Having spent much of her working life in the hectic, demanding world of making media, Megan’s path toward slowing down and hitting the pause button came after a work-related health issue, caused by sustained stress. Meditation and mindfulness practice have also been profoundly helpful on her journey with grief, after the loss of her mother in 2012.
Since 2009 she has practiced Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM), first learning at The Gawler Foundation in Victoria, Australia, then undertaking MBSM teacher training modules in 2011 and 2016. Her mindfulness studies have taken her even further afield in Australia and Europe.
Self-care, kindness, workplace culutre and creativity are of particular interest to her as a teacher. In 2017 Megan undertook MSC Teacher Training in Sydney (Mindful Self-Compassion), developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer and facilitated by the UCSD Centre for Mindfulness.
In Manchester, UK, Megan participated in PD courses Introduction to Mindful Compassion As A Health Care Intervention and Introduction to Mindfulness as A Health Care Intervention at renowned mindfulness organisation, Breathworks. In 2018 she undertook Breathworks Introductory Teacher Training (TTi) in Sydney in 2018, taught by founder Vidyamala Burch, and is now on the path towards accreditation.
Megan started teaching meditation in 2015 after moving to Berlin, Germany. She co-presented two-day workshop ‘Deep Storytelling: Creating A Culture Of Connection’ teaching empathy in storytelling and mindfulness, also producing a podcast. Drawing on her extensive background as a professional creative and arts worker, she developed and taught seven-week course ‘Meditation for Creativity’.
With bodywork practitioner Hanna Nordqvist she co-taught mindfulness, movement and creativity workshop Express Yourself and collaborated with MBSR teacher Signe Glahn. Together they created the ‘Open Your Heart’ program of weekly guided mediation sessions and unique day retreats.
As well as courses, ‘sangha’ and individual consultations, since 2015 Megan has run workshops at organisational and corporate level, including Paypal Berlin and at The School of Life Australia in Sydney, Melbourne and Berlin. In 2018 she taught (and co-taught) a series of mindfulness classes under the thematic, “Self-care is Awesome” in regional Victoria and Melbourne, and in May 2019 she was invited to co-facilitate Meditation Australia’s professional development ‘PoD’ in Adelaide.
Megan moderated ‘Meditation and Neuroplasticity: Where Are We Now?’, a panel discussion at the inaugural Australian Meditation Conference in 2018 featuring speakers Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Craig Hassad, Dr. Neil Bailey and Andrew Fuller. In July 2019 she was a speaker on the ‘Wellbeing in the Music Industry’ panel at the 2019 Indie-Con Music Industry Conference in Adelaide.
Attending retreats and undertaking formal study courses are part of Megan’s ongoing professional and personal development (both secular and Buddhist). She has studied mindfulness meditation in Spain, France, England, Germany and Australia with a highlight being her visit to Plum Village in Dieulivol, France on her return home to Australia in 2017.
Participating in online courses and summits with some of the world’s leading meditation teachers, contemplatives and researchers are also of great inspiration to her practice and teaching. For a comprehensive list of Megan’s mindfulness meditation studies, teacher and professional development training, please visit Megan’s LinkedIn profile.
Now based near Adelaide, Megan is a registered member of the Meditation Association of Australia and in August 2019 joined as a Board Member. Her teaching approach is personable, practical, professional and creative. See the range of her services here or email her for details about classes, courses, Skype sessions and customised consultations. Her teaching practice is Megan Spencer Meditation – click here for latest courses and workshops. Read her short bio.
Megan welcomes work inquiries! If you would if you would like to discuss working with her as a mindfulness meditation teacher, workshop instructor, consultant, public speaker, moderator – or as broadcaster and journalist with a particular interest in this area – she can be contacted at: email@example.com
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Megan's Moving Meditation Workshop was a really defining experience for me. I came into it feeling a bit lost, stagnate and looking for some direction. Megan's practical approach to meditation and energy had a positive effect on me, giving me a renewed sense of my true values and aspirations, and most importantly giving me the tools to practice mindfulness anytime and anywhere. Forever grateful! Thank you Megan.Rebecca Norman, Moving Meditation, Bendigo Botanical Gardens.
I've studied various forms of meditation, but Megan's empathic and gentle 1:1 guidance aligned with my goal of going a little deeper into the daily practice. Our one-day workshop was personally tailored, practical, resourceful and a great reminder that mindfulness is a unique tool that can be called upon in any given situation or place. Megan is a natural and passionate teacher and I highly recommend her mindfulness sessions.Fiona Laughton, Individual Consultation, Berlin.
It was a great experience Megan, thank you, and something I have been practicing everyday since... xxSarah McQueenie, Moving Meditation, Bendigo Botanical Gardens.
I enjoyed the time with the group and even spent some time 'slow walking' at lunchtime the next week.Anne Mangan, Moving Meditation, Bendigo Botanical Gardens.
Sunday's session was inspiring. Thank you so much for putting it on.Nevena Barrett, Moving Meditation, Bendigo Botanical Gardens.
Very informative, friendly. I like the use of real life examples and experiences.Student testimonial, The School of Life Australia, Mindfulness and Meditation at Work
Megan was great. I learned a lot and will follow up on a lot of stuff.Student testimonial, The School of Life Australia, Mindfulness and Meditation at Work
I discovered meditation with Megan in Berlin 3 years ago, and then followed her in a creative workshop. Megan, you're an inspiring guide ! Your mindful sessions resourced me and helped me make important choices in my life at that time.Yannis Mataillet, Meditation For Creativity
Great!Student testimonial, The School of Life Australia, Mindfulness and Meditation at Work
This course became the highlight of my week. The calm and quiet, the group sessions guided by the compassionate, insightful and intelligent instruction of Megan Spencer, changed my life for the better. A magnificent undertaking that I can highly recommend to anyone wanting to explore the quiet corners and softer side of life.Amelia, Weekly, Guided, Drop-in Sessions
Resonating. Reaffirming. Educational. Mind Opening. Healing. Thank you.Student testimonial, The School of Life Australia, Mindfulness and Meditation at Work
Thank you so much for your caring attention and time the other day. That was truly wonderful. You have given me an opportunity to put myself back in touch with what is most precious to me. Thank you so much! What a completely moving and pragmatically good experience.CJ, Individual Consultation, Berlin
Diving into the world of meditation and creativity, it was a great and challenging journey : )Susanne Kohl, Grinberg Method practitioner, artist, Meditation For Creativity, Berlin
I took one of Megan’s meditation courses in Berlin a couple of years ago. Historically, I have always struggled with meditation and the vulnerability it brings. Megan’s approach was non-confrontational and unequivocally kind. The course itself was informative and perfectly paced. I entered each session feeling run down and exhausted, but left with energy and a little piece of calm. Thank you!Hannah Day, sommelier-in-training, cabaret singer, Meditation For Creativity, Berlin