• The accredited Level 2 Training is an intensive experiential training course offering space for nourishment, inspiration, and learning. With a maximum of 12 students, it offers the opportunity to engage in a personal and group learning processes which are designed to support and deepen understanding and skills in teaching and integrating mindfulness-based approaches in professional practice.

    You will experience in-depth workshops on the deeper intentions of the teaching Mindfulness in a variety of settings and experiential learning of the full 8 week MBSR Course, explore who you are as a teacher and cultivate the embodiment of a spacious open-hearted awareness and a sense of 'co-journeying' with a spirit of adventure that is core to this learning style.  

    The course includes 2 individual supervision sessions, one before to help you get started, and one after the course to support your next steps. 

    DATES:

    • Saturday 16th November at 4 pm to Saturday 23rd November at 8 pm read more
    • Saturday 16th May 2020 at 2 pm to Sunday 24th May 2020 at 10 am full details including prices for this residential course coming soon.

    Required pre course Study. Read more.

  • Who is the Level 2 course for?

    The Level 2 Teacher Training course 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 trauma-sensitive mindfulness-based approaches in professional practice.

    This further teaching development process is intended for professionals who have:

    • Previously attended a mindfulness-based Teacher Training Level 1 with Mindful Academy International or an equivalent course with another training organization, please contact us if you are not sure about equivalency (see also note 1)
    • Attended a 5 - 7 day guided Mindfulness MBSR Silent Retreat
    • Practiced Teaching the MBSR core practices including Mindful Movement learned during the Level 1 course to family, friends, and clients in classes, workshops or as part of your profession. 
    • Optional depending on the skills of the individual -
      • Co-lead an 8-week MBSR course and/or
      • Lead an 8-week MBSR course with Supervision as per the Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines (8 hours recommended or a minimum of 3 hours of supervision per course) This supervision counts towards the requirements as a Qualified Mindfulness MBSR Teacher.
    • The course can also be taken by Qualified or Accredited Mindfulness Teachers to further deepen and update teaching skills. In particular, it may be of interest for those who wish to minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness by developing trauma-sensitive teaching practices whilst teaching the general public.

    The course includes assessment, feedback and development of your teaching skills with the support of the Mindfulness-based Intervention Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) You will also continue to learn how to take your MBI-TAC portfolio forward to support your own development as a teacher.

    Once you have been accepted and paid the deposit, you will receive the detailed 8 Week MBSR Course Session Plans, Resources and Participants Workbook so that you can start to prepare and teach straight away. 

    Just wanted to say that you have written such a good participant's workbook and in-depth session plans! My understanding and appreciation of mindfulness is a lot deeper since the first time I read it all those years ago, and when I look at it now, every page is filled with awesome information, and it makes my teaching and preparation for clients so much easier. Just thought I should let you know! Thanks for the great work!

    Chibs Okereke, Australia. www.wildmindmeditation.com

    Note 1: If you are aiming to take Level 2 as part of the 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 training.

  • 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 Level 2 Teacher with Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence©

    You will also be sent this badge to use as part of any publicity. 

  • 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.

    Thank you for the material you provide. It is so precious to have you to guide me through this sometimes very confusing process of finding my path as a mindfulness teacher.

    Silvija Zagar. Level 2 Graduate

    In this space, you will continue to deepen your own practice and embodiment of mindfulness and learn advanced teaching skills including the 4 key skills of teaching MBI's:

    • Stewardship of the group
    • Homiletics, or the delivery of didactic material
    • Guidance, Deepen your embodiment and sense of co-journey when guiding formal and informal group experiences
    • Inquiry into participants direct experience by identifying which element is a brief 'teaching point' and which is an element to be explored with inquiry skills and a sense of exploration and co-journey

    As Santorelli describes the MBSR teaching perspective, "Importantly, rather than 'lecturing' to the participants, the attention and skill of the teacher should be directed towards listening to the rich, information-laden insights and examples provided by the participants and then, in turn, to use as much as possible of these participant generated experiences as a starting point to 'weave' the more didactic (teaching) material into the structure and fabric of the class"

    You will experience and learn specifically how to teach all elements of the traditional 2.5/3 hour sessions of the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR course using the provided session plans and the Participant Workbook.  You will also explore the 4 Ennobling Truths, Foundations of Mindfulness and Spectrum of Teaching Intentions of each of the sessions.

