How I can help
Relational mindfulness for coaches
Bringing mindful awareness, compassion and wisdom into each moment of interaction in your coaching
Relational mindfulness for leaders
Bringing presence, compassion and wisdom into relationships to enhance leadership capability and people management
Supporting coaches to learn, reflect and grow
Nurturing leadership and management capability
About relational mindfulness
Wondering what I mean by relational mindfulness? Why not download the articles I wrote for Coaching at Work, which were published in 2020? These formed a three-part series about what relational mindfulness is and what it can offer to leaders, coaches, mentors and supervisors and those they work with. I am delighted to say that they were awarded an Editor’s Award by the journal. I hope you enjoy them and would welcome any feedback, comments and questions!
You might also like to read the short article I wrote about relational mindfulness for Coaching Perspectives, the international magazine of the Association for Coaching, which were published in July 2021. Coaching Perspectives RM article – July 21 (download pdf)
Relational mindfulness case study
To understand how a relational mindfulness programme can benefit coach development, you might like to read this case study about an online ‘Relational mindfulness for coaches’ programme I ran for the in-house coaches at Imperial College London in July 2020. It was published in Coaching at Work in May 2021.
Relational mindfulness sessions and programmes
Relational mindfulness four-session programme
For those who would like to deepen their relational mindfulness practice, in Oct-Nov 2022, I am offering an online Relational mindfulness for coaches programme. This will include four half-day sessions and you can book here to attend. Alternatively, if you would like me to run this programme in-house in your organisation, please get in touch.
Deepening presence and awareness
Starting in Autumn 2022, I will be running a year-long programme for members of the Relational Mindfulness Community. The aim is to support deeper understanding and ability to use Relational mindfulness (RM) to enhance professional practice, greater self-awareness and improved relationships. Anyone who has attended an RM programme lasting two half-days/a full day or longer is eligible to attend and the 6 places available will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Contact me for details.
Experiential introduction to relational mindfulness
Periodically, I run online experiential introductions to relational mindfulness (for example the one I ran on 20th July 2021). Please get in touch if you would like to attend one of these events in future or would like me to run a session in-house in your organisation.
Relational mindfulness for psychologists
On 9th November, I will be offering an online Relational mindfulness introductory session for psychologists, organised by the BPS (British Psychological Society) and aimed at any psychologist for whom relationships are a core part of their work (i.e. just about all psychologists!) See details here.
Relational mindfulness for mindfulness teachers
Relational mindfulness for CTCaB volunteers
On 20th May, I offered a session of Relational mindfulness organised by CTCaB (Coaching Through COVID and Beyond) as part of their Joy in Connection series.
Relational mindfulness masterclass over two half days
In November 2021, I offered a masterclass made up of two half-day sessions through Career Counselling Services. This was an introduction to relational mindfulness for coaches and those using coaching in their role. I expect to run another similar masterclass in late 2022, so please let me know if you would like me to send you the link to register when it becomes available.
Relational mindfulness all-day masterclass
In November 2020, I offered a one-day virtual masterclass on relational mindfulness for coaches as part of the Coaching at Work masterclass series. Please get in touch if you would like to attend a session like this or for me to run one in your organisation.
Relational mindfulness for coaches and supervisors
On 17th May, I offered an online Relational mindfulness introductory session for coaches and supervisors, organised by APECS (Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision). See details here.
Relational mindfulness introductory session for the ABP
Conferences, webinars and interviews
BPS Coaching Psychology summer event 2022
In July 2022, I spoke at the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology virtual conference. The recording is available for a limited time (my presentation starts about 2mins into the recording and ends about 41mins into the recording, after which there is a further 15mins of me responding to questions).
Health and wellbeing
@ work 2022
In March 2022, I spoke at the Health and wellbeing @ work conference in Birmingham. I talked about compassionate leadership and how to develop presence, humanity and wisdom through relational mindfulness.
CIPD London Annual Conference 2021
CIPD Annual Conference sessions 2020
In November 2020, I spoke (twice!) at the CIPD annual conference and exhibition:
Managing remote teams – 14.30-15.00 on Wednesday 11th November (part of the Development Hub open to those who get a free exhibition pass)
We need to talk more about mental health – but how do we tackle it sensitively? – 13.00-13.50 on Thursday 12th November (part of the main conference)
CIPD webinar 2020
All Wales Public Service Virtual Coaching Conference 2020
Henley Business School interview
Publications and resources
Relational mindfulness articles
During 2020, the CIPD invited me to write the content for a set of online learning materials for line managers. The aim is to help line managers manage in ways that support employee health and wellbeing.
British Psychological Society blog
Leadership and employee health
Since 2005, I have collaborated with a range of people, particularly my colleagues Jo and Rachel at Affinity Health at Work, to conduct and publish research on the role of leadership and management in employee health and wellbeing.
Dr Emma Donaldson-Feilder
Emma aims to support the development of kinder, wiser workplaces, with more relational leadership and people management, improved employee health and wellbeing and greater inclusivity. Her varied professional portfolio includes teaching relational mindfulness, coaching senior managers and executives, individual and group supervision for coaches, consultancy for organisations and teams, research, writing, speaking, and public policy.
She is a Registered Occupational Psychologist, an Accredited Executive Coach and a Certified Coach Supervisor. Alongside her role at Affinity Coaching and Supervision, she is Founding Director of Affinity Health at Work and a member of the Health and Safety Executive Workplace Health Expert Committee. She is also an Insight Dialogue teacher. In order to have the best possible evidence-base for her work, Emma is actively involved in research; at the same time, her consultancy and coaching with a range of organisations ensures that the research is of genuine practical use in real-world settings.
In 2019 Emma completed a Professional Doctorate, in which she conducted research exploring the use of mindfulness and relational mindfulness for leadership development. Building on this work, she has now developed a range of programmes applying relational mindfulness to support leadership development and coach development. She draws on 12 years’ previous experience working in international relations and communications.