Choden & Angie Ball
Formally a monk within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) completed a three year, three month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness programmes drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, but not requiring adherence to any religious faith. He is a director of the Mindfulness Association and is working in association with the Univeristy of Aberdeen in running a Postgraduate Study Programme in Mindfulness (MSc).
Angie has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism at Kagyu Samye Ling in the Scottish Borders for over 30 years. Within that time she has learnt Tibetan Buddhist practices including that of Mindfulness. She also trained for over 20 years in a comprehensive therapeutic process entitled 'Tara Rokpa Therapy'. Initially developed at Samye Ling, this combines the wisdom and integrity from both East and Western psychological traditions.
In addition to being an experienced Tara Rokpa workshop facilitator, she is a trained counsellor in Transpersonal Psychology and N.L.P (Neuro Linguistic Programming), and a qualified massage therapist (ITEC). She has been teaching and running workshops since the 80's in both the private and public sector, throughout the UK and Europe.
Angie has completed a two year Mindfulness and Compassion teacher training programme with South African tutor and author, Rob Nairn and is currently undertaking an MSc in Mindfulness with Aberdeen University. She runs weekend workshops and 8 week sessions in the practice of Mindfulness.
Coming from a creative and community arts background, her teaching style is interactive, experiential, fun and informative as well as giving a strong emphasis on practice and the beneficial journey of self-discovery. .