On average 47% of waking hours is spent thinking about what ISN’T going on!

    AND a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. (1) 
    Consider that statistic next time your team is trying to meet a vital project deadline, you’re sitting in a meeting going nowhere, or having a conversation with a colleague!


    Learning how to 'Mind the Gap' with mindfulness, emotional and social intelligence is key to skillfully handling stress, regulating emotions (leading to emotional and social intelligence) and, improving mental health and agility. In turn this leads to increased collaboration, safety, performance, effective team communication, happiness, mental health and wellbeing, and work life balance.

  • The comprehensive Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence M-BESI workplace training has been developed by Mindful Academy International founder and CEO Kathy Ward. It is based on over 40-years of research on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) plus the skills of Emotional Intelligence (self-awareness and self-management) and Social Intelligence (social awareness and relationship management) and advances in neuroscience.

    The M-BSEI course explores how we can spend hours on automatic pilot, unaware of the world around us or the decisions we are making. Through experiential practice, we learn how to be in the present moment, perceive the difficulties or challenges that arise in daily life and how to mindfully understand and respond with awareness, rather than mindlessly react with automatic patterns and behaviours.

    M-BESI is an experiential course that supports the development of real life practices that can be immediately applied to enable individuals and teams to create and sustain a resonant workplace environment and work life balance. Studies of mindfulness and emotional intelligence also share how the skills can improve mental health and wellbeing.

     “Knowing yourself lies at the core of emotional intelligence, and the best mental app for this is the mind-training method called mindfulness”

    Daniel Goleman

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  • M-BESI Course options

    Rather than being a cognitive course, M-BESI is a experiential. In small groups (maximum 15) participants will explore mindfulness, emotional and social intelligence through practice and experiential exercises. It is one thing to know something, it is another to feel it.

    The M-BESI course is supported by a comprehensive workbook specifically designed to enable participants to set personal intentions, make a picture in their minds and put the skills into action. MP3 practice recordings of between 5 and 20-minutes are also provided, with optional 30 minute practice recordings for those who would prefer a longer practice.

    Previous mindfulness, meditation, emotional or social intelligence experience is not required. For those with experience, the experiential nature of the M-BESI course will deepen practice.

    The M-BESI course is split into two 7-hour modules:

    The 4-week Module one course focuses on mindfulness and the emotional intelligence skills of self-awareness and self-management.

    The 4-week Module two course focuses on mindfulness and the social intelligence skills of social awareness and relationship management. 

    The M-BESI 14-hour course can also be split into 4 half-day workshops. 

    Module one and module two can be booked separately, however participants must have taken module one in order to participate in module two. 

    We also offer an introductory half-day M-BESI workshop. Ongoing weekly 30-minute community practice sessions to deepen practice and build community are also available.

  • 26th of May: Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence Webinar with the CPD Standards Office


    An introduction to Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence in the Workplace (M-BESI)Essential skills for mental health and wellbeing in a changing world.

    Online Venue: The Professional Development Consortium and CPD Standards Office. 

    Do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut of repetitive thinking like a hamster in a wheel replaying the same thoughts again, and again? Maybe you have noticed thoughts about work are upsetting your work life balance?

    In this webinar we will explore how the skills of mindfulness, social and emotional intelligence and advances in neuroscience can help to train the brain to pay attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness, rather than getting carried away to the past or an imagined future.

    Our minds are created within relationships—the one we have with ourselves, and the one we have with others. M-BESI explores how we perceive the difficulties and challenges that arise, and how we can find the space to connect, understand and respond rather than react to internal and external distractions with automatic patterns, impulses and behaviours.

    Learning how to be in the present moment is key to skillfully handling stress, regulating emotions (leading to emotional and social intelligence) and improving mental health. In turn this leads to increased collaboration, safety, performance, effective team communication, happiness, health, and wellbeing.

    In this online 40-minute webinar with Kathy Ward you will learn:

    1. Why mindfulness, emotional and social intelligence are essential skills for the changing workplace.
    2. How developing presence increases mental health, wellbeing and happiness.
    3. Learn one simple skill to develop presence and enhance work life balance. 

