• Mindfulness Level 1 Teacher Training Courses in Altea on the Costa Blanca, Spain

    The accredited courses are run by Kathy Ward, Mindful Academy International CEO, Senior International Mindfulness MBSR and MBCT Trainer, Supervisor, Teacher and TEDx speaker in Altea on the Costa Blanca.

    Altea is a pretty whitewashed town with a traditional blue-domed church, cobbled streets, and blue flag Mediterranean beaches. With quick access from Alicante International Airport, getting here could not be easier. 


    • Friday 6th March at 6 pm - Thursday 12th March at 7.30 pm. Sorry, fully booked!
    • Saturday 4th July at 6 pm - Friday 10th July at 7.30 pm. Very popular summer dates, early booking recommended.

    This course is non-residential which means you have the freedom to book accommodation that suits you or take advantage of our discounted rates and stay at the venue the 300-year old 4-star Hotel Tossal d' Altea a small country hotel and former Olive Mill set at the edge of the town with views of the mountains and just a few minutes walk to the old town and Mediterranean sea. 

    Although small, Altea has a range of Hotels, Apartments, Camping and of course Airbnb so there is something to suit every taste and pocket. 

    • Standard Rate Tuition  - €925 
    • Subsidized Rate Tuition - €800
    Total costs for 4 Star Hotel Tossal d' Altea accommodation and course tuition for July 2020:


    7 nights in a TWIN room (2 same-sex shares) with en-suite bathroom: (subject to availability)

    • Course including tuition and twin accommodation with buffet breakfast €1,290 in July 2020  
    • Course including tuition and twin accommodation with buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal with water €1,395 in July 2020
    • Full board is also available for a €105 supplement on the half-board prices.

    7 nights in a SINGLE Room with en-suite bathroom:

    • Course including tuition and single accommodation with buffet breakfast €1,465 in July 2020
    • Course including tuition and single accommodation with buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal with water €1,570 in July 2020
    • Full board is also available for a €105 supplement on the half-board prices.

    Hotel Payment terms - Early Booking through Mindful Academy International to secure your room at the Hotel is highly recommended. Hotel payment is then due on checkout allowing you to spread the cost of the course.

    The course was impeccably organized, a great location and everything flowed smoothly. Kathy and her assistant Julie gave me, as I presume the other members of the course, every possible guideline, and support that was/is needed for my personal path towards an experienced Mindfulness teacher. I would definitely recommend it, as I consider the course a mind-opening, the learning experience of high quality. Including all of that... it was also the most enjoyable!! August 2017. Alex from UK/Italy. 


    Start training with us today!

    You can secure your space and start training right now with a €400 deposit. The tuition balance is then due 8-weeks before the course starts. If you chose to book a room at the hotel, payment is taken on departure, allowing you to spread the cost of your course.

    Fee options:  

    Subsidized Rate - Subsidized spaces are limited to 2 per course and must be applied for at the time of sending your application. Requests for the subsidized rate at any other time will not be considered. Please only select this rate at the time of applying for the course if you are in receipt of benefits or would find it otherwise inaccessible to attend due to the fee. We will not ask for evidence of benefits or income at the application stage but may ask for evidence to support your application in the future. This option is not available if your company is paying for the course.

    Standard Rate - This is the market rate for this type of course and the rate we ask you to select if you are able.


    • 65.5hr contact hours of live course tuition
    • Extensive 430-page training manual supporting every aspect of Mindfulness teaching and practice
    • Mindfulness Teacher Training Resources and Scripts including all core Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Movement scripts
    • Pre-course study guides and mp3 recordings of all core practices so you can start training straight away
    • Live online pre-course workshop to explore the 6 Domains of Teaching Mindfulness (recording available if you miss the session)
    • 1 x 60-minute private Supervision session to get you started on the pre-course preparation (worth €50)
    • Pre-course study pack and forum to support your teaching development and preparation 
    • Support and development of you teaching the core meditation practices utilizing the 6 domains of mindfulness (MBI-TAC) developed by the Universities of Bangor, Oxford, and Exeter. 
    • 1 x 60-minute private Supervision session on your return home to discuss the MBI-TAC and your next teacher training pathway steps (worth €50)
    • Level 1 Mindfulness MBSR and MBI Teacher Certificate on successful graduation
    • Accredited CPD/CEU hours to add to your annual training record and sought after skills on your curriculum vitae
    • Welcome dinner on Arrival day
    • Daily morning tea
    • Ongoing mentoring by email and optional Mindfulness Meditation Supervision in line with the Mindfulness Network Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines
    • Directed Learning non-contact hours 112 hours
    • Total Hours 177.5

