“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller

About Lynne Holmes

Initially I trained as a nurse and loved this work, especially Cardiac Intensive Care. There’s something very special about caring for someones every basic need and the trust this involves, very gratifying and humbling.

I started the realm of personal discovery  through a difficult relationship breakup in the late 1980’s which took me into my own psychotherapeutic journey. This opened up the possibility of training to be a psychotherapist (Gestalt at Metanoia Institute, London.) which I started in 1993 and completed many years later. As Fritz Perls, the founder of Gestalt Psychotherapy, was influenced by Zen Buddhism, I was drawn into learning more about Eastern Philosophies and meditation; I subsequently found that personally I was less likely to react to stimuli that would normally wind me up! Relationships were easier and I knew myself a whole lot more. I tended then to bring in some meditative introspection into one to one psychotherapeutic work.

Years later and in Devon I was co-running an NHS Occupational Health Counselling Service and was given the opportunity of overseeing a Mindfulness course for staff. Having had years of practicing meditation myself this was another doorway into training and starting the journey of teaching Mindfulness Based Applications, initially to staff through my counselling role. I initially trained with Mark Williams, Melanie Fennell & Thorsten Barnhofer at Oxford Mindfulness Centre and then with Bangor Mindfulness Centre with Becca Crane and Pamela Erdmann. I taught MBSR to NHS staff suffering from stress and through Sharpham House in South Devon for many years, the latter continues.

When Exeter University started to offer their Mindfulness Applications diploma I was interested. I attended the Supervisors training and began supervising and occasional teaching on the course and latterly assessing using the MBI-TAC assessment tool. I am an Associate of Exeter University’s Mindfulness teachers/supervisors and assessors.

Self Compassion is also an interest having attended a short course run by Kristen Neff and Chris Germer at Derby University. I am also interested in Mindful Based Compassionate Living.

I am also an Associate of the Mindfulness Community Interest Company (CIC) supervising teachers and trainees of mindfulness based approaches https://www.mindfulness-network.org

Mindfulness -based Teacher

I have undergone extensive training and teach Mindfulness 8 week courses, Introductory days and retreats. I teach because I have found great benefit from a daily meditation practice in how I lead my daily life. I trust in life unfolding much more these days.

Mindfulness isn’t about fixing anything but being with life “as it is” without needing it to be different. This does not mean I don’t have challenges – of course I do, but the way I deal with these are different. There’s much more spaciousness and allowing things to be as they are and less getting caught up in negative thought streams and emotional turbulence.

I adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness-based teacher training organisations Good Practice Guidelines for Trainers of Mindfulness-based Teachers and am listed on their website.


I particularly like to work with people who would like to engage mindfully and therapeutically and who are willing to take on short meditation practices at home, to gain more insight. We then work with this in the session. This is where Gestalt meets Mindfulness.

I practice within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am and have been registered member MBACP (Accred) since 2000

Lynne Holmes offers a range of mindfulness based approaches including 8 week MBSR/MBCT courses, training days, and individual (1:1) mindfulness based therapy in line with the guiding principles to promote Good practice standards in teaching mindfulness based approaches from Exeter, Bangor, Oxford Universities and the UK Mindfulness Network.

In the rest of the web site you will find details of my courses, training, and some more information and links about mindfulness and the mindfulness based approaches.

Lynne Holmes


  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Health Visitor
  • MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy, Metanoia Inst, London
  • BSc(Hons) Health Studies, 2:1
  • BSc(Hons) Community Care Health Visiting