Moira Harris

I stumbled into mindfulness and meditation in 2002, recovering from depression and looking for a better way to take care of myself and my mind.  I have been practicing mindfulness meditation ever since, in both secular and Tibetan Buddhist contexts.  I have studied with Rob Nairn since 2002, and have completed several months of silent retreat with him at the Tara Rokpa Centre in South Africa as well as in Scotland. 


I have an MSc (with distinction) in Mindfulness Studies at Aberdeen University and am currently undertaking a PhD, researching the impact of mindfulness on disadvantaged and marginalised groups.  


I have worked in social work and social care since 1988 and am a qualified social worker.  I currently work in social work education - as a lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and the Open University.  I have introduced mindfulness training to social workers and social work students and researched the impact of compassion-focussed mindfulness training on social workers and students.  I have a particular interest in how mindfulness can contribute to reflective practice and resilience.


I am registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teachers.  This confirms that I meet their Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses (i.e. that I am suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and am receiving supervision).  


Upcoming Courses


Weekly Practice Group

Drop in class, no need to book.


Every Wednesday at 7pm


R149, Rutherford McCowan Building, Crichton Campus, Dumfries

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