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

  • Who the training is for:

    The international Mindfulness-based Interventions MBI 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 mindfulness-based approaches. 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 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 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 3 Mindful Academy International training pathways to choose from depending on your intentions for teaching mindfulness:

    • Level 1 Mindfulness MBSR Teacher vocational training (Level 1 course followed by supervision when teaching in line with Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines)
    • Qualified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher (Level 1 course, Level 2 course, 5 - 7 day silent retreat and supervision of 2 x 8-week group MBSR courses) and
    • MBI Certified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher with a certificate in Competency in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions (Level 1 course, Level 2 course, a second 5 - 7 day silent retreat and supervision of a 3rd 8-week MBSR course)

    Note: Silent retreats can be with us or other organizations.

  • 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 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 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 approaches to their profession or teaching or as the first step to becoming a Level 2, Qualified or Level 3 Certified Mindfulness MBSR 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, 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.

    What can I say when I have attended this training?

    After attending the training, you may state: “_____ (your name) has attended and completed the 7-Day Mindfulness MBSR Level 1 Teacher Training Intensive through the Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence”

    Your certificate will show:

    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

  • Level 1 learning objectives:

    • Reflect on and investigate personal learning and development as a mindfulness practitioner
    • Deepen embodiment of 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 the 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 6 domains (skills) of teaching mindfulness
    • Reflect on the importance of the professional good practice guidelines and what they mean to you

    These are the key foundations for the teaching of mindfulness and all subsequent training development rests on them. 

    The course is designed to begin the process of training to be a teacher of mindfulness-based approaches. Participants 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 this 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. 

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  • Level 2 Accredited Mindfulness MBSR 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. 

    The course is intended for professionals who have previously attended a Teacher Training Level 1 with us or an equivalent course with another training organisation (see note 1) 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, 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.

    The Level 2 certificate will show:

    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 

    What can I say when I have attended this training?

    After attending the training, you may state: “_____ (your name) has attended and completed the 8-Day Mindfulness MBSR Level 2 Teacher Training Intensive through the Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence”

  • Level 2 learning objectives:

    • Deepening embodiment of mindfulness in own practice
    • Deepen, develop and assess the skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to deliver Mindfulness-based courses competently and consistently
    • Develop further understanding of the 8-week curriculum, teaching skills and underpinning themes, further refining and strengthening existing skills
    • Demonstrate relevant teaching skills by selecting, organising and evaluating teaching methods, to facilitate the integration of theoretical and experiential learning
    • 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 mindfulness 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

    (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.

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  • Earn Accreditation as a Qualified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher

    You can graduate as a Mindful Academy International 'Qualified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher' on successful completion of our Level 1 and Level 2 courses plus 11 hours of supervision whilst teaching two 8-week group MBSR Courses (8 hours during the first course and 3 during the 2nd) and attendance at a 5 - 7 day Silent Retreat either with us or another retreat provider. See also note 1 below.

    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 Teacher” as defined by the Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence.  

    Note 1: If you have taken the 10 day 100hr Level 1 Course, on successful completion of the 8 day Level 2 course, 8 hours of supervision of 1 x 8-week group MBSR course and attendance at a 5 - 7 day silent retreat you will receive a Qualified Mindfulness Teacher Certificate and be able to use 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.

  • Level 3 Accredited Certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions MBI Courses

    After taking both the Mindful Academy International Level 1, Level 2 and received 11 hours of supervision whilst teaching 2 x 8-week group MBSR courses and attended at least one 5 - 7 day silent retreat, you can choose to continue your teacher training pathway towards a Level 3 MBI Certified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher.

    The accredited pathway includes teaching a 3rd MBSR Course with supervision with us, and the submission of video recordings from an 8-week course for further assessment using the MBI-TAC, plus written assignments.  To graduate you will also need to have attended a 2nd 5-7 day Silent Mindfulness MBSR Retreat, this can either be with Mindful Academy International or another 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. 

    What You Can Say When You Have Achieved Certified Status:

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

  • To demonstrate the professional nature of our training, we follow the Mindfulness good practice guidelines (GPGs) for teaching and supervising mindfulness Teachers, and utilise the Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) as part of our supportive assessment process.

    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 organisational 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 utilise 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 since 2012 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 an 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.  

    For those based in the UK, after teaching at least 2 MBSR 8 Week courses under supervision, you can also apply to join the Mindfulness Network of Teachers  It is an optional listing created to provide the general public and policy makers 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 organisation 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 organistaions around the world. 

  • 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 Supervisiors
    • 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 teachers whole approach to life.