About us

Mariana Straton – lead teacher

I have trained in Mindfulness Based Approaches with the University of Bangor’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (Teacher Training Level 1) and with the University of Exeter (Teacher Training Level 2 – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). I fully adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses and I continue to develop my teaching skills through a supervised pathway with University of Exeter.

I have led 8-week mindfulness courses, introductory courses and drop in groups in the community and in the workplace

More recently, I have completed teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) with its founders – Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer. This course is fairly new in the UK. I am teaching my first MSC course in October 2016 in Gloucestershire.

My interest in the secular applications of mindfulness and compassion training stems from my long-standing personal meditation practice. This is mainly informed by the somatic practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Zen and it has greatly enriched and expanded my teaching. I regularly attend insight meditation retreats as well as professional workshops as part of my continuing development and practice path.

My professional background is in social work and I have worked in statutory children’s services. I continue to be registered as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council in England. I have also worked in other positions within public services.

I believe in our human richness and our resourcefulness to nourish ourselves and truly connect with each other and our planet.


We already have everything we need

Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are



Also in the company 

Heike Fanelsa
Eddie Parsons



You can contact us as follows:

email info@stillnessandus.co.uk

phone 07525 618389