About Anna Zannides
I'd like to share a little bit about the story behind the Mindfulness Approach. My Mindfulness journey is a personal one, following unexpected life events that turned my life upside.
I was born in London and grew up in Tottenham, North London. I attended a failing comprehensive school. I left school with no qualifications (except English) and went on to a very unstable working life. My family life was dysfunctional, including addiction. In spite of that I managed to land a job in the Ministry of Defence but I struggle with routine, so that didn’t last long.
I got married too young (my choice) and had three children. Lived abroad for a decade and returned to the UK in the late 1990’s. It was at this time that I decided to go back to school and spent the next eight years studying for a degree in Computer Science, raising my kids and working. I even managed to get a first class honours; I went on to complete a PGCE in Teaching and then a Masters. I spent the next decade teaching and then went into education advisory roles.
In 2013 I was made redundant from my job as a national education adviser for a multi-academy chain. The run up to my redundancy was stressful to say the least and was preceded by several months of work-place bullying.
Shortly after and out of the blue, my thirty year marriage ended. To say that this was a difficult time is an understatement. It was the most stressful time of my life; I needed help to cope with all the different emotions. However hard I tried, I couldn’t stop the anxiety and panic attacks. One book that really resonated with me at the time was "When things fall apart" by Pema Chodron. Things really did fall apart, no job, marriage or home.
I began my formal Mindfulness training through the Mindfulness Association and continue to be an active member. I am a fully qualified and UK Listed Mindfulness Teacher, working with people from all walks of life.
I specialised in Mindfulness for Cancer, after I was given the opportunity to work with Cancer support centres. In addition, due to my own life experience I work with people going through challenges in life, such as divorce/separation, stress, depression and anxiety, in the workplace and as an ex-teacher of course I’d want to support schools.
I’m now in a good place, my work gives me meaning and purpose. Mindfulness has helped me come to terms with my life and let go of the past. I live a simple life with little distraction and noise, it keeps me grounded and in the moment.
ANNA's work experience
My background is in education. I taught in secondary schools in London and Hertfordshire for a decade. I worked with Middlesex University as a lead mentor on the teacher training program and then went on to a national role, supporting schools across the country.
Before entering the teaching profession I worked in the Civil Service, Off Shore companies in Cyprus and run my own business.
A UK Listed Mindfulness Teacher with the following accreditations:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-CA) - University of Bangor
Mindfulness Accredited Teacher Training Pathway - Mindfulness Association
Responding with Compassion - Mindfulness Association
Mindfulness for Schools .B program
As an accredited Mindfulness teacher I am bound by the good practice guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers. I attend at least one five day retreat a year and two CPD events. I am committed to my own professional development in order to provide the best possible service to people I support.
Masters in Teaching
PGCE in Secondary Education
1st Class Honours BSc in Computer Science