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Christopher Francis Dines (born 19th August 1983) is an English mindfulness teacher, trainer, writer and former House DJ/Producer.
DJ, producer and promoter (1994-2006)
Having a deep love for music, Christopher left high-school at 15 to pursue a full-time career as an electronic house DJ. At 15, Christopher promoted two British national top 11 UK Garage bands, The Genius Cru and DJ Deekline in North West London for two years. Having DJ’ed at prestigious venues such as City Loud at Turnmills, Ministry of Sound, Defected In The House at Pacha, London Fashion Week, The Loft (Trouble Anderson’s Loft) and Garage City, Christopher’s DJ’ing career took him to Asia where he travelled extensively. This subsequently led him to remix and produce underground electronic dance music.
Through this thrilling experience unfortunately Christopher’s drug-taking and party life-style spiraled out of control which led to full blown alcohol and cocaine addiction. After a gravely dark rock bottom, Christopher cleaned up aged 21 (summer 2004) and began to soul-search. This led to a deep exploration of the human mind and roads to emotional wellbeing and self-realisation. This has been accomplished through intense self-education and with the invaluable help and guidance of enlightened mentors.
In 2005, Christopher co-founded underground deep house record label, SuCasa Beats. Christopher was the head A&R from 2005 to 2006. As the driving force behind the label, Dines signed Afro Medusa, Andy Daniel (Defected Records), Marlon D (Defected Records) Steal Vybe, Pablo Martinez (Kingstreet) and promoted the label at the legendary Plan B club in Brixton, London.
While remixing national chart hit band Afro Medusa to artists such Marlon D, Samba La Casa, Steal Vybe and Onxy (Soul2Soul), mindfulness was gradually becoming a subtle practice.
Teacher, trainer and writer (2006 to present)
He ‘retired’ from the electronic dance music industry in June 2006 to give public talks on inspirational ideas and self-awareness and create personal development and mindfulness workshops and courses. Christopher Dines trains employers, employees and self-referrals to amplify emotional intelligence, emotional resilience and mindfulness in the workplace.
Christopher has led mindfulness meditation workshops for Public Health England (PHE Cambridge), Mental Health Commissioners, The Recovery Evolution Festival (Suffolk), East Coast Recovery Drug & Alcohol Rehab, EMI Wealth London, wealth management and sales offices and runs private Mindfulness Burnout Prevention (MBP) courses for professionals at Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden and Chelsea, London.
Christopher is the author of Mindfulness Meditation: Bringing Mindfulness into Everyday Life, Manifest Your Bliss: A Spiritual Guide to Inner Peace, A Ticket to Prosperity: Spiritual Lessons for an Abundant Life (Revised Edition), The Mystery of Belief: How to Manifest Your Dreams, and Mindfulness Burnout Prevention: An 8-Week Course for Professionals.
Dines has co-authored The Kindness Habit: Transforming our Relationship to Addictive Behaviours, with medical doctor and wellness pioneer, Dr Barbara Mariposa. Three times #1 New York Times bestseller, John E. Bradshaw, Sr. has written the foreword. The Kindness Habit is being published in 2016.
Christopher has raised money for the Suffolk Family Carers Trust via emotional health/mindfulness workshops in Suffolk. In 2010, Dines helped to raise awareness for London Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund by speaking at Emmanuel Ray’s private fundraising socialite party at St James’ Park, London. Christopher has given talks with respect to recovering from drug addiction and alcohol abuse at HM Prison Feltham, HM Prison Wandsworth and HM Prison Aylesbury and various primary schools in London and Suffolk.