Meditation Teaching

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About

I see so many people who are passionate about meditation, but haven’t been taught how to practice effectively.

Meditation is a skill, just like chess, or playing an instrument. If you just move chess pieces around the board without ever learning any strategy, or if you learn one song and play it over and over again every day, you’ll never become truly great at those skills. 

The same is true for meditation, yet most people think that the only way to meditate is to sit and do the exact same thing every day, without really knowing what skills they’re working on.

As a result, many people spend hundreds and even thousands of hours meditating, but make only very slow progress, if they make progress at all. I spent many years making this mistake myself.

But you can make rapid progress in the skills of meditation, start to experience all those cool things that you read about in books, and see the clear benefits of practice in your life.

The key is to apply the modern psychology of effective skill acquisition to the key meditation skills that have been identified by the great meditation masters of the last couple of millennia.

In short, that looks like this:

  1. Figure out your one or two biggest weaknesses – the sub-skills that are holding you back (it helps to have an experienced teacher for this step).
  2. Practice those skills directly, so that you are working at the limit of your abilities and are getting clear feedback.

This can be taxing work, but if you do this, and do it consistently, you are almost certain to make faster progress in a few months than in years or even decades of meditation without such clarity.

Get in touch here and we can arrange a time for a first session and start working on this stuff.

Fees

I teach on a sliding scale depending on how much you are able to afford.

Supporter’s rate: £40/hour
Standard rate: £30/hour
Concession rate: £20/hour

If you would struggle to pay anything at all, get in touch anyway and we can discuss.

About Ollie

I started meditating at 14 and attended my first meditation retreat at 17. I have trained with a number of different teachers and in different traditions, and have logged over 9 months of retreat time since then.

I completed the Zenways Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Training Course with Barbara Jikai Gabrys Rōshi in 2015.

I am an accredited Mindfulness-Based Pain Management Teacher – training with Breathworks, one of the founding members of BAMBA (The British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches), and I follow the BAMBA good practice guidelines for mindfulness teachers.

I was delighted and extremely grateful for the opportunity to train with Culadasa (John Yates Ph.D), which I began in early 2018. Culadasa is best known for having authored the phenomenal book The Mind Illuminated, which precipitated an immediate and profound effect on my own meditation. The precise tools and rigorous methodology laid out in the book are the most powerful tools I know of for deepening one’s practice.

My work is with Breathworks as their Marketing Coordinator, helping to share the transformative power of meditation and mindfulness with those suffering from chronic pain and other health conditions.

I have a B.A. (Hons) in Experimental Psychology from The University of Oxford, where I wrote my final dissertation on the role of mindfulness in the treatment of depression. Currently, I am undertaking an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and Data Science at the University of Sheffield, and continue to take an active interest in the research on what mechanisms connect mental training to real subjective wellbeing and freedom from suffering.

I have a deep passion for Dharma practice of all colours, deliberate practice, Stoic philosophy, science, the Quantified Self, compassion practice, meditation in motion, and positive psychology techniques.

I teach online on a sliding-scale basis. If you’ve hit a rough patch or a plateau in your meditation practice and need a bit of troubleshooting, or if you simply want to take your meditation practice deeper, please get in touch using this form.

What previous students have said

Ollie was amazingly insightful, and answered every question anyone had with real in-depth understanding. His pacing was great and his manner was humorous and open. He was tactful and gently guided understanding when people got the wrong end of the stick or needed to clarify and his warm, gentle presence is a real testament to the values and methods he teaches. Anyone would be lucky to have him as their teacher.

Ollie was a phenomenal teacher with a beautiful manner – he radiated enthusiasm, kindness and patience! I especially felt that the way he responded to people’s questions or difficulties was hugely helpful and filled with compassion! He explained things in a way that was simple yet engaging.

A lovely gentle, kind manner. His enthusiasm and expertise really brought the material to life – using concrete examples to help explain quite difficult theory made it all crystal clear. Accepting and encouraging responses without judgement.

Ollie was such a kind, compassionate, witty and clever teacher. Even difficult topics he managed to convey with pictures, talks, discussions, or anecdotes. I have done a lot of guided meditations and visualisations, but Ollie is honestly the best one I have found.