Pause, Breathe, Smile Educator Certification


The Mindfulness Education Group is on a mission to positively shift the emotional landscape of New Zealand children by providing online mindfulness training and training educators and health professionals to teach New Zealand’s only locally developed and researched mindfulness in schools programme: Pause, Breathe, Smile. 

There are a variety of mindfulness training programmes and organisations operating worldwide. Some of these organisations have developed as a result of sound research and focus on training people to teach a specific evidence-based mindfulness programme. The Mindfulness Education Group (MEG) is one such organisation, founded by the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme developer, and the only qualified experts in training others to teach Pause, Breathe, Smile (PBS).

MEG is committed to quality mindfulness leadership in Aotearoa/New Zealand. By training others to teach Pause, Breathe, Smile, MEG’s intention is to add mindfulness skills to the toolbox of educators and health professionals.

In addition to leading the way with our own training programmes, professional development pathways, workshops and retreats, we:

  • Promote the latest mindfulness research, with a special focus on New Zealand research, through our E-Newsletter
  • Work with researchers and academics from New Zealand Universities on unique mindfulness research projects
  • Promote best practice guidelines for mindfulness trainers operating in New Zealand
  • Engage in dialogue with New Zealand-based mindfulness trainers and researchers to ensure effective collaboration where possible
  • Promote Māori views on mindfulness (with an aspiration to engage in continued dialogue to support this area)
  • Engage with international stakeholders and organisations who are willing to support the work and mission of MEG


The Mindfulness Education Group’s modern and relevant approach to teaching mindfulness is of an international calibre. We have a thorough understanding of the research showing how mindfulness affects our bodies, minds and communities. When learning and practicing with us attendees can be confident they will receive highest quality instruction from mindfulness teachers with many years of personal practice and a lot of experience working with people from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Mindfulness Education Group (MEG) is an ethical business focused on social good. We have adopted the ‘triple bottom-line’ of supporting the wellbeing of people and planet, while generating a profit.

Grant Rix
Training and Programmes Director
Mindfulness Education Group

Grant is often called on as an expert speaker or to provide media commentary on mindfulness

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.


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.

Natasha Rix
Strategy and Operations Director
Mindfulness Education Group

Natasha-Rix-Mindfulness-Meditation-TeacherTash 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.