Open Module - Whole Systems Mindfulness: The Dragon Café Experience
Dr Tamara Russell, Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence, London, Clinical Psychologist
Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 5.15pm to 6.15pm
Hosted by Dr Matthew Knight
Tamara will share her experience of working in and with the Dragon Café (www.dragoncafe.co.uk). This peer-led, creative, recovery-focused space offers a sanctuary in the middle of London for those who struggle to find a fit elsewhere in the healthcare services. Offering a variety of activities and programs, the creative thurst of the Dragon Café provides a space for individuals to explore their vulnerabilities and commonalities through a variety of means, in a supportive space. At the same time, the whole culture and organization of the café is based on working in a mindful way – fully present, non-reactive and non-judgmental. Tamara will share her process of how she has supported the delivery team and the management board in their journey to create a sustainable, compassionate, equal healing space and the amazing work of the RE:Create Psychiatry program (https://recreatepsychiatry.com). The role of the Café’s founder, Sarah Wheeler will also be discussed in relation to how to transition from a “catalyst” model (driven by a powerful individual story) into something independently sustainable.
Tamara is author of "Mindfulness in Motion" (Watkins, 2015) and "#whatismindfulness" (Watkins, 2017).