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

  • Who the training is for:

    The 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 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 training pathways to chose from depending on your intentions for teaching mindfulness:

     

  • 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 knowledge of relevant underlying psychological processes, associated research and evidence-based practice. The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice CMRP Bangor, UK offers this as a separate, stand alone 3-day MBCT training for those who have already taken the Mindfulness MBSR Level 1 Teacher Training Course. 

  • Julia Emes preparing to teach

    Following on from taking a 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 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. 

    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. 

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  • 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. 

    Ideally you should have attended a 5 - 7 day Silent Retreat before attending (see note 2) and committed to the pre course study which includes 2 private supervision sessions to explore the curriculum and answer any questions you may have regarding teaching. 

    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.

    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 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 Level 2 as part of Mindful Academy International Teacher Training Pathway, you need to have taken your Level 1 Teacher Training with us.

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

    (Note 2) 

    If you are aiming register with the Yoga Alliance Professionals and receive the qualified 200hr Mindfulness MBSR Teacher certificate, you need to attend a 6 day guided Mindfulness MBSR Silent Retreat with us in Spain or Hungary either before or after taking the Level 2 course.

    If you do not intend to register with the Yoga Alliance Professionals or wish to take the Level 2 course as a Continued Professional Development CPD, then we accept a broader range of Silent Retreat attendance as a pre requisite to attending the course.

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  • Supervision based Level 3 Certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses

    After taking both the Level 1, Level 2 and 6 day silent Mindfulness MBSR Retreat courses with us, you can chose to go on to become a Certified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher.

    The accredited pathway includes teaching a minimum of 3 MBSR Courses with supervision by Kathy Ward, and the submission of video recordings from an 8 week course for assessment using the MBI-TAC, plus written assignments.  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. 

  • Can I earn a recognised qualification as a Mindfulness MBSR Teacher?

    The development and interest in the potential of mindfulness within a range of settings is rapidly growing and training processes are therefore becoming more structured. Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice CMRP state that within the UK there are currently no formal qualifications/certification processes which regulate competency in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. This is often the case around the world and it requires those of us working in this developing field to inquire deeply into our own practice, our integrity, our intentions and the boundaries of our skills, competencies and understandings.

    To demonstrate the professional nature of our training, we follow the Mindfulness good practice guidelines (GPGs) for teaching mindfulness and utilise the Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) as part of our supportive assessment process, we also chose to have our courses independently accredited to assure you of the highest level of mindfulness training.

    In 2012 we accredited our courses with the Yoga Alliance Professionals and on successful completion of 180 contact hours and 20 non contact hours you have the option join the organisation as a Registered Teacher and gain a certificate as a qualified teacher. 

    This year we chose to gain further external verification as a Provider of Training Excellence offering gold standard CPD/CEU courses. 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. To support this we are in the final stages of extensive external verification with the globally recognised CPD Standards Office This means that 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 meet any CPD/CEU responsibility. 

    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. 
    • 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.