• Welcome to Mindful Academy International. We are a professional mindfulness teacher training school and Accredited Provider of Training Excellence© with the globally recognized Professional Development Consortium and CPD Standards Office 

    The school was founded in 2010 by CEO and TEDx speaker Kathy Ward a senior International MBSR, MBCT and MBI Trainer, Supervisor, and teacher. Kathy also works as a Mindfulness Consultant for the World Health Organization.

    Our professional accredited Mindfulness Level 1, Level 2, Qualified and Certified teacher training courses in Altea Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Romania and USA and through interactive live video conferencing will give you the skills and confidence to integrate mindfulness into your profession, teach the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction course or other MBI mindfulness-based approaches.

    We also offer secular mindfulness silent retreats in Spain, Ireland and Hungary, interactive live video conferencing and in-person 8-week Mindfulness MBSR courses, (next start date Sunday the of 19th of April) and Supervision

    For full details of the Teacher Training Pathway, click here. To read testimonials from graduates please click here

    As you explore the website, we hope that you find the information and links that you need, if not please contact us by email at [email protected] or call us in the UK on (+44) 1225 294483.

    Watch Kathy's TEDx talk Mindfulness and Kindness - The keys to increasing happiness

  • Our accredited Level 1 Mindfulness teacher training courses on the Mediterranean coast in Altea Spain, USA, Hungary and Romania 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 CEO and Senior International Trainer Kathy Ward trained in MBSR, MBCT and Mindfulness Supervision.

    We also explore the latest information on trauma-sensitive mindfulness and the Mindful Academy International core practices, session plans and resources that have been rigorously updated by Kathy to reflect a trauma-sensitive and 'do no harm' vision of teaching 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.

    We only accept a maximum of 12 students on each course, ensuring you have expert support and development utilizing the 6 domains of mindfulness (MBI-TACdeveloped by the Bangor, Oxford and Exeter Universities. Apply today and start your teacher training pathway! 

      • Saturday 4th July at 6 pm - Friday 10th July at 7.30 pm in Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain with Kathy Ward. Only 2 spaces! Apply Now! 
      • Friday the 23rd October - Saturday the 31st October in Hungary (in Hungarian) with Andras Barta, full details coming soon!

    Thank you for this material. It is so precious to have you guide me through this sometimes very confusing process of finding my path as a mindfulness teacher!

    Silvija Zagar. Level 1 and 2 Graduate.


    Read more information on Level 1

  • The accredited Mindfulness Teacher Training Level 2 courses with CEO Kathy Ward in Altea on the Mediterranean coast in SpainHungary or live online with interactive video conferencing 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.

    It is open to those who have taken the Level 1 course with Mindful Academy International, and those who have taken a Level 1 with other equivalent training organizations. Please contact us to check the equivalency. 

    Taught by Kathy Ward, we only accept a maximum of 12 students on each course, ensuring you have expert support and development utilizing the 6 domains of teaching mindfulness MBI-TAC developed by Bangor, Oxford, and Exeter Universities.


    • Saturday 16th May at 4 pm to Sunday 23rd of May at 8 pm - live online video conferencing course. Apply Now!
    • Sunday the 23rd of August at 2 pm to Monday the 31st of August at 10 am 2020 - At the Malom Guest House, Hungary. Few spaces Apply Now! 
    • Saturday 14th November at 4 pm to Saturday 21st November 2020 at 8 pm in Altea, Costa Blanca, SpainApply Now!

    I just wanted to say that you have written such a good participant's workbook and in-depth session plans! My understanding and appreciation of mindfulness is a lot deeper since the first time I read it all those years ago, and when I look at it now, every page is filled with awesome information and it makes my teaching and preparation for clients so much easier. I just thought I'd let you know! Thanks for the great work!

