Founded by Dr Barbara Strahan in 2014, OSTINATO is a Dublin-based education practice focused on bringing mindfulness into all aspects of education. By combining almost 20 years of experience in education with mindful meditation, mindful exercises and mindful movement, Barbara offers a specialized service to students aiming to find the balance between academic success and personal well-being.
Barbara has gained experience in a variety of educational contexts: Music Teacher (19 years); Tutor and Lecturer – Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin (10 years). Barbara has been incorporating mindfulness and meditation into her teaching for several years and has therefore observed the multiple benefits of this practice.
Barbara holds the following qualifications:
PhD, Historical Musicology (Maynooth University). She was the recipient of the esteemed Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council and a John and Pat Hume Scholarship (Maynooth University) to help pursue and complete her PhD.
B.Mus (1st Class Hons). Bursary for first place for first-year exams
Performance diploma in pianoforte (A.L.C.M.)
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN THE APPLIED USE OF MINDFULNESS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (British Mindfulness Institute and the Irish Mindfulness Institute)
Barbara has also completed courses in mindfulness and meditation with Oscailt, Integrative Healing Centre (2013) and with The British and Irish Mindfulness Institutes (2018).
Additionally, her music students have been recipients of the High Achiever Awards from the Royal Irish Academy of Music with a 100% exam success rate.