• Train as a Mindfulness Teacher - Your guide to the externally accredited MBSR & MBI Teacher Training Pathway

  • One of the most frequently asked questions is "How do I train as a Mindfulness Teacher?" and I hope that the 4 teacher training pathway options below, and the information on this page will help answer that question. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]

    To start with, our accredited training is ideal for physicians, nurses, health professionals, educators, human resources managers, meditation practitioners, yoga and meditation teachers and other professionals with a mind-body focus who wish to teach the 8-week Mindfulness MBSR Course or other mindfulness-based interventions such as teaching workshops, mindfulness classes or shorter mindfulness courses. It is also valuable for those who wish to integrate mindfulness into their profession or teach mindfulness in a different form such as MBCT.

    The MBSR Teacher training courses primarily focus 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. 

    At its heart, the training will enable you to earn a mindfulness meditation teacher certificate and teach mindfulness in ways that can help support individuals as they learn how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, illness and the challenges of life. This co-journey is an essential part of teaching mindfulness.

    There are 4 Mindful Academy International training pathways to choose from depending on your intentions for teaching mindfulness. 

    TRAINING PATHWAY ONE.

    Level 1 Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher training from 746 euros without accommodation or from 1281 euros for 7 nights in a single en-suite room with buffet breakfast at the Hotel Tossal d' Altea: After taking an 8-week MBSR or MBCT course, you can apply to take the 7 day Level 1 course and add Mindfulness to your profession or start your new career as a mindfulness teacher. 

    We recommend that you receive supervision with us or another provider after this course in line with the Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines. We also offer specially tailored supervision packages and an extended package for those who may not want to take the Level 2 course yet, but who wish to teach the 8-week course. Visit the supervision page for more details.

    TRAINING PATHWAY TWO.

    Level 2 Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher training from 802 euros without accommodation or from 1383 euros for 8 nights in a single en-suite room with buffet breakfast at the Hotel Tossal d' Altea: After successfully graduating from the Level 1 course with us or another training establishment, you can continue your teacher training pathway to become a Level 2 Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher by taking the 8 days Level 2 course. Ideally, you should have attended a 5-7 day silent retreat by an approved provider before taking this course. 

    TRAINING PATHWAY THREE - A supervision-based course.

    If you wish to continue training to graduate as a Qualified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher, you can then sign up for the next step which includes supervision whilst you teach 2 x 8-week group MBSR courses in your home location (as per the recommendations in the Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines) and the submission of reflective journaling on your experience of teaching the 8-week courses. The supervision of the 2 x 8-week courses utilizing the MBI-TAC, review of the submitted reflection and email support costs 350 euros per course. Please note, in order to receive the Qualified certification, you would need to have attended a 5 - 7 day silent retreat by an approved silent retreat provider. 

    TRAINING PATHWAY FOUR - A supervision-based course.

    You can also continue your teacher training pathway to graduate as a Certified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher with a certificate in Competency in Teaching Mindfulness-Based InterventionsTo graduate you need to have taken the Level 1 course, Level 2 course, a second 5 - 7-day silent retreat with us or another approved silent retreat provider.

    This is the highest level of evidence-based 8-week MBSR Group teaching in your home location teaching real people, rather than assessment during a course. You will need to submit recordings and reflective journaling of your teaching all 8 x 2.5/3 hour sessions of the course for review and discussion utilizing the MBI-TAC during supervision sessions. This extensive support and development supervision based course is 975 euros.

    Note:

    Silent retreats can be with us or other approved silent retreat providers.

    Accommodation is available at the venues, please see the individual course dates for details. For example, a spacious single en-suite room at the Hotel Tossal d'Altea, a small family run 4-star countryside hotel with 22 rooms, a purpose-built meditation room overlooking the mountains and just minutes from the old town of Altea and the stunning Mediterranean sea costs for just 55 euros per night with breakfast! Half board and full board options available and a twin room may be an option. Local accommodation is also readily available close by.

    Please scroll down the page for full information and links. If you need further information or would like to apply please email us at [email protected]

  • Please note: In order to teach Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy MBCT within the UK Good Practice Guidelines, in addition to the in-depth preparation required to teach MBSR, trainees need appropriate professional clinical training and knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research, and evidence-based practice.  

