• Our professional courses give you sought-after externally accredited mindfulness-based teaching skills to add to your annual CPD record and professional skills. The teacher training primarily focuses on the teaching process and core mindfulness-based practices of the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The course is also ideal for those who wish to integrate mindfulness into their profession or teach mindfulness in a different way.

    Level One Course start dates:

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  • Incredible intensity combined with laughter and light, it's been a wonderful experience overall. I greatly appreciated the support both personally and in the more 'academic' context. The sense of community and connection was beautifully instilled in the group and Kathy's credentials are impeccable. The course is thorough, in-depth, and supportive in every facet and there is great trust and a sense of mutual respect, it has gone far beyond my expectations!

    Claire from UK - Teacher, MBSR Teacher Training Course TTR1 level 1 and Advanced Course Level 2 TTR2

  • With a maximum of 12 students to allow optimal personal support and development, the MBSR Teacher Training Level 1 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.

    During this experiential course, you will receive comprehensive training in teaching all aspects of Mindfulness including the latest research. The course curriculum is exactly the same for both the in-person teacher training retreat course and interactive live online courses, ensuring that you receive the highest possible training experience. 

    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.

    With the online courses, the days are a mixture of practice, workshops, and practice teaching, with plenty of breaks away from the screen to move and practice self-care. In order to graduate you need to attend all sessions. If due to an unexpected emergency you are unable to attend a day, you would be able to join the next modular course. 

    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 developing the skill of Inquiry.

    For available modular and intensive course dates, please visit our calendar HERE

    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 MBA Teacher, students must meet the teaching standards outlined in the Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) supported by the Teaching and Learning companion.

    Typical daily schedule

  • Learning how to teach Trauma-Sensitive mindfulness 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) to your peers in small, supportive groups, followed by time for reflection thru kindly eyes on what went well (strengths), and anything you would do differently next time (learning edges) In this way, practice by practice, your skills and confidence can grow. 

    You will also receive a supportive formal assessment of your teaching strengths and learning edges using the industry gold standard Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching and Learning Companion MBI-TLC from Kathy and the team, plus informal feedback from your peers, and learn how to take the MBI-TLC and the more formal and in-depth 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 before you leave and also in a 60-minute online supervision meeting (included in the price) This can be helpful in reflecting on the next steps and reviewing your learning and development needs after your Teacher Training Course.

    The trauma-sensitive mindfulness core practices you will learn to teach are:

    • Awareness of Breath or an alternative anchor
    • Body Scan
    • Breath or an alternative anchor, body sensations, and the body as a whole
    • 5 Awareness 
    • Open Awareness (Choiceless) 
    • Loving Kindness 
    • Mindful Movement
    • Short Mindfulness practices such as the 3 Step Anchoring Space, S.T.O.P and others

    If you would like to learn more about the importance of teaching trauma-sensitive mindfulness click here

  • Learning Objectives

    • Reflect on and investigate personal learning and development as a mindfulness practitioner
    • Deepen embodiment of trauma-sensitive 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 trauma-sensitive mindfulness core practices
    • 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 Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching and Learning Companion (MBI-TLC) and MBI-TAC 6 domains (skills) of teaching mindfulness developed by the Universities of Bangor, Exeter, and Oxford 
    • Reflect on the importance of the professional good practice guidelines and what they mean to you
    • Start your personal mindfulness development portfolio

    These are the key foundations of teaching mindfulness and Level 2, Qualified and Certified courses are based on the foundation of this course.

    Your official, globally recognized CPD Standards Office certificate will show 63 contact 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. 

    After successfully completing the training, you may state: “_____ (your name) has graduated as a Mindfulness MBSR & MBA Level 1 Teacher with Mindful Academy International, an International Provider of Training Excellence©” 

  • 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.

    Ready to book? Visit our calendar HERE

    The Level 1 course was all I hoped for and more. The learning experiences were provided in a professional yet kind and compassionate way. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about and teach Mindfulness.

    Mark J - Clinical Counselor with the US Navy - MBSR Teacher Training Course Level 1 in May

  • 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. 

    Option to join the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Teachers (BAMBA)

    Once you have taught two 8-week MBSR courses with supervision and attended at least one 5-day silent retreat, there is the option should you wish, join BAMBA.

