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Stephen Archer

STEPHEN ARCHER - MANAGING DIRECTOR AND LEAD TRAINER

Stephen Archer is Managing Director and lead trainer and supervisor for Mindfulness Works For Organisations. He is passionate about helping people to learn mindfulness and discover its benefit. Stephen is an engaging speaker and trainer providing practical and original perspectives on practicing mindfulness in the digital age.

Stephen has been involved with mindfulness for 40 years and began practicing while he was finishing a degree in Eastern studies in the UK. At the age of 23 Stephen was formally trained in mindfulness as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Thai forest tradition. His training included working closely with different teachers and completing lengthy retreats to strengthen his practice. Thirteen years later he emerged from the monkhood with the intention to offer his skills and learnings to the public.

During the last 25 years Stephen has run workplace mindfulness trainings for organisations including Westpac, Kiwibank, Air New Zealand and NZ Police, delivered courses in healthcare and prisons, and assisted the Mental Health Foundation of NZ to develop their approach to mindfulness. He has worked at the Leadership Development Centre in Wellington running year-long mindful leadership programmes, and is also a trustee of Te Moata, a retreat centre and nature sanctuary in the Coromandel, www.temoata.org where he has led over forty public 7-day residential mindfulness intensives since 1996.

Dr Bechara Saab - Neuroscientist and Mindfulness Works For Organisations Facilitator and Mentor

Dr. Bechara Saab is a consultant neuroscientist for Mindfulness Works For Organisations and advises on best practice guidelines for programme content and latest developments in the field. He has also helped create and scientifically interrogate the popular mindfulness app Am Mindfulness . Dr. Saab is an expert in the use of mindfulness within medicine, particularly in regards to the highly significant role that mindfulness can play in fostering curiosity and enhancing stress resilience.

Dr. Saab is former Principal Investigator of Neuroscience at the Zurich Psychiatric Hospital, where his lab examined the neural mechanisms underlying the relationship between curiosity, stress and mental health. In 2009, he published a landmark paper that revealed the first known molecular link between intelligence and curiosity. In 2019, he published another seminal paper describing his lab's work combining neuronal photoactivation and fMRI in order to produce a whole-brain map of functional serotonergic connectivity. This novel map of the brain allowed his team to reveal how acute stress and SSRIs affect brain function via the serotonergic system.

Dr. Saab has more than 35 peer-reviewed publications and over 1000 citations, including references to his work in medical school textbooks around the world. He is a frequent keynote speaker and has travelled to more than 20 countries to deliver lectures on neuroscience and mindfulness. Dr. Saab is currently the Chief Scientist of Mobio Interactive, an emerging digital therapeutics company. His research therefore now also includes human trials and the use of AI and mobile apps to enhance brain function and treat illness.

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Anne Rodgers

Glenda Irwin

Helene Orr

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Helene Orr

Anne is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator and is also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She has been actively teaching mindfulness in the community and business for 4 years, specialising in emotional resiliency and stress management. Anne now dedicates herself fulltime to continuing education and training of business professionals in well-being using mindfulness.

Glenda is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator. She trains and supervises facilitators within the Mindfulness Works NZ team. She is the author of the second level course that Mindfulness Works offers to the public. She is also a trained facilitator of Mindfulness Works Mindful Eating workshops.  Glenda trained in mindfulness practice and teaching in New Zealand, Australia...

Helene is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator and is also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is currently completing her Masters in Health and Social Wellbeing, focusing on mindfulness research and its application in contemporary professional settings.  Her current focus is on providing advice to organisations on mindfulness-based tools...

Tiffany Scotton

Jon Unal

Teagan Fea

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Teagan Fea

Tiffany is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator and she has also trained with Dr. Russ Harris on mindfulness-based ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Her core focus as a mindfulness trainer is helping leaders to achieve better performance outcomes and improved resilience and wellbeing. She often works with organisations in transition and aims to equip...

Jon is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator and has also trained with Dr. Russ Harris on mindfulness-based ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). He began practicing mindfulness in 2006. Since 2013, he has coached and trained hundreds of individuals and teams, supporting leaders and executives develop greater self-awareness, wellbeing...

Teagan is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator. Since 2015 she has delivered training to over 2000 students. She has been teaching Meditation for over 16 years. In NZ, she has delivered mindfulness programs to companies including; Natures Nest Childcare Centre, BNZ Bank, St Johns, Parkinsons NZ, The Generalist PR, IAG Insurance, Recreate NZ & Downer Construction.

Karen Metcalf

Lydia Vorona

Coco Nkrumah

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Karen is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/trainer. She is also certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and an accredited Mindfulness Interventions facilitator with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia.  Karen has worked with a broad range of firms ranging from corporate to tertiary, to engineering consultancies and factories.

Lydia is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator and is also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She supports leaders to create healthy thriving workplaces, developing an organisational mindset for enhanced performance, innovation and resilience through mindfulness education grounded in neuroscience and research.

