About Erica Balfour

Mindfulness Teacher, Course Director of The Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training, Director of Mindfulness
Teachers Association of Ireland    

Erica trained with the founders of The Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training in 2015 and is now a Course Director with the centre. She trained to teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She trained also in Mindful Communication with Greenzone Institute in 2018 to lead groups.

Mindfulness Training in the Workplace

Along with colleagues from the teaching team with The Mindfulness Centre , Erica facilitates online sessions and courses which are tailored mindfulness and compassion-based trainings using the latest researh and neuroscience designed for work places and organisations.

Therapeutic Approach
Erica has a HDip in psychotherapy and is currently undergoing a MSc in Psychotherapy and her understanding of the therapeutic relationship and developmental theory informs her mindfulness work.

Previous Experience

Erica has worked for many years in the  eco-tourism industry followed by a number of years in  banking.  Working and understanding the culture in corporate organisations has been foundational in her application of mindfulness and compassion based intervention in the  workplace. 

Qualifications

BSc, Environmental Science, University of Ulster
HDip Psychotherapy, University College Dublin
Certificate in Counselling, National College of Ireland
MBSR & MBCT teacher (Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training)

Diploma in Mindful Communication
paws.b teacher (Mindfulness in Schools Project)

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Mindfulness Teaching and Training

I teach the following mindfulness courses:

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

I meet the requirements of the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland To view these, go to good practice guidelines

Personal Practice

I’ve had a personal meditation practice since 2010. My foundational practices are mindfulness, vipassana and compassion based and my practice is informed by embodied inquiry. I have regularly attended silent meditation retreats and I have one-to-one weekly guidance from an experienced supervisor.

Interests  

Since childhood, Erica has had an interest in nature and in particular botany.  She is very interested in the nature of the human mind and has a particular interest in grief work and how this might play an key role in the way that we engage in social mindfulness with regards to biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. She loves walking in nature and is a lover of trees.

ericapbalfour@gmail.com