    More details on the teacher training pathway and learning objectives

  • The Level 1 course is intended for people who are:

    • A minimum of 25 years old.
    • Have 1 years of meditation experience not necessarily Mindfulness Meditation. 
    • Commitment to an ongoing daily personal mindfulness-based practice, based on MBSR/MBCT practices
    • The course starts from the premise that as teachers we need to embody mindfulness-based practice in our own lives before we can attempt to teach it to others so you should have taken an 8 Week MBSR or MBCT course as a participant either -
      • In your home location with a qualified teacher OR
      • Take the Mindful Academy International Live Online 8 Week MBSR Course and be guided by Director of Training Kathy Ward. There is a 100 euro discount if you book and pay for the 8-week MBSR Course at the same time as booking the Level 1 course.

    The picture shows the view from the Hotel Tossal d' Altea Meditation room.

    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 training, 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

    Details of the curriculum

  • Please complete and return the application form which you can download with the yellow button below. Once completed please email to Kathy Ward at [email protected] We normally reply within 24-48 hours.

    We then ask that you pay a 400 euro non-refundable deposit, the tuition balance is then due 8 weeks before the course starts. If you chose to book accommodation at the Hotel Tossal d' Altea through us, payment is on departure direct to the hotel allowing you to spread the cost of the course.

    When the deposit has been received we will send you the pre-course study which includes the Mindful Academy International Trauma-informed resources and mindfulness scripts, mp3 recordings of all the practices and study guides. We will also arrange your first supervision session to help you start your teacher training pathway. We also offer email support.

    8-weeks before the course starts you will also receive a weekly email from us to support your preparation and an invite to the live online MBI-TAC workshop to explore the 6 domains of teaching mindfulness.

    We also invite you to the closed Mindful Academy International FaceBook community page and the closed monthly meditation sessions. 

    Remember you can also arrange a Skype or Zoom or call 0044 1225 294483 or 00 34 667196371 with Director of Training Kathy Ward to answer any questions you may have to ensure that this training meets your vision of teaching mindfulness.

    Download the application form

  • More details about the optional Accommodation at the 4 star Hotel Tossal d' Altea

    Hotel Tossal d' Altea

    I have negotiated special discounted rates at the venue the 4-star Tossal d' Altea. The small country hotel only has 22 rooms so early booking through us is highly recommended. For those choosing to find their own accommodation buffet breakfast is available at the Hotel for a cost of 8 euros. The hotel also offers a terrace menu for light lunches and a full menu including a menu of the day in the award-winning restaurant. 

    The 4-star Hotel Tossal d’Altea is a 300-year-old Olive Mill with views to the mountains and sea, in the small Mediterranean resort of Altea. The lovingly restored historic building used to be a farm called  “Almàssera de Guillem” growing olives, almond and orange trees.

    Located just 500 meters from the picture postcard “Casco Antiguo” (old town) with its traditional whitewashed houses and cobbled streets, this small family-run hotel is located at the point where the Spanish countryside meets the town so we have the perfect spot for meditation and yet, we're an easy ten minutes walk to the 'old town' and 25 minutes walk to the beach.

    The 22 en-suite rooms are spacious and superbly equipped with double or twin beds, individually controlled hot/cold air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, hair-dryer, safety deposit, WiFi, fresh towels & a daily maid service to freshen up your bathroom and make your bed. 

    There is a swimming pool and terrace in the garden together with shady spots to rest in, a spacious meditation studio with views to the mountains, a small gym & sauna and an on-site restaurant serving delicious Mediterranean dishes.

  • Getting Here

    Altea has easy direct access from Alicante Airport with the Beniconnect English speaking shuttle service or ALSA bus and with many low cost operators flying directly to Alicante Airport, getting here could not be quicker or easier. For more travel information please download the Essential Booking Information below.

    Don't forget you can also arrange a call with Kathy Ward Director of Training to discuss if our courses meet your vision of teaching.

    To arrange, contact us and send an email to [email protected] or call 0044 1225 294483 today!