Vanessa Hope has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1980 and currently studies with a Zen teacher. She previously practised as a Homeopath for 18 years and became a lecturer, supervisor and assessor for both students and practitioners. She now works full-time as a Mindfulness & Mindful Self-compassion Teacher & Trainer.
Since 2001, Vanessa has taught Mindfulness courses for a wide range of groups including over 60s, low-income groups, social workers, council staff, carers, mental health groups and clinical professionals. She is a member of the core team for the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor and taught on their MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches for 5 years. She still facilitates Professional Training Programmes and acts as a supervisor and assessor for them.
Vanessa has always felt kindness and compassion to be at the heart of mindfulness, so in 2014 she trained to teach the Mindful Self-Compassion Course with Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. She is now enjoying this deeply rewarding work leading 5-day MSC intensives and retreats. She is also part of the Teacher Training Team and a mentor for certification of MSC teachers.
In her life outside of work, Vanessa also practices Qi Gong as well as yoga, writes and studies Haiku and especially enjoys time with her grandchildren.