About Anna Zannides

Welcome to the Mindfulness Approach.

I'd like to share a little bit about the story behind the Mindfulness Approach.

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. All I can say is that I didn't know how to cope and to help I just started reading whatever came my way, searching for something to help me deal with the pain. One book that really resonated with me was "When things fall apart" by Pema Chodron. But however I tried, the anxiety and panic attacks were no better. 

Having always had a real interest in Buddhism, I decided to do my own version of "Eat, Pray, Love" except I only got to the Pray bit! I went to Nepal, travelling alone for the first time and to a place I had never visited before. It was here that I started to learn about Buddhism, which then lead me into Mindfulness.

I started attending every Mindfulness course run by the Mindfulness Association that I could because through these courses I began to feel a sense of relief. And here I am, a few years later, fully recovered (well as far as anyone can be) and teaching others Mindfulness.

I set the Mindfulness Approach up so I can begin to engage with people who need support and are interested in learning a new approach to help improve their life. 

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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 life. To this day, I continue to learn and explore myself and deepen my practice.
— Anna Zannides

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 school improvement.

Before entering the teaching profession I worked in off-shore companies and run my own business.

Anna's Accreditation

I am fully qualified to teach Mindfulness, a member of the Mindfulness Association and accredited to teach the 8 week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)

  • Teaching Skills Certificate (Level 2) - training includes
    • Mindfulness Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) Domains
    • Rationals for MBLC practices and for the course as a whole
  • Responding with Compassion (Level 2)

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 Accreditation:

  • Masters in Teaching
  • PGCE in Secondary Education
  • BSc in Computer Science
Mindfulness is living purposefully
— Anna Zannides