‘Sharing Your Treasure’: Innovation and Enterprise
Training for Mindfulness Teachers

Delivered by Vin Harris and Bill Paterson

The insights experienced from mindfulness training often brings a desire to celebrate and share the ‘treasures’ found.  Knowing that others could benefit from mindfulness can ignite an aspiration to become a mindfulness teacher. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to complete this teacher training and to be unsure about who to approach with these treasures. It can feel demoralising and disheartening when it seems difficult to connect with people who could really benefit from what you have to offer. We asked ourselves what we could do to help, and we have created a unique training course to support you in finding your way to share what you have learnt with others. The answers are not as complicated as you might think when you know how to ask the right questions.


The practical objectives of this workshop are threefold. Firstly, participants should leave with a clear understanding of the particular ‘treasures’ that they have discovered this far on their mindfulness journey. Secondly, participants should be able to identify their heart felt connections to people and places where these ‘treasures’ will make a difference. Thirdly they will be ready to take simple yet effective steps to turn their aspirations into action.

Note: This workshop is for people who have completed a mindfulness teacher training programme and are considering what do next! If in doubt please contact us on the details below.

The workshop will be delivered via Zoom by Vin Harris and Bill Paterson.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Vin vinharris.hkt@gmail.com or Bill bemindfulfife@hotmail.com


Full day Sunday 31 October (10.00 – 5.00 pm) and one follow up session on Monday 8 November (7.00 pm – 8.30 pm)

Cost for both dates £80.00

There are sponsored places available for individuals experiencing unemployment/ financial hardship at £20.00. Please get in touch.

A maximum group of 16 participants will be accepted.

To book a place on the workshop please contact Bill (bill@bemindfulfife.co.uk) and make payment.

Vin Harris has studied and practiced under the guidance of many great Tibetan teachers since he became a Buddhist in 1974. He has always aspired to follow the example of his teacher Akong Rinpoche by putting spiritual values into practical action and has been one of the team responsible for the construction of the Temple and College at Samye Ling.

Having practiced meditation for more than 40 years whilst establishing a successful business and managing a wide range of inspiring projects, Vin attributes many of his achievements to an ability to work skilfully with the inner environment: finding creative solutions to the many business and interpersonal challenges that inevitably arise.

When he was introduced to secular Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight by Rob Nairn, Vin became one of the founding Mindfulness Association Board members as he was inspired by it’s potential to help so many people. Vin has a BA in English & European Literature and a Masters degree in Business and a PG Diploma (with Distinction) in Mindfulness Studies with Aberdeen University.

Bill Paterson (PhD Philosophy) career illustrates a commitment to work with people of all ages and ability so that they might realise their unique potential. Bill has been practicing mindfulness and compassion for over 10 years, and teaching mindfulness for over 7 years. He has worked at the front line of mental health, teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to adults with anxiety and depression. Bill is a Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) accredited teacher, and has taught in both schools and at the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) during a two-year secondment.

He has completed a four-year mindfulness training programme and a two-year teacher training programme with the Mindfulness Association (MA). He is recognised as a qualified mindfulness teacher by both the MA and the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). He has created a very successful business regularly teaching both the MA’s Mindfulness Based Living Course and the Compassion Based Living Course, also Insightfulness Based Living in the public, private and third sector of Scotland; Home Start, teachers, NHS and Social Care staff, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scotland Police, St. Andrew University, Edinburgh University, and UK military veterans to name a few. Working with five different mindfulness teaching organisations from Scotland, Bill played a key role in the co-creation of Mindful Nation Scotland and its launch in the Scottish Parliament in September 2019.

A Retreat morning on Sunday (coming soon) 9.30 am – 12.30 pm (Zoom)

Lovely People,

I’m offering this zoom session to help maintain, sustain or restart your mindfulness practice.

For a number of different reasons people are unable to attend the face-to-face day retreats, but would welcome an online meet up.

The invitation will be to rest in awareness so that we might become familiar with the qualities of awareness, and cultivate kindness for the phenomenon that passes through the mind.

