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Kate James is an author, coach and mindfulness teacher who helps her clients discover authentic, creative and purposeful lives.

She is the author of best-selling booksBelieve in Yourself & Do What You Love and Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life. She has spent the past fifteen years working as a coach, meditation teacher, speaker and retreat facilitator.

Utilising tools from Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Kate works with individuals to help them clarify their personal strengths, develop confidence, increase self-awareness and gain clarity about their career and life direction.

Kate’s interest in mindfulness is underpinned by Buddhist philosophy, but her approach is mainstream. In her workshops and retreats in Melbourne, Byron Bay, Bali, and the Yarra Valley, participants are introduced to different styles of meditation as well as the principles of mindfulness and how they can be integrated into every day life.

Kate James is a sought after media expert who has spoken on television and radio and been quoted in The Age, body+soul, BRW, Marie Claire, Mindfood magazine, and Mind Body Green. She speaks to corporate groups on mindfulness, managing stress, finding more balance and living with purpose.

She completed her certification in coaching with International Coach Academy in 2002 and was one of the first coaches in Australia to achieve the PCC accreditation with International Coach Federation in 2005.


  • The five principles of living & working mindfully: Learn how to use the principles of mindfulness in practical, workable ways. Includes simple mindfulness practices that can be used every day.
  • Changing the way we think about happiness: Research has found that one of the biggest barriers to happiness is the way we think about it. Learn a more contemporary approach to a fulfilling life.
  • Creating better balance: The concept of work life balance is largely a myth. Most of how ‘balanced’ we feel occurs on the inside. Learn tips and techniques for feeling a greater sense of balance in a busy life.
  • Discover your purpose: Discover your unique strengths and values and choose a life path that is truly right for you. Learn how to live a purposeful life, regardless of your chosen career.


“Kate came in to Cotton On Head Office and opened up our global mindfulness program. Her workshop was the perfect introduction to mindfulness. The talk was both informative and engaging with key takeaways and techniques that people used straight away. Since Kate’s workshop we have had leaders and general managers invite Kate back to further develop mindfulness within their teams.”

—Luke McLean – Health +Wellbeing Manager, Cotton On Group

“Kate delivered a fantastic session for our executive team, the session was perfectly pitched for the audience and delivered well beyond my expectations. Kate’s engaging style and ability to mesh together research and real life practical examples really resonated with all who attended. In the weeks that followed many attendees have mentioned how much they learnt and are trying to include mindful practice into their daily lives.”

—Nicole Tournier, Director Planning & Resources, Strategy & Governance RMIT University

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