    You will have the opportunity to teach both 30 and 60-minute sections of the sessions. Once again, you will receive supportive assessment and feedback on your teaching using the industry-standard Mindfulness-based Teaching Assessment Criteria MBI-TAC from Kathy and the team, plus informal feedback from your peers.

    Level 2 learning objectives:

    • Deepening embodiment of mindfulness in your own practice
    • Deepen, develop and assess the skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to deliver trauma-sensitive Mindfulness-based courses to the general public competently and consistently
    • Develop further understanding and reflection on the 6 domains of teaching mindfulness with the support of the MBI-TAC as you continue to build your personal portfolio
    • Develop further understanding of the official UMASS and CMRP Bangor University 8-week curriculum, teaching skills and underpinning themes with the support of the Mindful Academy International trauma-sensitive 8-week course curriculum covering every aspect of teaching, further refining and strengthening existing skills
    • Demonstrate relevant teaching skills by selecting, organizing and evaluating teaching methods, to facilitate the integration of theoretical and experiential learning. In particular, we explore what are 'experiential points' that should be drawn from the participants through the 'co journey' and what are the brief 'teaching points' 
    • 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 trauma-sensitive mindfulness to the general public 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

    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 included 60-minute online supervision meeting with Kathy Ward. This can be helpful in reflecting on next steps and reviewing your learning and development needs after your Teacher Training Course.

    Level 2 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 

    Course Hours and Daily Schedule

  • Earn a Qualification as a Qualified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher

    You can graduate as a Mindful Academy International 'Qualified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher' on successful completion of our Level 1 and Level 2 courses plus 8 hours of supervision as recommended by the Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines, whilst teaching two 8-week groups MBSR Courses and submission of a 3000-word reflective report from teaching the two 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 supervision and reflective journaling can be before or after (or a mixture of both) the Level 2 course. We also offer reduced price supervision packages for those on the pathway to Qualified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher status, please email us for details.

    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 & MBI Teacher” as defined by the Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence© 

    You will also be sent this badge to use as part of your publicity and be authorized to use the designation QMMT after your name.

  • Earn a qualification as a Certified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher.

    You can also choose to continue your teacher training pathway to graduate as a 'Certified Mindfulness MBSR & MBI Teacher' by taking this 3rd, supervision based course. To apply for this certification you should have taught a minimum of 3 group 8-week Mindfulness MBSR courses with supervision. 

    The accredited supervision based pathway includes the submission of video recordings of your teaching of an entire 8-week MBSR course for further assessment, support, and development via supervision using the 6 domains of teaching mindfulness outlined in the MBI-TACGraduation 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 meditation 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. 

    For full details please click here and review the full Teacher Training Pathway.

  • Externally Accredited Professional Training Courses

    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.

  • Mindful Academy International are also proud to announce we have recently achieved Provider of Training Excellence Status and accredited CPD Status with the 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 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 organisations around the world. 

  • Mindfulness Teacher Training Level 2 Senior Trainer

    Kathy Ward is a Senior International Mindfulness MBSR & MBCT Teacher, Trainer, Supervisor, Founder and Director of Training of Mindful Academy International. 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 Director of Training Kathy Ward will be teaching 8 hours per day on the Level 2 Advanced Course, with the Teaching Assistants holding the space the first morning 1-hour practice and 1 hour of the allocated time for preparing to teach. The Teaching assistant may also assist Kathy during the morning sessions and depending on numbers, assist with the MBI-TAC support and development assessments in the afternoon.

    More details about Kathy