  • Level 1 Accredited Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher Training

    Julia Emes preparing to teach

    Following on from taking an MBSR or MBCT 8 Week course as a Participant either in your home location or live online with us, the Mindful Academy International accredited Level 1 course primarily focuses on the teaching process and curriculum of the standard group-based 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR course. It is suitable for those wishing to add Mindfulness-based Intervention (MBI) approaches to their profession or teaching or as the first step to becoming a Level 2, Qualified or Certified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher.  

    The course is an opportunity to engage in a personal and group process designed to facilitate a deepening of your personal mindfulness practice and develop your skills in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. 

    It can be taken as a Vocational Training, Continued Professional Development (CPD) or Continued Education Units (CEU) with accredited hours to add to your annual training record and sought after skills on your curriculum vitae.

    On successful graduation, Mindful Academy International certificates and 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.

    Dates:

     

    Hotel Tossal d' Altea, Spain -

    More 2020 dates coming soon!

  • Level 1 learning objectives:

    • Reflect on and investigate personal learning and development as a mindfulness practitioner
    • Deepen embodiment of trauma-sensitive mindfulness in teaching and own practice
    • Develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge to enable practice as a teacher of mindfulness-based interventions and courses including the skills of inquiry and guiding trauma-sensitive mindfulness core practices
    • Demonstrate the importance of personal integrity of approach, ethical standards and mindful attitudes for teachers of mindfulness-based courses
    • Demonstrate familiarity with the teaching and learning strategies of mindfulness-based courses
    • Demonstrate familiarity with the MBI-TAC 6 domains (skills) of teaching mindfulness developed by the Universities of Bangor, Exeter, and Oxford 
    • Reflect on the importance of the professional good practice guidelines and what they mean to you
    • Start your personal mindfulness development portfolio

    These are the key foundations of teaching mindfulness and Level 2, Qualified and Certified courses are based on the foundation of this course.

    The course is designed to begin the process of training to be a teacher of mindfulness-based approaches. It is our experience that students come to this course with varying skills and experience and levels of practice. Inevitably, not everyone will be ready to begin to teach the 8-week MBSR course on completion of the Level 1 course and further development may be required. This could be with supervision or perhaps by attending another 8-week course and consolidating further personal practice. 

    Please note: Our courses are not attendance courses. Students are expected to attend and take part in all sessions. The support, development, and assessment are ongoing and in order to graduate as a Level 1 Mindfulness MBSR and MBI Teacher, students must meet the teaching standards outlined in the MBI-TAC

  • What can I say when I have graduated the Level 1 training?

    On successfully graduating from the Level 1 Training, you may state: “_____ (your name) has graduated as a Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Level 1 Teacher with Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence©

    You will also be sent this badge to use as part of any publicity.

    Level 1 Contact Hours: 65.5 hours

    Directed Learning non-contact hours:  The personal and professional pre-course study including reading the required books and 2 supervision sessions is estimated to be 112 hours. The non-contact hours are of course subjective depending on when you sign up for the course, and how much time you are able to allocate. We ask that you do what you can, with the time you have available. 

    Total hours for Level 1: 177.5 hours

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  • Level 2 Accredited Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher Training

    Teaching Mindful Movement in a chair

    This further teaching training is an opportunity to engage in a personal and group learning process which is designed to support and deepen understanding and skills in teaching and integrating mindfulness-based approaches in professional practice. It can also be taken as a refresher to update your teaching skills.

    The Mindful Academy International Level 2 course is intended for professionals who have previously attended a Teacher Training Level 1 with us or an equivalent course with another training organization. Please contact us if you are not sure about equivalency.

    You should have attended a 5 - 7-day Silent Retreat before attending and be committed to the pre-course study Also included in the price of the course is 2 private supervision sessions to explore the curriculum and answer any questions you may have regarding teaching. 

    On successful graduation, Mindful Academy International certificates and 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.

    Dates:

     

    Hotel Tossal d' Altea, Spain. 16th - 23rd November. Click here for full details.

    Malom Guest House, Domos, Hungary. Saturday 16th May at 2 pm to Sunday 24th November at 10 am 2020, full details coming soon.