    The keynote talk will also be recorded to the CPD Standards office YouTube channel.  

  • Mindfulness Consultancy, Training Courses, Webinars, Workshops and Keynote talks tailored to fit your business

    Kathy Ward also works as a Mindfulness Consultant for the World Health Organization where she developed and trains staff in an exclusive mindfulness-based emotional intelligence in the workplace course. The bespoke course includes the latest research in interpersonal neurobiology and explores how mindfulness is the foundation of psychological safety. Currently part of a WHO research and development project, initial results far exceed expectations and it is anticipated that full results will be published at the end of 2021 with a scientific paper to follow.

    Kathy Ward also offers Mindfulness Consultancy, live online 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR courses for groups or individuals, bespoke mindfulness training courses, workshops, webinars, and keynote talks. 

    Every business is different with a unique vision, and if there is a mindfulness-based training that you would like us to create to support your staff's mental health and wellbeing and your business, please get in touch.

  • The evidence

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR was developed as a self-educational public health intervention by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It is an evidence based and well-defined, systematic individual-centered education to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives (2).

    Over the last 40 years, with a research explosion in the last 10 last years, thousands of studies document that mindfulness can have a profound impact on wellbeing, social and leadership skills, and cognitive abilities. 

    In one such study SIGMA Assessment Systems, Inc., London, ON, Canada and the Department of Psychology, Western University, London, ON, Canada conducted a randomized waitlist-controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of an online 8-week Mindfulness-Based training programme in a sample of adults employed fulltime at a Fortune 100 company in the United States.

    The outcome provides support for the beneļ¬ts of online mindfulness interventions in workplace settings, even for those participants who already have prior experience with mindfulness and demonstrates the effectiveness of an online-based mindfulness training program for enhancing well-being, self-perceptions of emotional intelligence, and workplace performance. (3)

    Consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations also show that mindfulness skills can enhance (4) (5) (6) (7):

    • Adaptation to change;
    • Effective team communication;
    • Better resilience;
    • Accountability;
    • Mental and emotional safety;
    • Focus;
    • Facilitates new ways to think and view the world, thereby reducing conflicts; 
    • Cultivates an active and responsible approach rather than a reactive approach;
    • Provides the capacity to recover more quickly from challenging events;
    • Develops the ability to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful situations;
    • Enhanced immune function and improved physical and mental well-being;
    • Greater happiness;
    • Foster ethical behavior.


    1. Harvard psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth, a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar and Daniel T. Gilbert studied the nature and causes of human happiness through the development of an app http://www.trackyourhappiness.org which uses smartphones to study present moment awareness and the link with happiness in real-time during everyday life. 

    2. Kabat-Zinn, J. Mindfulness Meditation: What It Is, What It Isn’t, And It’s Role In Health Care and Medicine. [book auth.] Y., Ishii, Y., and Suzuki, M. Haruki. Comparative and Psychological Study on Meditation. Netherlands: Eburon, 1996.

    3. Ruby Nadler, Julie J. Carswell and John Paul Minda: Online Mindfulness Training increases Well-Being, Trait Emotional Intelligence, and workplace competency ratings: A randomized waitlist-controlled trial. Frontiers in Psychology 2020.

    4.  Brunn, P.H. & Corneliussen, C. Mindfulness in organisationer. s.l. : Dansk Psykologisk Forlag A/S , 2013.

    5. Vogus, T.J. Mindful Organizing. Establishing and establishing the foundations of highly reliable performance. Positive Organizational Scholarship. 2011, pp. 664-676.

    6. Kabat-Zinn, J. Full Catastrophe Living. s.l. : Random House USA Inc., 2013.

    7. Awareness and Ethics in Dispute Resolution and Law: Why Mindfulness Tends to Foster Ethical Behavior. L.L., Riskin. 2009, Tex. L. Rev. , pp. 493-503. 6. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-work-sap/at-germanys-sap-employee-mindfulness-leads-tohigher-profits-idUSKCN1II1BW. [Online]