• Train to teach mindfulness with our International MBI Accredited Courses

    Welcome to Mindful Academy International. We are an accredited Provider of Training Excellence© and gold standard CPD provider with the globally recognised Professional Development Consortium and CPD Standards Office and have been training and supporting mindfulness teachers since 2010. Our professional courses will give you the skills and confidence to integrate mindfulness into your profession or teach the 8 week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction course and other mindfulness-based approaches. 

    You can train to teach mindfulness with us in Spain, Hungary, and Ireland with Romania and USA coming in 2019. You can also join CEO Kathy Ward at TEDx Cluj in June 2019 where she has been invited to give a talk on Mindfulness and 'What If'

    We hope that you find the information that you need, if not please contact us by email at [email protected] or call us in the UK on (+44) 1225 294483 or Spain on (+34) 667196371.

  • Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness

    An estimated 90% of the world's population will be exposed to a traumatic event over the course of their lives (Frans, Rimmo, Aberg & Fredrikson, 2005) and up to 20% of us will develop post traumatic stress. This means that anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room is likely to be struggling with trauma. To address this, here at Mindful Academy International we explore how to teach the general public in a trauma-informed way to minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness. Read more

  • Our accredited Level 1 Mindfulness teacher training courses in Spain and Hungary focus primarily on the teaching process and curriculum of the group based 8 week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR Course, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre and also by the Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research CMRP Bangor University where Senior International Trainer Kathy Ward trained. We also explore trauma-sensitive mindfulness. The course is invaluable for those who wish to integrate mindfulness into their profession or go on to teach mindfulness in a different form including MBCT.

    • Saturday 2nd March at 6 pm - Friday 8th March at 7.30 pm  at the 4 star country house hotel Tossa d' Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain. This small family run 300 year old converted olive mill is featured in the Michelin guide read more
    • Sunday 5th May at 6 pm - Sunday 12th May after breakfast at the Malom Guesthouse (formerly a working watermill) in Dömös, Hungary read more
    • Saturday 18th May at 6pm - Friday 24th May at 7.30pm at the 4 star country house hotel Tossa d' Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain. This small family run 300 year old converted olive mill is featured in the Michelin guide read more
    • Saturday 6th July at 6 pm - Friday 12th July at 7.30 pm at the 4 star country house hotel Tossa d' Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain. This small family run 300 year old converted olive mill is featured in the Michelin guide read more

    Read more information on Level 1

  • The accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Level 2 courses in SpainIreland and Hungary build on the Level 1 course. It is designed to support and deepen both personal and professional understanding of the skills in teaching mindfulness and integrating mindfulness-based approaches in professional practice. 

    Dates:

    • Saturday 10th August at 4pm to Saturday 17th August at 8pm at Cabragh Lodge, Coolaney, North West Ireland. read more
    • Saturday 16th November at 4pm to Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 8pm at the 4 star country house hotel Tossa d' Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain. This small family run 300 year old converted olive mill is featured in the Michelin guide.
    • May 2020 - In Hungary, full details coming soon.

    Read more information on Level 2

    • As a Provider of Training Excellence and accredited Continued Professional Development CPD provider with the globally recognized Professional Development Consortium and CPD Standards Office, we offer externally accredited professional teacher training CPD/CEU courses and qualifications. For full details click here
    • For many professions, engaging with CPD is a professional expectation and for others, it is mandatory. Our professional courses give you sought after externally accredited mindfulness-based teaching skills to add to your annual CPD record and professional skills. 
    • The curriculum we teach follows the standard Mindfulness MBSR 8 Week course curriculum taught around the world including the Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research CMRP Bangor, UK where Founder and Director of Training Kathy Ward trained, and the official MBSR course curriculum taught at UMASS Centre for Medicine so you can be sure of authentic teaching. Check out our resources page for more details.
    • You receive personal supportive assessment with feedback on the MBI TAC 6 essential Domains of teaching Mindfulness to support your ongoing teacher portfolio, and demonstrating you are taking a professional training course.
    • We follow the Mindfulness Best Practice Guidelines for training and supervising teachers
    • The intention of our Teacher Training is to give you the skills and confidence to teach Mindfulness, we therefore only accept a maximum of 12 students which means you receive individual support and development from CEO and Senior International Teacher, Trainer and Supervisor Kathy Ward both before, during and after the course. 
    • We include Supervision sessions, email support, Inquiry and Mindful Movement which are often additional costs or courses with other Training organisations. 
    • You can join our closed community group of Mindfulness Teacher and tap into a wealth of experience and ongoing support.
    • You get a free listing on our Worldwide Directory
    • You are invited to attend our closed group monthly meditation sessions
    • We consistently receive excellent feedback from our students. Read our testimonials.  
    • We are a Partner Organisation with the Events List. Partner Organisations have evidenced their status as Mindfulness Training Organisations that meet the criteria as outlined in the Segal et al MBCT Training Pathway, and made a commitment to provide quality trained facilitators for all their events.
  • We are pleased to annouce that CEO Kathy Ward has been invited to speak about mindfulness at the TEDx Cluj conference on the 29th June 2019.

