The Mindfulness Education Group is leading the way with high-quality professional development for educators and health professionals to teach New Zealand’s only locally developed and researched mindfulness in schools programme: Pause, Breathe, Smile.
Grant Rix –Training and Programmes Director
Grant is a leader in mindfulness training, delivery and research in New Zealand. While at the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Grant created New Zealand’s own evidence-based, curriculum aligned mindfulness in schools programme: Pause, Breathe, Smile, which is now being delivered in over 200 schools nationwide.
Grant has presented on mindfulness in New Zealand, Australia and China and has been involved in researching the effects of the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme in New Zealand schools alongside researchers from AUT University and the University of Auckland. He has co-authored four published papers and a book chapter in Mindfulness and Education: Research and Practice.
Together with Natasha Rix, Grant founded the Mindfulness Education Group in 2016 to train school teachers, counsellors and psychologists, to deliver the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme for the benefit of our children and young people.
Krägeloh C, Medvedev O, Taylor T, Wrapson W, Rix G, Sumich A,Wang G, Csako R, Anstiss D, Ranta J, Patel N, Siegert R (2018) A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial for a Videoconference-Delivered Mindfulness-Based Group Intervention in a Nonclinical Setting Springer US. View
Devcich D A, Rix G, Bernay R & Graham E (2017). Effectiveness of a mindfulness-based program on school children’s self-reported well-being: A pilot study comparing effects with an emotional literacy program. Journal of Applied School Psychology
Rix, G. (2017). Mindful Aotearoa: Promoting the Benefits of Mindfulness Grounded in Local Context and Understanding in Ditrich, Wiles & Lovegrove (Eds.), Mindfulness and Education: Research and Practice (pp.103-124). Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Bernay R, Esther Graham, Daniel A. Devcich, Grant Rix & Christine M. Rubie-Davies (2016): Pause, breathe, smile: a mixed-methods study of student wellbeing following participation in an eight-week, locally developed mindfulness program in three New Zealand schools, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, DOI:10.1080/1754730X.2016.1154474.
Rix, Grant, and Ross Bernay. 2014. “A Study of the Effects of Mindfulness in Five Primary Schools in New Zealand.” New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work 11(2): 201-220.
Rix, Grant, Ross Bernay, and Daniel A. Devcich. 2014. “Mindfulness as a core strategy for promoting mental health and increasing positive (flourishing) states of well-being.” Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress 2014: 228-230.
October Conway – Marketing Manager October is a mother of three and beginner mindfulness practitioner. With 15 years experience in brand development and a PGDipBus in Marketing, October is committed to supporting the MEG team to grow and positively affect the well being of more New Zealand school children.
For more information on the Pause, Breathe, Smile or Breathe programmes, media or speaking enquiries – Contact October
Natasha Rix – Strategy and Operations Director
Tash is an inspiring, pragmatic, and skilful mindfulness teacher with 20 years dedicated mindfulness training and meditation practice experience.
In 2012, Tash founded Mindful Living, providing expert mindfulness training for education and health professionals, parents, and a wide range of organisations and workplaces. She collaborated with AUT University on the Mindfulness for Care Workers research study and develops meditations for the FitCode App.
Since 2014 Tash has been instrumental in the growth of New Zealand’s own evidence-based, curriculum aligned mindfulness in schools programme: Pause, Breathe, Smile. As a co-founder and Director of the Mindfulness Education Group she manages the operations and professional development of educators and health professionals in Pause, Breathe, Smile.
Lucy-Mary Mulholland AThR, BA, MA Arts Therapy (Clinical), ANZACATA (Prof.) Lucy-Mary completed a psychology degree (BA) at Canterbury University, then a Masters in Arts Therapy (Clinical – Hons.) at Whitecliffe College, Auckland, in 2014. She worked in services providing arts therapy to vulnerable children in primary schools in Auckland, as well as overseas (supported by an AMP scholarship), working with teenagers in Bristol (Kid’s Company) and at-risk children and teens in Chicago (Art Therapy Connection). She worked as a dance-movement therapist with children on the autistic spectrum and those with attachment disorders (Dance & Arts Therapy NZ) for three years. She has had a case study published in the book Arts Therapists in Multi-disciplinary Settings (Ed. Miller, 2015) and now works in private practice seeing teen and child therapy clients in her clinic and in schools across Auckland.
Lucy-Mary joined Grant Rix as a research assistant in 2014 when Pause, Breathe, Smile was first being introduced and studied in New Zealand schools. She later trained as an external facilitator going into schools delivering Pause, Breathe, Smile for two years and now facilitates the one-day educator training workshop. She is passionate about mindfulness and the mental health of young people. She uses mindfulness regularly in her own life as well as in therapy sessions where it becomes an essential support and resource for clients.
Mira Riddiford – Technology Support Mira works on MEG’s graphic/web design/social media development/set up/communication and advertising. She troubleshoots any tricky tech questions. Mira is an advanced practitioner and teacher of mindfulness with over 20 years of experience. She is committed to MEG’s initiatives in supporting the well being of people.
For technical enquiries about using our Online Portal – Contact Mira
Susan Ludbrook – Programme Administration Support Susan is a qualified Primary School teacher who has been incorporating Mindfulness within her working and personal life for many years. She is now delighted to be a part of the MEG team offering programme administration support to all of our much appreciated educators and mindfulness students.
For any general enquiries – Contact Susan
Pause, Breathe, Smile
Pause, Breathe, Smile is New Zealand’s only locally developed and researched mindfulness in schools programme and is supported by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. Pause, Breathe, Smile fosters the key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum and aligns with the health and physical education learning areas, and aspects of the social sciences and science learning areas. Te Whare Tapa Whā, an eloquent model of hauora (holistic wellbeing) is integrated into the programme.
Breathe is our online mindfulness course designed to support personal wellbeing through understanding and practice of Mindfulness. This course is suitable for anyone looking to improve their health and happiness.
Pause, Breathe, Smile is supported by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ. The Mindfulness Education Group gratefully acknowledges funding support in 2017 from Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust, Rata Foundation and Trust Waikato