Breathworks was founded by Vidyamala Burch, Gary Hennessey and Sona Fricker. All three continue to lead courses in Manchester, train Breathworks trainers and run health professional workshops in the UK and internationally.
Originally from New Zealand, Vidyamala sustained a spinal injury when she was sixteen. Over twenty years ago she started exploring mindfulness and meditation techniques to manage her own persistent pain and in 2001 began offering these skills to others, initially with funding from the Millennium Commission.
Gary has been practising and teaching mindfulness and meditation for thirty years. He has worked with Vidyamala and Sona since 2003 and is director of training.
Sona has practised and taught mindfulness, meditation and related disciplines around the world for over thirty years in a number of roles. He has worked with Vidyamala and Gary since 2003.