What is a Mindful Culture?
It’s an organisational culture based on the principles of mindfulness. We develop programmes for organisations that allow them to activate a Mindful Culture in a variety of ways across the organisation to engage as many people as possible.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mainstream meditation based practise. Originally devised by Jon Kabat-Zinn as a group treatment for stress reduction, its extraordinary success has now seen it being implemented by progressive organisations including EY, Google, BT, GE, Capital One and Apple as a key component of their mental health, wellbeing and culture strategy, building healthier, happier and more productive organisations.
“Stress-reduction and mindfulness don’t just make us happier and healthier,
they’re a proven competitive advantage for any business that wants one.”
How does building a Mindful Culture help people in the workplace?
Most organisations support the physical health of their people but now the most progressive are realising that it’s equally important to support their people’s mental resilience – their cognitive and emotional abilities. After all, in a knowledge and innovation based economy, people’s minds are doing all the work. Mindfulness is arguably the single most effective method that organisations can introduce to support and develop the mental resilience of their people – so much so that it is specifically endorsed by the UK government’s National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
We believe that creating a Mindful Culture in the workplace has unparalleled benefits for 3 crucial areas of creativity, performance and resilience:
Creative & curious mindset, perception, awareness, flexibility, decision-making, accountability.
Relationships, leadership, collaboration, focus & concentration, communication, retention, loyalty.
Stress management, EQ, Personal Development, mental health, positive wellbeing, happiness.
How is a Mindful Culture programme structured?
We adopt a culture first approach so that mindfulness is not treated as a tactical wellbeing initiative but instead as an investment into people and culture that supports strategic business aims. We develop a programme of activity designed to fit an individual’s organisation’s brief. Typically this programme centres on our group Mindfulness training course based upon the internationally recognised Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, adapted to the workplace by our team. This is then supported with a tailored programme which could include keynote talks, practical workshops, film screenings, masterclasses, debates, retreats – all adapted to the client’s brief and cultural needs. We also work with you to explore the best way to present or market the programme to your people.
Our 4 Step Programme Offer is designed to support you all the way from beginner to master:
We create an introductory programme of talks and taster sessions designed to introduce the principles and practise of mindfulness to your people, often as part of a mental health focus.
We run 8 week group based courses (for 12-16 people) with a weekly 1-2hr module and online based support. We measure and evaluate the outcomes. Click here to view / download our course overview pdf.
We consult on how to best evolve a mindful culture and wellbeing strategy so that your investment reaps the best possible return.
We create a tailored follow-up programme or campaign to support and encourage an ongoing focus on mental health and mindfulness among your people.
Who are we?
We’re Roland and Taravajra. We come from differing backgrounds – Roland from brand and culture consultancy and Taravajra from the world of mindfulness teaching. We’ve brought our considerable experience and expertise together to create the unique consultancy offer of Mindful Culture motivated by a desire to transform the way organisations support their people and wider society. We’re supported by a team of qualified mindfulness teachers, each of whom is registered and listed on the UK Network of Mindfulness Training Organisations meeting UK best practice guidelines.
Roland is the founder of Wholer, a strategic brand consultancy that provides advice to organisations on the development of their brand, people and culture strategies. With over 20 years experience in marketing including at MD level he has first-hand experience of a wide range of agency and client corporate cultures and workplaces. He has practised meditation for over 10 years and is currently training to become a mindfulness teacher.
Taravajra is one of the UK’s leading mindfulness teachers. Originally trained as a solicitor, he gained a Masters degree in Mindfulness Based Approaches in 2010 at Bangor University. Since 2011, he has been part of the core training team at the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor University, teaching on the Masters programme. In 2011, with colleagues, he created the pioneering one year teacher training programme with Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. He is the current convenor of the UK Network of Mindfulness Training Organisations.