    Chibs Okereke Graduate from Australia www.wildmindmeditation.com


    Read more information on Level 2

  • You can graduate as a Mindful Academy International Qualified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher on successful completion of the Level 1 and Level 2 courses plus a total of 8 hours of supervision whilst teaching your first 2 x 8-week MBSR courses and the submission of reflective journaling. This 8-week course supervision and submission of reflective journaling can either be between the Level 1 and Level 2 courses or afterward depending on your development. You would also need to have attended at least one 5-7 day teacher lead mindfulness-based silent retreat with us or another approved mindfulness-based silent retreat provider.

    Supervision is a vital part of the teacher training pathway so that we can support your development as a teacher in real life teaching contexts, it also meets the recommendations of the Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers.

    The supervision hours also count as Continued Professional Development CPD and along with your Mindful Academy International certificate, formal CPD Standards certificates are issued and accepted in a multitude of countries and across all professional sectors. 

    Read full details of the Teacher Training Pathway

  • After teaching 3 x 8-week MBSR courses, you can also continue your teacher training pathway with Mindful Academy International to graduate as a 'Certified Mindfulness  MBSR & MBI Teacher' by taking a 3rd supervision based course.

    This supervision course includes the submission and review of video recordings of your teaching the whole 8-week course, supervision, and reflective journaling. You will also need to have attended a second teacher lead mindfulness-based silent retreat either with us or another retreat provider.

    This qualification gives you a certificate of competency in teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions MBI and as well as the Mindful Academy International certificate, formal CPD Standards certificates are issued and accepted in a multitude of countries and across all professional sectors. Please check with your local licensing board to determine if the accreditation meets their requirements.

    Read full details of the Teacher Training Pathway

  • 5-Day Thursday 25th June to Monday 29th June at 2 pm at the Cabragh Lodge, Sligo, North West Ireland - €680 for full board in a twin room in a luxury eco-cabin. 

    5-Day Thursday 26th of November at 4 pm to Monday 30th at 2 pm in Altea, Spain - €565 with half-board or €625 with full-board in a twin en-suite room or €625 with half-board or €685 with full-board in a single en-suite room. 

    Book the June or November Silent Retreats before the 31st of March for a €50 Early booking discount!

    These teacher-led silent secular mindfulness CPD retreats are ideal for experienced meditators, mindfulness-based teacher trainees and established teachers. They are also suitable for those that have taken an 8-week MBSR or MBCT course and have one year's meditation experience. No previous retreat experience is required as full teacher support is available. 

    As an accredited course with the CPD Standards Office, the silent retreats are designed to meet the retreat needs of those training to teach Mindfulness-based Interventions MBI's, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy MBCT and for those who include mindfulness in their profession. The retreats also meet the Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers.

    Limited to just 12 spaces. More details and how to apply.

  • Watch Kathy Wards TEDx Cluj talk Mindfulness and Kindness - The keys to increasing Happiness

  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness - a new vision of teaching 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. Mindfulness is not for everyone, and there are guidelines that we need to follow to minimize risks when teaching the general public.

    However, the latest research and figures show 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, Kathy Ward has updated and revised all core practices, session plans and resources so you can learn how to teach the general public in a trauma-sensitive way. This meets with our vision of 'do no harm' when teaching mindfulness, allowing us to minimize the potential dangers. Read more

  • Our Training Venues in Altea Spain, Hungary and Ireland

    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. 

    Following the success of the Level 1 course at the Villa Malom in Dömös, Hungary this May, we are running a Level 2 Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher Training course from the 16th - 24th May 2020 at the same venue.  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 pictures please visit www.domosvendeghaz.hu

    We also run occasional courses at the Cabragh Lodge in Coolaney, North West Ireland. The venue is a stunning purpose-built center 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.

    • 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, the 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 a 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 organizations. 
    • 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. Our training courses and events are listed on
  • 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 or 1-2 Courses in the comfort of your own home. Various start dates.
    Interactive live video conference group dates:
    Saturday the 18th of April - Saturday the 20th of June 10.00 - 12.30 CET. Sunday the 19th of April - Sunday the 21st of June 16.00 - 18.30 CET


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