Veronica Macpherson

Ngunguru, NZ [Psychologist, Mindfulness coach]

Workshop title: "Mindfulness in Nature"

Mindfulness is a practice that cultivates present moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and our five senses... there is no better place than nature to learn how to become "the observer self". We often get so hooked up in thoughts and emotions that we are not present in the moment; this is where most human suffering comes from. This workshop will include mindfulness exercises, using different aspects of nature, to enhance awareness of our internal and external environments. The connection with Mauri Ora will also be explored, along with links between mindfulness and neuroscience, and practical strategies to use with children.

Personal Bios: Originally from Dunedin, I currently live in Ngunguru, working as a psychologist for the Ministry of Education. Upon completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Otago University after leaving school, I decided this was not my path so spent a few years living the backpacker lifestyle where I met a variety of people and became fascinated with human behaviour. Whilst working in a bar in Manchester, I started to hear my soul's calling so decided to return to NZ to study psychology at Waikato University. During this time I was drawn to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).....and so my journey began. ACT provided me with the framework to learn how to live life in alignment with the most authentic version of myself; the more I practiced this way of being, the more passionate I became about helping others to journey towards their soul and create the life they most desired.

Veronica Macpherson