A unique partnership
for transformational change

Sustainable Wellbeing, Health and Performance

The Flourishing Circle is a partnership of mindfulness and character strengths expert practitioners who help people, organizations and communities to flourish and generate positive transformational change.

We co-create pathways for people to enjoy sustainable wellbeing, health, and performance through mindfulness and character strengths practice.

Wholeness

Our human nature is already complete. Wellbeing and insight are natural to us; we simply need to create the conditions under which they can manifest.

Self-leadership

We have individual agency: the power to lead ourselves so that we can grow as a person and live a life that is joyful and meaningful to us.

Growth

We are open to learning throughout our lives and in this very moment. By cultivating an attitude of discovery, we can learn to flourish in easy and difficult moments.

Aliveness

We live consciously, generating the energy of mindful vitality so that we can be truly present for this moment of our life and take good care of the past, the future and each other.

Togetherness

Aware that we thrive in community, we aim to expand beyond a narrow sense of self and enjoy the wisdom, insight and experiences of others, so that we can flourish together.

Integrity

Our universal ethics underpin our lives. We cultivate honesty and authenticity in our communication, thoughts and actions so that we can enjoy clarity and live in freedom.

Our Approach

Our approach is based on the cultivation of presence and character strengths and is proven to enhance ‘flourishing’ and sustainable health.

We lead a variety of spaces internationally, from bespoke foundational trainings to masterclasses and intensives on mindfulness and character strengths, self-leadership and team development, online and in person. We support The Flourishing Circle Community to make the flourishing practice sustainable, so that people can thrive for life.

Our team members have all trained directly with Dr Ryan M. Niemiec and the VIA Institute on Character and other prestigious organizations. We all practice mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition and are students of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s most respected mindfulness teachers. Jaume, Lutz and Orlaith bring decades of experience in mindfulness & character strengths practice as a foundation for living and working well. Together, we pool our strengths to advance mindfulness and character strengths practice for thriving corporate environments.

Meet the Team

Orlaith O’Sullivan, BA, PhD

Co-founder & Managing Partner
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Born in Dublin, Orlaith specializes in practical mindfulness solutions and building happier communities. Experienced in strategic change management and communication, she is passionate about creating innovative practices that meet us just where we are. She teaches internationally on making happiness a habit. Studying in the Plum Village tradition for over 20 years, she is known for blending poetry and practice, developing programmes for children and teens and creating sanctuaries of rest for adults. Orlaith is an award-winning author. Living in Dublin, Ireland, Orlaith’s working language is English.

  • PhD in English Literature, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Chartered Certified Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) Practitioner
  • Adviser, The World Happiness Festival
  • Steering Group for Education, The Mindfulness Initiative (UK)
  • Founding member, The Community of Contemplative Education (Mind & Life Europe)
  • Founder, Orlaith O’Sullivan PhD: Mindfulness Training & Consultancy
  • Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Flourishing Circle

Lutz Hempel, MBA

Co-founder & Managing Partner
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Born in Germany, Lutz helps people and organizations become more conscious, whole, naturally agile and resonant. He brings more than 20 years of experience in management consulting. Passionate about resonant collaboration and mindfulness in work and life, Lutz works with teams and leaders to help them to connect, learn and thrive, incorporating character strengths practice, music and business improvisation. Living outside of Basel, Switzerland, Lutz’s working languages are German and English.

  • MBA, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • Chartered Certified Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) Practitioner
  • Member, Network for Mindful Business (leader of Basel regional group)
  • Team member at Centre for Mindfulness Basel
  • Founder, Groovin’ Organization
  • Companion, les enfants terribles school and community for good New Work
  • Certified Consultant, The Leadership Circle Profile
  • Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Flourishing Circle

Nguyen Thi Thuy Nga, MA

Programme Manager
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Nga is a software developer and a clinical psychology master student. Born and raised in Vietnam, Nga came to France for her studies in 2010 and lives there ever since. She has been practicing mindfulness in the tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh since 2012 and wish to bring the mindfulness practice to her psychotherapy practice. Her working languages are English, French and Vietnamese.

  • MA in Computer Science, University La Rochelle, France
  • BA in Psychology, University Paris 8, France
  • Member of the Order of Interbeings in the tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

Jaume Gallifa, MBA, ACC

Co-founder & Managing Partner
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Born in Barcelona, with a background in Applied Economics and IT leadership, Jaume specializes in transformational change and flourishing. Project and quality management professional and certified coach, Jaume has led many large-scale international enterprise programmes and project rescue situations. Passionate about building communities of practice, Jaume is an insightful expert and practitioner of self-leadership, Zen flourishing coaching, mindfulness and character strengths. Living in Lausanne, Switzerland, Jaume’s working languages are English, French, Spanish, and Catalan.

  • MBA in Economics, Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona
  • Master Coach in Leadership and Communication
  • Chartered Certified Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) Practitioner
  • Founding member, Mindfulness Practice Centre, Lausanne
  • Owner / MD, Gallifa & Partner LLC
  • Member, The International Coach Federation, The Swiss Positive Psychology Association, The Order of Interbeing
  • Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Flourishing Circle

Tan Tran, MBA

Co-founder & Managing Partner
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Born in Vietnam, with a background in management and leadership in Asia and Europe, Tan specializes in business development, emotional intelligence, self-leadership and mindfulness. Ordained student of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, Tan has practiced in this tradition for over 14 years, becoming a certified teacher of several world-renowned secular mindfulness programmes. Tan has taught mindfulness and leadership to many individuals and organizations, including General Electric, Salesforce, Heineken, L’Oréal and Manulife. He has also translated into Vietnamese books by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Otto Scharmer and Robert K. Greenleaf. Living and teaching in a mindfulness practice center in Haute Loire, France, Tan’s working languages are Vietnamese, English, French and Norwegian.

  • MBA in Strategy and Leadership, Business School at Norwegian University of Life Science
  • Member of the Order of Interbeing
  • Certified coach by the American Board of NLP and Hypnosis
  • Certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI)
  • Certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness-Based Strength Practice (MBSP) Candidate
  • Manager and teacher at Maison Aux Cèdre Bleus, Integral Mindfulness Center, Haute Loire
  • Founder, Insight Based Leadership
  • Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Flourishing Circle

Mauricio Campos

Programme Associate
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Mauricio (Mauri) specializes in connecting people and organizations to support their ‘outer’ transformation & their ‘inner’ growth. He brings a multi-faceted background with 20+ years experience in Pharma & Healthcare & 10+ years coaching experience working in the development of organizations, leaders & teams. Living in Basel, Switzerland, Mauri’s working languages are English & Spanish.

  • Systems Engineer, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional Buenos Aires
  • Global Executive MBA, IE Business School
  • Integral & Systemic Coach
  • ICF PCC Certified
  • EMCC Senior Team Coach Certified
  • Yoga & Pranayama & Meditation Instructor
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