We are Gemma and Pam leaders of The Owl and The Coconut.

Between us we have over 40 years of experience of helping people to live their best lives!

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Gemma Bowden

Director and MAPS Teacher 

Hello I am Gemma. I have a masters in Art Psychotherapy and a post grad in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I'm also a qualified Mindfulness teacher. I absolutely love the combination of mindfulness and art we share at The Owl and The Coconut and am proud to do this work.

I used to work as a psychological therapist in the NHS helping adults to overcome symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. I draw on much of this knowledge to underpin our classes and courses at The Owl and The Coconut. 

I love sharing mindful meditation and art making and am so proud when we receive feedback about how much it has helped someone to change their life, to quiet the mind and live from the heart. I also love wild swimming, my son Leo, my husband Nick and our dog Poppy.

In the photo above I am leading a Mindful Art workshop at the Float Festival of Health and Wellness.

Pam Allen

Director and MAPS Teacher 

Hello I'm Pam.  I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and have a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have over fifteen years of experience working in the NHS Mental Health Service as a therapist . I love helping people to overcome problems and live their best lives. I love  sharing Compassion Focussed meditations to help people experience self kindness. To  let go of judgemental thoughts and to live in present moment awareness.  

I wouldn't call myself an artist, but I love the creativity of the mindful art we share at The Owl and The Coconut. It's not at all about being good at art. It's just using art to play, take a break from the mind and connect to our inner wisdom.

I also love running and spending time with my young sons in nature.

In the photo above I am leading a Mindful Art workshop at The Harris Art Galley .