Ann Ward, founder of Xhale has a deep spiritual connection with nature.
She inherited her great love of the landscape from her mother, whose birthplace was on the volcanic mountain of Slieve Gullion, nestled in between a number of sacred sites.
Ann is a Meditation Coach, Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) Practitioner; Tour Guide and Ambassador for the Ring of Gullion. Her teaching practice is drawn from a number of ancient Eastern traditions and contemporary sources including Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Ann has a rich tapestry of experience within the health, community development and peace-building, arts, education and private sectors. Personal empowerment is at the heart of all of her work where she offers transformative experiences and programmes tailored for individuals, groups and organisations.
Ann has an accredited Diploma in Meditation Teaching with Distinction and is a registered teacher with the British School of Meditation. Ann developed a ‘Well-Mind’ course for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke and created content for their ‘Give Stress a Rest’ campaign.