Coco Nkrumah is a mindfulness educator and certified meditation instructor with over 10 years of experience helping people change their lives through the power of mindfulness and meditation. Coco shares his down-to-earth, non-religious and practical knowledge of mindfulness and meditation in workplace and corporate settings.

Neil Shepherd

Gavin Eichholz

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Neil is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator who has also trained with Dr. Russ Harris in mindfulness-based ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Dr. Joe Dispenza in the neuroscience behind mindfulness and meditation. He is an experienced mindfulness educator with numerous clients such as; Australian National University, ACT government well-being...

Gavin is a qualified corporate mindfulness educator/facilitator. He has extensive knowledge, understanding and training in mindfulness both formally and through working with mindfulness teachers and supervisors for over 15 years in Australia, Thailand, South Africa and America.  Gavin has been a Chartered Accountant since 2001 and has a broad range of experience in various industries.

Companies And Organisations We Have Worked With

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Why Choose Mindfulness Works for Organisations?

 

OUR TRAINERS ARE WHERE YOU NEED THEM TO BE
We have a network of mindfulness trainers throughout both Australia and New Zealand. Mindfulness Works for Organisations is a trans-Tasman organisation comprising the region’s largest group of professionally trained mindfulness educators.

 

WE KNOW MINDFULNESS AND WE KNOW HOW TO TRAIN PEOPLE IN IT
Mindfulness Works for Organisations is an outgrowth of Mindfulness Works, which created and delivers the number one, most popular beginners mindfulness course in Australia and NZ. It’s Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course is delivered to over 600 people in both Australia and New Zealand every month and is the most popular beginners mindfulness course in both countries. Since inception, over 25,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course.

 

EXPERIENCED, SKILLED, ACCREDITED MINDFULNESS EDUCATORS
All Mindfulness Works for Organisations workplace trainers are accredited with Mindfulness Works having taken part in our training and induction. All our workplace trainers are experienced at delivering mindfulness training in organisational and workplace environments.

 

TRAINING AS BIG OR SMALL AS YOU WANT
As the largest mindfulness training organisation in Australia and New Zealand, we can easily deliver anything from one-hour small presentations to organisation-wide training programmes, conference seminars and presentations to trans-Tasman and online offerings..

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CLIENT FEEDBACK

A selection of client feedback for Mindfulness Works For Organisations

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand strongly endorses mindfulness as a useful way to improve positive mental health and resilience. We recommend Stephen Archer (MWFO) as an experienced mindfulness practitioner.

Hugh Norriss, Director of Policy & Development

 Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Stephen (MWFO) is a terrific teacher – insightful, patient and inspiring. I truly believe that the practice of mindfulness is completely relevant in a work setting – busy people in the workplace, especially those charged with leading teams or solving thorny problems (and that would be all of us!) need to find a way to bring the signal to noise ratio into balance. Mindfulness helps mightily with this, and will encourage you to bring a sense of ease into your interactions with people and in the way you seek solutions or insight.

Amy White

State Services Commission 

We have used the services of Stephen Archer (MWFO) to help us to develop our Wellness Programme and Policy at Air New Zealand Cargo. During the period of programme development and in conducting training of our workforce, I have found Stephen Archer to be knowledgeable and professional in his approach to the subject of wellness and workplace stress. Stephen has presented to two target audiences, namely half day sessions for managers and 90 minute sessions for shop floor employees, both of which have been well received.

Rick Knight, Cargo Occupational Safety & Health Advisor

Air New Zealand

Jon (MWFO) provided two Mindfulness sessions to some of our staff, as part of QLD Mental Health Week. These sessions received unanimously positive feedback. We are keen to get Jon back to provide mindfulness training to our Peer Support Officers in the near future. Jon was the consummate professional with a great sense of humour and unfaltering calmness – it was clear that he really practises what he preaches when he was able to improvise without a hitch when our technology wouldn’t allow him to use his laptop/PowerPoint. Thank you again Jon for your time, knowledge and expertise.

Pip Walker, Psychologist/Senior Human Services Officer

Queensland Police Service

I have engaged Jon Unal (MWFO) on a number of occasions to facilitate mindfulness sessions in a corporate environment. Our teams have always enjoyed the sessions and have benefited both personally and professionally. Jon has successfully tailored his sessions with the audience in mind. I would highly recommend Jon to anyone looking to bring mindfulness into the workplace.

Elizabeth Tully

HR Business Partner, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare

Jon (MWFO) delivered a combined presentation and workshop for our Bachelors and Masters students as part of a subject. The presentation fitted right into the topic with an extensive insight into mindfulness. After his presentation the classroom dynamics changed. Students become more focused, more sensitive to discussion topics and more compassionate with each other while interacting in classroom activities. Jon’s presentation was incredibly informative and entertaining with easy-to-digest yet thought-provoking material. He is really engaging with different age groups and finds the voice with people from all different ethnic backgrounds. Mindfulness is a missing concept in education. It should be taught and practiced on a daily basis by students and teaching professionals. Looking forward to Jon’s next seminar!

Eszter Kiss, Lecturer and Coordinator - Leading to Work Program

 James Cook University
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