Hande Gunal

Hande Gunal has graduated from Management Department from Bogaziçi University Faculty of
Administrative Affairs.

Starting as Auditor at Arthur Andersen and Co; and finishing as CFO at one of the biggest Companies
of Turkey; She now assumes consultancy position for Finance part time and as freelance MBSR
Teacher (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction ).

During working years she has been interested in Far East Disciplines to be able to handle the high
stress in Work Life. She learnt Transcendental Meditation during university years and continued to
do so during working years.She became acquainted with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Meditations in 2017 developed by John Kabat Zinn.

Hande has been doing mindfulness meditations since 2017 daily. She decided to be a teacher of
Mindfulness in 2020 and chosen Mindfull Academy Solterreno as company for being on this path.

She has done following works in search of dealing with Stress in Working Life throughout her Career.

1996 Attending a workshop given by Daniel Goleman.

1998 Certification given by Management Center Europe in England for successfully completing
Management Awareness Programme for High Level Management.

1999 Certificate of Graduation given by Covey Leadership Center in U.S.A for successfully
completing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Programme.

2014 Certificate of Competency awarded by ICF upon completion of Advanced Coaching Training
Programme and Business Coaching Programme for more than 125 hours (ACSTH).

2014 Ceritificate of Membership Granted by ICF International Coaching Federation.

2015 Became Emotional Intelligence Trainer .

2017 Certificate Awarded by Mindfulness İnstitute Turkey; from Zumra Atalay upon completing 8
week MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy ) and 1 day Silent Treatment.

2021 Certification of Completion for Level 1 Mindfulness MBSR Teacher Training awarded by
Mindful Academy Solterreno Spain. Course is given by Bodhin Philip Woodward.

2021 Completing Silent retreat for 5 days given by Mindful Academy Spain

2021 Certification of Completion from Behavioral Tech Research ; DBT Skills with Marsha Lineham

2022 Certification of Completion for Advanced Level 2 Mindfulness MBSR Teacher Training awarded
by Mindful Academy Solterreno Spain.Course is given by Bodhin Philip Woodward.

2022 Completing Silent retreat for 5 days given by Bodhin Philip Woodward.


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I recently completed TT1 at Mindful Academy Solterreno. From the moment I started the course, I felt supported and encouraged. Bodhin led a well-paced and designed course and we were given the tools to maximize our learning both personally and professionally. The retreat center itself is run so…

TT1 April 2023

Testimonial As a very reflective person who likes to be in silent observation of the world, I must say that by the end of this retreat I have got to know a different silence - turning inward and actively listening to the reactions of my body, accompanied by thoughts and emotions…

5-days silent retreat, Sept 2022


TT3 is an amazing course. Highly recommended to anyone who wishes to deepen their own mindfulness practice and develop their teaching skills.

Training Staff feedback

Bodhin and Sheena you are…

TT3 June 2022

3 words best describe your experience of this course

belonging, kindness, deepening


I recommend TT3 to anyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge and skil ls for mindfulness teaching.

There is ample opportunity provided to deepen your practice including a 2-day silent retreat at the beginning. The instruction is superlative. The sessions…

TT3, June 2022

I loved how the course was structured. I took TT1 in the intense format of 1 week and TT2 was instead spread over 2 months. I really enjoyed both formats and I felt that TT2 was ideal in this format, because I really had the time to absorb what I learnt in each session and had time to prepare.…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

community, support, learning

TT2 Online, Oct 2021

Fantastic course. The structure of each day was fantastic. The days were long but every activity or teaching session felt like it was not rushed, there was spaciousness and yet things didn't often overrun or feel crammed in. Perfect balance. The teachers were absolutely wonderful, grounding,…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

Grounding. Safe. Comprehensive

TT1 8-day intensive 

I would recommend this TT1 training course to anyone interested in doing the course. The material is well structured and laid out. It is taught experientially which aids in long term learning. The trainers are knowledgeable and impart their knowledge in showing rather than teaching at the…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

wonderful, insightful, formative

TT1 Online August 2021 


I have loved the course. Very intense in a way, but the safe environment and the sense of community that is created around my colleagues and the trainers is incredible and made me change the perspective of being. It brought me to an incredible space of love and kindness. I…

TT1 online August 2021 

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