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 huge life changes, all unexpected at the time.

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 grew up in London in a family with addictions. I experienced my parents divorce as a teenager and the many struggles of growing up speaking two languages. I guess that requires some resilience and has helped me develop a deep understanding of suffering in our society.

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.

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When my marriage ended, I suffered from severe anxiety and depression. Through my Mindfulness practice, I developed an inner strength and made peace with my past. To this day, I continue to learn and explore and deepen my practice.
— Anna Zannides
Nepal - September 2014

Nepal - September 2014

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. 

Anna's Accreditation

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. 

Other qualifications:

  • Masters in Teaching

  • PGCE in Secondary Education

  • 1st Class Honours BSc in Computer Science

Mindfulness is living purposefully
— Anna Zannides
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