  • Level 2 learning objectives:

    • Deepening embodiment of mindfulness in your own practice
    • Deepen, develop and assess the skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to deliver trauma-sensitive Mindfulness-based courses to the general public competently and consistently
    • Develop further understanding and reflection on the 6 domains of teaching mindfulness with the support of the MBI-TAC developed by the Universities of Bangor, Exeter, and Oxford, as you continue to build your personal portfolio
    • Develop further understanding of the official UMASS and CMRP Bangor University 8-week curriculum, teaching skills and underpinning themes with the support of the Mindful Academy International trauma-sensitive 8-week course curriculum covering every aspect of teaching, further refining and strengthening existing skills
    • Demonstrate relevant teaching skills by selecting, organizing and evaluating teaching methods, to facilitate the integration of theoretical and experiential learning. In particular, we explore what are 'experiential points' that should be drawn from the participants through the 'co journey' and what are the brief 'teaching points' 
    • Demonstrate responsive and flexible pacing to cover a portion of the curriculum appropriately, as well as holding the group learning environment and managing challenges and difficulties
    • Demonstrate relevant qualities for teaching mindfulness-based approaches including the embodiment of mindfulness and warmth of approach 
    • Explore teaching trauma-sensitive mindfulness to the general public in alternative settings
    • Inquire into 'who am I as a teacher?' exploring the ways in which we relate to ourselves, individuals, group and the teaching process itself

    Level 2 Contact Hours: 74 hours

    Directed Learning non-contact hours: The personal and professional pre-course study including reading the required books and 2 supervision sessions is estimated to be 132 hours. The non-contact hours are of course subjective depending on when you sign up for the course, and how much time you are able to allocate. We ask that you do what you can, with the time you have available. 

    Total hours: 206 hours 

    (Note 1) 

    If you are aiming to take the Level 2 course as part of the Mindful Academy International Teacher Training Pathway, you need to have taken your Level 1 Teacher Training course with us.

    If you are taking it as a stand-alone training Continued Professional Development CPD/Continued Education Units CEU we accept a broader range of Level 1 training.

  • What can I say after graduating from this training?

    After successfully graduating from the Level 1 and 2 Training, you may state: “_____ (your name)  has graduated as a Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Level 2 Teacher with Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence©

    You will also be sent this badge to use as part of any publicity.

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  • You can graduate as a Mindful Academy International 'Qualified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher' on successful completion of our Level 1 and Level 2 courses plus 8 hours of supervision whilst teaching two 8-week groups MBSR Courses and submission of a 3000-word reflective report from teaching the two courses. 

    The focus of this reflective writing is the deepening of your practice and teaching skills as you gain experience in guiding others. The 6 domains of teaching mindfulness and your personal development portfolio can guide you so that you can include what you felt went well and what you would do differently if anything, next time.   

    The supervision and reflective journaling can be before or after (or a mixture of both) the Level 2 course. 

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  • What You Can Say When You Have Achieved Qualified Status:

    Upon receipt of your formal Teacher Qualification Certificate, you may market and represent yourself as a “Qualified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher” as defined by the Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence© 

    You will also be sent this badge to use as part of your publicity and be authorized to use the designation QMMT after your name.

    Note 1: If you have taken the 10 day 100hr Level 1 Course, on successful completion of the 8 day Level 2 course, 4 hours of supervision of 1 x 8-week group MBSR course and attendance at a 5 - 7 day silent mindfulness retreat with Mindful Academy International or another silent meditation retreat provider, you will receive a Qualified Mindfulness & MBI Teacher Certificate and be able to use the designation QMT after your name. Supervision of at least 3 sessions during the teaching of a second 8-week group MBSR course is also recommended as part of Good Practice Guidelines.

  • To apply for this certification you should have taught a minimum of 2 group 8-week Mindfulness MBSR courses with supervision. This further training course enables you to continue your teacher training pathway to graduate as a Certified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher.

    The accredited supervision based pathway includes the submission of video recordings of your teaching a 3rd entire 8-week MBSR course for further assessment, support, and development via supervision using the 6 domains of teaching mindfulness outlined in the MBI-TAC. Graduation at this level demonstrates that you have achieved the highest levels of evidence-based 8-week MBSR group teaching.

    You will also be required as part of your training portfolio to submit a further written reflective report of 3000 words. The focus of this reflective writing is the continued deepening of your practice and teaching skills. 

    To graduate you will also need to have attended a 2nd 5-7 day silent mindfulness retreat, this can either be with Mindful Academy International or another approved silent retreat provider. 

