About Us

All our team are members of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI), the newly formed professional body for teachers of MBSR and MBCT in Ireland.  We all adhere to the Standards for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses developed by the Mindfulness Teachers Association of  Ireland (read the guidelines here). The guidance includes formal mindfulness training of at least 18 months duration, personal daily mindfulness meditation practice, engagement in regular supervision, commitment to on-going personal practice, training, supervision, attendance on retreats and a high standard of ethics in relation to our teaching and practice of mindfulness.


Helen Byrne
Helen ByrneM.A. Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Bangor University), H.Dip. Ed., Post-Grad. Dip. Psych.
Josephine Lynch
Josephine LynchM.A. in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Bangor University, Wales

Josephine Lynch and Helen Byrne have achieved Masters degrees in Mindfulness Based Approaches and Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor, Wales and have also participated in training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. We are part of the core team which developed the M.Sc. programme in Mindfulness-Based Approaches in UCD, now in it’s 6th year, and we continue as senior lecturers on this course within the School of Psychology in UCD.   In addition, we have been running an 18-month professional training programme in teaching MBSR and MBCT through our own Centre since 2015.

We have been active in bringing mindfulness teachers and student teachers together for CPD and retreats since 2008, inviting the very best international teachers to Ireland.  In collaboration with colleagues from other training organisations, this work led to the establishment of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI), the first and only professional body for mindfulness teachers in Ireland.  Josephine is the first chairperson of the MTAI   ( https://mtai.ie/ ).

Our Team

Niamh Barrett
Niamh BarrettInstitute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Rosenwaldhof , Berlin, Germany )
Fiona O’Donnell
Fiona O’DonnellMasters in Mindfulness Based Approaches from Bangor University, Wales, UK
Dominic Cogan
Dominic CoganBA (Hons.) in English and Philosophy UCC, Masters in Education (with Distinction), University of London
Gemma Anslow
Gemma AnslowB.A. (Hons) History, B.Sc. Psychology, M.Sc. Psychology (Coun), Reg. Psy. (P.S.I.)
Erica Balfour
Erica BalfourBSc (Environmental Science), Grad Dip Psychotherapy, Dip Counselling Skills, Dip in Mindfulness Based Interventions, Dip in Mindful Communication
Martin Towey
Martin ToweyBA Natural Science (TCD), MSc Physiotherapy (University of Teeside, UK), Diploma in Mindfulness Based Approaches
Prof. Terry Hyland
Prof. Terry HylandBEd(Hons), MA (Distinction), PhD, Teaching Certificate (Uni of Lancaster), Fellow of the Higher Ed Academy (UK).
Barry Lee
Barry Lee
Certified MBSR Teacher (Institute For Mindfulness Based Approaches); Certified Yoga Teacher (500 hours Yoga Alliance); Director of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland