The Heart Movement

We are a UK non-profit building communities of resilient wellbeing through mindfulness, heart intelligence training and listening spaces.

Our Mission

We believe we can all live happier, healthier, more connected lives through mindfulness.

Mindfulness allows us to unleash our natural curiosity about the inner landscape of our thoughts, emotions, and body.  Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better.

We know mindfulness needs heart. So we combine training in mindful awareness with techniques for utilising our heart’s inner intelligence through biofeedback technology and training in listening deeply.

We see wellbeing as a basic human capacity, not a lifestyle luxury. We are building a diverse community who can share heart-based mindfulness in ways that are relatable to individuals and communities from all backgrounds.

Our Values

Inclusive Care We are open and warm, welcoming all

Sustainable Humanity We are real, and long-term

Impactful Participation We are collaborative and transformational

How do we do it?

Courses and Workshops

Where we teach heart-based mindfulness. Right now it’s all online.

The Heart Movement Bus

The bus will travel across the country offering training in mindful awareness, heart intelligence and listening spaces.

Community Facilitator Training

An in-depth facilitator-training programme to allow people to share mindfulness with their communities.

Community Building

Connecting people to share their mindfulness journeys through our Facebook community and Patreon membership.

What is Heart-Based Mindfulness?

Mindful Awareness

Mindfulness is a practice of bringing awareness to every ordinary gesture of life, from drinking a glass of water to engaging in a difficult conversation. In this way, we train our capacity to live in the present moment. We can experience life more fully and more joyfully through our senses rather than being stuck in our heads. Mindful awareness can be accessed in one minute, sustained throughout any activity, or underpin a whole way of living.

What is the evidence?

Numerous studies have identified the scientific basis of mindfulness as a mind-training practice that actually changes cognitive structures and corresponding behavioural habits.

How is it applied?

More and more, mindfulness approaches have been integrated into contemporary society: it has been endorsed by the UK government, school system, NHS, and countless businesses and organisations as a means of reducing stress, building resilience and developing self-awareness.

How do we teach it?

Our courses teach mindfulness as a way of connecting mind and heart and how to apply it to every aspect of life: from short practices that cultivate rest and ease, to applied practices such as walking, eating, speaking and relating.

Heart Intelligence

Heart intelligence training includes a range of practices for accessing and increasing our capacity for self-regulation and positive emotion. The resulting physiological wellbeing, emotional balance and mental clarity generated by this training is described as ‘heart coherence’. 

What is the evidence?

Researchers use the term ‘heart-intelligence’ to describe the way that the human heart acts as a central regulator of both physiological and emotional wellbeing. Not only does the heart contain ‘neurons’- making it a kind of ‘heart-brain’ – but studies have shown that by training the heart-qualities of appreciation, gratitude and love, we can activate the conditions that support optimal wellbeing.

How is it applied?

Clinicians and psychologists have long been utilising bio-feedback tools that track an individual’s HRV (Heart-Rate Variability) as a measure of heart coherence. Biofeedback measures are widely used to support athletic performance, the management of stress in schools and businesses and in health care as a support to wellbeing and recovery. These same tools are now widely available to track and improve our own everyday emotional and physical states of wellbeing.

How do we teach it?

Our programmes teach how to develop both emotional and social coherence with the support of Heart-Rate Variability biofeedback technology, as well as how to generate and maintain our innate heart-qualities (such as gratitude, inspiration, and love) to increase physical wellbeing and to develop our capacity for emotional self-awareness and self-regulation.

Listening Spaces

When we listen attentively, we are open-minded and open-hearted enough to hear what is going on – within ourselves, within another person, or within a situation.

How is it applied?

Throughout history, many cultures have honoured the act of gathering in listening spaces to listen intentionally to different stories, perspectives and personal experiences for the purpose of fostering greater connection and understanding. We see their modern counterparts in Non-Violent-Communication, NNI, The Way of Council, The Work in prisons and the work of Nancy Klein to name but a few.

How do we teach it?

Our model places the practice of listening, alongside mindfulness and coherence, as one of the central foundations of training. We offer concrete ways to listen with our hearts rather than our heads and to open ourselves to more empathic and meaningful communication. These practices can be applied widely: in personal relationship, the workplace and in community dialogue to open up possibilities for genuine communication and understanding.