• Taking the MBSR teacher training with Kathy was a great decision for me. I lacked confidence in my abilities coming into the course. Kathy's skillful and mindful approach to teaching enabled me to build my confidence and skills guiding mindfulness. Doing the course also strengthened my own practice and I can live daily with more awareness moment by moment. I will continue my training with Kathy and look forward to it. Anyone who is considering teaching mindfulness can be assured of the highest standards when learning from Kathy.

    Colm, from Ireland. Level One 2022

  • About the Training

    With a maximum of 12 students to enable us to fully support your development, the days are a mixture of practice, workshops and practice teaching, with plenty of breaks to enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty on the Ox Mountains overlooking the countryside below Kesh Mountain and Knocknashee in the distance.

    You will be in one of 4 high-quality and beautiful, passive-design 2-bedroom self-contained wooden en suite eco-cabins. Nestled in the woodlands surrounding the centre, this is the perfect place to sit on your private balcony to enjoy the picturesque countryside and the abundance of wild nature.

    Each bedroom has either a double bed or twin beds with high-quality sheets, towels, and duvets. A newly built kitchen and dining area provide all you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay but don't worry, delicious home-cooked vegetarian food is provided. 

    Guests comment on the peaceful energy and the delightful wood aroma of this unique, top-quality accommodation. Please visit Cabragh Lodge for full details of the retreat centre.


    Residential Teacher Training course including full tuition, resources, accommodation as booked, and delicious home-cooked vegetarian organic meals (see below for a full list of what is included)

    • 7 nights in a single room with en suite -  €1650
    • 7 nights in a twin room (same sex shared) en suite - TBA

    You can pay by Credit Card, Bank Transfer, or PayPal (fees apply) Interest-free payment plans are also available, please ask for details.

  • Upon offering you a space, we will invoice you for a €400 deposit. Please note: The deposit is non-refundable as you will have started to train with us and received goods and services. Please read our Terms and conditions of booking. The balance is then due 4-weeks before the course starts.

    For full details about the training including learning outcomes, prerequisites, and after completion of the course continue reading here or alternatively download the full prospectus below. 

    Full Prospectus HERE

  • What is included in the price?

    • 65.5 contact hours
    • Personal and Professional pre-course study video course including study guides, our exclusive "how to teach the core practice" videos, and mp3 recordings of all core practices so you can start training straight away. 
    • Extensive training manual supporting every aspect of Mindfulness teaching and practice
    • Full transcripts and skeleton transcripts of all core Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Movement practices to help familiarize you with the practices
    • 1 x 60-minute private Supervision session to get you started on the pre-course preparation (worth €60)
    • Private forum and email support to support your preparation and teaching development 
    • Support and development of your teaching the core meditation practices utilizing the 6 domains of mindfulness (MBI-TLC) and (MBI-TAC) developed by the Universities of Bangor, Oxford, and Exeter. 
    • 1 x 60-minute private Supervision session on your return home to discuss your next teacher training pathway steps (worth €60)
    • Level 1 Mindfulness MBSR and MBA Teacher Certificate on successful graduation
    • Official CPD Standards Office Certificate showing externally accredited hours to add to your annual training record and sought after skills on your curriculum vitae
    • Ongoing mentoring by email and optional Mindfulness Meditation Supervision in line with the Mindfulness Network Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines
    • Cabragh Lodge residential as booked. The residential option includes shared transport from Cooloney train station/Knock airport on arrival and after breakfast on the departure day.
  • Who is this course suitable for?

    The Level 1 course is intended for people who are:

    • A minimum of 25 years old.
    • Have 1 year of meditation experience not necessarily Mindfulness Meditation. 
    • Commitment to an ongoing daily personal mindfulness-based practice, ideally based on MBSR/MBCT/MBMA or other mindfulness-based 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 a live, teacher lead 8 Week MBSR, 8-week, MBCT course, both modules of the MBMA course or other 8-week mindfulness-based course as a participant either -
      • In your home location or live online with a qualified mindfulness-based teacher OR
      • Take the Mindful Academy International Live Online 8-Week MBSR Course and be guided by the 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.
  • Getting to Cabragh Lodge, Coolaney, Co.Sligo

    We will arrange two shared pick-up times for arrivals on the first day from Cooloney and Knock airport, and one shared drop-off to Coolooney and Knock airport after breakfast on the departure day. This shared pickup/drop-off is included in the price of the course.

    If you arrive outside of the shared pickup times or prefer not to wait, then we can of course arrange a private taxi from Knock airport or Cooloney. Please contact us with your arrival time and we will send you the price.

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