Dr Danny Penman is a qualified meditation teacher and award-winning writer and journalist. He currently writes features for the UK Daily Mail, having previously worked for the BBC, New Scientist and the Independent newspaper. He is co-author of the international bestseller Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. He has received journalism awards from the RSPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. In 2014, he won the British Medical Association’s Best Book (Popular Medicine) Award for Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing (co- written with Vidyamala Burch). His books have been translated into more than 25 languages.
Professor Mark Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He co-developed MBCT, is Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and is co-author of the international best-seller The Mindful Way Through Depression. He is one of the premier researchers in the field of mindfulness worldwide, and has been a pioneer in its development and dissemination.
Vidyamala Burch is the founder of Breathworks, an internationally respected mindfulness organisation with trainers in 15 countries. She developed Mindfulness-Based Pain Management – a proven way of relieving chronic pain and enhancing the body’s self-repair systems. She is author of Living Well with Pain and Illness: Using mindfulness to free yourself from suffering. Breathworks grew out of Vidyamala’s personal experience of using mindfulness and meditation to manage her own chronic pain.