Visiting Speakers – 2019 schedule

On the third Wednesday of each month we invite someone from outside Wellington to speak to One Mindful Breath on a topic that interests them, and which will engage us. This is what our programme for 2019 looks like – so far. You might like to bookmark this page and come back to it as it will be updated from time to time.


Jan 16th • Lorna Edwards (Cardiff, Wales) invited us to share our experiences of being secular dharma students/practitioners in Wellington, Cardiff and beyond. Watch our conversation with Lorna on YouTube.

Feb 13th • Winton Higgins (Sydney, Australia – in person) spoke on Secular Buddhism and the western search for meaning. Tracking the ‘know thyself’ aphorism from the ancient Egyptians, through the ancient Greeks (oracle at Delphi) and early Christianity, he showed how these lead to modern iterations, including secular philosophy and psychoanalysis – and the supreme importance of the inner life, the reflective life. His notes can be found here.

Mar 20th • Bernat Font (Barcelona, Spain) spoke on Self-respect. He asked: ‘Why do we sit? What motivation is there to be ethical? How do we prevent self-compassion from turning into self-pity?’ For Bernat, one response to all these questions is self-respect. The early texts call this ‘to love the self’. But, wait a minute … didn’t Buddhism say there is no self‽’ Watch Bernat’s talk on Youtube.

Apr 17th • Martine Batchelor (Aquitaine, France) spoke to us on topics raised in her most recent book What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds which was due to be published just days after this talk. Watch Martine’s talk on YouTube.

May 15th • Anna Markey (Goolwa, South Australia) will speak to us on ‘Dharma practice. What am I doing this for, again?’. All of us share the same dilemma: we are born, we live, we die. So what do we do with the bit in the middle … the only part in which we have choices? Come and hear what Anna has to say about this dilemma, which seems to raise more questions than answer.

Jun 19th • Bill Gayner (Toronto, Canada) will speak on emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT), an approach he developed which integrates mindful experiencing with experiential and emotional processes that enhance how we make sense of our feelings, resolve inner conflicts and unfinished business, navigate our lives, and cultivate growth and fulfilment.

Bill works in the Sinai Health System in Toronto where he provides individual psychotherapy for people living with HIV and mindfulness group training for HIV+ gay men, psychiatric outpatients, and hospital employees. He has trained mental health professionals in mindfulness for more than a decade and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. You can read more about EFMT on Bill’s website mindfulfeeling.ca and download a copy of his recent paper on EFMT here.

July 17th • Jim Champion (Abingdon, Berkshire) will talk about the middle way.

Aug 21st • Laura Bridgman (Devon, England) will speak to us about exploring our inner critic.

Sept 18th • Martine Batchelor (Aquitaine, France) on a topic to be confirmed.

Oct 16th • speaker to be confirmed.

Nov 20th • Bernd Kaponig (Vienna, Austria) will speak on emotions.

Dec 18th • Gay Watson (Devon, England) will speak on emptiness.


If you’d like to listen in to these sessions live using Zoom press on or click https://zoom.us/j/9195272569 at 8pm New Zealand time on the third Wednesday of the month.