Tessa Watt is a mindfulness teacher and consultant, running public courses and workshops in organisations. Tessa is author of Mindful London (Virgin, August 2014) and Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide (Icon, 2012). Her passion lies in exploring how we can live with less stress and more joy within the chaos of the 21st century city. She is founder-
director of Slow Down London, a project encouraging Londoners to appreciate life instead of rushing through it, which has worked with over 60 partner organisations across London.
In her earlier career she was a research fellow in History at Cambridge University, where she completed her PhD and an award-winning book on early-modern popular print. From 1989 to 2006 she was senior producer with BBC Radio and Music, acquiring a national reputation for innovative feature-making. Tessa teaches meditation at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre, where she has practiced for over 20 years, and is a qualified yoga teacher. She is director of Being Mindful and co-presenter of Be Mindful Online, the Mental Health Foundation's online mindfulness course which has reached thousands of participantsacross the UK and beyond.