Milla has worked in the UK voluntary sector for the past 18 years, and has been a volunteer and involved in activism since childhood. She has experienced both the joys of this work, and its burnout-inducing challenges. As well as running Movement for Change, she provides evaluation and research support to charities.
She is a a qualified yoga teacher and has practised since her teens. She trained with Barefoot Body Training, is mentored by Norman Blair, and takes inspiration from J Brown, Theo Wildcroft and Pete Blackaby. Her teachers’ influences include T.K.V. Desikachar and Vanda Scaravelli. She recently spent a year studying Embodied Facilitation with Integration Training as a way to bring together movement work and group processes.
She has practised meditation for 15 years, in both the Vietnamese Zen and Insight traditions. Her main teacher is Martin Aylward, who supports her personal and teaching practice, with other influences being Martine Batchelor, Yanai Postelnik, Leigh Brasington and Thich Nhat Hanh. Her teachers’ influences include Vietnamese and Korean Zen Buddhism, and Thai Forest and Sri Lankan Therevadan Buddhism.
Her non-violence work includes six years as a facilitator (and lead facilitator) for the Alternatives to Violence Project, running weekend-long workshops in the community and in prisons, and two years as a neighbourhood mediator with Common Ground. She's also taken a diploma in Group Facilitation, Counselling Skills and Conflict Resolution with NAOS – a course originally developed for Forgiveness Project prison volunteers, and is a trained coach.
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