“I love my work and am happiest when I can make a contribution to another person’s life journey.”

Robert W. Gebka
B.MSc.(UOM)(USA), MBSR Teacher UCSD Medical School USA, Cert Coaching LONDON, MNCS (Counselling)
Mindfulness Consultant & Executive Director of Dorset Mindfulness Centre


“My passion in life is learning about the mystery of human potential and the experience of life as a whole. Having travelled extensively and having lived in many countries I have come across many richly diverse cultures. I find that this experience has opened my mind and helped me expand not only my personal horizons but also my sense of interconnectedness with others. In terms of the mindfulness work I do, I see my role mainly as a facilitator and enjoy supporting others in their efforts to regain, as well as maintain a state of balance and mental wellbeing.”

Mindfulness Book R Gebka
Robert, the author of Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies, a former Zen Buddhist monk is a mindfulness consultant & director of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. He spent five years living and working at the Nan Hua Buddhist monastery where he facilitated mindfulness meditation and work-life balance workshops & retreats. He also worked in private practice in Windsor, Berkshire before journeying out on a personal retreat to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. He now works part-time within the mental health field for the NHS supporting staff wellbeing. His style is very light hearted and practical which also draws on his personal insights and experience. He teaches mindfulness in a scientific, fun and gentle way focusing on making mindfulness practical and useful in your daily life.

Robert has an avid interest in languages and speaks Polish, Afrikaans and basic Mandarin Chinese. He is CRB checked and fully insured. Robert is committed to CPD (Continuous Professional Development) to ensure that he is always up to date with the latest in scientific research. He also receives clinical and peer mindfulness supervision as part of his professional practice and development.


Robert’s training and qualifications – in a nutshell:
  • Accredited counsellor with the National Counselling Society, UK.
  • Qualified MBSR Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA (UCSD CFM).
  • Mindfulness Training: A five year residency at the Nan Hua Buddhist Monastery (South Africa)
  • Has been teaching meditation since the year 2000
  • Completed a 2 year NHS self-directed research project in Mindfulness Based Interventions with a clinical population
  • One year fulltime Certificate in Buddhist Studies and Mindfulness Practice (South Africa)
  • Train the Trainer Certificate, Dorset Mental Health Forum
  • Bachelors Degree (UOM)(USA)
  • Diploma in Professional Hypnotherapy (UK)
  • Certificate in Personal Coaching, LONDON
  • NHS certificates related to mental health, including: Safeguarding and Therapeutic Engagement Skills.
  • He took part in a three year course of personal psychotherapy as part of his personal and professional development.
  • Robert also completed a number of one, three, seven and ten day silent mindfulness based Zen and Vipassana style residential retreats.

    Robert is a member of: National Counselling Society, British Neuroscience Association, Association of Contextual Behavioural Science and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

    Robert works in mental health for Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust and is CRB checked and fully insured.

    Robert & Ahbey Rinpoche

    Ruby Wax with Robert

    Robert with Brett Moran

    Dalai Lama and Robert
    (Pictures from left to right: Robert with Ahbey Rinpoche, USA actress Ruby Wax, Brett Moran and HH 14th Dalai Lama)


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