Just Meditation Community Interest Company is a social enterprise, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, that exists to promote and facilitate the learning and practice of mindfulness meditation, through the provision of workshops, classes, information, training and mentoring.
Just Meditation is completely independent. We neither belong to nor promote any particular tradition, whether religious or secular, but simply teach the practice of mindfulness meditation and encourage people to make it part of their everyday lives.
We believe that meditation can be of benefit to everyone, but all too often it is portrayed as something that is only for those who can afford to spend time in exotic or remote locations.
Just Meditation maintains that the practice of meditation belongs on the high street and in the local community. To this end we have established an independent high street meditation centre, in which we are able to facilitate the learning and practice of meditation, as well as offer training programmes for teachers of meditation.
Just meditation represents a ‘community of interest’ in meditation, it is a ‘brand’ of meditation in its own right, it is is just meditation.
We are keen to work with other organisations, especially those who might be engaged with particular groups of people who might not normally access mindfulness or meditation classes, but would benefit from learning to practice mindfulness meditation.
Partnership projects may take many forms, and would be tailored to the needs of a particular group or organisation, but could include opportunities for staff or clients to use the centre, as well as bespoke workshops or courses.
Who We Are
Just Meditation CIC was founded by Nicholas Buxton and Ollie Batchelor in 2016 with the aim of extending the benefits of meditation to a much wider range of people by providing opportunities to learn and practise meditation that are accessible, affordable and available to all.
Nicholas Buxton, Director
Nicholas is currently the Vicar of the Parish of St John the Baptist, Newcastle upon Tyne, and the author of The Wilderness Within: Meditation and Modern Life (Canterbury Press, 2014), and Tantalus and the Pelican: Exploring Monastic Spirituality Today (Continuum, 2009). He has a PhD in Buddhist philosophy and is an experienced meditation teacher and retreat leader, having studied and practised extensively within both Buddhist and Christian traditions.
Ollie Batchelor, Director
Ollie is Executive Director of Client Services for Changing Lives, a national charity which provides specialist support services to vulnerable people and their families in order to help them make positive, lasting changes in their lives. He began work as a social worker in the late 1970’s, before training as a probation officer at the London School of Economics. He is a specialist on the subject of substance misuse and has worked throughout England and Scotland in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.