Marina Cowdray is an artist and sculptor living in West Sussex with her husband and five children. She is a regular practitioner of mindfulness and has found that being more mindful has benefitted her family and people with whom she has come into contact. “From my experience we are continuously distracted away from our essential selves. Being mindful breaks down rigid thought patterns and directs us towards our own healing. When we are in contact with our true nature, we are at ease and inner peace prevails.” Marina opened Cowdray Hall in 2010, a retreat centre for all who want to step aside from the challenges of daily life.