Carolyn Sims

Carolyn is a mindfulness tutor based in Masham. She has run Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8 week courses for the NHS and privately (developed by Williams, Segal and Teasdale) which she has now adapted for ArtisOn.
Carolyn has been practising mindfulness since around 2011. She embarked on mindfulness teaching hoping to demystify mindfulness and make it accessible, practical and understandable to anyone who wishes to learn. She is excited to bring Mindfulness to ArtisOn, and feels there is a good fit between mindfulness and creativity.

‘One of the key concepts behind mindfulness is ‘living in the moment’, which is a similar idea to the ‘flow’ you can experience when involved in creative activity, (well, perhaps on a good day). What we can also experience is the voices in our heads telling us ‘it’s not going to work’, ‘I’ve messed up again’, ‘why did I think I could do this’ which of course remove any chance of enjoyment and undermine our confidence. Among other things, mindfulness helps us to catch hold of this kind of habitual thinking more quickly and step away from it, to make a choice about how we think in any given moment.’

Carolyn’s training in mindfulness teaching was via a lengthy and rigorous MBCT training pathway, which integrates formal teaching with workshops/residential mindfulness training and retreats, skills training and supervision/mentoring. Teaching skills are formally assessed using the Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC). Carolyn adheres to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines.

Carolyn’s background is as a counsellor, working both privately and within the NHS for almost 10 years. As such she also works within the BACP ethical framework.