Mindfulness Chaplain - Dr Kitty Wheater
Dr Kitty Wheater is the Mindfulness Chaplain, and runs the UoE Mindfulness Programme for students and staff.
Dr Kitty Wheater is a mindfulness practitioner, social and medical anthropologist, and writer. She began practising mindfulness in 2009, and trained to teach Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, where she spent five years as part of a small team developing their programme for university students. As a practitioner focusing on mindfulness in higher education, Kitty is particularly interested in supporting ongoing practice for students and staff, the emerging evidence-base for mindfulness in university settings, and trauma-sensitive mindfulness.
Kitty regularly trains mindfulness teachers in the UK and internationally as an Associate MBCT teacher and trainer for the OMC, and works in private practice as a mindfulness supervisor and mentor. She has a DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she was a Postdoctoral Associate. Her research focuses on embodiment and ethics in mindfulness-based interventions, and she is broadly interested in the anthropology of medicine and religion.
At the University Chaplaincy, Kitty runs the Mindfulness Programme of courses, workshops, retreat days, and twice-weekly lunchtime drop-in sessions, open to the whole University. Kitty is the author of the weekly MindLetter, which has over 500 subscribers across the University, been viewed thousands of times during COVID-19, and been picked up by the BBC. She edits the Chaplaincy blog, For Times Like This, and co-hosts PhD Book Club with Rev’d Dr Harriet Harris. She also founded and hosts Why Don’t You Write Me, a postcard-writing, art and connection project, designed to connect the UoE community to each other and the people they care about during the pandemic. Every month, hundreds of WDYWM cards are sent by UoE members across the University and all over the world.