About Me

Sheena BMy name is Sheena Burke and I established Discovering Mindfulness as a way of sharing with others the gift of mindfulness that I continue to discover everyday. For close to 20 years I have been practising mindfulness in some shape or form. Initially this was through the practice of yoga where I was invited to connect with the breath and body and in so doing, I was gifted with an unanticipated breather from the constant chattering mind. I quickly learned the value of being present – much less likely to fall over!! Then, just over 10 years ago, during a particularly stressful time in my life, I was re-introduced to Jon Kabat Zinn’s MBSR programme through his book, Full Catastrophe Living. It was a revelation. My mind was opened to the truly practical and simple path of mindfulness. The practices and teachings have helped me to take charge of my mind and my life in kinder and more forgiving ways. The unexpected discovery was a reconnection with joy, a simple pathway to heal old wounds and let go of future fears. For me, each time I remember to practice I get to experience this gift that keeps on giving!

Professionally speaking, I am a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland with qualifications in clinical and educational psychology. I have worked as a psychologist within health and education settings for close to 25 years. I am a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  I am also trained to teach other evidence based curricula: with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, the Finding Peace in a Frantic World curriculum and with the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s  .bFoundations (.bF) and .breathe curricula.

I have completed advanced training in mindfulness-based supervision with the Mindfulness Network UK and as a trainer of the MBSR curriculum with Mindful Academy Solterreno.  I offer mindfulness-based supervision to MBSR/Mindfulness teachers who are implementing MBSR across the globe and also locally, with Psychologists implementing mindfulness-based or informed interventions in their work.

I adhere to Best Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers and I am a member of the Mindfulness Teachers’s Association of Ireland. In addition to practising mindfulness on a daily basis, I receive regular supervision and attend continuing professional development opportunities including week-long silent retreats, day and weekend retreats.

Please contact me with any questions. sheena_[at]_discoveringmindfulness.ie