Gwennie Fraser

Wood sorrel 1310 x 350

Gwennie Fraser

Gwennie has been practising meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over eighteen years. She trained in teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor University, from 2004. She has also completed two years of Mindfulness, Compassion, and Insight training at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Centre.

Gwennie has been teaching MBSR courses, workshops, follow-up courses and retreats in NE England, including Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland, since 2007. She has been teaching 8 week Distance Learning courses through CMRP since 2010, and supervises trainee and experienced teachers of mindfulness-based approaches, and also mentors personal practice  as an Associate of the Mindfulness Network CIC ( She is a listed member of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations and as such, is trained to the standards and adheres to the annual CPD requirements of  the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) for teaching mindfulness-based courses.

She completed the teacher training programme  for Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) in spring 2017.


Gwennie has a research background in medical anthropology and has always been interested in the vital connection between mind and body, and the implications for well-being. Her PHD thesis explored the ritual healing practices of indigenous people in the Bolivian Andes.

Gwennie has benefited greatly from her own mindfulness practice and feels that it weaves together all her life interests and experience. Her practice inspires her to keep opening to life’s challenges and limitless possibilities, and she greatly enjoys sharing the journey of practice with others.

She lives in the heart of the Northumberland National Park with her husband and two daughters.

The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive, to know anything, to perceive, to learn, to act, to change, to heal.

Jon Kabat-Zinn