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Hello, I live and work at the Beijing Mindfulness Centre. I believe in wisdom of emotions and thrive to live mindfully.



PCC | Mindfulness, Wellness & Somatic Coach and Hakomi practitioner

After leaving my home country caught by war (former Yugoslavia) in early 90s I came to China with 150 USD, without work engagements and no temporary accommodation. From initial euphoric confusion and anger about the way life turned, I became eager to learn how to manage stress and be more resilient. With deep interest in Chinese traditional culture I began to explore taoist and buddhist practices but it wasn’t until ten years later when depression led me to mindfulness and I learned how to view my pain as a spiritual gift.

Through the time of inner struggles - grief from seeing my country fall apart, confusion, failed relationships and addictions - I found my own calling, became a coach and became the founder of Small Steps Consultancy Company which is now the sponsor of the Beijing Mindfulness Centre. The aim of the centre is to provide a safe place for foreigners and Chinese nationals returning from their studies or work to live in Beijing. Fast paced life and constant changes that are happening in Beijing can often make us feel lonely, confused, depressed and insecure. BMC is the place where you can sit quietly or give space to your vulnerability and let the present moment lead the way.

I want to share the gift of mindfulness and coaching with all who are willing to see gifts of life setbacks and learn how to live mindfully.

You can hear me speak on TEDx Youth: The Road Less Traveled

My full profile on LinkedIn is available here




Dr theo cope

Theo A. Cope holds his MA and Ph.D. in Psychology and a B.A. in Gerontology. He is a certified Family Consultant and a Positive Psychotherapist (PPT), with certification granted by the World Association of Positive Psychotherapy in Wiesbaden, Germany. PPT is a trans-cultural therapeutic method, which began in 1968 by Dr. Nossrat Peseschkian. 

He has lived and taught in different regions of China for the past 18 years and written on various themes of psychology and philosophy. He is the author of two books in the field of psychology. He practices mindfulness meditation regularly, uses mindfulness skills professionally and has integrated mindfulness into the topics he lectures on. Theo has given lectures and workshops for international companies in China as well as at international conferences.

At BMC Dr Theo delivers sessions Shadow and Meditation, Psychology of Mindfulness, Thoughts Inside Psyche etc.


julia feste

A former engineer and then Montessori educator, Julia Feste got in touch with Non Violent Communication (NVC) during the summer 2015. Since then she has continued to learn and share NVC in three different languages (French, Chinese, English), proving that NVC is a powerful process that applies beyond language and culture barriers. She now helps parents and teachers to cultivate empathetic relationships in their daily environment by offering group classes, sharing circles, individual and couple sessions based on NVC. Her previous work includes a 2 years program for teaching staff and administrators at a Montessori school, 4 to 12 weeks programs for parents, and teaching NVC skills for coaching. She also volunteers at the biannual Asian NVC family camp. 

At BMC Julia holds individual sessions and workshops Non Violent Communication for Coaching, Introduction to NVC, Sharing Circle etc.