    There is currently no competency assessment or accreditation process involved in joining the Register. However, applicants are required to provide evidence of training completion and of compliance with the Good Practice Guidelines along with a supporting statement from their supervisor and relevant insurance. You do not need to have a UK address or be a UK resident to join this registry. Please visit BAMBA for more details.

  • CEO and Founder Kathy Ward chose to have Mindful Academy International and the courses we teach are independently 3rd party verified and accredited as a Provider of Training Excellence and CPD Provider© we assure you of the highest level of professional mindfulness training and CPD hours for both your annual requirements and sort after skills on your CV. 

    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.

    Now Mindful Academy International has 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.

    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 Professional Development Consortium and CPD Standards Office accreditation is globally accepted in a multitude of countries and across all professional sectors and demonstrates a much higher standard of professional mindfulness education.

  • Mindfulness Senior Trainer Kathy Ward

    Kathy Ward is a Senior International Mindfulness MBSR & MBCT Teacher, Trainer, MBI-TAC Assessor, Supervisor, Founder and Director of Training of Mindful Academy International. 

    She has over 40 years experience in training and development and has been training Meditation and Yoga teachers since 2010, during this time she has taught 68 Teacher Training courses to nearly 600 graduates from 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 working as a Mindfulness Consultant for the World Health Organization WHO, 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 as a CPD provider with the USA Yoga Alliance, and a certified Yoga Therapist.  As a member of the UK British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches BAMBA, she meets the requirements of the Good Practice Guidelines for trainers and supervisors of Mindfulness-based Teachers. 

    Her training in mindfulness includes MBSR Teacher Training and specialist Mindfulness-Based Supervision and Inquiry 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, and MBI-TAC training with Rebecca Crane. As part of the mindfulness best practice guidelines, Kathy continues Supravision (supervision of supervisors) with Christina Shennan.

    More details about Kathy 

  • Mindfulness Senior Trainer Andras Barta 

    András Barta is a fully Certified Mindfulness MBSR and MBA Teacher, a member of the training and support team and a licensed affiliate offering the Mindful Academy International accredited Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR Teacher Training courses and Continued Professional Development CPD 8-week MBSR Courses in Hungarian.

    He works as an MBSR and MBCT Mindfulness Teacher in Budapest and has taught over 1000 hours on various levels, incl. 3–6-day silent/non-silent retreats, camps, practice groups, and intermediate groups. He is also an Addiction Counsellor, MSc, from the Semmelweis University, Budapest, and has studied Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention with Action on Addiction in the UK. He has graduated as an MBCT Specialist and MBI-TAC Assessor from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice CMRP, Bangor University. He taught mindfulness to recovering addicts at Nyírő Gyula Hospital in Budapest for a year.

    András is a member of the Hungarian Mindfulness and Contemplative Association, elected to the Board of Supervision. He is the founder of Hungarian Mindfulness Professional Network, an organization supporting mindfulness teachers’ professional life in Hungary. In April 2019 he successfully graduated as a Mindfulness Supervisor with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice CMRP, Bangor University.

    With a mission to bring affordable Mindfulness training to Hungary, he runs the accredited Mindful Academy International Teacher Training Level 1 and Level 2 courses every year.

    You can find out more about him here

    Website: tudatossag.net

    Phone: +36 70 5374979

  • Mindfulness Senior Trainer Fiona McMahon

    Fiona  McMahon is a fully Certified Mindfulness MBSR and MBA Teacher, a member of the training and support team and a licensed affiliate offering the Mindful Academy International accredited Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR Teacher Training courses and Continued Professional Development CPD 8-week MBSR Courses.

    She has a BA in Psychology,  MA in Education,  Post Graduate Diploma in  Occupational Psychology, and is a Certified Mediator. She now works as an Independent Training and design consultant for the European Commission in Brussels and runs 8-week MBSR courses and Mindfulness Retreats.

    Fiona has been working in the area of psychological wellness and personal development since the 1980s. She has designed and supported the implementation of policies promoting Respect and Dignity at work for many European Institutions.

    She supervises teams of counselors across Europe who support colleagues in distress at work. She has also designed programs on Building Effective Relationships, Leadership skills, Building Emotional Resilience, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Stress Reduction, and Emotional Intelligence. She also worked for the United Business institutes Brussels as a Lecturer in Leadership and on modules for the MBA course.

    For more details please visit www.Cabraghlodge.ie

    Telephone 00 353 (0) 857123484