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‘Take Back Your Life’ is one of the programs that made it to finalist in the “Innovations in Mindfulness” award scheme of the The Mindfulness Initiative c.s.
It was created by Tareshvari (Tish) Robinson.
She will join the eamba Community to share her approach, especially her work on delivering mindfulness to English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) which she applied to the Breathworks program.

Get a first impression: A video showcasing the project Take Back Your Life, working in Tower Hamlets in London to support people who experience chronic pain, illness, and social isolation. This project was a finalist in the Innovation in Mindfulness Awards 2022, run by the Mindfulness Initiative with the Hart Knowe Trust.

DATE Thursday March 16th, 2023
TIME 19:00 – 20:30 CET
Zoom  Meeting ID: 820 3486 5432 | Passcode: 719975.

Please register here.


Tareshvari (Tish) Robinson has been practising meditation and mindfulness and teaching and supporting adults from disadvantaged communities for over 20 years.

She is a qualified and accredited Trauma-Sensitive, Breathworks-Mindfulness and Pain Management teacher, an Adapt Certified Health and Wellbeing Coach and holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Education with an ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) subject. specialism.

Tish co-developed the highly successful “Take Back Your Life” (TBYL) mindfulness and pain management program, which has helped and supported 100s of people in East London over the past 5 years.  The program features a simplified version of the multi award-winning: Breathworks-Mindfulness “Mindfulness for Health” 8-week course.

TBYL was designed to be accessible to people with emerging English language and literacy and people on low incomes.  The ESOL friendly exercises Tish designed include visual aids, case studies, puppets and lots of eliciting.

Interestingly, one of the university educated support team members said after one of our first sessions, “That is the clearest definition of mindfulness I have ever heard” and we realised then that TBYL can work with people with varying levels of English language and literacy.  It’s not uncommon to have university educated people in the same class as people with emerging language and literacy – pain is a very levelling experience.

The year-long programme aims to give participants the tools and skills to live well with chronic pain or health conditions and to create a community of peer support.

This is pioneering work as mindfulness courses have rarely been offered to this target group and the courses are all offered free of charge.

Tish feels passionate about sharing mindfulness and coaching with people from communities who would otherwise not have access to life enhancing techniques, skills and knowledge.

You can contact Tish at  +44 7570802591.

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