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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

Coaching supervision

Supporting coaches to learn, reflect and grow

Leadership coaching

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!

Part 1: What is relational mindfulness (download pdf)

Part 2: What does relational mindfulness offer? (download pdf)

Part 3: What does relational mindfulness mean for leadership development? (download pdf)

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.

Imperial case study – published May 21 (download pdf)

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

On 19th January 2023, I will be offering a session of Relational mindfulness for mindfulness teachers organised by the Mindful Workplace Community. For more information see here

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

In June 2021, I ran a relational mindfulness session for the Association of Business Psychology (ABP). If your organisation would like me to run a similar session, please get in touch.

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

In November 2021, I spoke at the CIPD London Annual Conference. Rachel Suff and I provided presentations and discussion about line managers, mental health at work and compassionate leadership.

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

In May 2020, I was part of a CIPD webinar discussed how people professionals can help staff manage the psychological impact of the coronavirus crisis.

All Wales Public Service Virtual Coaching Conference 2020

In November 2020, I gave a keynote session on relational mindfulness for coaches at the All Wales Public Service Virtual Coaching Conference. This session is available to view online.

Henley Business School interview

In October 2019, I gave an interview at Henley Business School Centre for Coaching about relational mindfulness in coach supervision.

Publications and resources

Relational mindfulness articles

See above for downloads of articles I have written for Coaching at Work and Coaching Perspectives.

Mindfulness and leadership research article

In 2019 (2018 online) the systematic review I conducted for my professional doctorate was published in the peer-reviewed journal, European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology. Here is the accepted manuscript version.

Relational mindfulness in leadership development research article

In 2021 the research study conducted for my professional doctorate was published in the peer-reviewed journal,  Journal of Management Education. Here is the accepted manuscript version.

Online learning

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

In May 2019, I was invited to write a blog for the British Psychological Society website.


Based on our research, Jo Yarker, Rachel Lewis and I wrote Preventing Stress in organisations, which was published by Wiley and won the British Psychological Society Book Award in 2015.

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.

About me

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.

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