What the mindfulness movement can learn from social change practice

Paula Haddock will share some thoughts on how grappling with difficult themes such as power and identity can also be gateways to connection, wholeness, joy and hope. She will explore how bringing a deeper understanding of group and collective well-being, informed by an awareness of social context, can help everyone in their desire to be more aware, wise and compassionate. If wholeness and freedom from suffering is the path – then she will argue we need to work through and not bypass the social dynamics which we collectively navigate everyday. She will share how her background in working in international development and grassroots activism informs her work in the mindfulness sector – in particular in co-organising the Mindfulness and Social Change Network and being involved in initiatives such as the Mindfulness in the Margins Unconferences.



Building anti-oppression pedagogical practice into mindfulness spaces

Paula will provide some examples of how anti-oppression pedagogy and practice can inform the work of a mindfulness teacher. This workshop will build on approaches, resources and exercises from both mindful activist trainers and training centres and socially-engaged mindfulness teachers.

Paula Haddock


PAULA HADDOCK has been a mindfulness teacher since 2013 and graduated from Bangor University with a Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches in 2017. In 2014, she co-founded the Mindfulness and Social Change Network with Luke Wreford which is a community of practice exploring the intersection between mindfulness and social change. As well as running the network, she runs eight week courses, on-line drop ins, mindfulness mornings and monthly sits. She has delivered numerous workshops and talks on socially engaged mindfulness. Prior to becoming a mindfulness teacher, she spent ten years working in the area of capacity building with international non-governmental organisations including Oxfam GB and a civil society support organisation called INTRAC where she was the training manager. She later worked in the training team of Freedom from Torture. For the last six years, she has worked as a trainer, advisor and fundraiser for Ecodharma & the Ulex Project in Spain which trains grassroots activist and change makers from across Europe. She delivers courses on Mindfulness and Social Change, and Transformative Collaboration.


As soon as I am off the laptop or phone, I’m usually reaching for a bowl to make sourdough bread or making one of my favourite vegan dishes. I love food. When we are allowed outside, I’m usually getting on my bike to cycle around Oxford where I live – come rain, shine or flooding – my bike is my favourite object. When my ankle injury allows, I like running and I have a long (and forgiving) relationship with yoga. If I can – I get on trains to go anywhere – to visit family, to go to Germany or Spain. I love trains. I try not to fly and this is a big challenge as I’ve always been a huge traveller. I’m currently trying to get married during the pandemic which is somewhere between a crazy idea and the absolute best and heart warming thing to be spending time on right now.