Awaris Team

Sophie Maclaren

Co-managing Director United Kingdom; facilitator and coach

Sophie leads the Awaris activities in the UK and is a facilitator and coach. In addition, she leads mindfulness and leadership programs for Oxford University and is the Co-Director of Awaris England.

Why am I working for Awaris?
I have found Awaris’s programmes to be consistently ahead of the game in the wellbeing and leadership development fields. The research behind the programmes is excellent and the results of each intervention transformative to the organisation and individuals. Sophie is part of the Awaris team since 2013.

Sophie Maclaren,
Co-managing Director United Kingdom; facilitator and coach


  • BA History, King’s College London, Desmond Tutu Scholar, Emphasis on Intellectual History of the European Enlightenment; Certificate in Early Modern British History, University of Oxford
  • Certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, 2004
  • Advanced Mindfulness Trainer Certification, 2011
  • Coaching Certification, Alchemy, Oxford
  • Firstbeat HRV
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Sustainability: Pachamama Alliance and Work that Reconnects trained facilitator
  • Author of mindfulness book for families


  • Mindfulness
  • Wellbeing
  • Leadership Development
  • Resilience
  • Coaching
  • Higher Education
  • Retreats
  • Yoga
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness for families


  • English

My passion

Nature, mountain sports, mindfulness with horses, organic foods, retreats

My inner purpose: I have a passion for human flourishing- understanding how we function at our best as human beings, and helping teams and individuals to thrive in their unique context.

Sophie Maclaren,
Co-managing Director United Kingdom; facilitator and coach