“We have this pristine, clear, luminous awareness when we are happy and when we are sad, when we are angry or depressed, or when we are joyful and energetic.  Awareness is not tied to emotions or thoughts. It’s not contingent on circumstances or conditions. Connecting with this awareness is essential for understanding what we mean by our ‘basic goodness’. This awareness has no solidity, no fixity, and no measurement, yet it remains the ground of our being. We have this awareness no matter how chaotic or preoccupied our mind is, no matter how much the monkey mind controls the show. This is why we say we do not need to get rid of our negative thoughts or push them away. If we bring conscious awareness to the forefront of mental activities, the monkey mind automatically loses its power”

(Mingyur Rinpoche 2014)

We will have one tea break

The cost would be £30.00

Please contact me if you are interested. 


Face to face: Day of Practice Cultivating Awareness of Self-Care
Saturday 30 October 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

I am offering  a face 2 face Retreat Day

Saturday 30 October 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Queens Hall Hall Row Charlestown Dunfermline Fife KY11 3EG . 

The venue is a very large, spacious, airy, open, light and quiet room.

There is a lot of space for safe social distancing during the day, with the sea and woods directly outside to walk

The invitation will be to rest in awareness so that we might become familiar with the qualities of SELF-CARE that you need.

It does not interest me where or with whom 

you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you, 

from the inside,

when all else falls away.

(Oriah Mountain Dreamer 1999:114)


‘Some people have resistance to the whole idea of taking time for themselves. The Puritan ethic has left a legacy of guilt when we do something for ourselves. Some people discover that they have a little voice inside that tells them that it is selfish or that they are undeserving of this kind of time and energy. Usually they recognize it as a message they were given very early on in their lives: “Live for others, not for yourself” “Help others, don’t dwell on yourself.’

(Jon Kabat-Zinn 2005: 43-44)


We will have two tea breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

The cost would be £40.00.

Compassion Support Group

Meeting what arises with compassion is a skill, if not an art. For may of us it requires training and
continued practice to learn how to hold our experience with compassion.
For me working with compassion will be a lifelong learning.
The purpose of this group is to create a supportive space for participants to continue to explore,
deepen learning and work with compassion.
The sessions are open to anyone that has completed a mindfulness training and a compassion training.
Whilst this normally means completing the MBLC and CBLC or the Mindfulness Associations Level 1: Being Present and Level 2: Compassion, it does not excluded other forms of mindfulness and compassion training.
If in doubt get in touch – I’d be delighted to speak with you.
We meet the first Thursday of every month Via Zoom until further wee Nicola says so (see dates below)
Cost £10.00 per session

To book contact bill@bemindfulfife.co.uk

4 November 2021
 2 December 2021

Awake and Aware with Kindness Retreat 

on the Banks of Loch Tay, Scotland.

Bill Paterson

A recognised Teacher by the Mindfulness Association and British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA)

Awake and Aware with Kindness 

A Mindfulness Retreat to Explore the Journey

Bill Paterson

Bill will guide you through gentle practices each day on the above themes. The weekend will be a journey, deep into awareness, stillness and meeting nature.
Experience of mindfulness practise or any other form of meditation would be helpful but not essential, as what we will be sharing is accessible to all.
There will be plenty of time for creative socialising – walking and exploring the vibrant nature which will be exploding with vitality at this time.
We’ll prepare fresh and nourishing vegetarian meals together.
The Big Shed is a modern eco building, with a spacious hall and a fully equipped kitchen.
We’ll be camping on the lawn outside the venue, and we have access to modern toilets and a shower. If you prefer more comfort then there are B & B’s nearby which you can book into.
We only ask for £80.00 to cover the cost of the weekend.
  • Indoor – Big Shed and outdoor 180 acres of beautiful landscape
    • Price includes camping area for your tent and access to toilet and shower
    • Alternative accomodation at your cost B&B nearby
  • Bring yer own vegetarian food – collective cooking
  • Drug and alcohol free zone
  • Booking contact bill@bemindfulfife.co.uk