• How to Train as a Mindfulness MBSR & MBA Teacher or add Mindfulness to your profession.

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

    Please scroll down the page for full information and links. If you need further information or would like to arrange a no-obligation call to see if our courses meet your vision of teaching mindfulness, please send an email to [email protected] or call us in the UK on (+44) 1225 294483.

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    Level 1 Mindfulness MBSR & MBA Teacher training from 800 without accommodation or live online and from 1,310 euros for 7 nights in a single en-suite room with buffet breakfast at the 4-star Hotel Tossal d' Altea, on the Mediterranean coast in Spain or LIVE ONLINE with video conferencing.

    Following on from taking an MBSR or MBCT 8-Week course as a Participant either in your home location or live online with us, this course is suitable for those wishing to add Mindfulness-based Approaches (MBA) to their profession or teaching or as the first step to becoming a Level 2, Qualified or Certified Mindfulness MBSR & MBA 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.

    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.

    Dates are:

    • Saturday 4th July at 6 pm - Friday 10th July at 7.30 pm LIVE ONLINEOnly 2 spaces! 
    • Saturday the 18th of July to Saturday the 24th of October 13 x half days 2 pm - 8 pm CET LIVE ONLINE 
    • Sunday the 20th of September at 6 pm to Saturday the 26th of September at midday CET LIVE ONLINE 
    • Thursday the 26th of November at 6 pm - Wednesday the 2nd of December at 7.30 pm in Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain with Kathy Ward. 

    Book your space on the course

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    Level 2 Mindfulness MBSR & MBA Teacher training from 850 euros for the live online interactive conferencing course or in-person course without accommodation or from 1,242 euros for the in-person 8 nights at the Malom Guest House in Hungary with accommodation and full board or 1,435 euros for the in-person 8 nights in a single en-suite room with breakfast (half-board or full-board also available) at the 4-star Hotel Tossal d' Altea on the Mediterranean coast in Spain: 

    After successfully graduating from the Level 1 course with us or another training establishment (please contact us if you are not sure about equivalency) you can continue your teacher training pathway to become a Level 2 Mindfulness MBSR & MBA Teacher by taking the 8 days Level 2 course. 

    This further teaching training is an opportunity to engage in a personal and group learning process that 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.

    You should have attended a 5 - 7-day teacher lead mindfulness-based silent retreat before attending, this can be with Mindful Academy International or another approved mindfulness-based silent retreat provider.


    • Sunday the 23rd of August at 2 pm to Monday the 31st of August at 10 am 2020 - At the Malom Guest House, Hungary in English. Few spaces 
    • Saturday 14th November at 4 pm to Saturday 21st November 2020 at 8 pm in Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain 
    • 9th of January to the 24th of April 15 x half-days 2 pm - 8 pm CET LIVE ONLINE

    Full price details and how to book

  • If you wish to continue your teacher training pathway to graduate as an accredited Qualified Mindfulness MBSR & MBA Teacher, you can enroll in the supervision-based course with Kathy Ward as you teach in your home community. 

    Supervision is as per the recommendations in the Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines and you are required to have a minimum of 8 hours of supervision during the first 2 x 8-week group MBSR courses you teach. You will also need to submit a 3000-word reflective report based on your experience of teaching the 8-week 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 cost of 8 hours of supervision with Kathy Ward supporting you as you teach 2 x 8-week courses utilizing the MBI-TAC, review of the submitted reflection and email support costs 350 euros.

    Please note, in order to receive the Qualified certification, you also would need to have attended a 5 - 7 day teacher lead mindfulness-based silent retreat as per the good practice guidelines. This can be with Mindful Academy International or another approved mindfulness silent retreat provider. 

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

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  • You can also continue your teacher training pathway to graduate as a fully accredited and Certified Mindfulness MBSR & MBA 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 teacher lead mindfulness-based silent retreat. You should also have taught a minimum of 2 group 8-week Mindfulness MBSR courses with supervision.

    The 2nd teacher lead mindfulness-based silent retreat can be with Mindful Academy International or another approved mindfulness silent retreat provider.

    The accredited supervision-based pathway with Kathy Ward 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. 

    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.

    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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  • CEO and Founder Kathy Ward chose to have Mindful Academy International and the courses we teach independently 3rd party verified and accredited and as a Provider of Training Excellence and CPD Provider© we assure you of the highest level of professional mindfulness training for both in-person and live-online.

    To further demonstrate the professional nature of our mindfulness training, we also 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.

    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 student and graduate 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.

    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.

    Due to COVID-19, we also applied to the Professional Development Consortium for accreditation of our live online courses, and we are thrilled to announce that we now have the only CPD accreditation with a unique online CPD recognition!

    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 and the testimonials shown below, reflects our dedication to delivering accredited courses for an outstanding learning experience.

  • 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 British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches  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.