Who We Are
Professor Rhonda V. Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias.
A full-time faculty member at University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she has been named Dean’s Circle Research Scholar, served as co-director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and co-facilitator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum faculty development program. She teaches Torts; Race, Law and Policy; and courses in Contemplative and Mindful Law and Law Practice. She is a trained and highly practiced facilitator, with an emphasis on mindful communication, trained through programs at the University of Massachusetts’s School of Medicine’s Oasis Teacher Training Institute, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Facilitator Training Program. In April 2015, she was named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, and in 2019 one of the most important woman in mindfulness in the world.
Director, Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher from New York based in West Sussex.
William Fley is a clinician in private practice in the South Downs who also provides training for mental health practitioners through workshops and retreats; including with community leaders to help them adapt in the face of on-going physical, emotional, organisational and societal change. A fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Breathworks Mindfulness, William is the founder of MNPC & Meditation Circle and holds Masters degrees from Birkbeck College, University of London and Roehampton University. Working within community organisations in marginalized communities, William aims to bring awareness through mindfulness-based interventions. He continues to pursue his passion to eliminate the cultural and other barriers to accessing mindfulness by encouraging cultural awareness and responsiveness.
Working across gender, culture, race and political lines is challenging. As clinicians we may often encounter the challenges of broken systems or systemic oppression in our work with clients or in our own professional and personal lives. Helping to tackle these issues is a key theme of William’s professional work. He is also conducting research into, and producing and presenting a programme on, ‘Absent Fathers and the Forgiveness Model’ which is about tackling the epidemic of fatherlessness in our society and its effects on mental health..
Tim has spent much of his working life in the UK public sector, where he has been involved in undertaking research and studies into value for money, largely within the health and education sectors. His work has regularly been the subject of reports by Parliament and featured in the national press. Tim has worked worked extensively overseas, advising government organisations in Australia, Germany, the US, Poland, Turkey, Japan, France and Canada on value for money issues. He is a highly regarded public speaker, and has spoken widely at events in the UK and many overseas countries. He has chaired conferences such as for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris; and published guidance for the World Bank, Washington.
Tim has been practicing meditation for some 15 years and has studied various techniques in India, Thailand and Japan. He has a one-to-one mindfulness practice in the New Forest, has co-run mindfulness retreats, courses and day events, and taught regularly at Brighton University. One of his key interests is mindfulness in the workplace.
Sheila Balgobin is a Psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher from New York.
Sheila is founder and programme administrator to the mentoring programme for Black and Asian psychotherapy/counselling students and trainees provided by the Black and Asian Therapist Network (BAATN). Sheila has an MA in Psychotherapy and Healing Practice, validated by Middlesex University.
Dene offers Buddhist and mindfulness retreats across the UK and Europe, with a focus on engaged Buddhism and social action. He is based in the North of England where his work includes offering Buddhist chaplaincy within Prisons and Mental Health Hospitals. A Dharma teacher in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Oliver is a freelance writer, advocate and activist. He writes on the intersection of identity, culture and progressive politics through entertaining storytelling, citizen journalism and stimulating ideas. Oliver has written for the Guardian and Afropean. Passionate about empowering Black communities, and communities of colour, Oliver seeks to bring about dramatic social change and greater accountability of those in power.