    The theme of the event is "What If" and Kathy is looking forward to being able to share how mindfulness can change our reaction to the seemingly never ending stream of thoughts about the past and future.

    What if there was another way?

    How would that change how we choose to spend today?

  • Venue: Hotel Tossa d’ Altea in Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain.

    Optional 1 day MED Talks and Workshops CPD Event Friday 15th February.

    With Kathy Ward and Julia Emes.

    This teacher led silent retreat offers a safe and supportive environment for experienced Meditators, Mindfulness Teacher Trainees and Established Teachers in which to deepen and extend secular mindfulness meditation practice. It provides an opportunity to deeply tune in to our inner processes, exploring the ways we react to experience and how we might practise kindness towards our moment to moment experience and cultivate wisdom. We also run Silent Retreats in Hungary. 2019 dates are 26th - 31st March and 24th - 29th September. For more details visit www.tudatossag.net

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  • At the Hotel Tossa d' Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Residential price in a single room with buffet breakfast - 880 euros

    Residential price in a twin room (subject to availability) with buffet breakfast 725 euros

    Non Residential price  - 500 euros

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  • Our Training Venues

    Hotel Tossal d' Altea

    Our courses on the Mediterranean coast in Spain are held in the small family run 4 star Hotel Tossal d' Altea  a 300 year old olive mill and farm (shown in the photo) at the edge of the 16th century picturesque old town of Altea. The name Altea derives from the Moors who conquered the region and named it Althaya, meaning health to all. For more photos of Altea click here

    With many low cost operators flying into Alicante International airport and with direct transport links to Altea with Benniconnect, getting here could not be easier. 

    In May, we are running a Level 1 Mindfulness Teacher Training course at the Villa Malom in Dömös, Hungary.  Dömös is one of the most picturesque and appreciated hiking areas of the Danube Bend. The guesthouse is in the forest at the bank of the Malom stream right along the hiking trail that leads to the ravine called Rám-szakadék. For more pictures please visit www.domosvendeghaz.hu

    The August Level 2 Mindfulness Teacher Training course at Cabragh Lodge in Coolaney, North West Ireland. The venue is a stunning purpose built centre in the Ox Mountains run by Mindful Academy graduate and Teaching Staff member Fiona McMahon. Visit www.cabraghlodge.ie

    "This time I opted to have a single room in the hotel where the training was..a good move as it meant I had a little refuge from the intensity of the course and all the amazing exchanges/group work - a quiet space close to hand where I could take care of myself, rest and study when needed during the day." Julia.

  • Graduates on the beach in Altea

  • Kathy and her assistant Julia gave me, as I presume the other members of the course, every possible guide line and support that was/is needed for my personal path as I train to teach mindfulness.

    Kathy constantly made all of the group be part of a wonderful co-learning and teaching opportunity, not to mention the great location, impeccable organisation, flow and method that by no means went un-noticed.

    So, I thank you again; Kathy (and the group) for your expertise, kindness and care I recieved and I'm feeling incredibly grateful to be part of this growing and evolving Mindfulness Family. Thank you. 

    Alex from Italy/UK - Psychologist and Dance Therapist, August  2017 MBSR Foundation Teacher Training Course Level 1, Advanced Level 2 November 2017

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  • With CEO and Senior International Mindfulness MBSR and MBCT Trainer, Teacher and Supervisor Kathy Ward.

    1-1 Courses in the comfort of your own home. Various start dates.

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