• 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. We accept a maximum of 12 students on each course, ensuring you have expert support and development. 

      • Saturday 2nd March at 6 pm - Friday 8th March at 7.30 pm in Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain read more
      • Sunday 5th May at 6 pm - Sunday 12th May after breakfast in Dömös, Hungary read more Sorry Fully Booked!
      • Saturday 6th July at 6 pm - Friday 12th July at 7.30 pm in Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain 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. We accept a maximum of 12 students on each course, ensuring you have expert support and development.


    • Saturday 10th August at 4 pm to Saturday 17th August at 8 pm at Cabragh Lodge, Coolaney, North West Ireland. Read more
    • Saturday 16th November at 4 pm to Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 8 pm in Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain  Read more
    • May 2020 - In Hungary, full details coming soon.

    There is also the option to graduate as a Mindful Academy International 'Qualified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher' after successful completion of our Level 1 and Level 2 courses plus 16 hours of supervision teaching two 8-week MBSR Courses with us and attendance at a 5 - 7 day Silent Retreat either with us or another retreat provider.

    You can also continue your teacher training pathway to graduate as an 'MBI Certified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher' after taking a 3rd supervision based course. This course includes 8 hours of supervision over a 3rd 8-week MBSR group course, submission of recordings of your teaching for MBI-TAC review, reflective journaling, and attendance at a 2nd Silent Retreat. This qualification gives you a certificate of competency in teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions MBI. 

    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.
  • 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

  • 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. With Kathy Ward and Julia Emes.

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

    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.

    Other 2019 Silent Retreat dates:

    • 26th - 31st March in Hungary
    • 24th - 29th September in Hungary
    • 27th Sept - 1st October in Spain
    • For full details of the Hungary retreats please 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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