Michael Hines — Lead Facilitator
& Content Development Manager

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I'm a Registered Psychologist with a passion for helping people function at their best. My expertise lies in the related fields of Positive Psychology and mindfulness and I've worked with individuals, schools, and businesses in the areas of engagement, resilience, strengths, high performance and well-being throughout my career.

My passion for mindfulness stems from a personal meditation practice and professional development spanning two decades. I've taught Mindfulness at Monash University, UNSW and in organisations across Australia. At Smiling Mind I work as lead in-house mindfulness expert responsible for the delivery of Smiling Mind workshops and training across our schools, workplace and general community programs. My role also includes content and program development, the management of our external facilitators, and I provide oversight and guidance in the strategic direction of our programs.

The best thing about working at Smiling Mind…

The diversity of work, from creating content to delivering workshops to scripting animations to writing new meditations for the app, etc.  

The biggest challenge in my role:

There's a lot happening, which means there can be lots of spinning plates. 

If I wasn’t working at Smiling Mind I’d…

I still do a day and a half as a Psychologist in private practice. If I wasn't at Smiling Mind I'd probably be doing more of that, but I'm glad I'm here. It's a great balance. 

What I do when I’m not at work:

When not at work I'm usually either writing/recording/playing music, being a slave to my whippet, or playing superhero dress-ups with my 6yo daughter. 

On meditation:

I'm not a big fan of the expression 'life changing' but meditation has had a profound impact on my life. From when I first threw myself in the deep end with a Vipassana retreat 20 years ago, it has been a constant in my life and responsible for a perspective and disposition that is hard to imagine myself without

My favourite Smiling Mind moment to date:

Walking around the waterfront in Auckland after delivering our first international workshops.

My favourite inspirational quote:

"The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea"
— Isak Dinesen