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Mindfulness and Compassion in Driver and Rider Training

The course will provide scientifically proven information and practices to help you understand what practicing Mindfulness really means, as well as practical tools to help support you to feel more resilient and resourced, not only as an ADI but also in life generally.



Six week course 

1.5 Hourly sessions

Live online learning in a small group

Course Dates: 27th April - 1st June

One session per week for six weeks. Wednesdays – 19.00-20.30

San Harper is a practising Grade A ADI and MindfulnessUK trained teacher who specialises in Mindfulness and Compassion in Driver Training.  San not only teaches Mindfulness and Compassion, it has permeated every aspect of her life from using a mindfulness based approach to her driver training to devising and delivering Mindfulness courses for corporate global teams online.  San is also an active member of the Mindfulness Initiative which is a think tank for Mindfulness interventions from the workplace to schools.  San has built relationships with some of the country’s leading experts in the fields of Mindfulness in Schools as well as Mindfulness in Road Safety and we are delighted to be working with her to bring you the science based facts as well as practical tools to enable you to learn skills and develop a mindfulness based approach to being an ADI.

The DIA has teamed up with San to offer 10 of our members a six week course in Mindfulness and Compassion in Driver and Rider Training. 

Some of the challenges of being an ADI will be addressed on the course and will also include:

Exploring neuroscience and brain chemistry to help us understand the behaviour of others. Understanding the full range of emotions and what’s really going on under the bonnet (the brain). By developing our understanding, we can find new ways to support our pupils and ourselves.

Learning what it is and how to do it.  Dispelling myths and understanding the science.  Learning tools and practices to help support pupils but also learning when mindfulness based interventions are not appropriate.

listen.  Learning about somatic experience and how to recognise ours and our pupils physical responses to stress.

How the way we think affects how much we suffer. Learning how the connection between meditation and the ability to choose how we think actually works. 

Why it has to start with the self. Self compassion is a very powerful tool that actually allows us to be stronger and more supportive for other people. We learn how to cultivate self compassion in practical ways to enable us to support and teach others more effectively and avoid reaching overwhelm ourselves.

Each session will consist of a short grounding practice, group learning and a meditation. You will also learn how to integrate Mindfulness and Compassion into Driver and Rider Training and in every day life.

This course could be for you if you enjoy learning about science and psychology and like to understand the ‘how and the why’ of what you are learning and if you have a genuine interest in learning about how to practice Mindfulness and Meditation practices. 

What do previous delegates think?

I am a grade A ADI and I have been fully qualified since 2004. I would recommend this course to all ADIs without hesitation. San Harper is an exceptional coach / teacher. I found the course engaging, informative, thought provoking and inspirational. The guided meditations were amazing and the slides excellent. A course which helps us to understand and reduce stress both in ourselves and in those we coach, has to be beneficial. The presentation, structure and resources provided in this course are superb
I have been interested and been practicing mindfulness for about 18 months. When I saw Sandra Harper’s Mindfulness and Compassion 1.5 hour 6 week course advertised online, I signed up straight away and I am so glad I did! The course was excellent, I have learnt lots and enjoyed every week. Sandra and Mindfulness has definitely made me a calmer, more compassionate person who is doing his best to live and appreciate the moment and not to stress or worry so much. I have now signed up for Sandra’s MBSR course

*To attend the Zoom sessions you will need a PC, laptop or tablet that can run Zoom and must also have a camera and microphone so you are able to participate fully in the sessions. You are responsible for ensuring you can access and navigate zoom and that you have you have a strong enough internet connection. If you cannot join the session due to technical difficulties, we cannot guarantee that you will be moved to another session. 

**After booking you will be sent a short questionnaire which must be completed to confirm your place on the course.

***After booking your details and questionnaire will be shared with the course tutor, San Harper from the Guild of Mindful Driver Trainers. By enrolling on the course you consent to these details being shared. 

Course Dates

27th April – 1st June

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Terms and Conditions

This course includes our COVID-19 Guarantee. If the course has to be cancelled due to COVID-19 we’ll transfer your place or issue a refund where necessary. 

If you cancel within seven days of booking we will refund the cost of the course. However, we cannot issue any refunds if you want to cancel anytime after this. We may need to cancel or postpone courses occasionally due to reasons beyond our control. The course date will go ahead even if there is just one attendee. If you plan to book overnight accommodation as part of this course, do ensure you book a refundable option in case the course date had to be changed, postponed or cancelled. The DIA is not responsible for any costs you may incur.

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing this product you agree that you have read and understood the requirements of the test that you are applying for.

Refund policy: Once a booking has been confirmed with a trainer directly for either a one-to-one standards check or mock test session you will need to give seven days notice to cancel, otherwise the fee will be lost and a new booking and payment will be required.

NOTE: For all training sessions and mock tests you and your trainer must wear a suitable face covering. Your trainer cannot provide one for you, trainers are only responsible for their own face covering and PPE protection. If a suitable face covering is not in place, your session will be cancelled and the fee will be lost. If you have a medical exception to wearing a face covering, this must be provided as proof of exemption to your Diamond trainer. You must demonstrate that your car has been cleaned, using anti-viral wipes to clean passenger handles inside and outside, the dashboard and any other touch points for the trainer. If your vehicle is not fit for purpose your session will be cancelled and the fee will be lost.

Candidates should not attend a training session or mock test if they are feeling unwell, particularly if they identify core symptoms associated with COVID-19 (such as a persistent cough or fever). We ask candidates to notify the DIA of any possible exposure to, or diagnosis of, coronavirus as soon as possible. If you are unable to take a test due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or possible symptoms, your session will be postponed without losing your fee and you will not be permitted to rearrange your standards check session or mock test within the next 14 days following the cancellation.

Once you have paid for your standards check session and/or mock test,  your details will be forwarded to your nominated Diamond trainer local to you, who will be in touch with you within 48 hours (Monday-Friday) with a view to booking you in at a mutually convenient location, date and time. Some flexibility will be required in terms of location, taking into account trainer availability at regional level and where restrictions with COVID-19 may be taking place. Your Diamond trainer will make arrangements to meet via text, email or telephone. We do not have specific meeting locations and your Diamond trainer will discuss any other queries with you once your booking has been made online.

You will need to use your own vehicle for the standards check session and mock test, which is suitable for training and allows for your Diamond trainer to role play a suitable candidate, with the relevant insurance in place to allow for this. All Diamond trainers are qualified ADIs with a Diamond examiner qualification in place. You will need to show relevant insurance cover to your Diamond trainer, either before or on the day of your agreed booking date and time. The vehicle you supply must be both roadworthy and legal for the purposes of the standards check session and mock test and your session will be cancelled if you do not present a suitable car with the relevant insurance. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your standards check or mock test session you will lose your booking and the fee will need to be paid again.

You will be asked to read a number plate at the required distance, full details can be found at Your standards check or mock test session will be cancelled if you cannot reach these requirements. You will need a current and valid driving licence which will be checked by your trainer should you need to drive as part of your standards check or mock test.

Online classes

To attend the Zoom sessions you will need a PC, laptop or tablet that can run Zoom and must also have a camera and microphone so you are able to participate fully in the sessions. You are responsible for ensuring you can access and navigate zoom and that you have a strong enough internet connection. If you cannot join the session due to technical difficulties, we cannot guarantee that you will be moved to another session. Session dates are subject to change.

During this course you will be placed into small ‘live’ discussion groups and will need to converse. Please be aware of how to mute and unmute your microphone for the general discussions that will also be taking place.