Mindful Arts

Sherre DeLys teaches mindfulness meditation to patients at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer treatment and research hospital in Sydney, and to Future Design Leaders at RMIT University. She serves as a mentor in the Dharma and Art: a Practice of Investigating Perception program with Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts. Her Practice-led PhD research explores mindfulness as a foundation for creative practice and creative orientation to experiences including illness and pain.

Sherre began practicing meditation 14 years ago, and in 2015 was awarded a Hemera Foundation six month Tending Space Fellowship for Artists, to explore the intersection of art and dharma practices.

She trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with MBSR founder Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, along with senior teachers at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, UMass Medical School, and Openground Training in Australia. She undertook Compassion Cultivation Training at The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University School of Medicine.

She participates in regular vipassana meditation retreats in the US, and Australia and Asia and has been fortunate to study and train with eminent Buddhist teachers including Joseph Goldstein, Steven Smith, Stephen and Martine Batchelor and Gregory Kramer.

She’s made two documentary series on mindfulness for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and is a former Board Director of Metta Programs, a global community sharing the benefits of relational Dhamma and meditation practices worldwide.

— Marius Foley, Program Manager, Master of Design Futures / Studio Lead, Design Leadership. RMIT University.

“I’ve worked with Sherre DeLys on a few innovative projects, such as the development of ABC Pool – a ‘predictive project’ at the national broadcaster, and more recently when Sherre introduced Mindfulness into the Future Design Leadership course at RMIT.

In each case Sherre brings her multi-dimensional perspective to the work. This includes her media-making intelligence (from creative insights to storytelling in media); a curiosity into how people work, and how we might work together in more interesting ways; and her practice of mindfulness // creativity // leadership.

Sherre exemplifies mindful leadership in a very human and contemporary way.”