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Martin Stepek  Inspirational Speaker

Sunday Herald Mindfulness Columnist, Award Winning Author and Poet and Highly Respected Mindfulness Teacher

Martin Stepek is a compelling and inspirational speaker and is an ideal choice for the keynote address for your conference or seminar. He has practiced Mindfulness for over 20 years and is now one of the most respected teachers of Mindfulness in Scotland. He is the Sunday Herald Columnist on Mindfulness and an award winning Author & Poet in the subject.  

Martin Stepek was a Director of his own family business for many years and Chief Executive of the Scottish Family Business Association and so can use his varied experience in  Mindfulness and Business to cover many topics including:

• Improving your company's leadership with Mindfulness;

• Improving your performance & sense of fulfilment at work with Mindfulness;

• Letting go of stress, anxiety and worry with Mindfulness;

• Finding greater happiness with Mindfulness; 

• Positively impacting your health and wellbeing by being in the present with Mindfulness. 

In addition to Mindfulness, Martin Stepek can also speak with real expertise and deep personal experience in his main areas of interest: family businesses, his remarkable Polish heritage (he is a recent recipient of the prestigious Polish award, the Gold Cross of Merit), his own varied life experience, the creative mind, the arts especially poetry, and  green and ethical contemporary issues.

Martin Stepek  Inspirational Speaker

Martin Stepek  Inspirational Speaker

Sunday Herald Mindfulness Columnist, Award Winning Author and Poet and Highly Respected Mindfulness Teacher 

Martin Stepek is one of Scotland's foremost teachers in Mindfulness, a published author of three books in the field and the Sunday Herald's Columnist on Mindfulness. 

Martin Stepek  began practicing the simple, scientifically proven techniques of Mindfulness nearly 20 years ago and found that they gave him great benefits. To nurture and cultivate his skills, he began attending a weekend residential programme every month for the next five years, investigating the nature of the mind and how to nurture and cultivate it in great depth.

During this period Martin Stepek participated in three events led by the legendary Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh in Edinburgh, Scotland, and also attended lectures in Glasgow by the pioneering mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn at the university of Glasgow. 

In the Spring of 2004 the head of the order asked Martin Stepek if he would be interested in becoming a teacher of Buddhism and its practices. In order to become a teacher in this tradition Martin had to leave his home for a month. He spent fourteen days in a row practising mindfulness and other meditative techniques all day long except when sleeping and taking toilet and meal breaks. At the end of this period he immediately went to a retreat centre in a remote forest area where he spent the next two weeks in solitary silence. He was not allowed any books, pen, paper, music or any form of communication. At the end of this month-long experience, in April 2004 he qualified as a teacher of mindfulness.

Martin Stepek's wide-ranging studies include East Asian Poetry, and the neuroscience of happiness and peace of mind. He serves on the Choose Life group, the pan-Lanarkshire suicide prevention body. 

Martin Stepek is founder of Ten for Zen (www.tenforzen.co.uk), a website which aims to bring Mindfulness into the lives of individuals across the UK and beyond.

Outside his commercial work, Martin Stepek strives to bring Mindfulness to as many groups, as he can, and has given his time to speak in schools, prisons and various community groups over the years. 

Martin Stepek has travelled and worked across the world including France, Spain, Germany, Morocco, Portugal and Greece; Australia and New Zealand, and South America and Central America. 

Martin Stepek is very active across his other interests - he is an expert on family businesses, has published two volumes of poetry and has extensively researched his family's Polish background, which he has created into a book and a film. Martin recently received the prestigious Polish award, the Gold Cross of Merit.

Martin Stepek regularly gets invited to comment in the media and also speak, deliver readings and present seminars in both the UK and abroad and has spoken  at the Edinburgh Fringe, the University of Warsaw, and the Royal Institution, London amongst many 

Martin Stepek  Inspirational Speaker

I am in awe of your ability to tailor delivery to the needs of the room. Having 100 leaders of business doing a guided mindfulness session for 25 minutes is a moment in my career that I will never forget! The feedback from the delegates has been fantastic.

Conference Manager, CH2M

As a public speaker he is second to no one I have experienced.

Director, Turcan Connell

He has great clarity and warmth combined with a deep knowledge and understanding of his subject.

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People 

Excellent speaker with a fantastic story.  

Head of ACCA Scotland

Martin brings passion, empathy for others, and extensive personal experience.  

Former Minister , for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Scottish Government

What a privilege and a great inspiration to listen to you today, Martin...Your gift is much needed in today`s world

Principal Psychologist, South Lanarkshire Council. 

I just wanted to say thank you...After a lifetime of emotional ignorance & turmoil, your reflection has "switched a light on".