Bridgeen is a pioneer of mindfulness and mindful self-compassion classes for the general public in Northern Ireland. She is from Belfast and spent 20 years in a communications career before becoming a full time wellbeing teacher, something she had offered on a part-time basis alongside her professional career.
Bridgeen is on a mission to bring mindfulness, self-compassion and wellbeing to everyone. As well has having a Masters in Mindfulness (MSc) she has trained extensively with world renowned teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh, Rick Hanson and Kristen Neff in many different disciplines including yoga, self-compassion, positive psychology and neuroscience.
In her teaching Bridgeen aims to create a space where participants feel safe and comfortable to explore and benefit from many different practices– and to have fun! She doesn’t take herself or the practices she teaches too seriously as she says ‘life is hard enough so we shouldn’t suffer when we practice’. Bridgeen believes mindfulness is for all and delivers courses, retreats, talks and workshops to organisations, schools, charities, communities and people across Northern Ireland and beyond.
Her Masters (Msc) in Mindfulness Based Approaches from Bangor University, Wales. She is Northern Ireland’s only accredited and trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher
and a qualified yoga teacher (YFNI). She offered a TEDxStormont talk in 2014.
Bridgeen is an ordained lay member of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's (Thay) Order of Interbeing
with the dharma name: True Profound Happiness. Having studied extensively with the international Plum Village
mindfulness community since 2005, she organised Thay’s visit to Stormont in April 2012.
Bridgeen is Centra
's Mindfulness Ambassador from 2017 and an associate trainer for the HSC. She introduced Action for Happiness
course 'Exploring What Matters' a first for Northern Ireland, in summer 2018. In 2019 she won a public tender and ran 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses for Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) in Belfast and Dungannon.
Bridgeen has appeared on BBC and UTV news talking about mindfulness and wellbeing. She has also been featured in the Belfast Telegraph, Ulster Business and the Ulster Tattler and was a guest speaker at the She Said Club in 2018. She is a Key Note speaker at 3rd Annual Hope, Healing and Growth day in the Aisling Centre, Enniskillen in January 2020.
In 2017 at the ripe old age of 43 she married her lovely Turkish husband and added Kaya to her surname.