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David Rycroft

David Rycroft is a co-founder of Mind with Heart. He holds workshops for educators and young people in mindfulness and compassion. He specialises in curriculum design and trains teachers and mindfulness instructors internationally.


David has fifteen years' experience as an educator, including nine years at the LaSwap consortium in London. Since 2005 he has been directing summer programmes for teenagers to develop 'character'. Since 2012 he has been working with schools to develop whole-school approaches to mindfulness. 


David has an MA in Art History from Edinburgh University and an MA in Buddhist Philosophy  from Sunderland University. He is also a practising artist.



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