My Story

Hi, I'm Melanie Appleyard and I’m the creator of Llama Meditation – Life Learning and Movement with Animals Meditation – a course aimed at 6-11 year olds to promote their emotional well-being and develop their confidence.

My background includes 12 years experience as a teacher, supporting the social and emotional well-being of children. This has been developed by undertaking postgraduate courses in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Special Educational Needs Coordination.

I’ve written and implemented schemes of work to develop well-being in the curriculum and supported school staff to deliver this content. My role has involved identifying and planning support to develop the emotional well-being of children with low self–esteem. It’s involved helping to develop relationships with children who struggle to form and maintain friendships. It’s also involved helping those who struggle to recognize and manage their emotions develop skills in these areas.

I am absolutely passionate about teaching children

these skills from a young age.

My own critical illness gave me a deeper, more personal insight into the importance of emotional well-being and my recovery was aided by self-care techniques. These included Reiki, meditation, good nutrition, a positive mindset, a supportive family and my super dog, Daisy, who taught me loads.


Quieting my mind through mindfulness and meditation has not only helped me to manage stress and anxiety, it has helped me to feel more connected and grounded. In today’s busy society, there has never been more of a need for us to learn to quieten the mind. I strongly believe that teaching children this skill from a young age will help prevent dis-ease at a later date, which in turn can cause ill health.

I’ve had the good fortune to share my life with many furry friends over the years. From our cheeky cat, ‘Dodger the Lodger’ who came knocking at our door one day and soon moved in; our chipmunks, Oho and Timone, who kept us endlessly entertained with their determination and teamwork; and an elderly horse I used to look after, who clearly had her own perspective on life, I have been given so much love, laughs and enjoyment over the years. All these wonderful animals have entered my life with important lessons – to love freely – including yourself, to give willingly, to enjoy life, to have fun, to live in the moment and to do what you love.

It is my absolute pleasure to help your children learn skills and techniques to

help you improve their well-being, with the help of many wonderful animals.

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