    On successful graduation, formal CPD Standards certificates are issued detailing the supervision hours and silent retreat hours if taken with Mindful Academy International. The certificates are accepted in a multitude of countries and across all professional sectors. 

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  • What You Can Say When You Have Achieved Certified Status:

    Upon receipt of your formal Teacher Certification, you may market and represent yourself as a “Certified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher” as defined by the Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence©

    You will also receive the badge shown here to use as part of any publicity and authorized to use the designation CMMT after your name.

  • To demonstrate the professional nature of our training, we follow the Mindfulness good practice guidelines (GPGs) for teaching and supervising mindfulness Teachers, and utilize the Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) developed by Bangor, Oxford and Exeter Universities as part of our supportive assessment process of the 6 domains of teaching mindfulness.

    We also chose to have our company and courses independently accredited and as a Provider of Training Excellence and CPD Provider, we assure you of the highest level of professional mindfulness training. Our courses will give you the skills, confidence and ongoing support you need to teach mindfulness or incorporate the skills into your profession. 

    To achieve the accreditation Mindful Academy International has undergone a rigorous assessment process focusing on 4 key principles - our organizational structure, the learning provision we offer, our methods for maintaining excellence and our client's personal experience. This final principle involves a random selection from our client base and a direct discussion between them and the PDC to gather a first-hand review of their experience working with us. 

    A separate rigorous assessment process that focuses on the development and delivery of our training including our educational authority, how we collect and utilize our delegate feedback, and ensuring our content is kept up to date was also undertaken as part of the accredited CPD Status.

    Now Mindful Academy International have achieved this accreditation and status as a Provider of Training Excellence and gold standard CPD provider, we are committed to working hard to maintain, and exceed, the excellent standard we have already set with our courses.

    The courses have also been accredited with the Yoga Alliance in the USA since 2010 and the Yoga Alliance Professionals in the UK between 2012 and April 2019 however, unlike the Yoga Alliance, the new accreditation is globally accepted in a multitude of countries and across all professional sectors and demonstrates a much higher standard of professional mindfulness education.

  • Continued Professional Development

    For many professions, engaging with CPD/CEU is a professional expectation and individual responsibility. For others, it is mandatory to undertake and record CPD/CEU. As a Provider of Training Excellence, graduating from our courses will give you the skills you need to teach mindfulness-based approaches, enhance your curriculum vitae with sought after accredited skills and at the same time, meet any CPD/CEU responsibility with accredited hours to add to your yearly record or be accepted by the Mindfulness Teachers networks around the world. 

    For those based in the UK, after teaching at least 2 MBSR 8 Week courses under supervision, you can also apply to join the UK Mindfulness Network of Teachers  It is an optional listing created to provide the general public and policymakers with clear information to identify those teachers who have received adequate training and whose current teaching and professional practice meet the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for teaching Mindfulness-Based courses. These GPGs are the minimum standards for the delivery of the 8-week mindfulness-based courses. You do not need to have been trained by a UK training organization to join but you will need to demonstrate that your training meets the requirements of the GPGs. You can be assured that the Mindful Academy International Training more than meets the requirements. 

    There are also similar Mindfulness Network organizations around the world and as Mindful Academy International follows the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-based courses and utilizes the MBI-TAC to support your teacher training pathway, our qualifications have been accepted worldwide. 

  • Mindfulness Teacher ongoing support:

    For both personal and teaching practice - 

    • Undertake ongoing Supervision and development as outlined in the Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines (GPG's) This can be with us or other Mindfulness Supervisors
    • Supervision with us also goes towards any CPD/CEU requirements. Read more for full details of the Mindfulness Supervision we offer
    • As part of Good Practice Guidelines attend a 5-day teacher lead Silent Retreat each year. Our Retreats are also accredited so the hours can count towards any CPD/CEU requirements.
    • Join the Mindful Academy International closed MBSR Teacher Training Community
    • Invite to attend the free Mindful Academy International monthly group Meditation and support sessions

    At Mindful Academy International, we strongly adhere to the Good Practice Requirements in our training programmes and Teacher Training Pathway. We also believe that a commitment to conveying this approach to others amounts to more than simply meeting criteria - it becomes an orientation and a way of being which informs the teacher's whole approach to life.