• Level 1 Accredited Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher Training

    August Mindfulness Foundation Course graduates

    The accredited Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher Training Level 1 course is an intensive 7-day experiential training course in Mindfulness-based Interventions MBI and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR. Offering the opportunity to engage in personal and group learning processes supported by the mindfulness gold standard 6 domains of teaching Mindfulness (MBI-TAC this course has been designed to support and deepen understanding and skills in teaching Mindfulness core practices in professional practice. 

    The courses in Spain are taught by Kathy Ward and with a maximum of 12 students, the course includes plenty of opportunities to engage in personal and group learning processes designed to support and deepen understanding and skills in teaching and integrating mindfulness-based approaches in professional practice. Courses in Hungary are taught in Hungarian by Andras Barta. 

    We have training courses in Spain (in English) and Hungary (in Hungarian) with Romania dates coming soon. Dates are:

    • Saturday 4th July at 6 pm - Friday 10th July at 7.30 pm in Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain. Popular summer dates, early booking recommended securing your space. Apply Now! 
    • Friday the 23rd - Saturday the 31st of October in Hungary (in Hungarian) with Andras Barta. For full details and how to apply please visit www.tudatossag.net
  • The Level 1 course is intended for people who are:

    • A minimum of 25 years old.
    • Have 1 years 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 -
  • What can I say when I have attended this training?

    After successfully completing the 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©

  • During the course, you will receive comprehensive training in teaching all aspects of Mindfulness including the latest research. This is supported by our extensive 426 page Manual covering every aspect of teaching mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions, along with Mindfulness core practice Meditation Scripts and mp3 recordings of all practices.

    Our time together will be spent in silence as we practice, and in small and large group reflection and investigation as we learn through the co-created shared experience. In this space, you will continue to deepen your own practice and embodiment of mindfulness and learn foundational teaching skills.

    You will experience and learn specifically how to teach the core practices of the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR course including mindful movement and develop the skill of Inquiry.

    An estimated 90% of the world's population will be exposed to a traumatic event over the course of their lives (Frans, Rimmo, Aberg & Fredrikson, 2005) and up to 20% of us will develop post-traumatic stress. This means that anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room is likely to be struggling with trauma. To address this, Mindful Academy International CEO Kathy Ward has extensively updated all the core practices and resources so that we can explore how to teach the general public in a trauma-sensitive way to minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness. Read more

    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 in a trauma-sensitive way
    • 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 learning objectives are the foundation for teaching mindfulness and all subsequent teacher training pathway development rests on them. 

    The course is designed to begin the process of training, and participants come to the Level 1 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. 

    Your certificate will show:

    Contact Hours: 65.5 hours

    Other 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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  • Learning to teach the Mindfulness Core Practices -

    On the Teacher Training Level 1 course, you will have the opportunity to teach 10, 20 and 30-minute mindfulness core practices (see the list below) followed by time for reflection on what went well, and anything you would do differently next time. In this way, practice by practice, your skills and confidence can grow. 

    You will also receive supportive formal assessment, support and feedback on your teaching using the industry gold standard Mindfulness-based Teaching Assessment Criteria MBI-TAC from Kathy and the team, plus informal feedback from your peers, and learn how to take the MBI-TAC forward as a personal learning portfolio to support your own development as a teacher.

    At the end of the course, there is an opportunity to discuss this and other feedback from the MBI-TAC Teaching assessments before you leave and also in a 60-minute online supervision meeting (included in the price) with Kathy Ward. This can be helpful in reflecting on next steps and reviewing your learning and development needs after your Teacher Training Course.

    The mindfulness core practices you will learn to teach are:

    • Awareness of Body, Breath and Senses Meditation
    • Body Scan Meditation
    • Cultivating curiosity to the whole of my experience 'being with the difficult' Meditation
    • Mindful Movement
    • 5 Awareness Meditation
    • Choiceless Awareness Meditation
    • Compassion practices with either a 3 Step Kindness or Loving Kindness Meditation
    • Short Mindfulness practices such as the 3 Step Anchoring Space, S.T.O.P and others
  • What can I teach after the Level 1 course?

    Graduates typically start teaching the Mindfulness core meditation practices including Mindful Movement to family, friends, and clients in classes, workshops or as part of their profession. 

    Depending on the skills of the individual you may also find that you are able to:

    • Co-lead an 8-week MBSR course and/or
    • Lead an 8-week MBSR course with Supervision as per the Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines 

    This 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. 

  • Externally Accredited Professional Courses

    To demonstrate the professional nature of our training, we follow the Mindfulness good practice guidelines (GPGs) for training mindfulness teachers and utilise the Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) developed by Bangor, Oxford and Exeter Universities 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.

    Mindful Academy International is also proud to announce we have recently achieved Provider of Training Excellence Status and accredited CPD Status with the Professional Development Consortium and CPD Standards Office.

    The Professional Development Consortium is home to the CPD Standards Office, the CPD Research Project and the Provider of Training Excellence. Their wealth of knowledge and research within the Learning and Development Industry and their team of industry professionals on the Expert Advisory Board are a few of the reasons that contribute to detailed and rigorous assessment processes they have in place.

    To achieve the Provider of Training Excellence 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.

    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.  

    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 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. 

  • Mindfulness Level 1 Course Senior Trainer

    Kathy Ward is a Senior International Mindfulness MBSR & MBCT Teacher, Trainer, Supervisor, Founder and Director of Training of Mindful Academy International. During the Level 1 course, she teaches a minimum of 8 hours per day and all online supervision is with her. 

    She has nearly 40 years experience in training and development and has been training Meditation and Yoga teachers since 2010, during this time she has taught 65 Teacher Training courses to graduates all over the world. She supervises many of the graduates and has regular supervision herself from CMRP to support her work. When not training, supporting teachers or writing, Kathy teaches the 8-week MBSR to groups and individuals using the online platform Zoom.

    She has diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP Coaching with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT, Motivational Therapist, and Coach with Motivational Training in Scotland. She is also a qualified Mindfulness Yoga Teacher and Trainer registered with the USA Yoga Alliance, and a certified Yoga Therapist accredited by the IAYT International Association of Yoga Therapists in the USA.  As a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teachers, she meets the requirements of the Good Practice Guidelines for Trainers of Mindfulness-based Teachers published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Trainers 

    Her training in mindfulness includes MBSR Teacher Training and specialist Supervision training with Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice CMRP Bangor with Eluned Gold, Sarah Silverton, and Jody Mardula. She also attended specialist Teacher Training with CMRP in MBCT for Cancer with Trish Bartley and Christina Shennan. As part of the mindfulness best practice guidelines, Kathy continues Supravision (supervision of supervisors) with Christina Shennan.

    More details about Kathy