their origins in the personal experience of Vidyamala Burch, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community, who has used mindfulness to manage severe chronic spinal pain for thirty years. They are founded on practice-based research combined with key elements of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The team began running these courses in Leeds nearly 10 years ago alongside the main Buddhist Centre program for people within and outside the local Sangha, including working with the NHS in local hospitals and through the Expert patients program. Since then a number of us have qualified as Breathworks trainers and we have a growing community of people connected with the Centre through Breathworks.

help us get the word out!

There are many people in Leeds and surrounding areas who might be interested in our courses and who would benefit from the Breathworks program. You can help them and the Buddhist Centre by letting people know about Leeds Mindfulness Co-op, passing on leaflets and posters to employers, to GPs and health care professionals. You can find more information on the national Breathworks site.